Public Art Commission - Minutes
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Present: Mike Whitley, Marica Hefti, Kelly Jackson, Jay Miller, Tara Thomas, Angela White, Kim Polomka, Kay Jeansonne, Lara Garritano, Rich Eastland (Parks Advisory Board liaison). Meghan Riesterer (staff) and Matt Mayberry (staff)
Absent: Sallie Clark, Jan Martin, and Nancy Johnson
Mike Whitley, Chairperson, called the regular meeting to order at 4:12 p.m. The meeting was held at City Hall in the Pikes Peak Conference Room,
I. Approval of Minutes
The minutes from the April 21, 2009 meeting were approved as written.
II. New Business
Mike Whitley introduced Meghan Riesterer from the City Planning Department. Megan is working on the City?s form-based code and will attend the Arts Commission meetings as a staff liaison.
Bettina Swigger, executive director of COPPeR, discussed the work done to date on creating a cultural plan for the Pikes Peak Region. She distributed a written overview of the cultural planning process, which started in 2008. Part of the process so far has included an electronic survey completed by over 300 respondents, an art summit held at the East Library last fall, and the study on the economic impact of the arts published by COPPeR in 2007. The process is currently in phase I, which focuses on data collection and research. Bettina asked the Arts Commission members for their assistance in reaching out and gathering data around the region. COPPeR recently submitted an NEA grant that will help fund Phase II of the project, which will bring in a consultant to synthesize the data and begin formulating the cultural plan.
Kim Polomka asked whether COPPeR had any plan to re-apply for a Governor?s Award. Bettina replied that she didn?t believe the community was quite competitive enough at the moment, and that working on the cultural plan would help position us for such an application in the future.
Lara Garritano asked how this plan would dovetail into other planning documents developed by
MOTION: Kay Jeansonne made a motion to approve and endorse COPPeR?s process and efforts in creating a cultural plan, Kim Polomka seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Mike Whitley reviewed a draft of an ordinance amending the current structure of the Arts Commission. The ordinance was drafted by the City Attorney?s office. In discussing the ordinance the following revisions were suggested:
1) In section 2 delete the word ?visual? in the line reading ?Three (3) visual artists from the community.? This change is intended to attract a wider variety of potential candidates.
2) In the bolded text describing organization representatives make the following change, ?organizations designated in Section 2, above,
3) In the original ordinance passed in 2007, the section describing a quorum (section 6) is vague, it is recommended changing that section from ?7 regular? making a quorum to ?7 voting? members.
Student Art Displays:
III. Sub-Committee Reports
Student Art Displays: Jay Miller announced that current exhibit will change in the coming week or so.
IV. Representative Reports
AIA: Nothing to report.
Airport Art Exhibit: Kelly Jackson reported lots of activities relating to art displays at the airport. The art walls will be going up later this year. Gate 6, which is currently unused, will become an addition new gallery space for art. Space will also be created for children?s artwork next to the expanded kids? play area. Finally, Kelly is working to create a new space for announcements of upcoming performing arts activities around the community. City Representative: Matt Mayberry reported that complication developed for the Art Without Limits (AWOL) project that was presented to the Arts Commission by Caitlin Green, from the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art, in April. The Commission enthusiastically supported the project, which proposed hanging brightly colored fabric in the historic quarry at
Memorial Arts Team: There have been changes to the design of the art space at the hospital in order to attract more attention to the art. The team is also working to develop a ?tree of life? project intended to tell stories about premature babies that inspire hope.
PPAC: Marica Hefti announced that PPAC is preparing to give out their first ?microgrant? of $100. Only PPAC members are eligible to apply for these funds. Also, The Pikes Peak Art Fest will be held at America The Beautiful Park on July 3-5.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: Rich Eastland discussed the limited funding available to irrigate the community?s numerous parks and the impact it may have on the appearance of the parks and the health of the trees and other plants.
V. Other Matters
There were no other matters.
There being no further business to come before the Commissioners the meeting was declared adjourned at 5:30 p.m.