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The city of Wilsonville task force is made up of 27 members, some of whom represent local groups

PMG FILE PHOTO - WilsonvilleSTAGE is one of the groups represented on the task force.

The city of Wilsonville's task force to enhance arts and culture in town is beginning deliberations from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 24. The group, composed of 27 members, will also meet July 21 and Aug. 25.

Task force members run the gamut of arts and culture in town, representing organizations like the Charbonneau Arts Association (Eric Hoem), the Wilsonville Festival of Arts (Benjamin Medford), WilsonvilleSTAGE (Dave Niklas) and the Wilsonville Arts and Culture Council (Kit Whitaker). It also includes city employees like Wilsonville Public Library Director Pat Duke and South Metro Area Regional Transit Director Dwight Brashear, Wilsonville Community Seniors President Donna Atkinson, Wilsonville-Boones Ferry Historical Society President Steve Van Wechel and others.

"The City received an overwhelming response for participation in the Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy, which is a City Council 2019-21 goal," Wilsonville City Manager Bryan Cosgrove said in a press release. "We are fortunate to be able to impanel a high-quality stakeholder group of community members with a strong interest in developing and promoting arts, culture and heritage in Wilsonville."

During meetings, the group will help provide feedback and guidance to the city as it completes its Arts, Culture and Heritage Strategy, which outlines objectives for improving arts and culture in Wilsonville such as adding a youth advisory group and a committee to organize arts and culture locally.


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