Arts and Humanities Commission

Update on Public Art

Our community, along with the rest of the country, has just been through a tough year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To ensure the safety of all involved, gathering with our family, friends and neighbors was limited and as a result, many of last year’s Arts and Humanities Commission events were cancelled. As we move forward and begin our next chapter, the commission would like to update you on current Arts and Humanities Commission events and efforts.

Happily, we were able to facilitate the annual Photography Contest last fall, which provided the commission beautiful images taken by talented Rowlett residents to include in the annual Arts and Humanities calendar. We encourage you to pick one of these lovely, free calendars up at the Rowlett Community Centre, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall and Rowlett Public Library. They are a wonderful representation of our community captured by citizens from behind their camera lenses. We hope to return to city-wide distribution next year, we have really missed interacting face-to-face with our local businesses!  

Looking forward in 2021, we are currently engaged in promoting the Young Artists’ Exhibit and the Writing Contest. Details for each are available under the Arts and Humanities Commission’s tab of Rowlett.com, the City of Rowlett’s website. We can’t wait to be amazed, yet again, by all the local talent within our community! The commission is also busy preparing to virtually launch Rowlett Sings 2021. Be looking for updates on that in the weeks to come.  

Although the City of Rowlett was not as severely impacted financially as cities who rely more heavily on tourism and retail, our community definitely still felt the negative economic affects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Extremely difficult decisions had to be made when planning the City of Rowlett Fiscal Year 2021 Budget and, as a result, some existing programs citywide, including the commission’s public art program, went unfunded for this budget year. As we have all seen the financial difficulties experienced by so many over the past year, we support these decisions and are proud of the sound fiscal leadership provided by the City Council. We all look forward to a time when our community is “back to normal!” The commission is also grateful to note that funding for the maintenance of public art currently placed throughout the City was included in the budget and we are working diligently to secure bids for the cleaning and maintenance of sculpture already purchased. The commission is united in bringing beauty through art to our community and performing as good stewards of the existing cultural investments as well. With our remaining Public Art funds, we expect to propose placement of a sculpture at the new Fire Station 2 on Schrade Road upon its completion, which has been the plan all along.  

The Rowlett Arts and Humanities Commission has enjoyed being a very active and publicly engaged commission in the past. Our efforts have always focused on inspiring the arts across all venues, and promoting the special beauty and inspiration that only exposure to the arts can achieve. We hope 2021 will afford us the opportunity to engage more with our fellow Rowlettians, and that in return, we can count on the support and participation of all residents!

Meetings

  • 6:30 pm
  • Second Tuesday of every month (except July and December)
  • Rowlett Public Library Class/Board Room
    3900 Main Street Ste 200
    Rowlett, TX 75088
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Agendas

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.

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Minutes

Minutes are also available following approval.

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Many archived documents are now available via this website. Agendas and minutes prior to 2008 are located in Laserfiche, a document imaging program used by the City for archived records. Instructions (PDF) are also provided.

Members

The Arts and Humanities Commission is comprised of seven regular members appointed by the City Council who serve staggered two-year terms and two alternate members appointed by the City Council annually.

Member Position Term Ending
Jeffery Winget Regular Member September 30, 2023
JR Forasteros Regular Member September 30, 2022
Deborah Crosby Regular Member, Chair September 30, 2023
Neslie Fudge Regular Member September 30, 2022
Laura Keasling Regular Member September 30, 2023
Gary Alexander Regular Member, Vice Chair September 30, 2022
Katherine Voor Regular Member September 30, 2023
Katheryn Crenshaw Alternate Member September 30, 2022
Theresa Zicolello Alternate Member September 30, 2022
David Olmstead Alternate Member September 30, 2022
Patricia Swagerty Alternate Member September 30, 2022

Commission Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the Arts and Humanities Commission include encouraging the development of, appreciation for and participation in the arts and humanities in the City of Rowlett.

Time Commitment

The Arts and Humanities Commission has 10 meetings per year. (No meeting in July or December.) In addition to these meetings, there are three to five special projects chaired or jointly chaired by subcommittees. Each special project could require from 10 to 25 hours of service. Typically a commission member would chair or jointly chair just one project.

Become a Member

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community? If so, we have a spot for you! We’re looking for committed residents willing to volunteer a few hours of their time each month to serve on a board or commission. Applications are available in the City Secretary’s Office in the City Hall Municipal Center at 4000 Main Street. Completed applications can be dropped off at the City Secretary’s Office, faxed to 972-412-6118 or emailed to the City Secretary’s Office.