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Steve Craig: the mind behind Yelm’s Arts Commission, non-profit “Save the Yelm Water Tower”

“Who’s Who in the Nisqually Watershed” interview
Steve Craig with guest JZ Knight, July 5, 2017.
Photo courtesy: Rory Siegel Photography & Fine Art, Copyright © 2017. Used with permission.
  • Editor’s note: With the recent formation of a Yelm Arts Commission and the repainting/lighting of the historic water tower, this blog post below about Steve Craig from June 29, 2019, is even more pertinent now!
  • I commend Steve for his long sight to see these projects through to completion, amidst turnover and turmoil at city hall, the planning dept., and public works.
  • Congratulations to Steve, the commissioners, arts board, and the volunteers!


“Yelm Gets Creative with New Arts Commission, Festivals and Downtown Projects”

Yelm Community Blog, June 29, 2019

[Editor’s note: The Nisqually Valley News reported reported on February 16, 2017, that the Yelm Business Assn. (YBA) first proposed an ordinance to the Yelm City Council to create a city arts commission. Former YBA Board member Steve Craig carried that through after the YBA dissolved. Read more ]

Local business owner Steve Craig approached the council with the idea for the Arts Commission during the spring of 2019. ‘It came to my attention over the years that there’s a wealth of talent in the greater Yelm area,’ says Craig. ‘I contacted other cities to find out about their ordinances relative to creating arts commissions and shared the idea with the City Council. Without exception, they supported it.’”

“The commission will be staffed by volunteers, ideally representing a cross-section of the community.”

“In addition to helping establish the Arts Commission, Craig is one of the driving forces behind the Yelm water tower restoration project.”

He applied to the state Historic Register in 2016 and gained $154,000 in state funding through the non-profit Save the Yelm Water Tower. The monies will be used to refurbish and maintain the structure, which will also be used as a platform for creativity,” by Heidi Smith, Thurston Talk. Read more

The Yelm Water Tower recently received a new paint job that was funded through a grant.
Yelm’s newly repainted historic water tower
Credit: NVN

+ NVN: Yelm Fills New Commission Focused on the Arts, July 27, 2021

+ NVN: Yelm Water Tower Receives a New Paint Job, September 14, 2021

Posted by Steve on October 20, 2021 at 7:07 am | Permalink

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