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City of Northfield, MN
801 Washington St.
Northfield, MN 55057
Ph: 507-645-8833

Arts and Culture Commission
  • Second Monday of the month
  • 4:30 P.M.
  • Northfield Public Library Meet Room
    210 Washington St.
    Northfield, MN 55057

Meetings are called by the chair. For transaction of business at any meeting, a majority of members shall constitute a quorum.

Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

 City Meeting Archives  City Meeting Portal

    Name Office Term Expiration Date
    Philip Spensley - Chair Chair December 31, 2015
    Bonnie Jean Flom Vice-Chair December 31, 2016
    Karna Hauck December 31, 2016
    Dan Dressen December 31, 2015
    Mark Gleason  December 31, 2015
    Jill Ewald December 31, 2016
    Timothy Vick  December 31, 2017
    Jill Ewald December 31, 2016
     Noah Heil  Youth Rep  
     Kaylee Lino  Youth Rep  
     Ruthie Nelson  Youth Rep  
    Teresa Jensen Staff Liaison

    The Arts and Culture Commission advises City Council about the development of arts and cultural activities, organizations, and facilities in Northfield. Its purpose is to assist Northfield in becoming a community in which arts and cultural activities:
    • Are recognized as vital components of community life worthy of investment and support from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
    • Are valued and promoted for their economic benefits and development potential, especially in the downtown
    • Include new ethnic groups in Northfield's identity and sense of community
    • Represent an integral part of Northfield's educational mission and programs for young people
    • Engage the talents and involvement of retirees and senior citizens
    • Develop a wider array of opportunities for collaboration between faculty and student artists at the two colleges and community artists
    • Cooperate to enhance the public perception of Northfield's identity and quality of life in the community itself, the surrounding region, and beyond

    Ordinance 855  established the Arts and Culture Commission

    The Arts and Culture Commission has initiated a number of special projects, including sidewalk poetry, a high school sculpture project, a living treasures award and a study on the economic impact of the arts in Northfield.

                Art for City Hall Project - The City of Northfield and its Arts and Culture Commission are soliciting artists interested in having their artwork displayed at City Hall. Artwork may be for sale or on loan; application deadline is January 30, 2015.

    Application & Membership Requirements
    Members are appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council. Members, based on their willingness to serve and background, are appointed from various sectors of the community, including arts and cultural organizations, Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, local schools, business community, independent artists, and the community at large.

    Applications for commission membership are available for download or at:
    City Hall
    801 Washington St.
    Northfield, MN 55057
    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington St.
    Northfield, MN 55057