Fine Arts Commission Meeting Minutes - May 14, 2013


MAY 14, 2013

Members present:       Susan Ackley                           Rosemarie Banich

Maria Echevarri Taddeo         Miryam Rojas

Abbie Salt                                Michael Stock

Members absent:        David Traupman


Also present:               Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                                    Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


The meeting was called to order at 6:15 p.m.

Ms. Banich made a motion to approve the minutes of the April 8, 2013, meeting.  Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Mr. Estep reported that the Commission has $766 remaining in the Village budget, $5431 in the spring concert budget and $1857 in donations. It was noted that the money donated from the Miami Shores Community Alliance for refreshments for Commission events has been exhausted.

It was noted that the Patrick Farrell’s library reception was well received. It was also noted that the library has approved Ernesto Kunde for the October exhibit. The date of October 11 will be proposed to the library for the exhibit.

On the policy and procedures for art in public places, it was suggested adding if the artists needs a crane for installation, the Commission will provide transportation. Also, under the responsibilities of the Commission, add mutual responsibilities. Ms. Salt made a motion to approve the amended Village Hall policy and procedures and the library artists procedures. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved. It was noted that the policy and procedures for the library artists needs to be sent to the library board for their approval.

Discussion turned to the Robert Huff sculpture, which is only five feet tall and made up of individual pieces. Huff may be able to weld the pieces together. He would buy a bronze sheet to weld the individual pieces, with the bronze sheet being the base of the sculpture and then this would be bolted to the ground. Members were asked to bring ideas for other sculptors to the June meeting.

Discussion turned to the call to artist. There is no fee with the Miami Art League. There would be a fee if the Commission decided to have a call to artists through the CAFÉ website. It was decided to table discussion on the call to artist until the June meeting.

Discussion turned to Dance Now. Commission members had a meeting with the Miami Theatre Center for the use of their facility. The preliminary quote is over $4000, which is up for negotiation. The date of the performance would need to be coordinated with the

theatre. It was also suggested that Barry University be contacted about the use of their theatre. Ms. Ackley would like to apply for a grant through Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs.

Mr. Estep noted that allocating petty cash for Commission members is not permitted. Petty cash disbursements would need to be approved in advance at Commission meetings.

A new two color 3’ X 8’ Commission banner would cost $150. Ms. Salt made a motion to approve $150 for a Commission banner and suggested that possible designs be sent though emails to all members. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich and unanimously approved.


The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 p.m.