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Wednesday, March 12, 2003


Susan Landon, Rosalie King, Beth Brennen, Heidi Hilth O'Brien, Judith Powers Leithe



Phil King, Debbie Hanson, Frank Mandarano, Doug Glant, Erin Curtiss



Jennifer Berner, Eileen Trifts



MI Resident Lois McFarland

Lois appeared before the council to suggest that they consider sponsoring an open studio tour here on the Island.  She suggested a map to the studios of some of the many artists and craftsman that reside on Mercer Island. She said this has been done successfully on Vashon Island and Bainbridge Island.  The Arts Council members liked the idea, and Susan said she would e-mail all of the council members and see if someone would like to head a committee to look into doing a studio tour.



A quorum was not present for this meeting.  Susan took a poll of the council members present asking for approval of the minutes. They unanimously approved them as submitted.  Absentee members of the Arts Council will be polled for their approval/disapproval of the minutes and any other actions submitted to the council at this meeting.



Jennifer Berner distributed the Financial Report in Phil King's absence.  The 1% for Artists Trust Fund Account reflected the correct balance in the account.



It was discussed how the Arts Council could have a presence at future show case art events.  Rosalie suggested setting up a table for the Arts Council at the event.  She also suggested that if the event is on the same day as a meeting the first hour of the meeting everyone could attend the show case event.


Susan reported that she and Jennifer had met with Richard Hart and Marcia Dawson about the process of coordinating with the Design Commission.  There is currently no method to interface with the Design Commission in place.


With regard to the annual retreat, Susan stated that she would like to get Carl Bryant, former arts council member, architect and a member of the design commission to attend the retreat and meet with the council members.


Susan reported that the City Council has extended terms of office for two months for those council members whose terms are ending.  This results in an extension to May 2003.


Susan presented the 2003 Work Plan to the Council for their approval.  Following a short discussion, amendments to the plan included:  (1)The addition exploration of Lois McFarland's suggestion for a studio tour. (2)The removal of the reference to Mercerdale Park on page 8, Advocate for permanent performance structure.


Rosalie motioned for approval of the 2003 Work Plan with the amendments.  The motion was seconded and passed pending a poll of absent council members.



Beth Brennan reported on Mostly Music in the Park.  They committee has 7 bands lined up to date for the summer's performances. 


Susan brought up the possibility of the Arts Council working towards having a Pergola at Mercerdale Park that they could take advantage of for MMIP performances.  This will be discussed further at April's meeting.



In Doug's absence Jennifer reported that Doug and Diane Mortenson met with the Veteran's Recognition Panel earlier today.  They reviewed 20 submissions and chose 5 finalists. They will meet again March 27 to choose one of the five to present to the Arts Council at their April meeting.


Rosalie reported that the Galllery calendar is complete.  It is booked through 2005! 


Judy Leithe suggested a plaque indicating the transfer art at Luther Burbank to Mercer Island be installed next to the King County plaques at both the "Handsome Bollards" and "The Source".



No report.



Judith reported that the All Island Book Club had it's first winter performance last night and that it was well attended.  The theme for spring presentations will be Shakespeare.



No Report.



Eileen Trifts distributed information regarding subscriptions available to information published on the City's Website.


Jennifer Berner presented business card proofs for the council's approval.   Some modifications were suggested.  Jen indicated that if we could get approval from each council member, we might have the cards to distribute at the April council meeting.






The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.



Calendar:  Next Council Meeting, Wednesday, April 9, 2003, 7:30 p.m., CCMV.


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