Cultural Arts Commission


The Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission is a volunteer board that works to help arts, culture and heritage grow and thrive in the City of Kirkland. Along with supporting art and cultural initiatives throughout the year the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission advises the City Council on art acquisition and promotes strategic arts planning in Kirkland. The Cultural Arts Commission is charged with managing and curating the City's public art collection, including a 1 Percent for Art mandate for City projects over a certain threshold. In addition, the Cultural Arts Commission has partnered with neighborhood associations as well as private developers to expand the public art offerings. 

The Commission meets from 5 to 7 PM on the third Wednesday of every month, at Kirkland City Hall. In response to COVID-19, Commission meetings have transitioned to virtual, and are held on an as-needed basis. The public is always welcome at Commission meetings, which take place via Zoom. 

Next Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission Meeting

The next Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission meeting takes place 5 to 7 PM, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 via Zoom. You are welcome to share your art ideas by attending the meeting or emailing

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: As of July 2021, the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission is continuing to meet virtually. The virtual meeting will be recorded and posted on the City's website.

Time: 5 PM

Location: Zoom link

Agenda - Wednesday, January 19, 2022


Meeting Packet Information 

If you have any questions about the meeting, contact Public Art support staff at:

Past Meeting Archive Past Minutes and Recordings

Note: The City of Kirkland appreciates the interest of our citizens and values public involvement. We make every effort to make the recordings of our meetings available soon after each meeting is completed. However, due to technical difficulties that may occur with our digital recording system it may take up to four days for a recording to become available online. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.


Meet the Cultural Arts Commission

Lani Brockman (term expires 3/31/2023)

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Lani is the Founding Artistic Director of Studio East Training for the Performing Arts, an established theater school for youth in Kirkland. She teaches and directs at the Studio as well as at Whidbey Island Center for the Arts (WICA) and Whidbey Children’s Theater where she also serves on the Advisory Board. She is a proud member of the board at Kirkland Performance Center and the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce as well as a graduate of Leadership Eastside, class of 2015. With her writing partner Susan Bardsley, Lani co-created and writes the musicals for StoryBook Theater, Studio East’s professional touring company, that entertains over 50,000 children and parents a year. Their shows introduce young children to the magic of theater and have been produced nation-wide as well as in Canada.



Ryan James (term expires 3/31/2022)

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Ryan James is Gallery Director and Art Advisor at ryan james fine arts, founded in 2011 by James, who was joined by business partner Jessica Kravtiz in 2014. Now established in its brand new location at Kirkland Urban, ryan james fine arts showcases both known and emerging artists specializing in abstract, modern and conceptual arts.

A champion for arts on the Eastside and beyond, Ryan serves on the Bellevue Arts Museum Board of Trustees, is the former Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission Chair and serves on the Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. This award-winning art advocate and curator has been widely acknowledged for his excellence in the field, with his gallery earning Best Art Gallery from 425 Magazine for four consecutive years (2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021). Also known for his extensive volunteerism including and beyond the world of art, Ryan won Best Community Volunteer in 2020 from the Kirkland Reporter.  


Chris Lye (term expires 3/31/25)

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Chris Lye is a former tech and videogames marketing veteran who now focuses his efforts on arts, philanthropy and AAPI social initiatives. He currently serves on the board of the Kirkland Arts Center, where he sits on the Executive Search and Equity Learning committees. He also serves on the board of the Lo Kwee Seong Foundation, a private family foundation dedicated to supporting local education, arts & culture based in Hong Kong. He was most recently appointed to a 4-year term on the Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission. In the last few years Chris has returned to making art himself and studies oil and watercolor painting and has an ongoing graphic novel project. 



Michelle Lustgarten, Vice Chair (term expires 3/31/2024)

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I'm a graduate of the University of Washington with a BFA in Visual Communications and the graphic designer for two area Honda dealerships. In addition to design, my passion is teaching art to elementary school children in multiple schools in the Lake Washington School District. Art inspired me as a young child and still does today!  I see public art as an extension and expression of the residents of an area with the potential to engage viewers and elicit a response from its very existence. Art shows that people care about their world in which they live in! 

Tracy MacLean, Chair (term expires 3/31/2023)

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Tracy MacLean has a Ph.D from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California and taught film and media studies courses for many years. Before moving to Kirkland in 2011, she was Academic Director for Intercollegiate Media Studies at the Claremont Colleges. Currently, she works as the Accreditation Liaison Officer and Policy Coordinator at Bellevue College. She has been an art docent at Peter Kirk Elementary School. She and her husband are regular subscribers to the Seattle Opera and enjoy traveling to other cities for special opera performances.


Donielle Stevens (term expires 3/31/2025)

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Donielle is passionate about art as a platform for community engagement, discussion, joy, and education. Donielle has an undergraduate degree in Political Philosophy and has more than 10 years of experience working in the field of environmental science communications and outreach.  As a graphic designer and production coordinator, Donielle has worked on many projects that unite artists and scientists to promote connection to our natural world. Donielle is excited to work to bring art to our city that tells our unique story and that the helps community members feel a sense of identity to place. She is especially empowered by environmental justice issues and serving underrepresented communities.

Meredith Triplett (Youth Member - term expires 3/31/2023)

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Meredith Triplett has lived in Kirkland for ten years and attends the International Community School in Houghton. She has loved art from a young age and continues to do all kinds of art. Meredith has participated in many Studio East programs and performances since age 11 as well as her school’s drama programs since elementary school. Her favorite class is art and at the International Community school she has taken an art class every year. From making big pots in the ancient Grecian style, to abstract expressionism in modern art she has learned many different art styles over the years. She is so excited to be part of the Cultural Arts Commission. 


Prashant Walia (term expires 3/31/2024)

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Prashant is passionate about his community and the sustainability of the planet. When he is not working with his teams globally to solve business challenges for his clients, he is usually thinking about how we can ensure that the environment is protected and sustained for future generations. Through his travels, he has been fortunate enough to experience cultures and people from all over the world, witnessing their hospitality firsthand. This global perspective has strengthened his belief system that people yearn for the same good stewardship and community vitality, regardless of the country or continent they call home. He is inspired by the Kirkland City Council's vision and has volunteered for the Cultural Arts Commission to help foster a culture that realizes that vision.

Council vision: “Kirkland is one of the most livable cities in America. We are a vibrant, attractive, green and welcoming place to live, work and play. Civic engagement, innovation, and diversity are highly valued. We are respectful, fair, and inclusive. We honor our rich heritage while embracing the future. Kirkland strives to be a model, sustainable city that values preserving and enhancing our natural environment for our enjoyment and future generations.”