Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 6:30pm


June 12, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.


  1. Take roll
  2. Review and vote on editing or accepting minutes from the May 8 meeting


  1. Welcome New LAC Member:
    1. Bharati Dhruva – Strategic Planning Subcommittee
  2. FY19 Funding
    1. City of Laurel
      1. No line item for LAC in the City’s FY19 budget
      2. For projects and events, we can request funding from the Mayor’s Special Events budget
      3. There is $2,000 in the P&R budget for arts education/projects
    2. PG County Council Special Appropriations Grant
      1. Requested $2,000
  3. Public Art/Arts Education
    1. Bench Project
      1. Funding for materials
      2. Location
      3. Events:
        1. Friday, September 7 at 8:15 - Laurel Elementary School Presentation
        2. Saturday, September 15 – Pool House Tile Making Workshop
        3. Sunday, September 30 – Pool House Glazing Workshop
      4. Registration and Release Forms
      5. Publicity
      6. Documentation (photo releases)
    2. Spring Project
      1. Requested PG County Council grant for $2,000
  4. Artist Block Fair – Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
    1. Mark your calendar
    2. Can the event be longer?
  5. Continue Discussion on Bringing Art to McCullough Field
  6. Arts Programming Ideas
    1. Music on the Gude House Porch
    2. Chalk on Main Street
  7. Artist Roster (6 artists registered. Last artist registered on June 9)
  8. LAC Newsletter
    1. 102 subscribers
    2. June Newsletter received 47 opens
  9. LAC Facebook Page
    1. 33 likes
  10. Is there a need or desire to meet as a body in July and August? Or do we want to take the time to focus on our subcommittees? Will enough people be in town to have a quorum?

Public Art & Arts Education Summary:

Cheryl met with Ann Bennett, the director of the Laurel Historical Society and Museum. They agreed to partner with us on the tile making workshops for the bench project. Cheryl hopes to have supplies bought by our June meeting. This will not include the concrete blocks since we won’t want to move them again to the site.

After talking with the principal at Laurel Elementary School, we will have a combination historical and art presentation to 90 5th graders on Friday, September 7 at 8:15. The tile making workshop will be held on Saturday, September 15, followed by the glaze workshop on Sunday, September 30. These were the only dates that the Pool Room was available, giving lead time for the presentation at the school.

We will also contact St. Mary of the Mills School and the Senior Center to offer the experience to a wide group of people.

The committees met at Sip to discuss murals beyond the mosaic one at the municipal pool. Steven contacted a muralist who participated in the recent Pow Wow event in NoMa, in D.C. Nadia is also researching materials and the design process as she has first hand experience making murals herself.

We have not heard back from Joe Wall, our contact at the Visionary Arts Museum, but will continue contacting him.


Meeting Minutes
June 12, 2018

The Laurel Arts Council (LAC) held its meeting from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm at the Laurel Municipal Center in Laurel, MD on June 12, 2018. Chair Kelsey Eustace called the meeting to order.

Present: Marilyn Byers, Laverne Debnam, Bharati Dhruva, John Drago, Cheryl Dyer (by phone), Kelsey Eustace, Melissa Holland, Alisa Kerr, Leigha Steele (City of Laurel Department of Economic & Community Development)

Absent: Steven Echeverry, Christian Givens, Nadia Janjua, Joanne Hall Barr (Parks & Recreation)

The minutes of the May 8, 2018 meeting were approved by all LAC members after edits were approved to add Marilyn Byers to the list of members present at that meeting.



  1. New LAC members.  LAC Chair Kelsey Eustace introduced Bharati Dhruva, who joins the LAC with a deep background in research and grant writing, as a U.S. Government scientist. Bharati agreed to serve on the Strategic Planning and Funding & Grantmaking Subcommittee. Marilyn Byers, who was introduced at the May meeting, agreed to serve on the Public Relations & Event Planning Subcommittee.
  2. FY19 Funding.  
    1. Prince George’s (PG) County Council.  Kelsey Eustace reported that formal approval is pending for the LAC’s proposal to the PG County Council for a Special Appropriations Grant.  The grant award, totaling $2,000, is earmarked for a public art project planned for spring 2019, to create a tile mural for the Laurel Municipal Swimming Pool.  
    2. City of Laurel.  Kelsey reported that the City’s newly released FY19 budget does not include a line item for the LAC.  However, she noted, the LAC may request funding for particular projects and events from the Mayor’s Special Events budget. Kelsey further noted that the City’s Department of Parks & Recreation (P&R) budget for FY19 includes $2,000 for arts education/projects, for which the LAC may request.  In addition, P&R’s FY18 budget has some remaining funds, which could potentially cover the cost of materials for the LAC’s fall 2018 bench art project. Members voted to submit a request to P&R for $275 of the FY18 funds, which is the amount spent to date for clay and related materials for the bench project. Finally, Cheryl Dyer reported that she is waiting to hear from the Laurel Historical Society on a request for additional funds for the fall 2018 bench project.
  3. Public Art/Arts Education.  Cheryl described progress on the bench art project.
    1. Cheryl summarized three upcoming events key to involving the public in making tiles for the bench project. First, on Friday, September 7, she and members of the Laurel Historical Society will make a presentation to Laurel Elementary School at 8:15 a.m. Cheryl will demonstrate basics of drawing and perspective, while Historical Society representatives will talk about the historical significance of buildings to be depicted on the bench tiles. Second, on Saturday, September 15, Cheryl will conduct a Tile Making Workshop for members of the public at the Laurel Municipal Pool House.  Then, on Sunday, September 30, she will conduct a Tile Glazing Workshop at the Pool House. Tiles created and glazed in these workshops will adorn a concrete bench to be installed in a City space.
    2. Calls for public participation in the workshops, registration procedures, and release forms for participating school children/minors were discussed. It was agreed that a public announcement should be issued to ensure that the workshops are open to all City residents. Cheryl described the workshops as organized around 2-hour shifts, with new participants entering at each shift. She estimated that the size of the workshop space and the working materials available will limit the number of participants to twelve per shift, in addition to the workshop leaders. To structure registration around these constraints, Leigha Steele suggested the use of the online application JotForm, which provides customizable templates to designate event dates and times and to limit the number of registrants per shift.  Participants sign up online and their information is summarized for the event organizer. In the case of minors, parental release forms will be handled by email, through schools or integrated into the JotForm. To expand awareness and participation, Melissa Holland agreed to provide workshop information to the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Center.
    3. Regarding where to install the bench once completed, John Drago proposed Sweitzer Community Park, a city property off Sandy Spring Road. Members agreed that this is a promising location for discussion with the City.
    4. The importance of documenting the bench art project was brought up, including the need to obtain releases for photographs of participants at the workshops.
  4. Artist Block Fair, Saturday, October 13, 2018: Based on suggestions following the April Second Saturday Artist Block Fair, Leigha stated that the event could be extended beyond two hours. LAC members voted to schedule the Artist Block Fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on October 13.
  5. Arts Programming Ideas: Photographs were distributed from various community art projects featuring simple materials, such as yarn or colored tape affixed to chain link fences.  Members briefly discussed sidewalk chalk art as another example of such projects
  6. LAC Meetings in July & August: members decided to continue to hold meetings as a body in July and August of this summer.
  7. Next meeting will be Tuesday, July 31, from 6:30 - 8:00pm at the Laurel Municipal Center.


Meeting adjourned at 8:05 pm. 

Melissa Holland                                                                         Date: June 21, 2018                     



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