Fine Arts Commission Meeting Minutes - October 8, 2013


OCTOBER 8, 2013

Members present:   Susan Ackley                              Rosemarie Banich

Maria Echevarri Taddeo               Miryam Rojas                               Abbie Salt                                    Michael Stock                              David Traupman

Also present:           Jerry Estep, Recreation Director

                               Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant


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

Ms. Banich made a motion to approve the minutes of the September 10, 2013, meeting.   Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.


Ms. Banich announced that she will be resigning from the Commission due to a change in her work schedule.

Mr. Estep noted that the Commission’s budget for FY 2014 is $6000 and the donation account has $1950.

Discussion turned to Green Day. It was noted that the sax player withdrew from the event since he is working full time. Ms. Taddeo suggested that her son’s rock band play at the event at no charge. It was noted that the stage performers have already been confirmed for the event.

Discussion turned to the Village Hall lobby selection. Mr. Traupman noted there were 11 original submissions which have been pared down to five artists. It was noted that none of the submissions were sculptural for the north lawn exhibit. The five finalists are Paul Benjamin (photographs), Pedro Rubio (large scale format/van Gogh-like), Noreen Morelli (abstract artist), Janet Mueller (mobile) and Carlos Inocente Gonzalez. A vote among the Commission members was taken and Ms. Ackley, Ms. Rojas, Mr. Stock and Ms. Banich voted for Janet Mueller for the Village Hall lobby exhibit. Mr. Traupman made a motion to approve Janet Mueller for the 2014 Village Hall lobby exhibit. Motion seconded by Ms. Salt and unanimously approved. Ms. Salt suggested having a second exhibit at Unity Day where local artists can display their artwork. Ms. Salt made a motion to have a call to artists for the Village Hall north lawn exhibit. Motion seconded by Ms. Banich and unanimously approved. Mr. Traupman will bring in a draft for this call to artists to the November meeting.

Discussion turned to the Dance Now performance. It was noted that the performance fee is $1500 and the production costs (stage/lighting) are $1250 for a total cost of $2750. It was noted that this amounts to almost half of the Commission yearly budget. Ms. Taddeo said that Dance Now is well established and would be worth the cost. Mr. Stock suggested having the performance at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. It was noted that Miami Shores’ residents may not travel to see the performance. Ms. Rojas made a motion to approve spending $2750 on the Dance Now performance on February 15 at the Community Center, with stage set up on February 14. Motion seconded by Ms. Taddeo and unanimously approved.

Discussion turned to the January movie night. Suggested dates at the Miami Theatre Center are either January 11 or 18. Mr. Traupman suggested the movie Yellow Submarine for movie night. This movie may bring in more tweens and adults. Marketing would be needed to introduce kids to this movie. Ms. Taddeo made a motion to show Yellow Submarine for movie night with date and fees to be determined. Ms. Rojas seconded the motion. The motion passed with Ms. Ackley and Mr. Stock voting against the movie. It was noted that the Commission will need to decide if a higher fee will be charged; last year the admittance fee was $5. Ms. Banich said that January 18 would be a better date; school is back in session the first week of January. A suggestion was made to charge $10 and let kids in free. Ms. Salt made a motion to charge a $5 admission fee. It was noted that it is premature to make a motion until the Commission hears back from the theatre about the cost for screening the movie. Ms. Taddeo suggested that her son’s band could play Beatles’ music at the movie night.

It was suggested that the Commission place a full page ad in the January Egret for all the upcoming events. Ms. Salt made a motion to approve spending $700 for a full page ad in the January Egret to advertise the January movie night and Gallery Night and the February Dance Now performance. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved.  Ms. Salt made a second motion to approve spending $500 for an 8 unit ad to advertise the Dance Now performance and the Photo Op contest. Motion seconded by Ms. Rojas and unanimously approved.


The meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.