April 12, 2017

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on April 12, 2017.

Members present:    Susan Ackley                                   Lorena Bracho-Mijares

Victor Bruce                                      Neil Kodsi

Miryam Rojas                                    Michael Stock

Madeleine Haddocks

Also present:             Angela Dorney, Interim Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

The meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m.

Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the minutes of the March 14, 2017 meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Mijares and unanimously approved.

It was noted there is $714 remaining in the FY '17 budget. Fine Arts has received a quote of $780 from Moody Electric to install lighting, including fixtures, for the mural wall at Village Hall.

Ms. Ackley announced that Unite Miami Shores passed over the Commission's grant request for a spring concert since the concert had already occurred. The Miami Shores Community Alliance will be meeting on April 22 to discuss grants.  Fine Arts has asked for a grant for $5000 for art in public places which includes the cost of an artist. Ms. Ackley noted she would like to expand art in public places and has drafted a letter to Commissioner Edmonson asking for $4000 to expand art in public places to the west side of Miami Shores. Residents feel neglected; they don't attend Council meetings or attend Commission events. Ms. Ackley has scouted out locations to exhibit including the swale area on 95 St. & NW 1 Ave.  It was noted that certain height restrictions and breakaway requirements for accidents will need to be met. Additional locations include NW 2 Ave between 99-100 St., the median on NW 2 Ave between 105-111 St. and the median on N Miami Ave and 104 St. The new location will need Council approval. It was suggested having both the location and funding source resolved before approaching Council.  Ms. Mijares suggested installing a roundabout on NE 6 Ave. which would be a good location for a sculpture.  Ms. Haddocks suggested art on the barrier of the fountain at Memorial Park.  Mr. Stock suggested that artists could create banners to post on streets on NE 2 Ave.

It was noted that art in public places should be where people walk, run or congregate, not necessarily in downtown Shores.  Ms. Rojas suggested the Commission come up with three different locations and proceed from there.   Additional suggestions were NE 6 Avenue and Constitution Park, the Bayfront, and Grand Concourse & 95 St. Commission

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members will meet at 6 p.m. before the regular meeting on May 9 to scout these suggested locations.

Discussion turned to the number of concerts for FY 2018. Ms. Ackley said residents are asking for one concert per month. Ms. Rojas suggested having a third concert in April. It was noted that a third concert will be included in the proposed FY '18 budget.  Mr. Kodsi suggested asking the Chamber for a sponsor for monthly concerts.

It was related that the Village is applying for a grant for pop up parks.  Ms. Ackley suggested promoting one additional concert next year.

Ms. Rojas made a suggestion that the Commission allocate up to $1000 form the donation account for lighting for the mural wall at Village Hall. Motion seconded by Mr. Bruce and unanimously approved.

Mr. Stock made a motion to approve $60 for refreshments for the music education series.  Motion seconded by Mr. Kodsi and unanimously approved.

The meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.