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Saturday, March 11, 2006

Call To Order:

Chair, Barry Massoudi called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm in the Luther Burbank Room, Community Center at Mercer View, 8236 SE 24th Street, Mercer Island, WA 98040.


Roll Call:

Present: Barry Massoudi, Beth Brennen, Sandra Schilling, Judy Leithe, Katalin Pearman, and Cathey Boileau.   Absent:  Peter Langmaid  and Councilman Sven Goldmanis.


Staff Present: Jennifer Berner and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



There were no appearances



It was moved by Member Judy Leithe to;

Approve Regular Meeting Minutes of February 8, 2006.

It was seconded and the motion passed.


Chair’s Report:

Barry reported that he attended the Luther Burbank Town meeting.  He felt that the Parks and Recreation Department has done a great job.  The proposal will next go to the City Council for their consideration.


Barry stated that he recently found out that Starbucks is giving $15,000 grants to revamp parks to match funds for projects that total at least $50,000.  Jennifer Berner indicated that the Parks and Recreation Department is aware of this and is currently looking at ways to participate.  Barry wondered if the park improvements could be art oriented, and if so, if it could be combined with funds from the 1% for Arts.  Jen will look into this possibility as well as making certain that pursuing the grant would not compete with the Parks Department.



Judy Leithe reported that the final Stanley Kubric film, Barry Lyndon, is scheduled for Sunday, March 19th.  Plans are being made to celebrate Shakespeare in the Spring.  The film, Hamlet, will be shown on April 2nd.  April 23rd is Shakespeare’s 442nd birthday celebration, which will include cake, ice cream and a renaissance magic show following “As You Like It” at the Mercer Island Library.


This summer the AKT interactive history group is returning.  There will be a mock sword fight on Saturday as well as a Wooden O stage combat demonstration.  There will also be a Lord of the Magic Rings magic show and a sonnet program in the park on Sunday, April 23.


Public Art:

No report.


Performance Art:

Sandra reported that the Mostly Music in The Park Committee has narrowed the entries to 9 finalists.  She has been contacting them and has heard back from all but one band. They are in the process of working out the schedule. Concerns were raised about sound problems reported last year. The same sound company will be handling this year’s MMIP.  Jennifer Berner has spoken with Mark Carlson, the owner, and he has indicated that he will be here to make sure everything is right this year. Jen has spoken with other groups that have used this sound company and they have a very good reputation. She feels good about them making it right this year.




Beth Brennan reported that she has confirmation that we will be receiving the following two sculptures for the outdoor gallery: Totem Poles by Steve Jensen and Counter Poise by Mark Statsz.  Beth will talk about the schedule for the CCMV gallery for the remainder of the year at next month’s Arts Council meeting. There was some discussion of the possibility of a week-end glass show being worked into the schedule.


Jen Berner said that Wayne Chabre is installing the remainder of the panels to the CCMV stairwell today and tomorrow.


Staff Report:

Jennifer Berner handed out the 2006 Budget.  The biggest change was for Shakespeare.  A rehearsal place had to be found for Wooden O.  She reminded everyone that this is a “bottom line” budget.  Money can be shifted between programs as long as the revenues are brought in.  Any shifts would, of course, need to be approved by the Arts Council as a whole.


Jennifer reminded the Arts Council that Judy Leithe, Beth Brennan and Barry Massoudi’s terms end May 31.  The City Clerk will be contacting them regarding interest in reapplication to the Arts Council for another term.  Jennifer advised the Arts Council that the City Council is looking at reducing the number of positions on the Arts Council from 11 to 9.  As a result of discussion regarding this possible change, Jennifer will let the City Council know that the Arts Council would prefer to continue with all eleven positions.


City Council Report:

No report.



Katalin mentioned that there was an article in the MI Reporter about the new art in the courtroom at City Hall.  She suggested stopping by to see it.  They are very interesting.


Katalin announced that the first new “Third Thursday” started by some of the local businesses was a success.  Their first event had around 150 attendees.  She and Diane are meeting with the organizer, Nola Nevers, to see how MIAC can be involved.  Jennifer mentioned that she and Diane talked about timing our CCMV gallery openings in with the “Third Thursday”.



Adjournment:   7:15 pm


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