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.

Unique Cycle   Doodle Fire Hydrant   Gimme Shelter   Welcome Rounds


Annual Programs & Support


The Commission coordinates special events open to the public throughout the year, including the Geneva Film Festival, RiverPark Summer Concert Series, Shakespeare in the Park, and Steeple Walk. To learn more about these events view the side panel.  

Instrumental in expanding Geneva's Public Art collection, the Commission and the Public Art Advisory Committee have facilitated the installation of sculptural bike racks. Through the Bike + Rack = Art functional sculptures program, selected designs have been purchased and installed on an annual basis. Since 2013, the Commission and the City have worked together to promote Art on Fire, a contest which encourages volunteers to paint fire hydrants with unique designs each year. Check out the City's interactive map of the painted fire hydrants. Register with the City to paint your own in March/April. Through the Gimme Shelter bus stop art program, the Commission has installed six PACE bus shelters with original artwork from Geneva students. If you find yourself on Randall Road in Geneva, you may come across one of these beautified shelters. 

The Commission proudly supports the artistic endeavors of the Geneva Foundation for the Arts and the Greater Geneva Art Guild. The Commission and the Geneva Foundation for the Arts work together to promote a thriving art community in the City of Geneva. As a result of a retreat in November 2017, the two organizations signed a Statement of Cooperation to better define their responsibilities.


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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