Fine Arts Commission Minutes Mar 13, 2012

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on March 13, 2012.


Members present:       Susan Ackley                          Maria Echevarri Taddeo

Abbie Salt                                Michael Stock                        

David Traupman


Members absent:        Miryam Rojas


Also present:               Jerry Estep, 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 February 14, 2012. Motion seconded by Mr. Traupman and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep gave a financial report at this time. It was noted there is $2080 in the donation account. It was related that the Commission received a $4250 grant from the Miami Shores Community Alliance (previously the Mayor’s Task Force). To date $3216 has been spent towards the March spring concert.


Discussion turned to John Clement and the ‘Duke’ sculpture exhibited in front of Village Hall. Clement has decided to exhibit Duke up North and has offered to substitute another sculpture in its place. It will cost an estimated $1500 to ship the new sculpture to Miami Shores. A crane will also have to be rented to move Duke. It was noted that it would cost $70,000 to purchase Duke. Ms. Ackley related that the Commission requested a donation of $300 from the Miami Shores Community Alliance to cover the costs for the April artist exhibition, but the Alliance donated a total of $1000. Mr. Stock made a motion to allocate $700 of the donated funds to art in public places and leave $300 in the donation account. Motion seconded by Ms. Salt and unanimously approved.


It was noted, to date, that $3000 has been collected for the 9/11 funds. After paying for flyers and bracelets, $1600 has been raised towards 9/11. It was noted there is a quote for $3250 for a glass box for the girder.


It was decided to table discussion of the Commission’s mission statement until the April meeting.


It was related that the Chamber’s Egret flyer distribution will include the village of Biscayne Park, which is 1500 additional households. So additional flyers will be needed for future flyers.


Discussion turned to the sing-a-long for 2013. A suggestion was made for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or the Wizard of Oz, with a costume contest. Mr. Traupman suggested having the Commission partner along with the Playground Theatre for future events.


One option would be to have the movie at the Comm. Center but have Playground Theatre advertise the event, and the theatre could bring characters to the movie and promote upcoming theatre events. Ms. Taddeo suggested partnering with Theatre or with Barry University. Mr. Traupman also suggested partnering with an area school and having that school host the event. It was suggested creating partnerships to broaden the Commission audience base for events.


It was noted that the Photo Op winners will be displayed on April 17 at 6:45 pm, just prior to the Council meeting. It was suggested that in 2013 the Photo Op contest have a theme for submissions. Themes for 2013 should be presented at the April meeting.


At this time a rough draft of the April artist brochure for Carlos Inocente Gonzalez was distributed to the Commission for corrections. It was noted that the artist receptions are well attended events. Ms. Salt made a motion to allocate $150 for the April artist brochure. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Discussion turned to the March spring concert. It was noted that Ms. Rojas was disappointed that a caricature artist was not selected for the concert. Ms. Salt suggested using banners that hang on light poles to advertise Commission events. It was suggested selling the photo op pictures at a donation table for $5 each at the concert.


There was a suggestion made for an art walk in the Shores with a shuttle between Barry and Miami Shores. Ms. Taddeo also suggested doubling up the number of artists displaying at Brockway Library in the future.


The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.