Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 6:30pm



Meeting-February 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


  1. Take roll
  2. Review and vote on editing or accepting minutes from the Jan. 8 meeting
  3. Conduct business



  1. Welcome new LAC member Angie O’Neal
  2. Special Guests
    1. Laurel High School - Performing Arts Dept Head Jaclyn Martin and Lead Theater Teacher Frank Hammond
  3. City of Laurel 150th Anniversary in 2020
    1. Cheryl to head subcommittee
    2. Subcommittee members: Marilyn, Bharati, Angie
    3. Update on plans (performances, possible call for art entries)
    4. Budget requests (CY2020 falls under two fiscal years FY20 & FY21)
  4. Tile Mural Project – update and needs (Cheryl)
    1. Mural: $2,000 grant funds (must be used for this project by June 30, 2019)
    2. Tile bench installation
  5. Remaining FY19 funds for art in P&R Budget (must be used by June 30, 2019)
  6. FY20 Budget Request (for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
    1. Call for ideas
    2. Theatre Ticket Program and cost
  7. Mayor’s Open House at Municipal Center (Sunday, March 3rd, 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Laurel Municipal Building)
    1. Will we participate?
    2. If so, who will be there from LAC to help?
    3. Papier-mâché free art activity
  8. Artist of the Month and Newsletter
    1. Laurel TV partnership with reporter Myleah Lofland
    2. Next Newsletter March or April 2019
  9. Birdhouse Update (Carol Relitz)
  10. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, March 12 at 6:30pm
    2. Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30pm
    3. Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm


Meeting Minutes
February 12, 2019

The Laurel Arts Council (LAC) held its January meeting from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at the Laurel Municipal Center in Laurel, MD on February 12, 2019. Vice Chair Melissa Holland called the meeting to order.

PRESENT: Marilyn Byers, Bharati Dhruva, Cheryl Dyer, Chris Dwyer, Christian Givens, Melissa Holland, Alisa Kerr, Angie O’Neal, Joanne Hall Barr (Dept. of Parks & Recreation, DPR), Leigha Steele (Department of Economic & Community Development, ECD)

ABSENT: Kelsey Eustace, Nadia Janjua, John Drago


GUESTS: Jaclyn Martin (Performing Arts Dept. Head, Laurel High School), Frank Hammond (Lead Theater Teacher, Laurel High School), Joe Wall (American Visionary Arts Museum), Alan Ernstein (Pallotti High School Visual Arts Teacher), Carol Relitz, Laurel Mayor Craig Moe

The minutes of the January 8, 2019 meeting were approved by all LAC members after one minor change was made.



  1. Welcome new LAC members Angie O’Neal & Chris Dwyer
    1. Angie O’Neal is a visual artist, studied art in UMCP and Corcoran, also a General Government employee. Program Manager, been with policy on national level. Lived in Laurel for 23 years
  2. Special Guests
    1. Jaclyn Martin has been teaching dance at Laurel High School for 14 years and started program in 2005. The program has finally expanded this year. She is also the Arts Integration Lead Teacher, so she is responsible for overseeing all of the collaborative art made and created in building between academic and art classes. Laurel High School is one of 95 arts integration schools in PG County so in order to maintain this status, Ms. Martin helps to ensure that art is being practiced throughout the school year.
    2. Frank Hammond, Lead Theater Teacher at Laurel High School. Events information for local youth arts events was shared.
    3. Chris Dwyer shared on Apr 8th from 6:30-9pm that there are auditions for a musical that he is directing that might interest Laurel High School students.
  3. Tile Mosaic Mural Project
    1. Cheryl mentioned that the site is adjacent to the Patuxent River and the Pool, and the idea is connected to water and movement, as well as the beginning of Laurel’s history because the pool is on site that had an original mill, which produced cotton duck.
    2. Special Guest Alan Ernstein shared that they have a Visual Arts Academy at Pallotti High School and students have come up with sketch. Their intention is to assemble it all, six advanced students.
    3. Special Guest Joe Wall installed mosaic wall at the American Visionary Arts Museum and shared some of his experience. He led a year-long community project with youth in drug programs and incarceration to build this mosaic wall. There was a supervising artist, Mari Gardner, who directed the design. Durock panels were used and they are laid dry, so you don’t have to rush or work on design before it dries. Tiles will be mosaicked before putting them on wall, so putting it up will be the most labor intensive for LAC’s tile mosaic project.
  4. Mayor’s Open House, Sun. March 3rd from 1-4pm
    1. Purpose of the event is an opportunity to see what kind of work we do, meet government officials and people in the community. Angie, Bharati, and Kelsey will attend the open house on behalf of LAC. Melissa and Cheryl will help with preparations and event supplies.
  5. Birdhouse Update
    1. Special Guest Carol Relitz shared that they are requesting a subcommittee to take over a birdhouse project. Joanne mentioned that Dept. of Parks & Recreation assisted with the project and the birdhouses were installed at Riverfront Park. It was an environmentally friendly way of reducing the mosquito population because birds eat up to 20,000 mosquitoes. Joanne will work directly with Carol Relitz in maintaining current installations.
  6. City of Laurel 150th Anniversary in 2020
    1. Cheryl shared images from last year’s Artscape from Baltimore and some ideas such as 150 paper cranes, 150 prayer flags, and finding environmental connections. Marilyn has choreographed some dances with environmental connection. They also brainstormed what could be put down during Riverfest that would not harm the river. Examples were using pieces of bark from sycamore trees to write messages of hope for the next 150 years of how Laurel would look or planting 150 trees to regain canopy from 150 years ago. Certain ideas would need funding such as commissioning a piece of music, commissioning dances, or theatre piece. Mayor Moe confirmed that we can use current funds we’ve been allocated towards this project.
  7. Budget & Proposals for Funding
    1. Cheryl mentioned that LAC most likely will not need more funds for the bench project. The Department of Public Works is donating bench, so LAC also does not have to purchase that.
    2. Use funds to help inaugurate the Student Theatre Ticket program.


  1. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, March 12th @ 6:30 pm
    2. Tuesday, April 9th @ 6:30 pm
    3. Tuesday, May 14th @ 6:30 pm
    4. Tuesday, June 11th @ 6:30 pm


Meeting adjourned at 8:30 pm. 

Nadia Janjua                                                                               Date: March 11, 2019