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Cultural Arts Advisory Group

City Hall 
1707 St. Johns Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035

The Cultural Arts Advisory Group meets on the second Tuesday of each quarter at 6:30 PM. Meeting dates for 2023 are January 17, April 18, July 18, October 17.

Agendas and Minutes

Chair Joanne Bernstein                       1/1/22 – 12/31/23
Vice Chair Gerald Eisenberg            1/1/22 – 12/31/23
John Blane                                                  1/1/23 – 12/31/24
Amy Kersten Bruno                              1/1/23 – 12/31/24
Edward P. Kaufman                                1/1/22 – 12/31/23
Alan E. Lasser                                            1/1/22 – 12/31/23
James M. Lynch                                        1/1/22 – 12/31/23
Silvia Rota                                                    1/1/22 - 12/31/23
Marika Rudy                                              1/1/23 – 12/31/24
Cheryl Steiger                                           1/1/22 – 12/31/23
Deborah Wachtel                                    1/1/22 - 12/31/23

Student Representative Emma Pasternak           Thru June 2024

Staff Liaison Amanda M. Bennett
Council Liaison Andrés Tapia
Alternate Council Liaison is Yumi Ross


Arts Resources
  • Public Art Map
    The Cultural Arts Advisory Group is preparing an updated public art map. Please note the following: Golden Boy 1
    Updated address: Please note that the sculpture Boy On A Swing (pictured at right) has recently been relocated to its new home at the Highland Park Police Department! The sculpture was reinstalled by Public Works - Forestry Division and City contractors in November 2020, ensuring the health of the tree. See Mary Block's Boy On A Swing in its new home at 1677 Old Deerfield Road. 
    In addition, Michael Szabo's sculpture, Ingress, does not appear on the Public Art Map. Installed at the intersection of Deerfield Road, Hickory Street, and Laurel Avenue in August 2019, the sculpture honors the first 150 years of Highland Park. Click here to learn more.
  • Cultural Arts Plan (Adopted by City Council October 26, 2015)
  • Contribute to the Public Art Fund
  • Donate Art to the City 
  • Arts Award

The Cultural Arts Advisory Group has the following duties and responsibilities:

  •  Reviews and provides advisory recommendations regarding proposals for public art installation on the City’s public rights-of-way, including, but not limited to, the selection of art pieces and designs, proposed locations, procurement costs, maintenance and upkeep impacts and costs;
  • Provides advisory recommendations regarding maintenance frequency and methods for City-owned art in cooperation with the Department of Public Works and City Manager’s Office;
  • Provides advisory recommendations regarding the development of arts and cultural programs and related communications directed at various age, ethnic, and religious groups that enhance City residents’ quality of life; and
  • Reviews and recommend programming as set forth in the City’s Cultural Arts Master Plan.
For more information, please contact Amanda Bennett, staff liaison to the Cultural Arts Advisory Group, at 847.926.1043 or

Information about the former Cultural Arts Commission can be found here.