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


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


  1. Take roll
  2. Review and vote on editing or accepting minutes from the Feb. 12 meeting
  3. Conduct business



  1. Special Guest
    1. Jay Williams
  2. Legal Reminders
    1. City’s lawyer
    2. MD’s open meeting law
    3. Conflict of interests
    4. Financial disclosure forms
  3. Laurel History Bench (Cheryl)
  4. Tile Mosaic Mural Project – update and needs (Cheryl)
  5. City of Laurel 150th Anniversary in 2020 (Cheryl)
  6. Budget and Proposals/Grants for Funding – Current plans, call for ideas
    1. Remaining FY19 funds for art in P&R Budget (must be used by June 30, 2019)
      1. Fund opening reception for student performance or art show
        1. Sip to host Pallotti performance (Chris)
        2. Organize visual art exhibit with Laurel High School (Angie and Melissa)
    2. FY20 Budget Request to City (for July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)
      1. $2,000 in P&R funds for arts
    3. FY20 Grant Request to PG County Special Appropriations (District 1)
      1. Last year, the deadline was March 31
      2. Another opportunity in the fall
    4. CY20 150th Anniversary Special Funds
    5. City Ordinance requiring developers to contribute 1% of profits to arts in the City
  7. Artist of the Month and Newsletter (Christian and Angie)
    1. Laurel TV partnership with reporter Myleah Lofland for next newsletter April 2019
  8. Mayor’s Open House (Sun., Mar. 3, 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Laurel Municipal Building)
  9. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, April 9 at 6:30pm
    2. Tuesday, May 14 at 6:30pm
    3. Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30pm
    4. Meet in July and August?




Meeting Minutes
March 12, 2019

The Laurel Arts Council (LAC) held its February meeting from 6:30 pm – 8:20 pm at the Laurel Municipal Center in Laurel, MD on March 12, 2019. Vice Chair Melissa Holland called the meeting to order.

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

ABSENT: Marilyn Byers, John Drago, Alisa Kerr, Nadia Janjua


GUESTS: Jay Williams


Minutes from last meeting were corrected and accepted.



  1. Legal Reminders
    1. Chair Kelsey reminded everyone to complete and return financial disclosure forms to Lena Grant at City Hall.
  2. Special Guests
    1. Jay Williams shared an overview of his career and experience. He stated that he would be willing to donate some time to our group. His method of printing on vinyl creates a permanent surface which doesn’t decay as quickly as paint, and therefore could be used on exterior sites. Mayor Moe queried as to the cost of a mural on the side of a building such as the site formerly housing The Gallery. Chris posited that unveiling such a mural would be a good addition to our 150th Anniversary planning.
  3. Laurel History Bench & Tile Mosaic Mural Project Update
    1. Cheryl reported on progress of the Public Art and Art Ed committees: Four clay workshops were completed at Laurel Elementary School which will be followed by four glazing workshops. The bench will be installed in four stages: digging and pouring the footings, building the concrete block wall, installing the granite slab (DPW), and finally applying the ceramic tiles.
    2. Pallotti High School students are currently working on the glass mosaic project. The money for this project and the bench needs to be spent by end of fiscal year.
  4. City of Laurel 150th Anniversary in 2020
    1. The 150th Anniversary committee has contacted local high school arts departments and they do want to participate in the celebration. They have also contacted the Montpelier Art Center, local theatres, poets, songwriters and visual artists. Members of this subcommittee attended performances by Laurel High and Pallotti High School dancers and reported on the excellence of both groups. There is great interest in this project, but exact dates need to be determined, as well as a budget to proceed. Cheryl will draft a proposal of our ideas to present to the Executive Committee.
    2. Chris suggested that we let the schools lead on choosing dates since we would be asking to use the facility at Laurel High School. Joanne suggested publishing a calendar of events. Melissa said there could be three ways of participating: (1) piggybacking onto existing festivals, (2) being a part of the Executive Planning, or (3) having separate 150th Anniversary events.
    3. Mayor Moe will work with Laurel High School Principal Dwayne Jones to obtain permission for use of the auditorium at Laurel High School and suggested an arts evening with a visual art exhibit in the lobby and a VIP room to host elected officials and arts people. Kelsey said we should put out a call for participants. Chris said we might want to have a theme for this event or possibly a mission statement about celebrating our past and learning from our mistakes.
  5. Budget & Proposals for Funding
    1. Melissa presented facts about our budget situation and discussed applying for a future P.G. County Council Special Appropriations Grant. Joanne said that we may need to spend current monies before requesting a new grant.
    2. Chris requested $350.00 to cover catering at Sip at C St. Flats on May 1st from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. for the Pallotti Theatre performance and reception.
    3. For the visual arts show from laurel High School, alternatives to Sip were discussed since that space only holds 50 people. For example, downstairs at Ragamuffin offers more space, and City-owned properties like the Cabana would require no rental fee.
    4. Angie suggested holding an art show for seniors and also a painting workshop.
    5. Members viewed videos of Laurel Manor House and the Birdhouse Project which were produced by Laurel TV. Joanne suggested we connect with Audrey Barnes, Director of Communications for the City of Laurel and the person who oversees the operation of the Laurel TV public access television station.
  6. Meeting was closed at 8:20 p.m.


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


Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm. 

Nadia Janjua                                                                               Date: April 1, 2019                       

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