Shawnee Arts & Culture Commission

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Shawnee Arts & Culture Commission

The City of Shawnee Arts & Culture Commission (SACC) is a seven-member standing committee of volunteer visual arts and business professionals, established by Chapter 22, Article IX of the Shawnee Municipal Code. Members are appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the City Commission for the purpose of advising the City Commission on matters relating to the implementation of Chapter 22, Article IX, as amended from time to time.

The primary role of the SACC is to review and approve all art purchased, commissioned, or accepted as a gift by the City of Shawnee, Oklahoma. They review and make recommendations regarding the proposed placement of art located within public rights-of-way or on City-owned or leased property. The SACC implements City policy to provide a means to fund the City's acquisition, display, and maintenance of works of art and to integrate art, when appropriate, into City construction projects. SACC approval is also necessary before any art, subject to their approval, can be in any way altered or removed.


  • To advise the City Commission concerning works of art to be placed on municipal property.
  • Suggest art for inclusion in any construction or renovation project pursuant to the receipt of 1% for art funding as soon as the proposed art is in schematic either-or rendered form.
  • To advise the City Commission concerning the promotion of coordination among units of government in their projects and programs involving the arts and cultural matters.
  • To perform any other functions imposed by this article or otherwise specified by the City Commission.

Encouraged Activities

  • To make regular assessments of the conditions and needs of the City concerning the arts.
  • To make recommendations to the City Commission concerning grants from Federal and State agencies, private groups, and individuals, and when directed by the City Commission, oversee arts and cultural projects and programs.
  • To increase public awareness of the value of our arts and cultural resources by developing and participating in public information programs.
  • To advise and assist the City Commission in connection with such other arts and cultural matters as may be referred to it by the City Commission.
  • To encourage increased arts and cultural involvement by departments of the City and to better utilize private arts and cultural agencies for services to citizens.
  • Working with businesses and local organizations to create art-related events
  • Liaising with local organizations to create art education programs. 
  • Identifying public properties that might be appropriate locations for public art.
  • Identifying grant opportunities for public arts within the City.
  • Assist in the creation of citywide art projects.
  • Advising the City Commission on all matters affecting the culture of the City and advising and assisting other City boards and commissions in the field of fine arts.
  • Encouraging programs in the fine arts and promoting the cultural enrichment of the community
  • Establishing an effective liaison between the City and local cultural and artistic groups
The commission meets once per quarter on the last Wednesday of January, April, July, and October.  Special meetings may be called as warranted.