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Mission

The mission of the Arts and Culture Commission is to enrich the human experience, reinforce Glendale’s identity and civic pride through arts and culture, and to recognize the importance of arts to our quality of life and to the local economy. This is accomplished by consciously integrating arts and culture into the daily life of the people of Glendale through urban design, planning, economic development, and education.

Meet Your Commissioners

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Chairperson

 Arlene Vidor

Vidor is serving her second term on the Glendale Arts & Culture Commission.  She currently serves on the Boards of Antaeus Theatre Company, and The Adams Hill Neighborhood Association as well as The Glendale Historical Society’s  (TGHS) Advisory Council.  She is the recipient of the Society’s Zelia Blanton Preservation Award and  Carol Dougherty Lifetime Achievement Award.  She is a past president of both TGHS and the Associates of Brand Library & Art Center.  Vidor served two terms on the Glendale Historic Preservation Commission and successfully nominated four City owned properties to the Glendale Register of Historic Resources during her commission tenure,  including  Wallace House, Brand Park Entrance Gates, Brand Cemetery and the Adams Square Richfield Gas Station (now a city public art space).  Vidor has been an advocate for both the arts and historic preservation for over 20 years.  She is a practitioner of digital photocollage and a member of the chamber music group, Cantabile.   

Current Terms: 2

Term Ends: June 2027

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Commissioner Sevana Zadorian

Sevana Zadorian is a life-long resident of Glendale and is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate at Loyola Law School. Zadorian has also served as Campaign Strategist for various political campaigns and holds the position of Co-Chair for the City's Annual Armenian Genocide Commemorative Event. Her commitment to public service is further exemplified by her prior roles as a judicial extern at the Los Angeles Superior Court and as a policy intern for the Los Angeles Mayor's office. With a passion for the arts and experience in curating, Zadorian has dedicated herself to promoting and supporting the vibrant world of creativity that enriches our community.

Current Terms: 2

Term Ends: November 2026

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Sue Bell Yank is Executive Director of Clockshop which produces free public programming and commissions contemporary artist projects on public land to better connect Angelenos to the land we live on. She was previously Deputy Director at 18th Street Arts Center. She has worked in arts, entertainment, and public schools for over a decade, including as Associate Director of Academic Programs at the Hammer Museum, where she formed city-wide partnerships triangulating communities, the arts, and schools. She created an online education platform for the Oprah Winfrey Network, and has worked as a teacher and curriculum specialist in and out of public schools. Her interest in urban planning and affordable cities led her to create a six-episode podcast about housing in LA called Paved Paradise. She teaches at UCLA, frequently writes about socially engaged art practice and pedagogy, and has been a Field Researcher for A Blade of Grass and Asian Arts Initiative. Yank received a BA from Harvard University and an MA in Public Art Studies from the University of Southern California.

Current Terms: 1

Term Ends: June 2024

Vice-Chair

Sue Bell Yank 

Current Terms: 2

Term Ends: February 2028

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Commissioner Caroline Tufenkian

Caroline Lais-Tufenkian has worked in the arts field for over 19 years in a variety of capacities to represent excellence in contemporary art. Caroline maintains active relationships with artists and arts organizations within and beyond Southern California, organizes and manages exhibitions, represents and promotes individual artists and art shows, and produces art talks. As an art dealer, curator and art consultant she works closely with private collectors and corporations to build their collection.

If you are interested in seeing previous Commission Meetings, please click this link.  

FAQ

How do I become a Commissioner?

Those interested in serving on a board or commission are encouraged to complete an application form from the office of the City Clerk, which also accepts the completed forms and maintains a list of applicants for all boards and commissions. Individuals who are interested in applying to serve on a city board or commission may download, print, and complete an application from the City’s website or pick up the application from the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall located at 613 E. Broadway, Room 110. 

 

All applicants must be electors of the City of Glendale. When a vacancy occurs, a press release is issued advising of the filing period established to receive additional applications. The City Clerk verifies voter registration and sends all qualified applications to City Council for review and nomination. Effective June 19, 2023, two councilmembers will be selected to nominate an individual to fill a vacancy on a board or commission, with exception to the Civil Service Commission. All members must then be appointed by City Council.  An applicant may serve no more than two four-year terms per board and commission. Those who are currently serving on a Board or Commission and are interested in being reappointed should also submit the application form above with an updated resume. 

All City Board, Commission and Committee members serve without compensation. No individual shall serve on more than one Board, Commission or Committee at the same time. Individuals may serve on other Boards, Commissions or Committees after serving two terms on a prior Commission. All applicants must be an elector of, and actually reside in the City of Glendale, with exception of the Audit Committee (GMC Section 2.82.030).  An elector is someone who is registered to vote in the City of Glendale.

For more information or to submit an application, please email the City Clerk's Office at CityClerk@GlendaleCA.gov or call (818) 548-2090.

STUDENT COMMISSIONER OPPORTUNITY

Applications for Student Commissioner are now open. This is an opportunity for students for students to gain experience in local government and attain leadership skills. Duties include the following: promote art activities and education; recognize achievement in the arts; serve as an advisory group on the arts to the Council and City boards and commissions, and advise the Council on the need for inclusion of, and the role of arts in economic development. Applicants must be students under the age of 25 who live in Glendale, and must be able to attend meetings on the third Thursday of the month from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The application deadline is July 15, 2024 at 5:00 PM PST.

Contact Us

Arts and Culture Commission
c/o Library, Arts & Culture Department
222 E. Harvard St. 
Glendale, CA 91205

Email: artsandculture@glendaleca.gov 
Office: 818-548-2030

Jennifer Fukutomi-Jones,
Principal Arts & Culture Administrator

 

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