Members

The Commission is designed for an 11-member capacity. The Commissioners, all volunteers, are appointed by the Mayor of Richmond with the concurrence of the Richmond City Council to serve four-year terms. New applicants who wish to become active advocates for the arts in the Richmond community are encouraged to apply for vacant seats. Commission meetings are also open to the public.

Members of the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission are also members of the Public Arts Advisory Commission.

Staff Liason: Winifred Day

Current Commissioners

Name
Lynson Beaulieu, Chair
Melissa Kirk, Vice Chair
Emily Leighton
Phillip Mehas
Tom Harriman

Lynson Beaulieu, Chair

Lynson is a resident of the city of Richmond. Since 2019, she has served as a Commissioner for the City of Richmond’s Arts and Culture Commission (RACC). In July of 2022, she took on the chairmanship of the Commission. In her service, Lynson recognizes and promotes the power of art to improve the quality of life for the City’sresidents. Richmond’s thriving public art scene includes over 300 original works of art currently scattered across the city in myriad publicly accessible locations. Lynson practices a number of different art forms herself and is an enthusiastic collector of art.

Melissa Kirk, Vice Chair

Melissa Kirk has been a RAAC commissioner since 2018. She's neither an artist nor an art expert, she just enjoys art and wants to help make her community vibrant! Melissa expresses her creativity through writing, and is self-employed as a book coach, writer, and editor; she is also obsessed with plants, particularly local California native plants and regenerative planting practices.


Emily Leighton

Emily Leighton has been a public art commissioner since 2019 and a Richmond resident since 2015. She lives with her partner, 3 kids, 2 dogs and 6 chickens. She has a degree in Art History and Criticism from UC San Diego and her masters in Interior Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Emily works as a Senior Environmental Designer for a local design firm. She is interested in bringing public art to underserved parts of Richmond and supporting local artists in their practice. Some of her goals as commissioner is to encourage art projects that reflect the community, as well as recruiting new diverse commissioners.

Phillip Mehas

Phillip Mehas has been active on the Richmond Art & Culture Commission and the Richmond Public Art Advisory Committee for the past 10 years. With a MA in Education he has been a Corporate Art Consultant for the past 35 years working with corporate clients, artists, galleries, architectural/design firms, property management companies, dealers and fine art printers. He has lived in Richmond for 23 years and is working in Social Justice issues much of which focuses on Native Americans. He is interested in recruiting more diverse Commissioners as well as more public art created in diverse communities.

Tom Harriman

Tom Herriman was a union organizer for over three decades and always swore by the slogan 'Bread and Roses': workers need art and culture as well as food on the table. As a labor editor in the 1970s he helped create a poster series based on the work of Ralph Fasanella which were displayed in thousands of union halls and union households throughout the country. After retirement, Tom travelled to Uganda where he founded Uganda Art Consortium dedicated to marketing works of unsung Uganda artists, and using part of the proceeds to support art workshops for children and HIV-AIDS patients. Tom is Chairman of the Board and media director for SOS Richmond, a homeless advocacy group. He has been a commissioner since 2018.