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Arts Council Board Members

Council members are volunteers who live in Somerville and are active in the arts or community. They may serve up to two three-year terms, and are appointed by Mayor Katjana Ballantyne.

  • Emily Beattie, Chair
  • Yorgos Efthymiadis
  • Antonio Escobar
  • Matthew Kaliner
  • Andrea Read

The Council is actively seeking new Council members.  Deadline:  December 27th. 

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Submit your letter of interest, or for more information reach out to Gregory Jenkins at gjenkins{at} or 617.625.6600 ext 2985

Somerville Arts Council Seeks Three New Seeks Members
Open Positions: Three 
Term: Three years; with a possibility of renewing for up to one more three-year term. 
The City of Somerville Arts Council, an advisory and ministerial multiple-member body of the city, seeks three new members. Residents with arts (broadly defined), community development, program development expertise or experience are preferred, but all Somerville residents are invited to apply.
The estimated time commitment for members is a minimum of 1.5 hours per month for monthly meetings, with an increase to 10 hours a month during LCC grant panel season (September through December). Volunteering further hours for events is up to the discretion of individual members. This is an unpaid volunteer position. 
The mission of the Arts Council is to cultivate and celebrate the creative expressions of the Somerville community. The Somerville Arts Council Board serves in an advisory role to the staff of the Arts Council, and as volunteers to many of the Arts Council's events and activities. The Somerville Arts Council is the local cultural council (LCC) for the City of Somerville, and sponsors annual programs and events designed to support local artists and arts organizations, bring artists and Somerville residents together for community celebrations which build a sense of community and explore the arts, and advocate for the arts at the community, state, and national levels.
The deadline for submitting a statement of interest is four weeks after the publishing of the call (December 27, 2022) and will continue until positions are filled. After application and interview, candidates are appointed by the Mayor. 
Interested candidates should submit a statement of interest, including why would you like to serve, relevant background experience, and optional professional resume to gjenkins(at) or by mail to: Attn: SAC Board Member Application. Somerville Arts Council, 50 Evergreen Avenue Somerville, MA 02145. 
Please contact the Arts Council staff by calling 617.625.6600 ext. 2985 or emailing gjenkins(at)