Public Arts and Culture Advisory Council


The purpose of the Public Arts and Culture Advisory Council is to assist, inform and advise the Village Board of Trustees on matters pertaining to the arts, culture and special events in the Village of Niles. This Council is established to assist the Village in furthering the arts, culture and special events and the annual allocation of budgeted funds.

MEMBERS – term of the appointment is one year

The Council shall consist of 13 members, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Village Board. At least five of said members shall have professional expertise in various facets of the duties of the Council by virtue of their training, employment and/or expertise. Said areas of expertise may include, but are not necessarily limited to, business, nonprofit management, arts, social or artistic events, Village heritage, diversity, and culture.  The President shall seek to appoint at least five members to the Council as representatives from various community organizations including but not limited to Niles-Maine Library District, Niles Park District, Niles Historical Society, Niles Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Niles Sister Cities, Veterans of Foreign Wars, School District 63 and School District 71.

Representatives from Community Partner Organizations Members:

Kim Biederman, Chair – Niles Chamber of Commerce
Janet Spector Bishop - East Maine School District 63
Barbara Karawacki – Niles Historical & Cultural Center
Victoria Luz – Niles-Maine District Library 
Julie Jentel – Niles Park District 
Joseph Steinfels - Niles Memorial VFW Post 3579
Sarah Djordjevic - Fine Arts Department Chair, Maine East High School

Professionals in Arts an Culture Members:

Carly Derec - Artist/ Painter
Kathleen Gallegos - Artist/ Art Station Studio Business Owner
Carol Luc - Artist/ Painter
Marina Samovsky - Photographer

Staff Liaison

Katie Schneider, Community Engagement Coordinator
(847) 588-8005


Regular meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:30 p.m. Check the agenda for location.


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. All agendas are posted in accordance with the Open Meeting Act. Minutes are available following approval.
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