The City of Middletown Commission on the Arts and Cultural Activities was established by City Ordinance in March of 1972 and revised in 1992. It is now comprised of a minimum of fourteen Commissioners: two ad hoc members of the Common Council, eleven citizens from the community who are appointed for three-year terms by the Mayor and a minimum of one ‘student in government’ representative from a Middletown high school.
The Commission conducts its business through monthly meetings generally held on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall or other locations within the City. The administration of the Commission's business is conducted by Stephan Allison, Coordinator, for the Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture.
For over forty years, the Commission has maintained a program of encouraging interest and participation in the arts by providing services, resources, information and events to and for artists, organizations and the general public.
Today, the Commission is an active and effective participant in City life. Middletown was the first in Connecticut to be named one of the "100 Best Small Arts Towns in the United States". This distinction is made possible by a broad base of community support from the City, volunteers, businesses, institutions, corporations, organizations and artists.
Maintaining close links with local arts and culture organizations, Connecticut agencies and the Connecticut Office of the Arts; the Middletown Commission seeks to enhance and support development of artistic and cultural endeavors in the community with programs and services. These programs and services are made possible by City tax dollars as appropriated by the Common Council and supported by government grants and contributions of local businesses, corporations and individuals.