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.

Public Arts and Culture Council Members


CHAIR Marina Samovsky - Photographer

Tracy Holmes – Niles Chamber of Commerce

Angelika Schab - East Maine School District 63

Barbara Karawacki – Niles Historical & Cultural Center

Victoria Luz – Niles-Maine District Library 

Julie Jentel – Niles Park District 

Ramon Prieto - Niles Memorial VFW Post 3579

Sarah Djordjevic - Fine Arts Department Chair, Maine East High School

Carly Derec - Artist/ Painter

Kathleen Gallegos - Artist/ Art Station Studio Business Owner

Carol Luc - Artist/ Painter


Staff Liaison


Katie Schneider, Community Engagement & Marketing Supervisor

(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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