City Boards and Commissions

Contact Information
Community Development
101 First Street SE
Cedar Rapids IA, 52401
Phone: 319-286-5041

Staff Liaisons:
Seth Gunnerson
Kirsty Sanchez

The Visual Arts Commission exists to select and preserve visual art in public places for the public good. The Commission seeks to incorporate visual art into various dimensions of city planning, encourages the efforts of local artists, and provides advice and assistance in the fielding of public arts competitions. By enhancing the vitality and identity of the community, the Commission strives to enhance the quality of life of those who live in or visit the city of Cedar Rapids.  The Commission desires the involvement of the community in selecting, dedicating, preserving and in some cases financing the artwork.  

In 2015 the City of Cedar Rapids completed the unveiling of the East Wall of the City Hall Council Chambers (formerly Federal Courtroom) Murals. For information on the murals, and to view videos of the History Restored Lecture Series, click here.

General Meeting & Member Information
Meetings are held at 3:00 pm on the 2nd Thursday of each month at City Hall, 101 First Street SE, unless otherwise announced

The Visual Arts Commission consists of 7-9 members. Members are appointed by the Mayor for rotating 3-year terms. Terms are indicated in parenthesis and expire on June 30th of the corresponding year.

Current Members

  • Bill Stamats (2016) - Chair

  • Lynn Ocken (2016)

  • Barbara Green (2017)

  • Kim Vogel (2017)

  • Marilee Fowler (2018)

  • Ashley Glassberg (2018)

  • David Van Allen (2018)

  • Kristy Raine (2018) 

  • Karla Scriven (2018)

Donating/Adopting Art
The City of Cedar Rapids welcomes gifts but reserves the right to evaluate their appropriateness before accepting them.  Applications can be sent to City Hall, 101 First Street SE, Cedar Rapids IA 52401 or emailed to the Community Development Department at

To help keep the community connected to public art the City offers a program for residents to adopt art.  For more information contact the Department of Community Development at 319-286-5041.

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