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ARTS COMMISSION

MEETING MINUTES

 

MEETING DATE:                              Thursday, April 6, 2006

LOCATION:                                       City Hall - Conference Room

CALLED TO ORDER:                      3:10 p.m.

MEETING ADJOURNED:                4:35 p.m.

 

 

                                                                ROLL CALL

NAME

PRESENT

ABSENT

John Ahearn

X

 

Davis Allen

 

X

Lauren Bakker-Arkema

X

 

Marilynne Bradley

 

X

Don Drissell

X

 

Melody Evans-Mess

X

 

Judith Mann

X

 

Peter Sargent

 

X

William Sharpe

X

 

 

 

ALSO PRESENT

Mayor Gerry Welch, Council Liaison

Katie Nakazono, Staff Liaison

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES OF ARTS COMMISSION AND MEMBERS

Ms. Nakazono, Staff Liaison, distributed handouts and provided a brief overview of the City's Conflict of Interest Provisions and Sunshine Law regulations.

 

BACKGROUND ON CREATION OF ARTS COMMISSION 

Mayor Welch provided a history regarding the establishment of the Webster Groves Arts Commission, and reviewed the applicable duties.  She highlighted the activities of the Ad hoc Arts Advisory Committee that met prior to the establishment of the official Arts Commission.  One opportunity that was brought to the table was presented by Christy Fox, Director of the Gateway Foundation, with regard to a specific piece of art, which will be addressed later in the meeting.

 

The Commission discussed the fact that at some point they may want to recommend to the Council some amendments to the Arts Commission Ordinance in order to broaden their scope.  The current Ordinance is somewhat restricted.

 

ESTABLISHING A MEETING TIME

There was consensus to conduct the monthly Arts Commission meetings on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.  The next meeting would be May 9, 2006 - 5:00 P.M.

 

PRESENTATION FROM GATEWAY FOUNDATION

Christy Fox, Gateway Foundation, appeared before the Commission to propose a piece of art "Back Flip" to be placed on the triangle at Lockwood and Big Bend

The members discussed possible placement of a water fountain, or other water piece at the site, that might draw people in.  Ms. Fox stated that adding a water piece is costly - - they will need to investigate to see if there is a water line on the site. 

 

Further discussions included the fact that it would be helpful to see a diagram of the site without the trees - - as other trees could be planted to replace the existing ones.  Ms. Fox stated that they could look at that. 

 

Ms. Nakazono stated that she would investigate to see if there was electric/water on the proposed site, and relay her findings to Ms. Fox.

 

Mayor Welch indicated that Arts Commission members Peter Sargent and Marilynne Bradley, who are absent today, are in full support of pursuing this specific piece of art, and approve of the said location.

 

Mayor Welch asked the members present if they were in support of having the Gateway Foundation move forward with securing this piece of art for the proposed location - - so that we can advise Ms. Fox.  Mr. Sharpe stated that, although he is in favor of this proposal, he will abstain until he verifies with the City Attorney that he does not have a work-related conflict of interest.  There was consensus of the remaining members present to advise Ms. Fox that they would like to move forward.

 

FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS/DISCUSSIONS 

·        Artist Tour

·        Catalogue/Directory of Artists

·        Community Gallery/Facility/Possible Locations

·        Awards of Excellence - - Expand to include Art

·        High School Art Student Involvement

·        Mural at Art/Air Fair

 

ENDORSEMENT OF ART AND PROPOSED LOCATION

A motion was made by Ms. Mann, seconded by Mr. Drissell, to endorse acceptance of the piece of art, "Back Flip," and the exploration of the proposed site at the triangle at Big Bend/Lockwood.

AYES: AHEARN, BAKKER, DRISSELL, EVANS, MANN

NOES: NONE

ABSENT: ALLEN, BRADLEY, SARGENT

ABSTAIN: SHARPE

The motion was approved.

 

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business to come before the Commission the meeting was adjourned at 4:35 p.m.