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Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Call To Order:

Chair Barry Massoudi called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm at the Mercer Island Library, address, Mercer Island, Washington.


Roll Call:

Present: Barry Massoudi, Erin Curtiss, Judy Leithe, Beth Brennen, Katalin Pearman, Margaret Minnick, Sandra Schilling, and Councilman Steve Litzow.  Susan Landon was absent.

Staff Present: Jennifer Berner, Eileen Trifts



There were no appearances.



It was moved by Member Margaret Minnick to;

Approve Regular Meeting Minutes of September 8, 2004 as written.

It was seconded and the motion passed.


Treasurerís Report:

Jennifer Berner presented and reviewed the Arts Council Financial Report through September and the Budget to Actual Org Key Report (with encumbrances).


Chairís Report:


No Report.


Performance Arts:                               

Beth announced that Sandra Schilling is the new leader for Mostly Music in the Park.  Beth will continue to support Sandra in her efforts.



Judy Leithe and Katalin Pearman reported a good turn out for their first book and film Ė To Kill a Mockingbird/Ē.  Coincidentally, the 8th grade is reading the same book.   Erin volunteered to contact the schools and get their reading curriculum for the year.  The Mercer Island Reporter recently ran a half page ad of the winter program for the All Island Book Club and Mercer Island Classics on Film.  Additionally, there was an article entitled ďArts Council presents a series of classic films at the library.


Judy and Katalin floated the idea of purchasing a large TV on which to show movies at the Library.  After some discussion, it was decided that an LCD projector might be a better purchase.  Jen will check on the Parks and Rec LCD projector to see if i1) it can play videos, and (2) if it s available to use for the film scheduled for this Sunday. If it proves to be a good match, Jen advised that there is money in the budget to purchase one.



Jen asked for time sheets to be turned in.  She will email status reports to those who want them.



No Report.


Public Art:                   

No Report.



No Report.



In Susanís absence, Jennifer reported that a new Outdoor Gallery brochure is being designed.  The new sign is up.


Kirsten Taylor, DSG, asked Susan to work with her to help pull together the downtown area during construction. The City is planning to use plastic fabric in place of chain link fences.  Photos can be superimposed on the fabric.  They are going to try to pull together some kid art Ė they are getting information out to the schools.  One requirement is that photos must be submitted in a digital format.


Community Arts:

Erin reported that flyers have been posted and distributed in numerous places on the Island in hopes of getting local artists to participate in the King County Performance Network.  Awards range from $2,500 to $10,000.  The posters have been up about a month.  There hasnít been much response yet.    Margaret Minnick suggested contacting Peter Donaldson, ex-director of Youth Theatre Northwest.  He may be able to generate some interest.



No Report.


Staff Report:   

Jen reported that the Veteranís Project is back on track.  The geotech study has proven the ground in the plaza will accommodate the design that was approved.  The Artist will next provide the city the engineering information (anchor, wind load factor, etc.).  The structure will not be complete by Veteranís Day.  We are now looking for completion by the end of this year.


As an FYI, Jennifer reported that the Parks & Recreation Budget presentation to the City Council is scheduled for November 15.  She invited everyone to attend.


Jennifer will try to coordinate the Arts Council retreat for some time in November.


City Council Report:                

Steve Litzow reported that the City Council is knee-deep in the budget.  There is a $300,000 shortfall this year.  They are currently looking how to find the right mix of raising taxes and cutting discretionary programs.  The Council is split - some favor raising taxes, others favor cutting discretionary spending.  They are prioritizing and categorizing spending and will make a determination when they have finished.


The public process is starting for Luther Burbank Park.  There is a study session to set the planning parameters and a public hearing on those planning parameters planned for November 1.


Adjournment:   8:30 pm


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