Having served as a volunteer on a smaller but similar body many years ago in a nearby city, I'm well aware that individuals putting in their time on organizations like the Tacoma Art Commission do not always enjoy the kind of widespread thanks and good publicity that is their due.
Having attended this year's simply superlative Art Symposium at University of Puget Sound the weekend of November 15 -16 as part of the annual ART AT WORK month celebration, I believe it would be simply another injustice to let the 2008 year conclude without calling for a round of applause to all members of the board listed at www.tacomaculture.org.
They include: Phillip Hill, chairman; Margaret Payne, vice chair; Jan F. Brazzell, Richard Cardwell, Robin Echtle, Sarah Idstrom, Jan Karroll, Traci Kelly, Don Lacky, Bill La Vergne, Janet Matzke, Kristi Nebel, Jacqueline Peterson, Michael Reynolds, Julie Anderson (City Council Liason) and Jake Fey (City Council Liason Alternate).
Similar kudos should also extended to the commission's able and talented administrator Amy McBride and cultural arts specialist Naomi Strom-Avila.
In a perfect world, all cities and towns would have the pleasure of watching what and how groups such as the commission and for that matter a number of others arts organizations in the area model the kind of thinking and engage opportunities for both citizenry and the arts which can easily provide the kind of textbook study future generations will pour over for years to come.
Therefore for the irreplaceable inspiration they have offered through such programs as Art at Work Month and the aforementioned Art Symposium - 2008 members and staff ought to be encouraged to please, please take another bow!