Chapter 2.45


2.45.010    Creation – Members.

2.45.020    Definitions.

2.45.030    Officers – Meetings – Quorum.

2.45.040    Powers and duties.

2.45.010 Creation – Members.

A.    Creation. There is created an arts commission, consisting of seven members, appointed by the city council, from persons of recognized fitness for such positions. No person shall be ineligible as a member by reason of sex or age, and no member shall receive any compensation. A majority of the members shall be residents of the city. All members shall be residents of the city’s urban growth area.

B.    Members.

1.    The commission shall consist of seven members whose term of office shall be three years, not more than three of which terms shall expire each year. All terms shall expire March 31st of the year of expiration for the individual term. Such arts commission shall have only advisory powers and authority with respect to the allocation of one percent for the arts funding, promotion of fundraising for the arts and culture and promotion of arts and culture in the community as granted by this chapter and subsequent ordinances. Members of the commission shall serve at the pleasure of the city council and may be removed at any time by a majority of the council. Vacancies for the remainder of unexpired terms shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointments are made. (Ord. 2251 § 2, 2018; Ord. 2216 § 2, 2017).

2.45.020 Definitions.

Words used in this chapter shall have the following meanings:

A.    “Commission” means the arts commission.

B.    “Artwork” includes, but is not limited to, paintings, murals, inscriptions, stained glass, fiber work, statues, reliefs or other sculpture, monuments, fountains, arches, or other structures intended for ornament or commemoration. Also included are carvings, frescoes, mosaics, mobiles, photographs, drawings, collages, prints, crafts, both decorative and utilitarian, in clay, fiber, wood, metal, glass, plastics and other materials. Landscape items include the artistic placement of natural materials or other functional art objects. Works of art may be portable as well as permanent. (Ord. 2251 § 3, 2018; Ord. 2216 § 2, 2017).

2.45.030 Officers – Meetings – Quorum.

Immediately after their appointment, members of the commission shall meet and organize by electing from the members of the commission a chair, secretary, and such other officers as may be necessary. It shall be the duty of the chair to preside at all meetings of the commission and of the secretary to keep minutes of all meetings and of all proceedings of the commission. A majority of the commission constitutes a quorum for the transaction of business, and the votes of a majority of the quorum shall be necessary to carry out any business. A meeting of the commission shall be held at least every other month, unless cancelled due to a lack of business. (Ord. 2216 § 2, 2017).

2.45.040 Powers and duties.

A.    The commission shall advise the city council regarding artwork in Bothell, including the allocation of one percent for the arts funding, promotion of fundraising for the arts and culture and promotion of arts and culture in the community as granted by this chapter and subsequent ordinances, but shall have no administrative or supervisory powers.

B.    The commission shall have the power to advise regarding the establishment of arts and culture in Bothell. The commission shall endeavor to develop a collection of public art that is of the highest quality that will encompass a broad aesthetic range reflecting the city and the minds of its citizens that will improve the quality of life in the area, that will be accessible to all individuals and be a source of pride to all residents. The commission shall seek to develop the one percent for the arts program and the associated collection in such a way so that it is intimately integrated into the fabric of the city of Bothell and reflects a broad range of community input and involvement by artists and art professionals. The commission is responsible for reviewing, advocating and developing public art projects in the public domain for the city of Bothell. It will develop a formal structure in which to create, develop and maintain public art as well as further public accessibility to the arts.

Specifically, the one percent for the arts program objectives include:

1.    Develop a public art program that is unique to Bothell.

2.    Increase the understanding and enjoyment of public art by Bothell residents.

3.    Invite public participation in the interaction with public spaces.

4.    Provide unusual and challenging employment opportunities for artists.

5.    Encourage collaborations between artists and architects, and artists and engineers, and artists and the community.

6.    Support artist participation for planning public art projects.

7.    Encourage variety of art forms: temporary and permanent, object and event, single or dispersed locations.

8.    Spread opportunities among a wide number of artists and strive for overall diversity in style, scale and intent.

All commission meetings shall be conducted in accordance with the Washington open public meetings law.

The commission shall be responsible to the city council for its duties and actions. The commission shall acquire authorization from the city council prior to undertaking any project. (Ord. 2216 § 2, 2017).