Arts Commission

The Arts Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council. It may hold public meetings and make such studies, analyses and reports as requested by the City Council and may perform the following functions:

  • Inform the City Council in matters of arts

  • Serve as a clearinghouse for concerns and ideas about arts

  • Enlarge the art consciousness of Bellevue

  • Encourage multi-age working, sharing, learning and teaching in the arts

  • Encourage and recognize local artists

  • Explore financing for acquisitions related to the arts

  • Establish a long-range plan for the development and operation of a cultural center

  • Make recommendations as requested by the City Council

  • Review the suitability of art works intended as gifts to the city.


The Arts Commission meets on the first Tuesday of each month at City Hall, at 4:30 p.m. in room 1E-109. 

There are occasional changes to this schedule. Meeting dates, times and topics are available on the agendas. Sign up for Alerts to receive emails or texts about upcoming meetings. The meetings are open to the public, and you are welcome to attend.

Agendas & Meeting Minutes

Be prepared for several types of closures expected to start Monday, June 12, along 110th Avenue NE by City Hall. The west driveway to visitor parking, one northbound travel lane north of the driveway, and the sidewalk north of the driveway to NE 6th Street will be closed. The driveway will be reconfigured to become a two-way driveway; construction should take two to three months. There will also be lanes closures on NE 6th Street between 112th and 110th Avenues NE.

Current Projects

The Commission's work program is based on implementing the Cultural Compass, the city's plan for developing arts and culture in our community. Major ongoing programs include the Public Art Program for commissioning public art for the community, and Eastside Arts Partnerships and Special Projects funding providing direct support to artists and arts organizations serving Bellevue.

The commission is currently working on:

  • Creative Economy Strategy

  • Grand Connection Arts & Cultural Element

  • Lattawood Park Public Art Project

  • Lake Hills Utility Poles Public Art Project

  • Meydenbauer Bay Park Public Art Projects


The Arts Commission is comprised of seven Bellevue residents appointed by the mayor with the concurrence of the City Council. The terms are four years and expire on May 31 of the last year of the term. No one can serve more than two consecutive full terms. If a commissioner is appointed to fill a partial term of less than two years, that commissioner is eligible to serve for an additional two full terms.
  • Paul Manfredi, Chair (second term ends 2021)

  • Philip Malkin, Vice Chair (second term ends 2021)

  • Ashmita Gulati (first term ends 2021)

  • Trudi Jackson (second term ends 2019)

  • Maria Lau Hui (first term ends 2019)

  • Rebecca Lewis (first term ends 2018)

  • Carl Wolfteich (first term ends 2018)


City of Bellevue Arts ProgramStaff contact Joshua Heim




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