Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 6:30pm


Meeting-May 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.


  1. Take roll
  2. Review and vote on editing or accepting minutes from the April 9 meeting
  3. Conduct business



  1. Farewell to Christian
  2. Treasurer Election
  3. Newsletter Update
  4. Updates from Public Art
    1. Laurel History Bench
    2. Tile Mosaic Mural
  5. Laurel 150th
  6. Recap of LAC-sponsored Events: 
    1. May 1 - Pallotti High Theatre performance at Sip
      1. Impressions
      2. Lessons Learned
    2. May 5 - Laurel High Art exhibit opening at Municipal Center, with Laurel High music ensemble performing
      1. Impressions
      2. Lessons Learned
      3. Complexity of Planning and Execution
      4. Remaining To-Dos
  7. Laurel Shopping Center
    1. Opportunity to showcase local art
  8. School Partnerships
  9. Strategic Plan
  10. Arts Revenue (1% Law)
  11. PG Special Appropriations Grant Update
  12. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, June 11th at 6:30pm
    2. Meet in July (9th) and August (13th) at 6:30pm?
    3. Tuesday, September 10th at 6:30pm

New Business/Brainstorming/Idea Generation


Meeting Minutes
May 14, 2019

The Laurel Arts Council (LAC) held its May meeting from 6:30 pm – 8:10 pm at the Laurel Municipal Center in Laurel, MD on May 14, 2019. Chair Kelsey Eustace called the meeting to order.

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

ABSENT: John Drago, Chris Dwyer, Nadia Janjua


GUESTS: Mayor Craig Moe, Councilwoman Valerie Nicholas, Marilyn Morris


Minutes from last meeting were corrected and accepted.



  1. Volunteer Ethics Code
    1. Mayor Moe announced that the City council passed an ethics code to guide the city’s volunteer committees. LAC members will receive a copy of the code.
  2. Councilwoman Nicholas described her plan to place Little Free Libraries (LFL) around the City, especially to serve children and families who can’t afford books.
    1. To launch the project, Ms. Nicholas is having 2 LFL book-sharing boxes constructed – one to be decoratively painted by Laurel artist Marilyn Morris, and one she requested that the LAC decorate. Melissa proposed to partner with a local school like Laurel Elementary, whom she will contact.
    2. Sites for the initial LFLs will be in front of the Morris residence and in a public park, with preference for Emancipation Park or for McCullough Field near the LAC tile bench. It was noted that there is now a LFL in Laurel’s Discovery Park, off Van Dusen and 198.
  3. Farewell to Christian Givens, LAC Treasurer and Newsletter Publisher
    1. Christian regretfully tendered his resignation as LAC member to make time for growing work and family responsibilities. He was thanked by Mayor Moe and Chair Kelsey Eustace for his service to the LAC and the City. Refreshments in honor of Christian, brought by Angie O’Neal, were served around the table.
    2. With the position of Treasurer now open, Chair Kelsey asked for nominees for a new Treasurer. It was suggested that Bharati Dhruva would be highly capable. Bharati could not immediately commit but requested that the item be saved for next LAC meeting.
  4. Newsletter Update.
    1. Christian’s role as publisher of the LAC newsletter is now open. He previously forwarded templates to Angie and Melissa and showed them how to use MailChimp to publish. Responsibility for the next and succeeding newsletters remains open. It was suggested that the newsletter include urls to Laurel TV spots featuring the LAC and local arts activities.
  5. Laurel History Bench & Tile Mosaic Mural Project Update
    1. Cheryl reported that the clay tile history bench is near completion in McCullough Field.  Joanne noted that Dept of Parks and Recreation will landscape the area around the bench. She also agreed to a schedule a small City ceremony to dedicate the new bench. The dedication took place on Saturday, June 8 at 10am.
    2. For the glass tile mosaic project, Cheryl reported that the mosaic panels to create a wall mural at the Municipal Swimming Pool have been completed by Pallotti High School art students.  It was decided that the wall dedication ceremony will take place at a date after the Memorial Day opening. Any remaining funds granted by PG County for this project will be returned to the County.
  6. City of Laurel 150th Anniversary in 2020
    1. Kelsey reported on her May 14 meeting with the Laurel 150th Anniversary Planning Committee.  The new organizing principle is around a 150th calendar where each month has a theme, such as “Laurel is Patriotic” for July and “Laurel is Creative” for October. Each month will offer theme-based signature events – which are built on existing city events and serve as the official premier event for that month.  Signature events will be widely advertised, and attendees will receive a passport stamp for that month in a 150th passport book. Groups like the LAC are invited to propose activities as parts of signature (existing) events or as supplementary events that reflect the theme of the month.
    2. At this point, the 150th Committee is still finalizing plans for leadership of monthly events, for dates and venues, and for availability of funds.  More specifics are expected to come from the next Executive Planning Committee meeting scheduled May 28.
    3. Months relevant to LAC on the 150th calendar include October “Laurel is Creative” and September “Laurel is Inclusive.” For thematic events proposed by the LAC, the LAC is expected to take responsibility in terms of organizing and running. A set of proposed activities, with dates and with a statement of funding and volunteer needs, should go to the 150th Planning Committee by its 28 May executive meeting. Proposals should be emailed to City staffer Lena Grant, who forwards to Committee Leader Gail Schneider. The LAC aim is to have its events added to the 150th calendar.
    4. As one possible LAC event, Marilyn expanded on her earlier concept of choreographing and staging a 150th-themed dance/performing arts performance to be held preferably in the Laurel High School auditorium or black box theater. Marilyn was advised to include Laurel High School dance and theater in this plan. It was suggested that Marilyn write a project proposal and budget to submit to the 150th as part of the LAC’s proposal and budget.
    5. Melissa offered to work with Laurel High School to propose collaborative 150th events that mesh with Laurel High’s existing school schedule.
    6. Joanne announced a June 12 meeting of all volunteers for the 150th Anniversary. At that meeting, the planned signature and supplementary events will be identified, along with volunteer needs for each event.
  7. Laurel Shopping Center
    1. Leigha Steele overviewed commercial spaces now empty in Laurel Shopping Center, where center managers are seeking public art to draw in customers and attract businesses. These spaces lie along the wide pedestrian walk at the northwest corner of the center, leading to the old theater (Halloween haunted house), then turning right toward Route 1. Leigha added that the center may be able to fund visual art or performance. She suggested that the LAC contact her about meeting with center managers to discuss possibilities.
  8. Recap of May 2019 Art Exhibit and Drama Performance
    1. To be saved for a later meeting are a review of and lessons learned from the Laurel High School art exhibit that opened May 5 and the Pallotti High School drama performance held May 1.
  9. Meeting was closed at 8:10 p.m.

Melissa Holland                                                                                                                                 Date: June 5, 2019                       
Vice Chair

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