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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Call To Order:

Beth Brennen called the meeting to order at 6:35 pm in her home at 4140 96th Avenue SE, Mercer Island, WA 98040.



Roll Call:

Present:  Beth Brennen, Kevin Curry, Ellen Hochberg, Judith Powers Leithe, Helen Martin, Cynthia Nuzzi, Katalin Pearman, and Tudor Sherrard.  Absent: Councilman Sven Goldmanis, Sandra Schilling, Marcia Thomas and Jane Ditzler.


Staff Present: Amber Britton and Eileen Hemmis Trifts.



There were no appearances. 



The minutes of the November 14, 2007 minutes were amended as follows:

Correction of the following name spellings:  Londi Lindell, and Masin.

Tudor Sherrard motioned to approve the minutes as amended. The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.


Chairís Report:

Chair, Beth Brennen, reported that she attended the City Council Meeting on November 19.  Deputy City Manager Londi Lindell presented information on the Town Center Plaza Design on 78th Avenue SE between SE 27th Street and Sunset Highway.  The City Council directed staff to proceed with additional design of the Town Center Plaza to include an active water feature for council approval.  They also approved a $10,000 increase in the landscape budget to provide for the addition of floral exhibits at the two Town Center Gateways and throughout the Town Center.


There was some discussion regarding the fountain and sculpture and what the extent of involvement of the Arts Council should be.  It is not clear in this instance.  Amber, Beth and Judy will work together to write a letter to the City Manager, Rich Conrad, to request clarification.


Beth reported that the Executive Committee met and approved two grant applications.  The first for $1,000 to the Mercer Island High School Ensemble to support their fundraiser for a Trip to China, and the second for $4,000 $1,000 AMENDED to Youth Theatre Northwest to provide interpretive services for the hearing impaired once a month throughout 2008.


Mostly Music in the Park: 

No Report.


Literary & Shakespeare:



No Report.



Katalin reported that the MIVAL show is doing very well. Approximately $6,000 in artwork has been sold to date.


Public Art:


No report.


Community Relations:

No Report


Staff Report:

There is currently $100,000 in the 1% for the Arts Fund and the Council has budgeted $60,000 to spend on a public art project in 2008.  Amber asked the Council to review the list of possible projects that they came up with at their April retreat, and to choose the top three for further consideration.  Following a written vote, the top three choices were as follows:


  • A community art project led by a professional artist, involving Mercer Island Youth on the Community Center at Mercer View brick wall near the entrance.
  • Refurbish, redesign or work related to the amphitheater in Luther Burbank Park.
  • Light pole art around City Center to celebrate Mercer island specialties such as Shakespeare, Mostly Music, Summer Celebration, etc.


The three choices will be researched further before a final choice is made.



City Council Report:

No Report.


Adjournment:   8:30 pm

                                                                                                            _______________________________                                                                                                      Beth Brennen, Chair




Eileen Hemmis Trifts, Scribe


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