Pamplin Media Group – Wilsonville wants feedback on proposed arts and culture commission

The city is forming the commission as a way to enhance cultural offerings in town.

PMG FILE PHOTO - The Wilsonville Festival of the Arts is one of the most significant cultural offerings the town provides.

The city of Wilsonville is poised to form a commission that would shepherd its strategy for improving and accentuating arts and culture in town. 

The city has created a draft proposal for the formation of the commission and will present the proposal during a Wilsonville City Council work session at 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15. Prior to that, the city is accepting public comment on the proposal until Nov. 8. 

The recommendation is for the commission to include nine members, at least five of whom live in Wilsonville, who don’t represent specific groups but seek to serve the community as a whole. The city hopes to include both minority and youth voices. 

The commission will be tasked with creating a five-year action plan and a one-year implementation plan, and will oversee certain grant and public art programming. 

The city previously completed an arts, culture and heritage strategy that found that Wilsonville lacks a cultural center point, that local nonprofits are struggling and that there’s little coordination in the community when it comes to arts and culture, among other findings. 

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