Chapter 2.95
SNOHOMISH COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION

Sections:

2.95.010    Creation and purpose

2.95.020    Definitions

2.95.030    Arts commission membership

2.95.040    Duties and powers of arts commission

2.95.050    Arts program

2.95.060    Quorum; officers

2.95.070    Bylaws

2.95.080    Arts fund

2.95.090    Executive to provide staff support

2.95.010 Creation and purpose

There is hereby established the Snohomish county arts commission. The purpose of the arts commission is to propose and oversee a county arts program. The arts commission shall serve as an advisory board to the executive branch of county government and perform the arts-related duties described in SCC 2.95.040.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 9, 2004)

2.95.020 Definitions

In this chapter, unless the context clearly requires otherwise,

(1) "arts commission" means the Snohomish county arts commission established by SCC 2.95.010;

(2) "arts fund" means the fund created by SCC 2.95.080;

(3) "arts program" means the arts program established pursuant to SCC 2.95.050;

(4) "arts program administration" means staff responsibilities incidental to aiding the arts commission in implementing this chapter;

(5) "the arts" means all visual and performing artistic media. Visual media include but are not limited to drawing, tapestry, weaving, painting, mural, fresco, sculpture, mosaic, photograph, calligraphy, collage, assemblage, artist made or designed building parts, floor, wall or ceiling treatments, railings, corbels, lintels, beams, benches, and structural or functional elements of a building or structure. Performing media include but are not limited to music, theater, dance, storytelling, and performance art; and

(6) "cost" of a county construction project means only the county-funded portion of a county construction project, provided that the "cost" shall not include the cost of real property acquisition, equipment or furnishings, and provided further that if the source of construction funding or other applicable law precludes the arts as an object of expenditure of funds, "cost" shall exclude the funds so precluded;

(7) "county construction project" means any project funded wholly or in part by the county to construct or remodel any building, park or public space owned wholly or in part by the county, provided that such project has a cost of at least $100,000, and provided further that "county construction project" shall not mean a project or portion of project involving county public roads, surface water management, airport airfield or airport lease related structures; and

(8) "works of art" mean products of the arts. Works of art may also include an area or space specifically designed, constructed and managed as a display area for visual media or a performance venue for performing media.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 9, 2004; Amended Ord. 06-026, June 14, 2006, Eff date July 8, 2006)

2.95.030 Arts commission membership

(1) The arts commission shall consist of seven members, to include at least one from each council district and two at-large members and seven alternates. The alternates, one from each council district and two at-large alternates, shall each serve in the absence of the member for whom they are the alternate. Members and alternates shall be residents of Snohomish county. No more than two members and no more than two alternates may reside in any single council district.

(2) The two at-large members and their alternates shall be appointed by the executive and the five members and their alternates shall be appointed by the county council. Council appointees shall be nominated by each council member, and not by any other council member, and confirmed by the council. The county executive may recommend names for appointment by the county council.

(3) Names of potential members and alternates may be submitted to the county executive from any source. The county executive shall notify county arts organizations of vacancies so that names of interested and qualified individuals may be submitted by such organizations for consideration.

(4) Each member and alternate shall (a) possess acknowledged accomplishment in one or more of the following fields: architecture, arts criticism, arts education, history, dance, communicative arts, crafts, theater, heritage arts, landscape architecture, literature, music, painting, photography, planning, sculpture, or ethnic arts; or (b) have publicly demonstrated a deep interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities.

(5) Members and alternates shall be selected without respect to political affiliation.

(6) The original appointment of members to the commission shall be as follows: two for two years, two for three years, and three for four years, with all appointment terms (both executive and council) assigned by lots. Thereafter, appointments shall be made for four-year terms. The terms of alternates shall be coterminious with the terms of the members for which they serve as alternates. All appointees shall serve until their successors are appointed.

(7) The terms of members on and alternates to the arts commission shall be limited as provided in SCC 2.30.050.

(8) Vacancies for any unexpired term shall be filled by appointment for the remainder of the unexpired term.

