Arts and Humanities Commission

Call to Art Notification

The City of Rowlett Arts & Humanities Commission seeks to commission an original, exterior, site-specific, functionally, philosophically, and artistically integrated space for Rowlett Fire Station #2.

Download the full Call to Artists document: Here

Submissions are due by January 31, 2022.

Update on Public Art

Like so many around the nation, last year’s AHC events were negatively impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As a new fiscal year begins, the commission would like to update the community on current AHC events and efforts.

We were able to facilitate the annual Young Artists’ Exhibit and Photography Contest this year, which will provide the commission beautiful images to include in the annual AHC Calendar. Be on the lookout early in 2022, when these free calendars will be available at the Rowlett Community Centre, Chamber of Commerce, City Hall and Rowlett Public Library. They are a wonderful representation of events captured by citizens from behind their camera lenses throughout the year. They also include the creativity and artistic talent of the youth of our community.

Looking forward to 2022, the Commission held an all day meeting where newly appointed members were introduced, and the year’s events were planned. We are excited to share that it is going to be a jam-packed year if the current downward pandemic trends continue!

Great news regarding public art: the City Council adopted the City of Rowlett Fiscal Year 2022 Budget at the end of September, which includes an annual public art budget of $50,000.00. Utilizing our remaining Public Art funds in combination with this year’s budget allotment, we plan to place a piece to commemorate 9/11 at our community’s new Fire Station 2 on Schrade Road. We are collaborating with Chief Howard regarding his vision for the piece and hope to have it installed by 9/11/22.

The commission is also busy preparing to launch Rowlett Sings 2022, in person. Be looking for updates regarding entry submissions after the new year.

The Rowlett Arts & Humanities Commission has enjoyed being a very active and publicly engaged commission. Our efforts have always focused on inspiring the arts across all venues and promoting the special beauty and inspiration that only the arts can achieve. We hope 2022 will afford us the opportunity to engage more with our fellow Rowlettians, and we look forward to embracing the support and participation of all residents!

Meetings

  • 6:30 pm
  • Second Tuesday of every month (except July and December)
  • Rowlett Public Library Class/Board Room
    3900 Main Street Ste 200
    Rowlett, TX 75088
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Agendas

Agendas are available prior to the meetings.

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Minutes

Minutes are also available following approval.

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Many archived documents are now available via this website. Agendas and minutes prior to 2008 are located in Laserfiche, a document imaging program used by the City for archived records. Instructions (PDF) are also provided.

Members

The Arts and Humanities Commission is comprised of seven regular members appointed by the City Council who serve staggered two-year terms and two alternate members appointed by the City Council annually.

Member Position Term Ending
Jeffery Winget Regular Member September 30, 2023
JR Forasteros Regular Member September 30, 2022
Deborah Crosby Regular Member, Chair September 30, 2023
Neslie Fudge Regular Member September 30, 2022
Laura Keasling Regular Member September 30, 2023
Gary Alexander Regular Member, Vice Chair September 30, 2022
Katherine Voor Regular Member September 30, 2023
Katheryn Crenshaw Alternate Member September 30, 2022
Theresa Zicolello Alternate Member September 30, 2022
David Olmstead Alternate Member September 30, 2022
Patricia Swagerty Alternate Member September 30, 2022

Commission Responsibilities

Duties and responsibilities of the Arts and Humanities Commission include encouraging the development of, appreciation for and participation in the arts and humanities in the City of Rowlett.

Time Commitment

The Arts and Humanities Commission has 10 meetings per year. (No meeting in July or December.) In addition to these meetings, there are three to five special projects chaired or jointly chaired by subcommittees. Each special project could require from 10 to 25 hours of service. Typically a commission member would chair or jointly chair just one project.

Become a Member

Are you looking for ways to give back to the community? If so, we have a spot for you! We’re looking for committed residents willing to volunteer a few hours of their time each month to serve on a board or commission. Applications are available in the City Secretary’s Office in the City Hall Municipal Center at 4000 Main Street. Completed applications can be dropped off at the City Secretary’s Office, faxed to 972-412-6118 or emailed to the City Secretary’s Office.