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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Call To Order:

Chair, Barry Massoudi called the meeting to order at 6:40 pm at the Mercer Island Library, 4400 88th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, Washington.


Roll Call:

Present: Barry Massoudi, Beth Brennen, Judy Leithe, Katalin Pearman, Cathey Carnes, Peter Langmaid and Erin Curtiss.   Absent:  Sandra Schilling and Councilman Steve Litzow.

Staff Present: Diane Mortenson, Eileen Hemmis Trifts




Larry Rose, former City Manager for Mercer Island, requested an opportunity to appear before the Arts Council tonight.  His purpose in doing so was to impart some of the history of the Arts Council and the Community Center at Mercer View.  He indicated that the first Arts Council was instrumental in the acquisition of the old school and the subsequent refurbishing and reopening as the first Community Center on Mercer Island.  He brought two items of historical significance and presented them both to the Arts Council.


1.       A photograph of the first Mostly Music in the Park, taken at the amphitheater in Luther Burbank Park.  He felt this was the perfect venue for this event and urged the Arts Council to consider moving it back to Luther Burbank and the amphitheater from Mercerdale Park.

2.       The phrase ďNovember 12,1983Ē came to be identified with the first grand opening of the Community Center in 1983.  Artist, Andy (Andrea) Lorrig produced a poster with that date on it for the opening.  Mr. Rose presented a framed copy to the Arts Council with the stipulation that it be hung somewhere suitable in the new Community Center with a small plaque.


Katalin Pearman asked if there is any artwork planned for the grand opening in December.  She suggested considering contacting Andy Lorrig to se if she might be interested in doing a follow-up piece of artwork for the new dedication.



It was moved by Member Judy Leithe to;

Approve Regular Meeting Minutes of June 8, 2005 as written.

It was seconded and the motion passed.


Chairís Report:

Barry Massoudi distributed a position description for the new Community Relations position.  Erin Curtiss stated that she had been very interested in filling this position, but announced that she will be unable to do so as she is moving out of state in September.  She agreed to help recruit and fill her position on the Arts Council before she leaves.


Barry reported that Cathey and Peter met with him and Beth.  As it turns out, both are very interested in MMIP and would be interested in serving as associates on the MMIP Committee. Diane suggested that Sandra meet with them upon her return to see what their involvement might be for the summer.


Performance Arts:                               

Diane Mortenson reported on Mostly Music in the Park in Sandra Schillingís absence.  Tomorrow, July 14, is the first performance by Soul Kata.  Sunday, July 17, Shambala will perform.  Katalin Pearman asked why there werenít any classical or semi-classical bands performing this year, and put in a request for the committee to consider them for next year.



Judy Leithe reported that she will be meeting with the Library staff to start planning next fallís program . 



Judy reported that the performance of Twelfth Night by Wooden O Theater was a fabulous success.  They will be performing again this coming weekend, July 14-18.


Diane reminded the Arts Council that the plan Wooden O presented to the Arts Council included having a presence at these performances.  A banner, booth and/or table can be set up at the remaining performances if Arts Council members would be willing to man it.


Cathey mentioned that she came to Luther Burbank to see Twelfth Night, but the battle of the bands was there.  She didnít know that  it was being performed in Mercerdale Park during Summer Celebration.  She also said that  number of other people had shown up expecting to see Twelfth Night too.  Diane suggested that a sign for those who missed the note that the performance during Summer Celebration is in Mercerdale Park would probably be a good idea.


Public Art:                   

Beth Brennan reported that the Artists have been scheduled for King County Performance Network performances.  On September 17 or 24, a 17-pc jazz band is scheduled to play at the street-end at the sculpture garden.  On October 22, a chalk artist and students will be at Mercerdale Park.


Diane reported that Artech is currently working on restoration of four sculptures.



Katalin and Beth will have their first meeting on July 21.  They will be selecting art  for the court and public areas at Luther Burbank.  Two new committee members are Jim Jones and Ginny Reese. 


Community Arts:

No Report.


Staff Report:   

Diane distributed the Expenditure Summary for July and the 2005/2006 budget actuals.


City Council Report:                

No Report.



There were no announcements.


Adjournment:   8:40 pm


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