Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 6:30pm

Agenda

Meeting-September 17, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Agenda

  1. Take roll
  2. Review and vote on editing or accepting minutes from the June 11 meeting
  3. Conduct business

 

Business

  1. Thank Members for Service
  2. Welcome New Member Inka Patel
  3. Housekeeping
    1. Reserve table for members
    2. Save presentations and questions from guests until the end of the meeting if time allows
  4. Volunteer Commitment
    1. Expected time commitment from members in addition to our monthly meeting. What is reasonable? 4.5 hours on average per month?
    2. Each member take on some role for LAC – e.g., to help plan, set up, or run events; to manage social media; to serve as liaison to external group (150th, schools, City Council); to lead initiatives; to serve as Treasurer, Secretary, etc.
  5. Elections
  6. Tile Mosaic Mural Installed at the Pool
  7. Laurel 150th
    1. Use some FY20 and some FY21 funds for supplies
    2. Projects:
      1. Mobile multilingual mural (Melissa, Angie, Bharati)
      2. Mural-related activities plan (to execute in FY21 at Sept Festival) (Melissa, Angie, Bharati, others?)
      3. Elementary schools art contest plan (Angie, Bharati, Melissa)
      4. LAC is also liaison for arts events already planned, to get them on the 150th calendar: local theaters, schools’ public performances and exhibits
  8. Other Plans for FY20
    1. City’s Open House in March (we organize and manage a table)
    2. Pallotti drama showcase (we advertise and help fund)
    3. Laurel High art exhibition (we advertise, help fund, organize and run)
  9.  FY20 Estimated Budget for Vote
    1. 150th Mural $325
    2. 150th Mural Activities $60
    3. Posters $120
    4. Pallotti drama showcase $350 – was $300 for reception food, $50 for room rental. City covered costs of certificates.
    5.  Laurel High art exhibition $350?  Was for materials to mount and label, external printing costs, reception food. City covered costs of certificates and other internal printing.
    6. Total = $1,025
  10. 2% for Art Policy
  11. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30pm
    2. Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30pm
    3. Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30pm

Minutes

LAUREL ARTS COUNCIL
Meeting Minutes
September 17, 2019

The Laurel Arts Council (LAC) held its September meeting from 6:40 pm – 8:00 pm at the Laurel Municipal Center in Laurel, MD on September 17, 2019. Chair Kelsey Eustace called the meeting to order.

PRESENT: Joanne Hall Barr (Dept. of Parks & Recreation, DPR), Chris Dwyer, Cheryl Dyer, Kelsey Eustace, Melissa Holland (phone), Alisa Kerr, Angie O’Neal, Inka Patel, Leigha Steele (Dept. of Economic & Community Development, ECD)

ABSENT: Marilyn Byers, Bharati Dhruva, Nadia Janjua

 

Minutes from last meeting were accepted.

Business    

 

  1. Chair Kelsey thanked LAC Members with a two-year term and welcomed new LAC member Inka Patel.
    1. Inka Patel moved from Florida to Laurel and practiced architecture and interior design but changed to IT later. Art has been her passion and she now runs small art classes for children. She was introduced to LAC from member Bharati Dhruva.
    2. Another new member has been appointed who was not present, Monica Sturdivant, a member of the Historical Society. Melissa mentioned that she is a painter and graphic designer.
    3. A few additional positions will become available, so Chair Kelsey mentioned to share with other people in case they might be interested.
  2. Housekeeping
    1. Melissa suggested that our main table would be reserved for LAC Members exclusively, and guests sit in other chairs in room.
    2. Additionally, guests should save presentations and questions until the end of the meeting if time allows, although they can introduce themselves in beginning of meeting. If they have something to present related to LAC Agenda, it can be shared earlier.
    3. City Council members or Mayor can sit at table with LAC Members.
    4. All LAC members agreed that it would be fair.
  3. Volunteer Commitment
    1. Members discussed what the expected time commitment from members could be in addition to our monthly meeting.
      1. It could be individual based, as long as all members participate, are responsive over email, and volunteer time so that work is distributed more fairly.
      2. Leigha shared that as part of another committee, she showed a calendar of events and everyone had to sign up to participate in one thing and be in charge of it. 
    2. Each member should also take on some role for LAC – e.g., to help plan, set up, or run events; to manage social media; to serve as liaison to external group (150th, local schools, City Council); to lead initiatives; to serve as Treasurer, Secretary, etc.
      1. Bharati volunteered to apply for Treasurer, but LAC needs to vote on it.
      2. Secretary position is available.
  4. Elections
    1. Elections will be held in October, even for positions that have been filled.
  5. Tile Mosaic Mural Installed at the Pool
    1. Students did a spectacular job in the installation and Cheryl encouraged everyone to see it in person. We will wait for students to return from break before dedicating it at a special ceremony.
    2. Cheryl helped to see two creative projects come to fruition within a year, which LAC Members applauded.
    3. There is an interview on Laurel TV about the projects that Cheryl spearheaded.
  6. Laurel 150th
    1. Melissa shared that Cheryl and Kelsey represented LAC on the 150th Committee. Audrey Barnes is director of Anniversary committee and Mitzi Betman is a liaison and organizer. The calendar organizing is a factor right now.
    2. One idea is to design and execute a mobile mural that says “We Are Laurel” in 20-25 languages of people who live here. Inka has agreed to work on this mural, and Eric Butters, an art teacher at Laurel High has agreed as well. Underlying idea is to show how Laurel can achieve unity by embracing diversity.
    3. Melissa submitted a proposal to the 150th Committee. It is not clear where funds would come from – Dept. of Rec. or 150th Committee?
    4. September 2020 would be the grand unveiling, and theme is “Laurel in inclusive.” The City is planning multicultural festival on September 26, 2020 on McCullough Field where we could have mural under a tent. It would be mobile, so it could be set up at different venues. The City wants to have preliminary unveiling on March 6, 2020, which would be international night at Laurel High.  
    5. Another project idea is an Elementary schools art contest plan; Angie would be involved. We need to figure out how many schools would participate. Melissa mentioned there are five public schools within the City limits and she can get contacts for all the Principals.   
  7. Other Plans for FY20
    1. City’s Open House in March (We organize and manage a table)
    2. Pallotti drama showcase (We advertise and help fund. All info should be sent to Joanne Barr)
    3. Laurel High art exhibition (We advertise, help fund, organize and run.)
  8.  FY20 Estimated Budget
    1. Members reviewed a proposed budget for 150th activities. This budget was submitted and is being reviewed by the 150th Executive Committee.
  9. 2% for Art Policy
    1. Members worked with Leigha on conceptualizing legislation that would providing funding for public art (i.e. mural, sculpture) and public art programming. This could be a standard fee or a percentage. It is unlikely that it would actually be 2% of the development cost. The public art could be placed on the development site or on a City property (City Park, City Facility etc.) but should be accessible to the public. Members discussed and decided that as the art experts, the arts council would prefer to review privileges for any public art that is created with the fund to ensure that it fits in with the Laurel community and is of high artistic quality. The arts council would like to have the ability to use the fund to organize the creation and installation of public art and/or public art programming. Leigha agreed to bring these ideas back to her department to have a draft policy written up for review by the arts council.
       
  10. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, October 8 at 6:30pm
    2. Tuesday, November 12 at 6:30pm
    3. Tuesday, December 10 at 6:30pm

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:00 pm.
                       

                                               
Nadia Janjua                                                                               Date: October 6, 2019                       
Secretary  

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