Arts and Culture Commission

Members of the 2022 Arts and Culture Commission


The City of Northfield's Arts and Culture Commission supports arts, culture and creative experiences as ways for us to connect with one another, with ideas, and within ourselves.


Northfield is a community which values, integrates,  and engages in arts and cultural experiences - in all their diversity - throughout the fabric of civic life.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

We stand on the homelands of the Wahpekute Band of the Dakota Nation. We honor with gratitude the people who have stewarded the land throughout the generations and their ongoing contributions to this region. We acknowledge the ongoing injustices that we have committed against the Dakota Nation, and we wish to interrupt this legacy, beginning with acts of healing and honest storytelling about this place.


Second Monday of the month
6:00 p.m.

Northfield City Hall
Council Chambers
801 Washington St.

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NameTitleTerm expiration
Martha AndersonMemberDecember 31, 2024
Paula GranquistVice ChairDecember 31, 2023
Karna HauckChairDecember 31, 2022
Andrea SjogrenMemberDecember 31, 2025
Heather LawrenzSecretaryDecember 31, 2023
Leah RichMemberDecember 31, 2024
Anna Lisa RustadMemberDecember 31, 2025
Kate WoodstrupMemberDecember 31, 2024
VacantMemberNot applicable
Seth KnutsonYouth Representative (non-voting)2022-2023 school year
Sam NelsonYouth Representative (voting)2022-2023 school year
Genevieve TassavaYouth Representative (non-voting)2022-2023 school year
Carsten WalterYouth Representative (non-voting)2022-2023 school year

Contacting the commission

If you have questions or comments, you can email the commission. Each member will receive your email. When replying to your email, a commission member cannot reply to all members, only to you. This avoids violating the open meeting law.

Email the Arts and Culture Commission


For general information about the commission, please contact a staff liaison.

NameTitlePhone number
Natalie DraperLibrary Director507-645-1801
Kathy Rush VizinaAdministrative liaison507-645-1800


The Arts and Culture Commission advises the City Council about the development of arts and cultural activities, organizations, and facilities in Northfield. The Arts and Culture Commission was created by City Council in January 2007 following a recommendation from ArtsPlan06 which identified its mission. Its purpose is to assist Northfield in becoming a community in which arts and cultural activities:

  • Are recognized as vital components of community life worthy of investment and support from the public, private, and nonprofit sectors
  • Are valued and promoted for their economic benefits and development potential, especially in the downtown
  • Include new ethnic groups in Northfield’s identity and sense of community
  • Represent an integral part of Northfield’s educational mission and programs for young people
  • Engage the talents and involvement of retirees and senior citizens
  • Develop a wider array of opportunities for collaboration between faculty and student artists at the two colleges and community artists
  • Cooperate to enhance the public perception of Northfield’s identity and quality of life in the community itself, the surrounding region, and beyond

Meetings are called by the chair. For transaction of business at any meeting, a majority of members shall constitute a quorum.

  1. 2020 accomplishments
  2. 2019 accomplishments

Despite the Coronavirus Pandemic, the Arts and Culture Commission achieved a number of initiatives and projects in 2020.

  • Selected Adam Turman through a Public Art Review Committee as the mural artist for the roundabout; to be completed spring-summer 2021
  • In partnership with the NDDC, SEMAC and the City of Northfield, purchased and installed the Threshold arch sculpture by Kris Swanson on the west side of the Cannon River
  • In partnership with building owner David Aase, partially funded the Love mural by Brett Whitacre, installed in September 2020
  • Approved the temporary installation of the sculpture Straight Through the Heart by artist Dale Lewis at Highway 3 and 3rd Street
  • Completed and won a SEMAC grant for the partial funding of artist John Sterner’s Native American Eagle sculpture, to be completed in 2021; this is in collaboration with the Northfield Human Rights Commission
  • Celebrated Mac Gimse as the 2020 Living Treasure recipient; due to the pandemic, he will also serve in 2021
  • Conducted the SEMAC and City of Northfield-funded 2020 Sidewalk Poetry contest, with poems in English and Spanish; capstone event was first Sidewalk Poetry virtual event create for winning poets
  • Conducted the Public Art Review Committee to select the Young Sculptors Project concept, to be completed in 2021
  • In partnership with the NDDC, conducted the Public Art Review Committee for the selection of artists for round 2 of Artists on Main Street, funded by Rethos: Reimagined and Springboard for the Arts, with additional funding from the Bush Foundation
  • Approved the creation of a Northfield Arts and Culture Commission logo
  • In collaboration with the Complete Count Committee, juried artworks and installed the art in City Hall show “The Beauty of the Count”
  • Celebrated the installation of the 2019 1% for the Arts Public Art project Art Information Kiosk in February 2020

Membership requirements
Members are appointed by the mayor with the approval of the City Council.

Members, based on their willingness to serve and background, are appointed from various sectors of the community, including arts and cultural organizations, Carleton and St. Olaf Colleges, local schools, business community, independent artists, and the community at large.


  1. You can apply to more than one board, commission or task force.

    Apply for a board, commission, or task force

    Applications are also available at:

    City Hall
    801 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057

    Northfield Public Library
    210 Washington Street
    Northfield, MN 55057