By Sarah Glenn
POCATELLO â€“The Pocatello Arts Council (PAC) is looking for another volunteer member and anyone over the age of 16 is welcome to apply. Applications are due Monday.
â€śSometime in the past two years we had one senior from Century High School apply to be on the board and they ended up volunteering with us,â€ť said Frank Hartleib, the current chairperson of the Pocatello Arts Council. â€śHaving someone her age gave us a nice perspective that we as adults didnâ€™t have. Anyone interested in helping to promote the arts (in our area) is welcome to apply.â€ť
The PAC is the driving force behind most of the art you might see while roaming the streets, public buildings and trails around Pocatello. The galleries that grace the walls of the Marshall Public Library, the Japanese gardens at the Pocatello Regional Airport and the summer Shakespeare festival that fills the Idaho State University quad are each PAC creations. In all, more than 200 pieces of public art around our area are the result of PAC work.
â€śWe are always looking to do something,â€ť Hartleib said.
The committee meets once a month to mull over ideas that they will present to the mayor. The mayor and City Council control the PACâ€™s budget and the newest appointee to the council will be chosen by the mayor.
â€śI am sure that as he looks over the applications, he will be looking for someone who brings something new to the (Pocatello Arts) Council,â€ť Hartleib said.
Once chosen, that mayoral appointee will serve a three year term. However, anyone can request to remain on the committee for up to three terms, or nine years. Functioning as a working board, members collaborate to identify, plan and administrate public arts projects for community enhancement, according to Hartleib who pointed to the PAC website.
â€śMembers oversee and manage available city-allocated funding as well as seek additional arts funding from other sources to assist in the realization of projects,â€ť the website says.
The board currently has 10 members whose backgrounds range from the visual arts to academia. Hartleib has spent his years on the council writing calls for artists, organizing juries and collaborating with the local and regional arts community.
â€śNot one single person makes this happen,â€ť Hartleib said. â€śEveryone pitches in. It is really a collaborative organization.â€ť
Anyone over the age of 16 interested in volunteering can fill out an application at http://www.pocatello.us/committees/pocatello-arts-council.
Meetings are held the first Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Even if your teen is not selected to serve on the council, Hartleib points out that the meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to come participate.