Eastpointe names members to its Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission

Commission to hold first meeting in August

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published July 25, 2018

 The Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will have its first meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. Nine members were recently appointed to the commission by the Eastpointe mayor and City Council.

The Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission will have its first meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. Nine members were recently appointed to the commission by the Eastpointe mayor and City Council.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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EASTPOINTE — Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley and the Eastpointe City Council recently appointed nine people to the city’s Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission, and the new members will have their first meeting at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Eastpointe City Hall, 23200 Gratiot Ave. 

Mary Van Haaren, Eastpointe building official and director of community and economic development, has advocated for this cause since March 27, when she originally proposed the idea of the commission to council. 

Three members will be appointed for three years, three members will be appointed for two years and three members will be appointed for one year.

The commission will promote arts and cultural initiatives in public areas; develop and implement citywide programs and events; enlist active support of interested individuals, businesses, industry, schools and civic organizations; work with local, state and federal agencies to take advantage of available resources; and actively sponsor, plan and staff appropriate programs.

In a letter to the city July 5, Van Haaren stated her excitement for the new appointments. 

“I am pleased to be able to recommend appointments to the Arts and Cultural Diversity Commission and can advise council that we have a group of applicants with a diverse background of experience. I am certain this commission will offer remarkable art and culture to our community,” stated Van Haaren. 

Brandon Habermas Joyce Lalonde and Christopher Charron’s terms will expire July 1, 2021; Deana Williams, April Brozowski and Sandy Koukoulas’ terms will expire July 1, 2020; and Danielle Pomaville; Matthais Krezner and Alysa Diebolt’s terms will expire July 1, 2019. 

Eastpointe City Councilman Cardi DeMonaco Jr. said he’s excited for the commission to come to the city. 

“I’m very excited for this. I also thought it would be nice to have more arts and cultural diversity events in Eastpointe,” said DeMonaco. 

“I’m hoping the commission thinks outside of the box so the city can have some neat things to have here,” he said.

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