[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Maplewood 3-1-2011 by Ord. No. 2657-11. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Maplewood Arts Council (MAC) is hereby established.
The purpose of the Maplewood Arts Council shall be to advise the Township Committee and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs ("Recreation Department") on arts in the Township, and shall work with the Township Committee and the Recreation Department on the following goals:
To improve the quality of life in the Township of Maplewood by helping the arts to flourish;
To further the understanding of and involvement in arts and culture by the citizens of the Township;
To establish and support arts programs that are artistically, financially and operationally successful as well as organizations that are diverse and accessible to all Maplewoodians;
To support a respected and valued community of Maplewood artists encouraged to achieve their best and be broadly connected to community life in ways that make full use of their creativity and talents;
To promote expanded public participation in and support for the arts;
To maintain a network of people, businesses, organizations, institutions and communities working in partnership to advance the arts and the arts' contributions to Maplewood's community life;
To create and foster high-quality arts education for all Maplewoodians;
To help to build a local economy whose community and economic development strategies, plans and resource allocations at all jurisdictional levels feature the arts and culture.
[Amended 2-16-2016 by Ord. No. 2806-16]
[Amended 5-16-2017 by Ord. No. 2861-17]
The MAC shall meet at least once each year and shall elect from among its members a Chairperson and other officers as it deems necessary on an annual basis.
Through the Recreation Department the MAC shall undertake projects that advance its mission. Such projects may be originated by the MAC, the Recreation Department or the Township Committee.
No later than January 31 of each calendar year, the MAC shall make an annual report to the Maplewood Township Committee on its activities and progress towards its goals, as well as providing suggestions for future activities.
The MAC shall endeavor to ensure full cooperation and coordination of activities and plans with all other organizations within the Township dedicated to the pursuit of artistic, cultural, dance, dramatic, historical, musical, poetic and other activities of interest that may benefit the residents of the Township.