Chapter 2.36
BELLINGHAM ARTS COMMISSION

Sections:

2.36.010    Purpose.

2.36.020    Membership.

2.36.030    Terms of office.

2.36.050    Authority and duties.

2.36.010 Purpose.

A. The Bellingham arts commission (“BAC”) is an advisory board to the mayor in connection with the artistic and cultural development of the city of Bellingham.

B. A primary purpose of the BAC shall be to provide advice regarding artistic and cultural aspects of city capital projects. Additionally, the BAC and staff may, alone or in cooperation with any other private, civic or public body of any city, county, or the state of Washington, initiate, sponsor, or conduct programs to further public awareness and interest in the visual and performing arts.

C. The BAC shall adopt such administrative procedures as are necessary to accomplish the purposes set forth in this chapter. City officers and staff may consult and advise with the BAC on matters within the scope of this chapter, and the BAC may likewise consult and advise with such officers and staff. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 4; Ord. 2009-04-015; Ord. 10533, 1994; Ord. 9510, 1985; Code 1980 at § 1.64.010].

2.36.020 Membership.

A. The BAC shall consist of up to seven qualified members to be appointed by the mayor, subject to confirmation by a majority of the city council. Members shall be selected so as to represent as many as possible of the following arts and professions: sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, curation, and other art-related professions, as well as lay members who have experience in the artistic and cultural development of the city.

B. Every member shall be a resident of Whatcom County for at least one year previous to their appointment. Additionally, members of the BAC must currently live in, work in, or manage a business within the city limits of Bellingham. Residency in the city of Bellingham is not required.

C. The BAC shall adopt such administrative procedures as are necessary to accomplish the purposes set forth in this chapter. City officers and staff may consult and advise with the BAC on matters within the scope of this chapter, and the BAC may likewise consult and advise with such officers and staff. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 4; Ord. 2009-04-015; Ord. 9510; Code 1980 at § 1.64.010].

2.36.030 Terms of office.

A. Appointments shall be for four-year terms; provided, that any vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term. Unless the mayor determines that an exception is necessary due to a need for continuity, an inability to appoint qualified members, or other business-related reason, service for consecutive full terms shall be limited to two terms. A request for renewal of the appointment of an existing member may be requested in writing to the mayor, who may forward the request to city council for approval.

B. The mayor may grant a member of the BAC an extended leave of absence and a temporary vacancy shall thereupon exist for the period of such leave of absence. At the expiration of the leave of absence, the member shall automatically resume full membership.

C. The chair may grant a member temporary absence from a BAC meeting. Any member with three unexcused absences within a year forfeits appointment. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 4; Ord. 2009-04-015; Ord. 8042, 1971; Code 1980 at § 1.64.020].

2.36.050 Authority and duties.

A. No artwork shall be contracted for or placed on property of the city, or become the property of the city by purchase, gift, or otherwise, except for the museum or gallery, unless such artwork has first been submitted to the BAC for its review and recommendation to the mayor.

B. The term “work of art” as used in this chapter shall include, without limitations, paintings, murals, stained glass, sculptures, bas-reliefs, monuments, fountains, arches, or other structures of a permanent or temporary character intended for ornament or commemoration.

C. No existing artwork in the possession of the city shall be removed, relocated or altered in any way without being submitted to the BAC for report and recommendation to the mayor, except that existing artwork located in the Big Rock Garden Collection may be relocated within Big Rock Garden Park without BAC review.

D. The BAC shall have similar authority and duties to those stated in subsection (A) of this section with respect to the aesthetic of new buildings, bridges, viaducts, elevated ways, gates, fences, lamp standards, etc., erected on or over land belonging to the city or public right-of-way, with the following exceptions:

1. Structures described in this subsection (D) which are reviewed by the parks and recreation advisory board, design review board, historic preservation commission, or museum society and which are not subject to the one percent for art program administered under Chapter 4.92 BMC;

2. Standard memorial plaques and freestanding markers that are preapproved by the parks and recreation department;

3. Signs, unless publicly owned, as regulated under BMC 20.12.040(A)(3);

4. Alterations and exterior additions to structures if such alterations and additions have a valuation of less than $50,000;

5. Normal maintenance and repair of said structures;

6. Structures required for public safety; and

7. Cell towers, pump stations, and other required utilities; unless review is requested by the initiating department or BAC or the project is subject to the one percent for art program. [Ord. 2018-03-006 § 4; Ord. 2009-04-015; Ord. 9510, 1985; Code 1980 at § 1.64.050].