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Commission on the Arts

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The Commission on the Arts (COTA) is charged with setting goals and criteria for arts expenditures for City Council approval, and with preparing and submitting a recommended plan for distribution of arts funding. COTA meets as needed, but generally meets the first Monday of each month at 5 p.m. For questions, contact the City Manager's Office at 515.239.5101.


  • Deanne Brill
  • Tom Lockhart
  • Steven Kawaler
  • Natalie Robinson
  • Troy Rutter
  • Brian Phillips, City of Ames Staff Liaison

Meeting Information

Announcements & Dates to Remember


Annual Grant and Special Project Grant Information


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 Annual Grant Process Guidelines

2019-20 Final Reports:

Special Project Grants:

Reimbursement Form (PDF)

Citing COTA Funding

Feb 3, 2020 Presentation from Prof. Jennifer Drinkwater:

     Moving Beyond the Mural: Art for Community Transformation

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