The Kent Arts Commission, a board of 14 volunteer citizens appointed by the Mayor, was founded by City Ordinance in 1975. The Arts Commission’s mission is to provide leadership in establishing cultural opportunities and arts education, to improve the quality of life and enhance the aesthetic environment, and to promote Kent as a center for great arts. Major programs include: an extensive public art program, an active performing arts program, two grant programs, and several special community events and festivals. The Commission also offers free or low-cost community workshops and school residencies in conjunction with many performances and visual arts programs. Kent’s performing arts offerings include Spotlight Series, featuring performances by regional, national, and international touring artists in a variety of genres. The annual schedule includes 8-10 performances on two stages. The Kent Summer Concert Series presents live, free performances in Kent’s beautiful parks during July and August. Kent’s renowned public and portable art collection features nearly 500 artworks valued at approximately $1.5. The Kent Arts Commission also operates the Centennial Center Gallery, which features rotating exhibits throughout the year.