Public Art Advisory Committee

Residents interested serving on the Public Art Advisory Committee should review the attached terms of reference and submit the Application for Citizen Appointment to the Public Art Advisory Committee to the City Clerk by noon on Friday, June 7th 2019.

Appointments are on a volunteer basis and no compensation is paid.

City Council's Striking Committee will consider all of the applications and make appointments.

The information on the application form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act,and will be used only for the purpose of making appointments.

Terms of Reference – Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC)


  • To provide expert community input on City of North Bay public art policies, projects and procedures;
  • To promote awareness and understanding of the importance of high-quality public art;
  • Assist with the development of a city-wide Public Art Policy which will identify priority projects, locations and site selection, criteria and selection processes, and review conservation and maintenance of artworks;
  • Assist with the implementation of the Public Art Policy (once completed) to determine prioritization, implementation, and budget considerations for public art projects;
  • Promote the activities of the Public Art Advisory Committee and raise public awareness and importance of public art in North Bay;
  • Make recommendations for the striking of public art juries and the development of Terms of Reference for juries;
  • Review and assist with the development of Call for Artists;
  • Advise and recommend to staff on proposed gifts, donations and bequests to the City in accordance with the Public Art Policy and other City guidelines;
  • Advise and recommend to staff the accessioning and de-accessioning of works associated with the City of North Bay’s Public Art Collection;
  • Review and provide recommendations regarding applications for community group-driven public art projects.


The Public Art Advisory Committee shall be comprised of 7 members:

  • One (1) City Councillor;
  • One (1) representative of the Downtown Improvement Area (DIA);
  • One (1) representative of Creative Industries;
  • One (1) representative of Capitol Centre;
  • One (1) Indigenous Representative ;
  • Two (2) citizen members with experience in public art including visual artists, architects, landscape architects, urban designers, curators, arts educators, art historians, business representatives and other knowledgeable individuals;

Terms of Appointment:

  • Citizen members will be appointed for the term of Council;
  • A maximum of two terms may be served in succession;
  • Retirement and starting dates for citizen members will coincide with the term of Council;
  • Any member who misses three meetings in succession, without prior written permission from the Chair, will be deemed to have resigned;
  • The members will be appointed in accordance with Council’s practice and procedural by-law;
  • The Chair and Vice-Chair will be elected by the Committee;

Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest

  • Citizen members are disqualified from directly or indirectly benefiting from their participation on the Commission during their tenure;
  • Citizen members are disqualified from submitting to public art projects that will be reviewed by the Committee during their tenure;
  • Citizen members may continue to participate in a public art project that was initiated prior to their appointment to the Committee but shall declare a pecuniary interest if the project is under discussion by the Committee and leave the room during the discussion.
  • Members of the Public Art Advisory Committee work in partnership with the City of North Bay and for the citizens of North Bay. Members must respect confidential information and declare conflict of interest, when required. As a City of North Bay working group the members of the Public Art Advisory Committee are expected to support and contribute to a safe, respectful, transparent and accountable environment. The City of North Bay has zero tolerance for any form of violence, vandalism, or inappropriate behaviour in its facilities or properties.


  • Public Art Advisory Committee advice and policy objectives will inform and be referred to in staff reports going to the appropriate Standing Committee or Community Council;
  • Reports concerning public art on City lands will be prepared by the Arts, Culture, Recreation and Leisure Services Department;
  • City staff will seek the advice of the Public Art Advisory Committee or its designated subcommittees prior to submitting reports dealing with public art on City property to Committee and Council.


  • There will be no remuneration for participation on the Public Art Advisory Committee. However, members are entitled to reimbursement for any reasonable out-of-pocket expenses incurred on behalf of the Committee that were previously approved by the Arts, Culture, Recreation and Leisure Services Department.


  • Meeting quorum is five (5) Public Art Advisory Committee members;
  • The Committee will primarily use the consensus model for decision making;
  • The Committee will meet once a month, except during July and August, or at the call of the Chair.

Staff Support:

  • Primary administrative support for the Public Art Advisory Committee will be provided by the Arts, Culture, Recreation and Leisure Services Department;
  • The Arts, Culture, Recreation and Leisure Services Department will manage issues relating to public art on City lands.