Public Arts Committee (PAC): (Term: 3 years – 9 members)

Kate Dowd                                           June 2025
Elizabeth Healy                                   December 2024
David Hegland – Vice Chair               August 2026
Carla Massoni                                      August 2026
Yuk Okano                                            August 2026     
Robert Ortiz                                         January 2026
Marianne Sade – Secretary                March 2025
Ben Tilghman – Chair                         August 2026
Hester Sachse – Ex Officio for the Chestertown Art & Entertainment District
John Schratwieser – Ex Officio for the Kent Cultural Alliance

Public Arts Committee – Minutes & Agendas

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Deadline: June 3, 2024

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As recommended by the Town of Chestertown’s Public Arts Master Plan, a Public Arts Committee (PAC) was formed in 2020 to oversee and make recommendations to the Mayor and Council on the acquisition, placement and upkeep of works of public art.


The PAC will help the Town of Chestertown promote and implement the installation of artwork in public places for the enrichment of the community. Specifically, the PAC will foster the goals set forth in Chestertown’s Public Arts Master Plan, including the selection, installation, maintenance and preservation of high-caliber art on property owned, controlled, or on which it has agreement from the property owner to install public art. The PAC will also foster educational programming and activities that engage the community and increase the understanding and enjoyment of public art by residents and visitors.


The PAC will consist of nine (9) volunteers with expertise and interest in Art, Art Administration, Design, Education or a related field.  It should reflect the diversity of the Chestertown community in its membership and its work on behalf of the Town.  In following Town guidelines, the PAC members should be drawn largely from Chestertown residents, although nonresidents can be appointed on the basis of their relevant expertise, experience or commitment.

PAC members will serve three-year terms, subject to renewal for no more than two terms. Former members can be reappointed after being off the PAC for at least one full year. Members will select a Chair and Vice Chair to coordinate and preside over meetings and a Secretary to record the minutes and maintain documents relevant to the PAC’s work.

The manager of Chestertown’s Arts & Entertainment District and the executive director of the Kent Cultural Alliance will serve as ex officio members to facilitate the work of the PAC.

Members can be removed, with or without cause, by the Mayor and Council.

The PAC will meet at least four times a year and will keep a record of its proceedings and actions to be posted on the Town Website. Meetings may be held in-person or remotely through conference call or teleconferencing. The presence of a majority of the members is required for any vote or action.  In the case of a physical meeting, a member unable to attend can participate through speakerphone or videoconferencing. Meeting dates and times will be posted on the Town Website and the meetings will be open to the public.

The PAC will report to the Mayor and Council on its activities twice yearly, or more frequently as needed.



The Public Arts Committee’s responsibilities will include the following:

  1. Review the Chestertown Public Arts Master Plan at least once every five years, making recommendations to the Mayor and Council for any updates or revisions.
  2. Make recommendations to the Mayor and Council concerning proposed gifts or loans of public art.
  3. Guide the Town’s selection process for commissioned works of public art, both temporary and permanent.
  4. Create educational events and programs focused on works of public art.
  5. Facilitate the creation of signs that identify, interpret and enhance enjoyment of individual works of public art.
  6. Develop and document detailed procedures for the preservation, maintenance and routine care of public art installations.
  7. Monitor the condition and maintenance of the Town’s public art, possibly engaging citizen volunteers in the effort, and reporting any problematic conditions or concerns to the Town Manager.
  8. In coordination with the Mayor and Council, raise funds for public art projects and installations and for their repair and maintenance.
  9. Recommend the re-location or removal of a work of public art as necessary.
  10. Serve as a helpful resource and/or partner with other government entities, private individuals and local organizations and institutions considering or planning the installation of a temporary or permanent work of public art on their own property within Town limits.
  11. Partner with other Town and County committees/commissions, nonprofits, institutions and personnel to accomplish some or all of the duties and responsibilities outlined here.

The PAC meets, as needed, on the second Tuesday of the month on the second floor of Town Hall. When COVID-19 precautions require so, the committee may meet by video conference. Those interested in attending a meeting should contact the committee by email (

Public Arts

Click here to view the final Chestertown Public Arts Master Plan.

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Anyone wishing to serve on a Commission or Committee should send a resume to Town Hall (118N Cross Street, Chestertown, Maryland 21620) with a letter of interest indicating which Commission or Committee that they would like to serve.


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