The Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) submitted a proposal to establish an Arts Commission at the city council meeting Feb. 14, 2017. The document read in-part:
Dear City Council Members and Mayor Foster:
The Yelm Business Association presents the enclosed draft ordinance language relative to establishment of a Yelm Arts Commission. The purpose of the proposed arts commission, as defined in the draft ordinance is as follows:
As a matter of public policy, the city of Yelm recognizes that support for artists and arts organizations, development and stewardship of public art, arts education, and cultural development are public necessities and essential for the continuing growth and development of Yelm’s citizens, economy and quality of life. The primary duty of Yelm’s arts commission is to identify and actively encourage the development and sustainability of the arts in the city by serving as the city’s primary resource in matters of public art and culture, as provided in this chapter.
As you know, our purpose has always been to help promote local business in Yelm, and we sincerely believe that the city council shares in that desire. Proposing ordinance language such as this falls well within that purpose. We look forward to your consideration of this proposed ordinance, and we certainly are available to meet with the council at any time to discuss it.
Read more of the proposal.
– Reprinted from YelmBusiness.org. Used with permission.
– UPDATE: February 16, 2017
“YBA Proposes Art Commission Creation”
“Goal to Help Business by Supporting Art”
By Graham Perednia, Nisqually Valley News.
Blogger Klein is a founding YBA Board member and Secretary.