City Boards and Commissions

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

Staff Liaison:
Seth Gunnerson

Visual Arts Commission

History Restored: The City Hall Murals

A special lecture series, “History Restored: Law & Culture in City Hall Murals” will be offered this winter and next spring on the historic murals adorning the walls of the Cedar Rapids City Council Chambers. For the 2017 - 2018 lecture series schedule, and to view videos of the 2015 History Restored Lecture Series, click here.

About the Commission
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.  

General Meeting & Member Information
Meetings are held at 3:30 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 (2019) - Chair

  • Lynn Ocken (2019)

  • Anne Johnson (2020)

  • Karla Scriven (2020)

  • Ashley Glassberg (2021)

  • David Van Allen (2021)

  • Alexis Dagit (2021)

  • M. Kayt Conrad (2021)

  • Jonathan Berger (2021)


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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