Arts and Culture Commission

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Participants march in the Hillsborough Handmade Parade in Orange County, N.C. Credit: Donn Young for Orange County, N.C.


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The Creative Counties Placemaking Challenge invites counties with populations of less than 150,000 to form multidisciplinary teams to compete in a challenge competition to identify and strengthen ways to integrate arts into solutions to local challenges. 

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Renee Price Chair Orange County, North Carolina

Vice Chair

Emily Bonilla Commissioner Orange County, Florida
Timothy Boyd Commissioner Hamilton County, Tennessee
Katie Cashion County Commissioner Guilford County, North Carolina
Robert Cole Commissioner Santa Rosa County, Florida
Debra Lucero District 2 County Supervisor Butte County, California
Larry Nelson Supervisor Waukesha County, Wisconsin
Stan Ponstein County Commissioner Kent County, Michigan
Greg Puckett Commissioner Mercer County, West Virginia


William Altimus Parish Administrator Bossier Parish, Louisiana
Marvin Arrington Commissioner Fulton County, Georgia
Kate Becker Collector Audrain County, Missouri
Scott Belt Supervisor Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Mary Lou Berger Commissioner Palm Beach County, Florida
Marilyn Brown Commissioner Franklin County, Ohio
Shanita Bryant Commissioner Peach County, Georgia
Terry Buchanan Chief Information Officer Robeson County, North Carolina
Toni Carter Commissioner Ramsey County, Minnesota
Lynn Cawthorne Vice President Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Tarryl Clark Board Chair Stearns County, Minnesota
Mimi Cowan County Board Member Will County, Illinois
Nancy Detert Commissioner Sarasota County, Florida
Jay Dick Sr. Director, State And Local Government Affairs Americans for the Arts, D.C.
Jim Doherty Commissioner Morrow County, Oregon
Jimmie Edwards Councilman District 12 St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
Lenny Eliason Commissioner Athens County, Ohio
Phyllis Errico General Counsel Virginia Association of Counties, Virginia
Mckenzie Farrell Operations Director Association of Oregon Counties, Oregon
Nicole Frethem Commissioner Ramsey County, Minnesota
Sonna Gregory Commissioner Clayton County, Georgia
Tony Guillory Police Jury Association President Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Anna Hansen Commissioner Santa Fe County, New Mexico
Mike Harper President Beauregard Parish, Louisiana
Liz Hausmann Commissioner Fulton County, Georgia
Paul Heimel Commissioner Potter County, Pennsylvania
Kade Holliday Clerk Craighead County, Arkansas
Melvyn Houser Auditor Pottawattamie County, Iowa
Doris Karloff Supervisor Saunders County, Nebraska
Betsy Keller County Chief Administrator El Paso County, Texas
Timmy Lejeune Council Member St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
Eddie Lewis Juror Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana
Deborah Lieberman Commissioner Montgomery County, Ohio
Natalia Macker Commissioner Teton County, Wyoming
Warren Mackey County Commissioner Hamilton County, Tennessee
Daniel Mahoney County Commissioner Jackson County, Michigan
Ann Mallek White Hall District Supervisor Albemarle County, Virginia
Allison Mays , Virginia
Mary McGann County Council Member District At Large Grand County, Utah
Maureen McGuigan Deputy Director of Arts and Culture Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Mary Jo McGuire Commissioner Ramsey County, Minnesota
Shawn Milne Cache Valley Regional Economic Development Director Cache County, Utah
Denise Nieman County Attorney Palm Beach County, Florida
John O'Grady Commissioner Franklin County, Ohio
Toni Pappas Commissioner Hillsborough County, New Hampshire
Jerry Red Councilman District 1 St. Landry Parish, Louisiana
Penny Rich Board Chair Orange County, North Carolina
Christopher Rodgers Commissioner Douglas County, Nebraska
Julie Rogers County Commissioner Kalamazoo County, Michigan
Tiffany Stewart-Stanley Director Of External Affairs/Senior Counsel Douglas County, Georgia
David Strohmaier Commissioner Missoula County, Montana
Vance Stuehrenberg Commissioner Blue Earth County, Minnesota
Shelley Taub County Commissioner Oakland County, Michigan
Margaret Tyson Board Member Will County, Illinois
Matthew Veitch Town Supervisor Saratoga County, New York
Ernestina Wenger Council Elkhart County, Indiana
Devon West Legislative Policy Advisor Broward County, Florida
Stephanie Wright Councilmember Snohomish County, Washington