Arts and Culture Commission

Arts and Culture Commission 2023

Meeting day, time and location

Second Monday of the month
6:00 p.m.

City Hall, Council Chambers
801 Washington Street
Northfield, MN 55057

Agendas and minutes

ACC November 13, 2023 Packet

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NameTitleTerm expiration
Martha AndersonVice ChairDecember 31, 2024
George Brophy
December 31, 2023
Paula GranquistChairDecember 31, 2023
Leah RichMemberDecember 31, 2024
Anna Lisa RustadMemberDecember 31, 2025
December 31, 2025
Kate WoodstrupMemberDecember 31, 2024
Cecilia Barojas VelezquexYouth Representative (non-voting)
2023-2024 school year
Jade DorantesYouth Representative (non-voting)2023-2024 school year
Genevieve TassavaYouth Representative (non-voting)2023-2024 school year
Carsten WalterYouth Representative (voting)2023-2024 school year

Contacting the commission

If you have questions or comments, you can email the commission. Each member will receive your email. When replying to your email, a commission member cannot reply to all members, only to you. This avoids violating the open meeting law.

Email the Arts and Culture Commission


For general information about the commission, please contact a staff liaison.

NameTitlePhone number
Natalie DraperLibrary Director/Staff Liaison507-645-1801
Kathy Rush VizinaClerical Liaison507-645-1800


The Arts and Culture Commission advises the City Council about the development of arts and cultural activities, organizations, and facilities in Northfield. The Arts and Culture Commission was created by City Council in January 2007 following a recommendation from ArtsPlan06 which identified its mission. Its purpose is to assist Northfield in becoming a community in which arts and cultural activities:

  • Are recognized as vital components of community life worthy of investment and support from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Are valued and promoted for their economic benefits and development potential, especially in the downtown
  • Include new ethnic groups in Northfield’s identity and sense of community
  • Represent an integral part of Northfield’s educational mission and programs for young people
  • Engage the talents and involvement of retirees and senior citizens
  • Develop a wider array of opportunities for collaboration between faculty and student artists at the two colleges and community artists
  • Cooperate to enhance the public perception of Northfield’s identity and quality of life in the community itself, the surrounding region, and beyond

Meetings are called by the chair. For transaction of business at any meeting, a majority of members shall constitute a quorum.


The City of Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission supports arts, culture and creative experiences as ways for us to connect with one another, with ideas, and within ourselves.


Northfield is a community which values, integrates,  and engages in arts and cultural experiences - in all their diversity - throughout the fabric of civic life.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

We stand on the homelands of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota Nation. We honor with gratitude the people who have stewarded the land throughout the generations and their ongoing contributions to this region. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices that we have committed against the Dakota Nation, and we wish to interrupt this legacy, beginning with acts of healing and honest storytelling about this place.

Membership requirements
Members are appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council.

Members, based on their willingness to serve and background, are appointed from various sectors of the community, including arts and cultural organizations, Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, local schools, business community, independent artists, and the community at large.