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Cultural Arts Commission

  • 7:00 PM
  • City Hall 
    1707 St. Johns Ave.
    Highland Park, IL 60035
  • For more information, please contact staff liaison Hayley Garard at 847.926.1043 or at
Commission Resources                           
Arts Resources  Cultural Arts Grant Programs

  • Catherine Ricciardelli, Chair - Term expires 2019
  • Judith Kaufman, Vice Chair - Term expires 2021
  • Jeffrey Arena, Commissioner - Term expires 2021
  • Wendi Ezgur, Commisioner - Term expires 2021
  • Laura Kramer , Commissioner - Term expires 2020
  • Kaye Pina, Commissioner - Term expires 2021
  • Nina Weiss, Commissioner - Term expires 2021
  • Terrence Arrington, Student Representative - Term expires 6/2018
  • Rebecca Melamed, Student Representative - Term expires 6/2018
  • Chloe Shemano-Krupp, Student Representative - Term expires 6/2019
  • Elliot Starkman, Student Representative - Term expires 6/2019
  • Beth Keller, Highland Park Public Library Representative
  • Kim Stone, City Council Liaison                
  • Hayley Garard, Staff Liaison 

 * May be re-appointed to an additional four-year term. 

The Cultural Arts Commission consists of 10 members, all of whom are appointed by the mayor with the consent of the City Council. Three of the 10 commissioners are non-voting members representing the City Council, the library and the Park District. The seven other members are Highland Park residents who are appointed for four-year terms and may be reappointed to a second consecutive four-year term. No commission member may serve for more than two full consecutive terms.

Commission Details
In 1985, the City Council appointed a volunteer group of arts supporters to an Arts Task Force. The Task Force recommended that a Cultural Arts Commission be established, functioning within the City government. Supported by City staff, the commission was granted a budget for programming and promotional activities. Since its inception, the Cultural Arts Commission (CAC) has worked to establish a presence in the community. The Cultural Arts Commission has also published a map and guide to the City's Outdoor Public Art Collection.