(9) All members and alternates shall serve without compensation.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 9, 2004; Amended Ord. 06-027; May 24, 2006; Eff date June 5, 2006)

2.95.040 Duties and powers of arts commission

The arts commission

(1) shall advocate for the arts as a part of Snohomish county’s culture;

(2) shall recommend an annual arts program to the county executive for proposal to the county council for approval, which recommendation shall detail the proposed sources of funding for the arts program, including the funding provided by SCC 2.95.080(2);

(3) shall recommend criteria for the selection of any artist or work of art to be funded through the arts program, such selection criteria to be submitted to the county executive for approval;

(4) shall provide periodic reports to the county executive on recommended acquisitions of works of art;

(5) shall recommend to the county executive the public site or sites at which to install, display, mount or perform any work of art funded through the arts program;

(6) shall advise the county executive on the maintenance, conservation, removal, relocation, or alteration of any public arts facility or work of art owned by or loaned to the county;

(7) shall make recommendations to the county executive on the funding for specific works of art;

(8) may seek private or public donations and grants for the arts program, and

(9) shall provide an annual written report to the county council on or before September 1 of each year that describes the activities of the commission during the current calendar year and contains the arts program described in SCC 2.95.030.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 9, 2004; Amended Ordinance No. 06-026; June 14, 2006, Eff date July 8, 2006)

2.95.050 Arts program

The arts program shall consist of the strategic objectives and specific tasks established in a calendar and plan, updated at least annually, recommended by the arts commission and approved by the county executive and county council acting by motion.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 9, 2004)

2.95.060 Quorum; officers

(1) Five members of the commission shall constitute a quorum. An alternate serving in the absence of the member for whom he or she is the alternate shall be counted for the purpose of determining a quorum. A vacancy in one or more positions on the commission shall not affect the validity of commission action so long as a quorum is present.

(2) All actions of the arts commission shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the full commission. Alternates serving in the absence of members for whom they are alternates shall have the same rights as the members for whom they are serving, except that a regular member shall preside over a meeting if the chairperson is absent.

(3) The arts commission shall select from among its members a chairperson and such other officers as may be necessary to conduct the commission’s business.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug 9, 2004; Amended Ord. 06-027, May 24, 2006, Eff date June 5, 2006)

2.95.070 Bylaws

The arts commission shall adopt bylaws governing

(1) Compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act (chapter 42.30 RCW);

(2) Rules of parliamentary procedure utilizing Robert’s Rules of Order;

(3) Order and conduct of business; and

(4) Frequency of meetings.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff. date Aug. 9, 2004)

2.95.080 Arts fund

(1) The arts fund is hereby established.

(2) The budget for each county construction project shall include an amount equal to 1% of the cost of the county construction project as defined in 2.95.020(6) and 2.95.020(7), which amount shall be deposited in the arts fund from the funds identified in that budget. The department responsible for the county construction project shall make or initiate the deposit into the arts fund. The county finance committee shall develop a policy that establishes the time and manner for the making of these deposits into the arts fund.

(3) The county may in the budget ordinance provide for additional contributions to the arts fund.

(4) Private or other public contributions to the county for the arts, including but not limited to grants, bequests and gifts, shall be deposited into the arts fund. At the request of the donor, a contribution may be limited to a particular work or works of art as approved by the county executive and county council acting by motion.

(5) Any other proceeds or revenues dedicated to the county arts program shall be deposited into the arts fund.

(6) The costs of arts program administration may be paid from the arts fund.

(7) Amounts on deposit in the arts fund, less the costs of arts program administration, shall be expended only on works of art recommended by the arts commission and approved by the county executive pursuant to SCC 2.10.010 and thereafter approved by the county council pursuant to SCC 2.95.040(2). Expenditures from the arts fund may be made to create works of art, to acquire works of art, and to install, display, maintain or perform works of art. All expenditures from the arts fund shall be subject to appropriation by the county council.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 9, 2004; Amended Ord. 06-026, June 14, 2006, Eff date July 8, 2006; Amended Ord. 07-015, March 21, 2007, Eff date April 7, 2007; Amended by Ord. 08-067, May 7, 2008, Eff May 17, 2008)

2.95.090 Executive to provide staff support

(1) The county executive may provide support for the arts program from existing county staff and resources. Any new staffing shall be subject to county council approval of overall county staffing levels.

(2) The arts fund shall be managed by the finance director or his/her designee whose name and title shall appear on a master list maintained in the department of budget and finance.

(Added Amended Ord. 04-063, July 28, 2004, Eff date Aug. 9, 2004)