The Yelm Business Association presented its second ordinance to the Yelm City Council on Tuesday to create a city arts commission to promote the arts and culture in the area.
“This is the most diverse small town you will ever see,” Triad Theater Manager Cameron Jayne said to the council before a packed room of arts commission supporters. “Arts is the way to unify because art knows no boundaries.”
The Triad features live music, community theater, poetry readings and art displays, Jayne said. This draws people in from all over the world and can help boost business.
“We are like the mini Paris,” she said.
YBA President Cynthia Schmier said in a letter to the council supporting the arts would support local business.
“Our purpose has always been to help promote local business in Yelm and we sincerely believe that the city council shares that desire,” the letter said.
Councilor Joe DePinto said he supports the idea of an arts commission because it is a way for the city to draw more people in and pursue grants they currently can’t. It would also cost the city little if anything.
Several artists from the Triad Theater spoke to the council about what they do and presented some of their art.
One poet read one of his pieces in three dialects: a native African language, English and as a lion. Many supporters talked about local theater and how it helps people and the community.