The Bellevue Common Council unanimously endorsed the formation of a Bellevue Arts Commission at their meeting Monday May 23rd, 2016.
The unanimous decision in favor of the commission followed a presentation by Suzanne Hazlett, President and Co-founder of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour, and Anne Jeffery, Tour participant as a fine art photographer and Bellevue area resident. The newly appointed commissioners have aspirations to engage the citizens of Bellevue in bringing about transformative change in the city they assert serves as the threshold to the Wood River Valley arts community.
“It was great to see our community leaders embrace the newly founded Bellevue Arts Commission. I can’t wait to see what amazing things they will accomplish. The Bellevue Arts Commission is going to help lay the foundation to help Bellevue truly become the gateway to the Sawtooths.” Christopher Koch, Mayor City of Bellevue, Idaho, following the establishment of the city’s first Arts Commission.
“There was a lot of thought and research that went in to developing our proposal for an Arts Commission, but now we need to take that dream and turn it into something tangible. Having an arts commission endorsed by the city will facilitate and widen the spectrum of grants that will be available to promote the arts in the community of Bellevue. We want to thank all of those who encouraged us to give this a go and we are hoping for their support and ideas as we go forward.” – Anne Jeffery, Co-Chair – Bellevue Arts Commission
“We see great creative potential for the Bellevue community. Realization of the complete vision may likely take several years, so we’re eager to get started.” – Suzanne Hazlett Co-Chair – Bellevue Arts Commission