Municipal Arts Commission

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When: Aug 12, 2020 05:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Topic: AMAC August 12, 2020

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The mission of the Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) is to make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and the community in order to enhance the existing cultural resources of the area; to encourage new opportunities for the creation, performance, and exhibition of all the arts; and to promote policies and activities that preserve the beauty, history, and culture of the region.


AMAC consists of seven members, five members are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council, one member is a City Council representative, and one member is the Mayor or his designee.

Members Term Ending
Birnbaum, Josh (Acting Secretary) November 2022
Braun, Elizabeth (Vice Chair)
November 2022
Judy, Ann December 2021
Lawrence, Kelly December 2021
Morahan, Chelsa
October 2022
Patterson, Carol (Chair)
November 2022
Winland, Scott
December 2021
Chiki, Andrew (Mayor's Designee)  N/A
Risner, Jeff (City Council Representative)  N/A


  • 2nd Wednesday of every month
  • 5:30 PM
  • City Council Chambers

All AMAC meetings are open to the public.  The following often attend these meetings as invited guests: Paige Alost (Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau), Paul Logue (Athens City Planner), and the Program Specialist of ARTS/West. Agenda suggestions from the public for items to be discussed must be submitted at least one week in advance of the scheduled meeting.

The Athens Municipal Arts Commission is charged with making recommendations to Athens City Council and the Athens Administration as listed in the first paragraph above. AMAC is not a funding or re-granting organization. AMAC has no budget and no authority to commission or purchase work, merely to make recommendations to the City leadership. To accomplish this, AMAC considers proposals from private, public and government sources by forming ad hoc study groups (arts selection committees) made up of artists, citizens and AMAC members who, after due consideration, make recommendations to AMAC, who then deliberates and forwards its recommendations to the Athens City Council and Administration.

The Athens Municipal Arts Commission partnered in the founding of ARTS/West, and the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study of The Economic Impact of the Non-Profit Arts In Athens County.

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