Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission

The purpose of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission is to encourage cultural growth in the city and to ensure that art, culture and entertainment are central elements of the quality of life for city residents. To this end, the commission will encourage the development of cultural opportunities and resources, as well as the creative, social and community benefits they provide.

The Arts and Cultural Advisory Commission members make recommendations to the city council regarding art projects, budgets and schedules. The commission also recommends to council the selection and commissioning of artists with respect to design, execution and placement of works of art for which appropriations have been made.

An Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission-led grant program provides funding assistance to community-based organizations located in Surprise that are pursuing arts and cultural events or activities.

View the FY2022 Arts & Culture Grant Program Award Recipients

For more information on Arts & Culture in Surprise

Click here to view the Strategic Plan

For more information about the Arts & Cultural Advisory Commission, please contact Karina Caraveo at 623.222.3243 or

Commission Members
Term Expires
Deborah Welch - Chair June 30, 2023
Rhiannon Miett - Vice Chair June 30, 2024
Margaret Lieu June 30, 2023
Susan deJong June 30, 2024
Kathie L. Morgan June 30, 2024
Jay Lickus June 30, 2023
Jo Grant June 30, 2023