Tuesday, March 20, 2012
OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION
d.b.a. Public Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region
March 20, 2012
Pikes Peak Conference Room, City Hall
Present: Gundega Spons, Lara Holman Garritano, Liz Hunter-Ball, Marica Hefti, Pat Orban, Tara Thomas
Absent: Agnes Blachut, Diane Dillon, Laurel Justice, Lisa Czelatdko, Sallie Clark, Suzanne Cassagrande
Guests: Lisbet Rattenborg, Bryson Cassagrande
Lara called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM.
Call to Order and Welcome
Approval of Minutes; we will table until next month when we have a quorum.
Report: Concrete Couch/SCAMP program
Lisbet Rattenborg gave us a handout and presentation. Concrete Couch is a Non-Profit
from Manitou Springs. Currently they are working with Carrie McCausland of The City of
Colorado Springs and working together on 8 mural projects in downtown Colorado Springs.
Some examples include an art bench outside of City Rock, Century Link, and Shooks Run
(possibly some mosaics and painting on high graffiti areas). We talked about effective
anti-graffiti methods. The City is working to canvas areas with flyers to let them know
what is going on and encourage the community to take part. Sidewalk chalk will also be
available. The City is not providing funding but assisting with proper city codes. The
Commission considered the same criteria used for the artwork donation process in
reviewing Concrete Couch’s proposal, and agreed to recommend to the full Commission
that Concrete Couch and the City move forward on the SCAMP program. This
recommendation will be included as a consent agenda item at the April meeting.
Gundega created a Facebook page however there are challenges with sending invitations
to join. There appears to be a challenge with the “Search” function. Tara has a contact,
Becca, and will coordinate with Gundega. Tara will also try trouble-shooting on the site.
The site can be accessed by going to Facebook.com/Public Art Commission. Please take
some time to look at the page and make any suggestions. Please “Like It”. We’ll talk next
month more on this topic.
2012 Goals/Progress Reports
Promote Art: Public Art Inventory. Pat took photographs of missing art pieces. Lara will
check with Brett to make sure all photos have been posted. Lara wrote descriptions and
took photographs of the El Paso County pieces. The launch party may be scheduled for
May. Lara will get more details as this develops. If you are interested in assisting with the
planning of the party please contact Lara.
Yarn Bombing Project Update: Juanita sent an email to Lara that Community Kitchen
at Colorado College will be April 15th from noon – 4:00 PM. This is the first yarn bombing
as part of this project.
Downtown Trees Update: Council Member Czelatdko is looking for artistic solution to
trees that have died. We are still figuring out some possibilities and other artists. Pat
will contact Sean O’Meale.
Cheyenne Village Artwork Update: Lara spoke with Aimee Cox, the staff contact for
City Council. We can update City Council when a new piece has been recommended for
acceptance into the City collection. Lara is waiting to hear if Council would like a written
report or verbal presentation. Lara checked with Steve Wood and he is fine with the site
selection process as we’ve set it up.
Review of Public Art commission Logo
We will hold this discussion at the next meeting
City Boards/Commissions Structure
Lara met with Aimee Cox, City of Colorado Springs, Susan Edmondson, Bee
Vradenburg Foundation and The Downtown Development Authority, and Matt
Mayberry, Director of the Pioneers Museum and Cultural Centers. There has been
discussion concerning the structure of the City’s boards and commissions. The Art
Commission has been taken off the list of possible board removals. Discussion
followed concerning not having a dedicated City or County staff person. We also
discussed the possibility and strengths of having a staff liaison from either the
Pioneers Museum or City Council. Aimee may be able to present at the April meeting.
Lara discussed moving Pat to a voting member and see how things move forward.
There are still two alternate positions left to fill.
Tara reported that the Fine Arts Center is discussing Theater therapy and ceramics
Next meeting will be April 17, 2012
Meeting adjourned at 5:10 PM