About the Geneva Cultural Arts Commission

Cultural Arts Commission Chairman Tim Vetang talks about the great community events and importance of enhancing the arts in Geneva. This video aired on Geneva Broadcast Network in July 2015.
 


Mission


Our mission is to create diverse cultural arts experiences that engage the community by: pursuing the active participation and cooperation of the arts community, government, business, education, and the public; providing resources and opportunities for both the arts community and art patrons; and developing new and exciting cultural initiatives that encourage economic and social growth.

Meetings


The Cultural Arts Commission meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 109 James St. in Geneva. Meetings are open to the public. For more information, call Geneva City Hall: 630-232-7494. Agendas and meeting minutes can be found in the Agenda Center.

Cultural Arts Commissioners


Tim Vetang, Chairman
Kent Gallagher
Chazmin Baechler
Doug Holzrichter Carolyn Hill
Alexia Monaco
Dana Teichart
Jan Schmuckal
Deanna Matyskiel

History


The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission was formed in 2006 with the goal of creating a regional model for promoting the arts within the community. The commission consists of a nine-member committee and executive chair, which functions as an auxiliary body of Geneva's city government. Plans for creating the GCAC started in 2005. Organizers envisioned it as a resource for artists and groups, and the commission would also create a cultural arts center and a business plan that would highlight how the arts would contribute to the City.

Annual Programs & Support


Annual programs include the Geneva Film Festival, Summer Series Concerts at RiverPark, Shakespeare in the Park, Steeple Walk Christmas Concert, Bike+Rack=Art Functional Sculptures, Art on Fire Hydrant Paintings, Snow Plow Art, Gimme Shelter Bus Stop Murals, Select Public Art Projects and the Art Affair Fundraiser. The Commission also proudly supports the artistic endeavors of the Geneva Foundation for the Arts, Greater Geneva Art Guild and Orion Ensemble Chamber Group.

Business Plan for Community Arts Center


The Commission has worked with community stakeholders to create a Business Plan for a Community Arts Center to be located in Geneva. The City of Geneva in cooperation with the GCAC retained Public Research Group in 2010 to survey the community to understand its cultural needs and gauge public interest in building a Cultural Arts Center. The results of this study can be found online.

Get Involved with Cultural Arts!


The Geneva Cultural Arts Commission relies on volunteers who have a passion for and interest in promoting the arts. Fill out this Volunteer Form, call 630-938-4530 or email culturalarts@geneva.il.us.



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