June 13, 2017

Minutes of the Fine Arts Commission held on June 13, 2017. 

Members present:                Susan Ackley                       Madeleine Haddocks 

Neil Kodsi                              Miryam Rojas

Michael Stock

Members present:                Victor Bruce                          Lorena Bracho-Mijares

Also present:                         Angela Dorney, Interim Recreation Director

Leslie Rackl, Executive Assistant

Mary Newman, Resident

Carol Guzman Hoffman, Executive Director of Arts at St. John's

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

Mr. Stock made a motion to approve the minutes of the May 9, 2017 meeting. Motion seconded by Ms. Haddocks and unanimously approved. 

It was reported there is $636 remaining in the FY 2017 budget. Ms. Dorney said that Moody Electric will comp the permit fee for installation of up lighting for the art in public places mural wall. Mr. Kodsi made a motion for Moody Electric to proceed with the installation project and use the remaining $636 for payment and if needed use additional funds from the donation account for payment not to exceed $150. Motion seconded by Mr. Stock and unanimously approved. 

Ms. Newman told the Commission she considers the rear of the Community Center building an eyesore and would like the Commission to take on this challenge.  It was noted that whatever rendering is presented to Council for approval must be an exact rendering with no embellishments on the actual project. Ms. Ackley suggested a call to artists with area schools and allow proposals with a given theme. Ms. Newman feels a mural on the back of the Center would be great, perhaps something environmental. Ms. Ackley suggested having the Commission cover the cost of the supplies for the artist, estimated between $250-$500.  The Commission decided to pursue this project. Ms. Ackley doesn't want to limit a school's creativity.  Ms. Rojas suggested middle and high schools and would like to allow more than one proposal per school. It was noted the Commission will also need to factor in the rental of equipment for the project. Ms. Rojas said Victor Bruce had suggested a graphic skin be placed on buildings; no painting is involved. It was suggested having a call to artists for high school and college students for a finished art proposal. This will be revisited at the August meeting. 

It was noted that Ms. Guzman donated $50 to the Fine Arts Commission. 

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The Commission originally proposed a $10,000 FY 2018 budget, which would include an additional concert in January, the Moonlight Concert. It was noted the proposed budget is back at $8,000. Ms. Ackley said she will be present at the July 11 public budget hearing to speak to Council. 

Discussion turned to the new art in public places location, the triangle area between 6th Avenue and Publix which has been approved by Village Manager Tom Benton. Three artists will be presented but a call to artists is also another option if no agreement can be reached. Ms. Ackley suggested Leonor Anthony. Ms. Mijares suggested Alberto Cavalieri, who may have a piece to loan for an honorarium and Ms. Haddocks suggested Gary Moore. It was noted the new art in public places will not be a mural. Ms. Rojas likes Alberto Cavalieri. Mr. Kodsi and Mr. Stock like Leonor Anthony. It was noted that Gary Moore could do a piece for $5000 but usually receives much more. It was suggested that Gary Moore present a proposal. The discussion was tabled until the August meeting.  Additional artist suggestions would need to go to Council since neighbors surround the site. Ms. Rojas suggested asking Council to approve Bayfront Park and Constitution Park & 98 St. as additional locations. Ms. Ackley suggested waiting until October to approach Council. 

Discussion turned to graphic artist Jean Corona. Previously Ms. Mijares had offered to do graphics at no cost for the Commission. Ms. Mijares has also said she does not want to take work away from Jean Corona.  Mr. Kodsi suggested allowing Ms. Mijares, if she is willing, to do one or two ads for the Commission and see how it goes and proceed from there. The Commission will revisit in August. 

It was noted that the proposed 'Moonlight Concert' is pending Council/budget approval. 

Ms. Ackley said that Illumene will provide event lighting for all Commission events in exchange for their name as a sponsor. It was also noted that food service is needed at events, not necessarily food trucks. 

The meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.