Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 - 6:30pm


Meeting-December 10, 2019 at 6:30pm


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



  1. Welcome New Members
    1. Monica Sturdivant – Secretary
    2. Heather Brooks
    3. S. Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman
  2. Guest: Joe Murchison
    1. Side by side proposal
  3. 2019 Year in Review
  4. Laurel 150th 
    1. Children’s Art Poster Contest
    2. Mobile Mural
    3. September 2020 Festival Activities
    4. Funding approved by the 150th
  5. Other 2020 Projects
    1. Open House (March 2020)
    2. Laurel High Art Exhibit (ok date with Joanne)
    3. Pallotti Drama Showcase
    4. Laurel High IB Project (Inka)
    5. Mural Supplies Budget (see attachment)
    6. 150th Website and Calendars (digital and print)
  6. Percent for Art
    1. January Meeting
    2. Miami’s ordinance/policy
  7. Recruiting New Members
    1. One open position
  8. Newsletter
  9. Facebook Page
  10. Mayor and City Council’s Holiday Party for Volunteers
    1. Thursday, December 12 at 7pm
  11. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, January 14 at 6:30pm
    2. Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30pm
    3. Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30pm


Meeting Minutes
December 10, 2019

The Laurel Arts Council (LAC) held its December meeting from 6:31 pm – 8:20 pm at the Laurel Municipal Center in Laurel, MD on December 10, 2019. Chair Kelsey Eustace called the meeting to order.

PRESENT: S. Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman, Joanne Hall Barr (Dept. of Parks & Recreation, DPR), Bharati Dhruva, Heather Brooks, Chris Dwyer, Kelsey Eustace, Melissa Holland, Inka Patel, Leigha Steele (Dept. of Economic & Community Development, ECD), Monica Sturdivant

ABSENT: Marilyn Byers, Angie O’Neal


GUEST: Joe Murchison


Minutes from last meeting were accepted.



  1. Welcome New Members:
    1. Monica Sturdivant is assistant director of Laurel Historical Society and a freelance illustrator. She learned about the LAC during a meeting with Melissa Holland at Laurel Museum. Monica has accepted the Secretary position with LAC.
    2. Heather Brooks is a novelist who recently moved to Laurel from Southern Maryland. Her neighbor told her about LAC. She was previously on an arts council in Southern Maryland. She helped to start an art and farmer’s market. She has also done work in photography and graphic art/design.
    3. S. Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman is a former art teacher for Baltimore County Public Schools. She is currently a UMBC graduate student in human centered computing. She dabbles in various media and considers herself a generalist when it comes to art.


  1. Guest: Joe Murchison is executive director of Side by Side. He and others from local churches started the nonprofit organization eleven years ago to support local schools. The program is aimed at parents of children in Pre-K through second grade. Joe proposed a possible art project that involves decorating two columns in the Side by Side office space. Heather suggested approaching local art teachers about involving art students with decorating the columns. Melissa mentioned the challenges of coordinating school involvement with public art projects. Bharati discussed how someone could come up with an overall design and students can work remotely on individual pieces of art that can be added to the overall design concept. Joe Murchison will approach local art teachers to assist with design ideas. Chris suggested giving the teachers and families a theme that represents the organization.




  1. 2019 Year in Review
    1. Last year, LAC composed a Year in Review publication that documented the council’s accomplishments. Members added information to a Google doc. Kelsey added pictures and composed the information for the publication. Christian (former member) helped design a cover. It was a very effective way for LAC to share their work with the mayor and city council members. It also served as a great way to thank them for funding. Kelsey will use the publication from last year as a base point to create one for this year. She will work on it over the winter break so that it will be ready in January. Kelsey will reach out to LAC members via email over the break. The Year in Review from last year will be shared with the group so that new members can see the document. Heather will edit the publication. Nisa will assist with layout and graphic design. When the 2019 Year in Review is finalized, it will be shared with the Mayor and City Council. It will also be shared through our email list and Facebook page so the community is aware of what the LAC has accomplished.


  1. Laurel 150th

The City of Laurel’s website has an icon that says “150 is now Live.” This takes you to the website

for the 150th celebration. An Anniversary Kick-Off is scheduled for January 13 at 7 pm. It

will be a Laurel City Council Meeting night and the reception will be after the meeting. LAC members are invited to attend.

  1. Melissa noted that the 150th activity calendar does not mention the Children’s Art Poster Contest. She will contact the person who coordinates the calendar to ask about including the activity. Bharati discussed how timing of poster production is an issue. A decision needs to be made about what time of year students will make the posters and where they will be stored. Melissa mentioned that there will be another meeting in January with the Laurel Elementary art teacher to discuss scheduling. She also suggested changing the contest to a poster exhibition.
  2. The Laurel High School art teacher will work with two art classes to produce two mobile murals. The theme for the murals is still in the developmental stage. LAC members will design an interactive mobile mural with a multilingual theme. Inka mentioned that we need to find a permanent indoor location for the mobile murals. LAC members suggested possible locations. Joanne noted that city buildings are an option. LAC voted and approved funding for mobile murals. This will be submitted by Bharati to the 150th
  3. A 150th Birthday Bash will be held on September 26. LAC will debut mobile murals at the event.
  4. Kelsey stated that LAC will touch bases with Mitzi and Audrey to see if more things can be listed digitally if not in print on the 150th Anniversary calendar.


  1.  Other 2020 Projects
    1. LAC would like to have a presence at the Open House scheduled for March 1, 2020. The council will have a table at the event and LAC members will discuss the council’s work with visitors. The 2019 Year in Review can be on display.
    2. Melissa suggested that the best date for Laurel High School Art Exhibit would be April 26, 2020. The date is not confirmed. Laurel High School International Night is scheduled for March 6 at 7 pm.
    3. Pallotti Drama Showcase will be included among activities funded by LAC.
    4. The Laurel High School art teacher suggested that IB students do an additional project. Inka suggested a project that involves making outdoor sculptures out of recyclable materials.

Percent for Art

  1. January Meeting: The date will be January 7th, one week earlier than usual.
  2. Miami has agreed to share their Percent for Art ordinance. Kelsey will have more information during the next meeting.


  1. Recruiting New Members
    1. One open position is still available. LAC members are doing outreach.


  1. Newsletter    
    1. Chris and Kelsey are working on the newsletter. Melissa expressed an interest in sitting in on Kelsey’s newsletter Mailchimp tutorial.


  1. Facebook Page
    1. Kelsey and Inka will work on the LAC Facebook page.


  1. Mayor and City Council’s Holiday Party for Volunteers
    1. The party will be held at Partnership Activity Hall on Thursday, December 12 at 7 pm. Attendees are asked to bring canned goods and other food donations for LARS.


  1. Upcoming Meetings
    1. Tuesday, January 7 at 6:30pm
    2. Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30pm
    3. Tuesday, March 10 at 6:30pm


Meeting adjourned at 8:20 pm.

Monica Sturdivant                                                                                  Date: December 22, 2019                     

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