Langely considers creating arts commission

An early look at what Langley’s arts commission could be drew lots of interest from the city council Monday night.

Jeff Arango, Langley’s director of community planning, showed the council members what arts commissions in Edmonds and Port Townsend are responsible for and how they operate. He hoped to use their mission and vision as a guideline for what Langley’s arts commission will be and do.

The Langley City Council pondered the idea of using 1 percent of the cost of capital projects for public art.

The Edmonds arts commission holds events, concerts, awards tourism promotion grants and selects, maintains and plans public art installations.

Port Townsend’s arts commission uses 1 percent of the city’s capital projects fund to design and create public art.

Arango said he would likely have a proposal about the Langley arts commission in January or February.

“This is a really good first step,” said Councilman Hal Seligson.

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