Arts and Cultural Commission

The Arts & Cultural Commission meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00pm in the City Council Chambers. 

The Commission encourages opportunities for recognition of art and culture in the community.

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Art show brochure 2014   *** Deadline Extended to July 14th ****

2014 Trash Can Painting Competition 

Trash Can Painting Guidelines

The St. Helens Arts & Cultural Commission (ACC) will host its fourth annual Trash Can Painting Competition on Friday, July 4 starting at 9:30 a.m. in Columbia View Park.

Two top prizes of $200 will be awarded: one for the can with the most artistic merit and the other for the best park theme. Thanks to the generosity of the competition’s sponsors, other prizes will also be awarded to participants. Preregistration is required by June 30, 2014.

Applications are available at St. Helens City Hall or by contacting ACC secretary Jennifer Johnson at 503-366-8210 or by email at Ready-to-paint trash cans, paint and painting supplies will be provided by the ACC on the day of the event. 

This year, the ACC is offering a team who cannot attend the July 4 event but would like to paint a trash can on their own time to register and participate without being eligible for prizes. Business sponsorship packages are also available. The ACC is seeking $100 sponsorships in return for a business having its name and logo featured on a CITY OF ST. HELENS  painted trash can. Funds raised from the competition will benefit the ACC’s Gateway Sculpture Project that will be located on Milton Creek Bridge on Highway 30. After receiving a layer of protective anti-graffiti coating, the painted trash cans will beautify City parks with one-of-a-kind art created by community members. The trash can painting competition is a cooperative beautification project between the ACC and St. Helens Public Works Department as part of the Summer Arts in the Parks Program.


2013 Trash Can Painting Competition 

The third  annual Trash Can Painting Competition was a huge success. This project is a cooperative beautification project for the Summer Arts In the Park Program sponsored by the City of St. Helens, Arts & Cultural Commission, Public Works, and the Parks Commission.


Spirit of Halloweentown 2013 Pumpkin Painting for Kids

St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission hosted Pumpkin Painting at the Children’s Fair on Saturday, October 26, 2013.  The free event was successful beyond anything that the Commission had anticipated.  A hearty thank-you is to be extended to the Kiwanis Daybreakers for letting the St. Helens Arts and Cultural Commission take part in the annual Children’s Fair at the St. Helens High School and for inviting the Commission back for 2014!

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Members Contact Phone 3-Year Term Expiration
Kannikar Petersen, Chair 503-366-3050 9/30/2015
Luanne Kreutzer 503-366-7854 9/30/2015
Joan Youngberg 503-369-1081 9/30/2015
Diane Dillard 503-397-1244 9/30/2016
Kevin Chavez , Vice Chair 503-410-0266 9/30/2016
Rosemary Imhof  505-331-0387 9/30/2014
Vacant NA 9/30/2014


Susan Conn, Council Liaison – 503-369-6910

Margaret Jeffries, Library Director – 503-397-4544

Jennifer Johnson, Commission Secretary – 503-397-6272