Arts and Humanities Commission

The Takoma Park Arts and Humanities Commission (AHC) serves in an official advisory role to the City Council on all matters related to the arts and humanities. The Commission promotes, coordinates and strengthens public programs to further cultural development of the City. At least 2/3 of the members must be Takoma Park residents. The AHC generally meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. For information, contact Housing & Community Development Director Sara Anne Daines via email at or call 301-891-7224.

Duties and Responsibilites 

1.    Develop in cooperation with other City Departments and the Montgomery County Arts and Humanities Council, a long-range Master Plan for the development of a thriving arts community in Takoma Park and the utilization of public facilities for art-related activities. Such Master Plan shall be updated every 2 years;
2.    Initiate, sponsor, conduct or support, alone or in cooperation with other public or private agencies, public programs in the arts;
3.    Serve as a clearinghouse for information about Takoma Park artists, art programs, facilities, organizations and institutions and to actively encourage public awareness, utilization, and support of such resources;
4.    Advise the City as to the availability and adequacy of facilities and space for the presentation of cultural activities;
5.    Review and advise on the aesthetic aspects of all works of art or designs or public monuments accepted or commissioned by the City;
6.    Prepare and submit budgetary recommendation to the City Manager for annual expenditures necessary for the continuation and development of public programs and facilities which further the arts;
7.    Review funding requests and recommend to the City Council the allocation of monies to cultural organizations, arts organizations, and individual artists;
8.    Seek out and encourage contributions and grants to the arts from private and public sources;
9.    Initiate proposals for Federal and State assistance to the arts and to review arts-related proposals and programs originated by the City and approved by the City Manager;
10.    Keep abreast of what other communities are doing to further the arts and to adapt their accomplishments to the needs of Takoma Park;
11.    Prepare an annual report to the City Council on the activities of the Commission. 
Commission Membership
A.    Membership. The Commission shall consist of a minimum of 7 and maximum of 15 persons to be appointed by the City Council. A minimum of 2/3 of the members of the Commission shall reside in the City of Takoma Park. No organization which is a potential recipient of city arts funding shall have on the Commission more than one person who serves on its board or staff. Every effort shall be made to have a broad and diverse representation of the fine and performing arts community and of local arts and cultural organizations on the Commission.
B.    Terms of Office. Commission Members shall serve staggered 3-year terms with initial appointments of one, 2 and 3 years. All terms shall being on July 1st and end on June 30th. Members may be appointed for a maximum of 2 successive terms. Mid-term vacancies shall be filled to serve the balance of the unexpired term.
C.    Structure.
1.    The Commission shall organize and adopt bylaws and rules of procedure, necessary to accomplish its purposes, and elect from its members a Chairperson and such other officers as it shall deem necessary. Officers shall serve for a period of one year.
2.    The Commission shall meet quarterly or as often as required to fulfill its responsibilities.

3.    All meetings shall be open to the public and are subject to the Maryland Open Meetings Law. Meeting notices and agendas shall be prepared and submitted to the City Clerk and posted in advance of any Commission meeting in accordance with State law. Written records of Commission proceedings shall be maintained. A report on the activities of the Commission shall be submitted to the City Council once a year.

4.    The Commission shall not meet unless a majority of the appointed members are present.
5.    The Commission, individually, or as a whole, may lobby or provide comments or recommendations to entities other than the City Council only as authorized and directed by the City Manager or through formal action of the City Council.
D.    Staffing. The City Manager or his or her designee shall provide appropriate staff support to the Commission. 
  • Chiara Atoyebi
  • Hannah Baldwin
  • Eric Gordon
  • Gelynn Hurt
  • Janie Meneely (co-chair)
  • Elizabeth Mische
  • Michelle Ohnona
  • M. Charlene Porter
  • Iva Saller
  • Camilla Schaeffer
  • Marilyn Skylar
  • Susan Strasser
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