Committee on Public Art (CoPA)


The Committee evaluates legislation, structures, financing devices and public policy pertaining to the Arts in Grants Pass. The Committee advises the City Council of the development of partnerships and coordination of themes and approaches to the arts, along with recommendations to the City Council for methods to induce investments in public arts.


  • Dennis Dreher, Co-chair
  • Dennis Hatch, Co-chair
  • Jill Smith
  • Cal Kenney
  • Cynthia Charat
  • Bee Bantug
  • Al Devine
  • Vacant
  • Julie Imhof
  • Susan Seereiter, Staff Support
Agendas & Minutes
Agendas are available prior to meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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The Committee on Public Art (CoPA) was formed in 2002 to promote and develop visual arts, performing arts and art education in Grants Pass. The Committee is a permanent standing committee of the Grants Pass City Council. Its members are appointed by the City Council. Committee members may not participate in any selection process where they have submitted a proposal or piece of their art for consideration by the Committee.

Mission Statement
To advise the City Council on ways to make Grants Pass a cultural and aesthetic center for the arts. Our mission is to connect the community with creativity.

Public art covered by these guidelines includes any art placed in accessible, public locations that can be experienced free of charge. This includes art placed on both public and commercial land and building sites where it is accessible to the public. It does not include holiday or seasonal decorations. Public art can take many forms including:
  • Environmental/ornamental work
  • Fine art crafts
  • Fountains
  • Mosaics
  • Murals
  • Musical performances
  • Sculptures
  • Signage
  • Video and media generated exhibits
  • Etc.
Application to Place Public Art
Once the application to Place Public Art (PDF) is submitted to CoPA, the Committee will view the work and prospective location and make a recommendation to the City Council. Please see Guidelines for Acceptance for Public Art.  Upon approval, a contract will be signed by all parties.