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Public Art Commission - Minutes     
Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Art Commission Meeting Minutes

September 15, 2009



Present: Lara Garritano, Marica Hefti, Kelly Jackson, Nancy Johnson (staff), Matt Mayberry (staff), Kim Polomka, Stacy Stang (staff), Angela White.


Absent: Suzanne Casagrande, Sallie Clark, Rich Eastland (Parks Advisory Board liaison), Kay Jeansonne, Jan Martin, Jay Miller, Meghan Riesterer (staff), and Tara Thomas and Mike Whitley.


Marica Hefti, Vice Chairperson, called the regular meeting to order at 4:05 p.m.  The meeting was held at City Hall in the Pikes Peak Conference Room, suite 200.


I.                                Approval of Minutes 


As a quorum was not present, the approval of minutes from the June 16, 2009 and July 21, 2009 meeting was postponed.


II.                  New Business


Elaine Gibbs from the Downtown Rotary Club presented the Rotary Club?s idea to donate one of the butterfly sculptures from the Butterfly and Friends Project auction being held on Saturday September 26.  Thirteen Rotarians have donated funds for a total of $1900 to bid on one of the butterflies.  Ms. Gibbs presented the possible sculptures which will be bid on until one has been successfully purchased.  She also presented the potential locations the Rotary Club would like to see the sculpture placed.  Maintenance will be handled by the artist of the sculpture selected.


Ms. Gibbs will come back next month after the butterfly has been purchased so that the Commission can make an appropriate location suggestion based on the piece selected.  All Commissioners present were enthusiastic about the acceptance of the sculpture.


Nancy Johnson led the Commission through the COPPeR Cultural Plan Focus Group process and collected the responses to be given to COPPeR for consideration in the development of their plan. 



III.               Sub-Committee Reports


Student Art Displays-nothing new to report.


IV.                Representative Reports


AIA:  No report. 

Airport Art Exhibit:  Kelly Jackson reported that the new art cases were installed in the concourse and they are all full.  The Pikes Peak Poet Laureate Project as provided pieces so that the exhibit includes a mix of written material in the midst of the other media.

City Representative:  Matt Mayberry reported the Gold Rush exhibit at the Pioneers Museum was taken down and the 24th Annual Quilts and Fine Woodworking Exhibit is being set up.  The opening will be September 25 from 5:30 pm to 7 pm and the exhibit will run through December 12. 

Fine Arts Center:  No report.

Memorial Arts Team: The Tree of Life mural is being worked on by volunteers at Memorial Central.  It consists of three trees which feature acrylic leaves with pictures of premature babies at birth and current photos. 

El Paso County:  No report. 

PPAC:  Marica Hefti reported that the 9th Annual Awards for Excellence in Arts will be held Sunday, September 20 at 6 pm at Stargazer?s Theatre.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board: No report. 


V.                  Other Matters


Lara Garritano asked if the Commission would wait to use the Peer Assistance Network until after the Cultural Plan was implemented around May of 2010.  The Commission agreed this would be best. 


Lara Garritano asked what the City?s plan is for informing citizens of the budget and what the Commission can do to influence City Council.  Nancy Johnson responded that the official 2010 Budget will be made public on October 9th.  Ms. Johnson stated that it would be within the purview of the Art Commission to present to Council the Commission?s opinion and make a recommendation. 


Lara Garritano asked if the Commission should use their networks within the Cultural Arts community to get people involved in the process.  Nancy Johnson stated that as an agent of the City, the Commissioners must be careful to only provide factual statements and not appear to be lobbying on behalf of the City.  As private citizens, the Commissioners can participate as they see fit.  


Matt Mayberry stated that at next month?s meeting the budget will be discussed. 


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:15 p.m.