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Tuesday, June 8, 2021 - 6:00pm

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Virtual Meeting-June 8, 2021 at 6:00pm



  1. Take roll
  2. Review, vote on editing or accepting minutes from May
  3. Meditation and movement - Chae
  4. Conduct business



  1. City updates – Joanne, Leigha
  2. Member updates, new topics – Anybody
  3. Friends of Patuxent (L4P) Planter Project – Keri, Inka, Melissa (Public Art Committee)
    1. Media coverage – FB, Instagram, Laurel TV, Laurel Leader
    2. Labeling the art
  4. Showcasing local artists, performers – Keri, Charles (Outreach and Communications Committee)


  1. Murals
    1. City code – zoning, percent for art
    2. County PGAHC grant – Melissa
    3. Strategy, ways ahead –  Michael     
    4. Justin Hayes proposal – Bharati, Melissa, Leigha
  2. Upcoming Virtual Meetings
    1. Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00pm
    2. Break in August?





Meeting Minutes

June 8, 2021



The Laurel Arts Council (LAC) held its June meeting from 6:02 pm – 7:43 pm via Zoom in Laurel, MD on June 8, 2021. Chair Melissa Holland called the meeting to order.


PRESENT: S. Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman, Keri Anne Fuller, Joanne Hall Barr (Dept. of Parks & Recreation, DPR), Heather Brooks, Melissa Holland, Angela O’Neal, Inka Patel, Chae Reid, Michael Spears, Monica Sturdivant

ABSENT:   Charles Clyburn, Bharati Dhruva

Minutes from last meeting were accepted.


Chae Reid led the group in meditation and movement. 


1. Joanne presented updates from the city. The city is returning to normal. Facilities are open with no capacity restrictions. Those who are not vaccinated are encouraged to wear masks. The city is coordinating a modified July 4th celebration. Information about the city’s planned Juneteenth events is posted on Facebook. There will be no summer concerts, but the movie series in Gude Park will resume. Small business grants are available; more information is on the city website. 

2. Keri Anne presented an update on the Laurel Art Guild, which is putting on events at the Montpelier Art Center. 

3. Melissa presented updates on the Planter Project. The planters are all installed with painted fish and young native grasses. In the Laurel TV interviews on the planter project, Cheryl provided an overview of the project. The Laurel Leader will also do a story. Keri, Inka and Kathy Peterson were the interviewed artists. Melissa gave the LAC perspective. Two planters with fish installations have been posted on Facebook and Instagram. Joanne added that the city is working on QR codes and the purchase of an app for these codes is also being considered. The city also plans to have signage labels made that will adhere to the planters. Melissa agreed that these labels will accommodate people who are not familiar with QR codes or don’t have a cell phone. She also showed a map that Cheryl made of the planter locations on Main Street. 

4. Keri Anne presented updates about showcasing local artists and performers. She did a test video during the planter interviews. Questions to artists will be about their inspiration and current projects. Interviews will be posted on Facebook. Categories will be visual arts (sculpting, digital, animation), performing arts and culinary arts. The goal will be to have up to four interviews per month.  In addition, a request for equipment is being made to Laurel TV to boost LAC’s technical capability to do artist interviews and studio visits.

5. Melissa presented updates on the Mural Project and public art funding. LAC should hear from Prince George’s County Arts and Humanities Council this month regarding the grant for public art planning. Michael added that meeting with Ron Eichner, head developer for the Walkable Laurel project on C Street, was productive because Mr. Eichner has great understanding of public art on a large scale. 

Michael expressed that he would have liked to have seen the a larger-scale planter project and that LAC should think bigger in regards to public art. The lack of funding is limiting, so he will put together a presentation to assist Melissa in an appeal to the city. 

Melissa discussed the revising of the city code and the Percent for Art concept. The city code is being revamped by Economic and Community Development (ECD) and it is a complicated job. Zoning code needs to refer to how public art will be decided for the city. She noted that the plan to incorporate the Percent for Art fund in the code shows that the city sees the need for significant funding in public art. Joanne added that anything for ECD can be presented through the LAC chair. Michael asked about the timeline for the budget. Joanne explained that the fiscal year begins July 1, so the budget preparation is normally started in February. This year saw an accelerated preparation time; the city had everything ready in March. The budget has to be ratified by a certain time. LAC should have funding plans ready by the beginning of the year so that the city can add it to the memo to the mayor’s office. The information is presented in a council meeting in April or May, the public has an opportunity to speak on it, and then a decision is made about whether or not it will be adopted. Michael asked if the city had ever funded the LAC. Joanne replied that there is a line item in a 505 recreation budget that has funds for arts council activities. Nisa suggested reaching out to University of Maryland’s planning department to see if students would want to volunteer time to do research on funding for arts. 

Melissa noted that a former Laurel artist is willing to volunteer time to produce a mural celebrating Laurel ornithologist Chandler Robbins, and funds would only be needed for materials. Nisa asked about a materials estimate from the artist. Melissa replied that we do not have a precise estimate, but it should be within budget. Joanne added that funds can be added through other departments. 

Upcoming Meetings

a. Tuesday, July 13 at 6:00 pm

b. Break in August?

c. Tuesday, September 14 at 6:00 pm


Meeting adjourned at 7:43 pm.

Monica Sturdivant                                  Date: June 8, 2021


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