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Arts Council - Minutes     
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 6:50 pm by Chair, Jane Ditzler, at the Mercer Island Community & Event Center, 8236 SE 24th St., Mercer Island, WA  98040.
Roll Call
Members Present: Bonnie Bradley, Paulette Bufano, Jane Ditzler, Linda Iwanyk, Christine Lewis, Susan Szafir and An Tootill.  Members absent:  Ellen Hochberg, Sandy Glass, Mireya Lewin and Shelly Krispin.
City Council:
Council Member Jane Meyer Brahm.
Amber Britton, Staff Liaison; Eileen Hemmis Trifts, Administrative Assistant.
Approval of Minutes:
Christine Lewis motioned to accept the November, 2012 minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded and passed unanimously.
There were no appearances
Chair Report:
Jane Ditzler, Chair
Jane stated that everyone should celebrate what has been accomplished this year.
Russian Chamber Orchestra Free Concert: Jane contacted Dr. Natalya Ageyeva, Artistic Director, Russian Chamber Music Foundation of Seattle, and let her know that the Arts Council would like to work with her on presenting a concert. It will be decided at a later date whether or not to make it a separate event or to incorporate it into Mostly Music in the Park concerts.
A retreat date discussion resulted in a consensus to have the meeting the first Saturday in early February from 10 am to 2 pm.  Possible locations include the Community Center or the Fire Station. This will give Amber ample time to get the annual report and work plan finished and to the City Council two weeks before they are set to review it.
Staff Report:
Amber Britton, Staff
Election of Chair and Vice Chair:
Susan Szafir nominated Jane Ditzler for Chair and Ellen Hochberg for Vice Chair.  There were no additional nominations.  A voice vote was taken and passed unanimously.
Jane and Amber will work to get the committee chairs chosen and will report on it at the January meeting.
There was some discussion about tweaking the Community Relations Committee and perhaps changing the name.  Publicity and Fund Raising could be responsibilities for this committee.  Amber reminded all that if the name is changed, it will need to be changed in the bylaws.
There was discussion regarding co-chairing committees.  Christine and Paulette would like to co-chair Mostly Music in the Park. It was agreed that this is in agreement with current bylaws.
Budget:  Everything was approved by the City Council as presented by Diane Mortenson at the last meeting.
Plaques:  Amber reported that plaques for the Reclining Woman and Orbits & Pieces have been installed.
Susan Szafir, Chair
Susan reported that the film series on English Royalty was very successful.  Attendance was consistently from 30 to 40 people.  The next series will be Film Noir.
Meet the Author with Maria Semple at Island Books was a big success.  The Council’s 5% from Island Books came to $60.  There were no expenses incurred by the Council.  A Meet the Author scheduled is The Revised Fundamentals of Care Giving by Seattle author Jonathan Evison on May 9th. Jane noted that both books are on the 10 best books list that the library recently put out.
It was agreed that a “thank you” to Roger at Island Books would be appropriate. 
Susan will get information for the Recreation Guide to Amber or Eileen.
Susan reported that another spring poetry contest is planned at Island Books.
Chair Ellen Hochberg
No Report
Public Art
An Tootill, Chair
An reported that the Topiary Deer have been installed. She worked with the Mercer Island Reporter and Patch on publicity. Very nice articles appeared in both. The feedback has been very positive to date. Amber indicated she will work with Jason Kintner, Parks Superintendent, to get a plaque placed.
With the addition of the topiary, An would like to raise the profile of the sculpture garden.  It is somewhat hidden with all of the new construction in that area in the past few years. Christine suggested drawing attention to it at some of our established summer events like MMIP and Shakespeare.  Amber stated that before anything is done to elevate the garden’s profile, it needs some work. Some of the pieces are past due for rotating out and it would be nice to get some new pieces installed.
Jane Meyer Brahm commended An on the Topiary Deer project. She stated that it was great to see it from the beginning and coming to fruition.  
An stated that she has done some research on murals for Luther Burbank Park. Her feeling is that it is a doable project.  She has talked with some artists and thinks we could expect to pay $7,000 upward. She mentioned that the wall is already primed.  A call for artists could set a limit.  It was determined that this is a subject that will be further addressed at the retreat in February.
Christine stated that she will get the 3-year plan PowerPoint that she has been working on out to everyone prior to the January meeting.  She is planning to do some additional work on it before she sends it. 
The meeting adjourned at 7:30 pm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    _______________________________                                                                                                      Jane Ditzler, Chair
Eileen Hemmis Trifts, Scribe

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