City of Independence, Missouri

Mayor's Advisory Commission on the Visual Arts


The purpose of the Commission is to: plan, promote and encourage public awareness of, accessibility to, participation in, and support for the artistic and cultural development of the City of Independence; forge partnerships with private and/or public organizations in and around Jackson County to promote and support the visual arts; and serve as an advisory body to the Mayor and make recommendations to the City Council regarding the establishment and implementation of arts and cultural policies and programs.

Membership Information

The seven-member commission is comprised of the following: four members having significant knowledge and demonstrated experience in one or more areas of the visual arts including drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts photograph, video, filmmaking and architecture; one member having significant knowledge and demonstrated experience in one or more areas of the applied arts including industrial design, graphic design, fashion design, interior design and decorative art; and two members from the business and professional community. Five members must be residents or have their principal place of business in Independence. Two members are not required to be residents of the City. Members serve three-year terms.


NameTitleCategoryExpiration Date
Constance, ByronApplied Arts9/1/2019
Gall, Katie9/1/2018
Hall, TomBusiness Community9/1/2020
Kettenhofen, Monica9/1/2018
Lightfoot, GeorgeVisual Arts9/1/2019
McClain, CindyBusiness Community9/1/2020
Short, StacieVisual Arts9/1/2020

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