Arts and Culture Commission


Second Monday of the month
4:30 p.m.

Northfield Public Library
Library Meeting Room
210 Washington St.

Agendas and minutes

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Name Title Term  expiration
Arnab Chakladar Member December 31, 2021
Bonnie Jean Flom Member December 31, 2019
Karna Hauck Member December 31, 2019
Cynthia Gilbertson Secretary December 31, 2021
Mark Gleason Member December 31, 2021
Jill Ewald Member December 31, 2019
Heather Lawrenz Vice Chair December 31, 2020
Alyssa Herzog Melby Chair December 31, 2020
Paula Granquist Member December 31, 2020
Harper Bechtel (Voting) Youth Representative 2019-2020 school year
Madeline McDermott Youth Representative 2019-2020 school year
Edie Meehan Youth Representative 2019-2020 school year
Robby Swenson Youth Representative 2019-2020 school year

Staff liaisons

Name Title Phone number
Teresa Jensen Library and IT Director 507-645-1801


The Arts and Culture Commission advises the City Council about the development of arts and cultural activities, organizations, and facilities in Northfield. The Arts and Culture Commission was created by City Council in January 2007 following a recommendation from ArtsPlan06 which identified its mission. 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

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


The Arts and Culture Commission has initiated a number of special projects, including:

Sidewalk poetry

High school sculpture project

Living treasures award

Study on the economic impact of the arts in Northfield.

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.


  1. Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057