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Arts & Culture Commission

The Goodyear Arts & Culture Commission provides leadership in developing a community identity through the arts that embraces, celebrates and unites all of our diverse histories, beliefs, cultures, and aspirations. 

The Commission makes recommendations to Council with the goal of creating public dialogue, advancing education, and inspiring civic pride with the arts. These goals are accomplished by developing and promoting artistic excellence through Public Art that reflects our community’s identity and values, creating exciting and economically viable Arts Events, providing Advocacy for the arts in the private and public sector, developing opportunities for Local and Emerging Artists and ensuring our children attain greater academic achievement through Arts Education.

 The Commission is comprised of nine Goodyear residents, one alternate, and one Ex-Officio member. Commissioners are appointed by Council and serve for a three-year term with a two-term limit. Interested in serving on the Commission? Learn more here. 

Upcoming meetings: November 13 from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.

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For media inquiries, please contact Sherine Zaya, Public Information Officer sherine.zaya@goodyearaz.gov 623-882-7061.

  

Commissioner Biographies:

 

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Jennifer Barnes  

Biography:  I am very excited to be able to contribute to a beautiful and culturally rich Goodyear as it grows! I am a portrait photographer with my own company, Jen Barnes Photography, based in Goodyear, where my husband and I have lived since 2011. Formerly, I was a high school art teacher and department head in Las Vegas, teaching all forms of art, including Advanced Placement. I hold a BFA from the University of Michigan where I studied drawing, painting, graphic design, photography and sculpture, as well as hold a Master of Art Education from UNLV. Aside from art, I have studied dance and play the clarinet. In my free time, I love to explore Arizona while hiking and camping with my husband and our two grade school aged children.

   
   

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Ingrid T. Coyle 

Biography: Ingrid T. Coyle, MBA, PhD candidate in Behavioral Psychology, is the owner of AZ Dynasty All Star Cheer, Gymnastics, and Dance LLC in Goodyear. She has lived in Goodyear for over 4 years. Ingrid has over 20 years in visual arts and performing arts winning several awards in modern dance solo competitions. Volunteering on the City of Goodyear Art and Culture Commission will be a great opportunity to develop and contribute to the growing diverse talent of the Goodyear residents.

   
   

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Melinda Donovan 

Biography:  With a degree in music and a background in the performing arts, as well as currently being a docent at the Phoenix Art Museum, I want to see all forms of arts and culture for all ages continue to expand in Goodyear where I have resided for fourteen years.  I believe an introduction to the arts can enrich every person’s life.

   
   

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Paul Evans 

Biography: Paul M. Evans has been a resident of Goodyear for 4 years. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, who served honorably as a Cryptologic Technician. Paul is a middle school educator and a management analyst consultant. Paul has been a drummer and singer since high school. While in the U.S. Navy he was a drummer playing in the Navy marching band, in college minored in vocal music as a 2nd tenor. For over 25 years Paul has taught traditional Okinawan Karate-Do & Kobudo (weapons). Paul is attracted to arts and culture that require movement. Paul graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the Dominican University of California in Business/Strategic Management.

   
   

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Fran Fee 

Biography:  I have been involved in the arts since I first took painting lessons at about age 7 or 8 and piano lessons at age 9.  I have also been singing since I was 5 years old, singing in church choirs, school and community choruses, small specialty groups, and even in one Symphony chorus.  I love to work in fused glass and I have even taught stained glass, both of which I learned how to do after I retired and moved to Goodyear in 2001.  I believe that every person should be exposed to art and cultural events starting at an early age, and hope to help that happen here in Goodyear.

   
   

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Liz Glenn 

Biography:  With a vast background in many facets of the performing arts, Liz is a passionate member of the Goodyear community and proudly represents performing arts in our schools and hopes to continue to grow the music and performing arts programming here in the city. She has experience in instrumental and vocal performance as well as theatrical both on and off the stage. She looks forward to getting to know the community even better and the opportunity to represent the city as a Commissioner for subjects in which she is so passionate.

   
   

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Laura Kaino 

Biography:  As a volunteer commissioner, I am able to contribute to the enrichment and vitality of our community through creative and multi-faceted expressions of the arts.  It’s important to me to engage the generations, connect people together, and develop Goodyear as a cultural destination.

   
   

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Rex Lambert 

Biography:  As a writer in the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Humanities “Poets in the Schools” program and a non-singing actor with Arizona Opera and Phoenix Opera, I have experienced the value and need for public support for the arts. I believe that the arts nourish the soul just as food nourishes the body, and that government has a small but vital role to play in their support. The recent film, “The Monuments Men,” illustrates that the arts are so valuable to our civilization that our country would risk men’s lives to preserve them.

   
   

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Dr. Kyann McMillie 

Biography:  I have been an educator for many years and over that time I have witnessed the importance of art education. The Goodyear Arts Commission is dedicated to providing great art events for all Goodyear citizens, but has also focused on art activities for our youth.

   
   

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Bernadette Mills 

Biography: The Goodyear Arts and Culture Division has done great things in the arts for the citizens of Goodyear and has contributed greatly to enriching the quality of life in the West Valley.  From public art to festivals and arts education to exhibits, the City of Goodyear is a great supporter of the arts, and I’m proud to contribute my time to further their goals.

   
   

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Karen Olson 

Biography: The Arts Commission for the city of Goodyear adds an additional dimension to the city, embracing a variety of venues of creativity, talents and skills of Goodyear citizens.  Various ways of showcasing this throughout the year as well as providing educational opportunities for a variety of groups is an extra added benefit.  I enjoy meeting the variety of individuals and appreciate their passion for the arts and excitement for future growth in area of Goodyear’s arts and cultures.  

   
   

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Dr. Joanna Szydlo-Moore 

Biography: Dr. Joanna Szydlo-Moore has been a Goodyear resident for over 15 years. She is an educator teaching future executives Aerospace Management, Market Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Global Economics at universities in the USA, Japan, Poland, and Turkey. Her love of the arts started at an early age.  She attended eight years of music school learning to play piano, guitar and singing in a choir as a soprano. Her fascination with the arts is part of her daily life and she enjoys sharing her international experiences with her community.