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Athens Municipal Arts Commission
The Athens Municipal Arts Commission (AMAC) is a City Council appointed commission of the City of Athens, OH. Its Mission is to make recommendations to the Mayor, City Council, and the community in order to enhance the existing cultural resources of the area; to encourage new opportunities for the creation, performance, and exhibition of all the arts; and to promote policies and activities that preserve the beauty, history, and culture of the region.

AMAC is normally 7 members appointed by City Council at the Mayor’s recommendation. Currently there are 6 active AMAC members include: Elizabeth Braun, Kent Butler, Andrea Lewis (Secretary), Carol Patterson,  John  Lefelhocz,  Bob Winters (Chair) [at this writing, one Commissioners is being nominated to fill a retirement vacancy] 
 
All AMAC meetings are open to the public. They are normally scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30 in the Arts/West Conference Room. The following often attend these meetings as invited guests: Paige Alost (Athens County Convention and Visitors Bureau), Paul Logue (Athens City planner), Andrew Chiki (Athens Arts Parks and Recreation) and Chelsa Peterson (ARTS/West).  Agenda suggestions from the public for items to be discussed must be submitted at least one week in advance of the scheduled meeting.

The Athens Municipal Arts Commission is charged with making recommendations to Athens City Council and the Athens Administration as listed in the first paragraph above. AMAC is not a funding or re-granting organization. AMAC has no budget and no authority to commission or purchase work, merely to make recommendations to the City leadership. To accomplish this, AMAC considers proposals from private, public and government sources by forming ad hoc study groups (arts selection committees) made up of artists, citizens and AMAC members who, after due consideration, make recommendations to AMAC, who then deliberates and forwards its recommendations to the Athens City Council and Administration.

The Athens Municipal Arts Commission partnered in the founding of ARTS/West, the Arts and Economic Prosperity IV study of The Economic Impact of the Non-Profit Arts In Athens County, the Athens Area Citizens for the Arts,  , and  the county-wide arts website www.athensareaarts.com.