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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. 

Commissioner Biographies:

 

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Jennifer Barnes- Commissioner
Chairman of the Public Art Subcommittee  

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.

   
 
 mills-bernadette Bernadette Carroll- Ex-Officio

Serves on the Public Art Subcommittee

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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Ingrid T. Coyle- Commissioner
Chairman of the Event & Festival Subcommittee and serves on Communication & Advocacy Subcommittee
 

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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Brian Cross- Commissioner
Chairman of the Communication & Advocacy Subcommittee

Biography: Brian has been a west valley resident since 1987. He is a U.S. Navy Veteran and presently is an owner partner at Libertas Real Estate. He has been a full-time agent since 2003. "It's very exciting to see the west valley grow." He joined the Goodyear Arts & Culture Committee to help facilitate arts & culture in the west valley. Arts and Culture bring people together and levels the field for all human-kind. What could be more important than keeping arts & culture alive for future generations? Brian is proud to service on the Arts & Culture committee and is excited about things to come for Goodyear.

   
   

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Melinda Donovan- Vice Chairman
Serves on the Education & Programs Subcommittee
 

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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Fran Fee- Commissioner
Serves on the Public Art Subcommittee

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- Commissioner
Chairman of the Education & Program Subcommittee and Serves on Events & Festivals Subcommittee

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.

   
   
Aubrie Jones

Aubrie Jones- Commissioner
Serves on the Events & Festivals Subcommittee

Biography: As a proud retiree from Luke Air Force Base, after 21 years of active military service, I am an avid supporter of our great city and am excited to be a part of helping Goodyear become the hub of arts and culture in the West Valley.  During my active duty career, I worked in the Force Support Squadron coordinating base functions like Air Shows, Tops In Blue and USO Concert Tours, Golf Tournaments, Freedom Fest, F-35 Reception parties, and many other moral and welfare boosting events for military families and the local community.   In my role as Equal Opportunity Director, I obtained extensive training and certification at the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute which provided me with invaluable knowledge and resources to educate military members on cultural diversity, awareness, and celebration of our individual and collective heritages.   Additionally, as a person who highly values education, I worked hard during my career to obtain my Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University and am a PhD Candidate in Counseling Education and Supervision from Walden University.  In my spare time, aside from my civilian career as a licensed real estate agent, I enjoy working as an actor in commercials, web-based productions, and community theater.  The past 11 years in the West Valley has flown by and I’m eager to be a part of helping Goodyear continue to thrive.

   
   
 Nancy Love

Nancy Love- Commissioner

Biography: I have lived in Goodyear for 7 years, and in the west valley for over 10 years. I am passionate about our community and excited for the opportunity to serve on the Arts & Culture Commission. Enriching the lives of our residents and visitors, young and old, through numerous arts and cultural events, displays, partnerships and educational opportunities contributes greatly to why I am proud to call Goodyear my home. Being a public servant for nearly my entire career, I value the impact the arts have on the well-being of our community. 

   
   

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Karen Olson- Chairman
Serves on the Event & Festival and Education & Programs Subcommittee

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.  

 

Bernadette Carroll- Ex-Officio
Serves on the Public Art Subcommittee

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.

Bernadette Carroll- Ex-Officio
Serves on the Public Art Subcommittee

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.