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Arts & Culture Commission - December 20, 2017 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 5:00 o’clock p.m., Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

The Arts and Culture Commissioners present or absent were as follows:

Present: Arlette Preston, Jon Offutt, Michael Olsen, Mark Johnson, Deb Williams Jessica Jung,

Absent: David Bertolini, Denese Odegaard, Tim Lamey

Chair Preston called the meeting to order and welcomed Members to the meeting.

Item 1: Order of Agenda
Mr. Offutt moved to approve the order of agenda. Second by Ms. Jung. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of November 15, 2017
Ms. Williams moved the minutes of the November 15, 2017 Arts and Culture Commission meeting be approved. Second by Mr. Johnson. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Chris Schlepp – Electrical Box Art Idea
Chris Schlepp, with the Business Improvement District (BID) brings forward his idea of wrapping the electrical boxes that are in downtown Fargo with work from local artists from Cass County. Chris lets the commission know this is an informational meeting to see how much support he can get from different organizations in town. He is still trying to figure out what his budget needs are for the project. Derrick LaPoint, City of Fargo Planner, lets the commission know that the BID is looking to partner with Folkways and could possibly expand the project outside of downtown.

Commissioners would like to see the project be throughout Fargo in the future. When the project is developed further the commission invites Chris back to hear a proposal.

Item 4: Tania Blanich – Curate Extension
Brittany Rokawitz, planning intern, informs the commission that the current exhibits that are in the skyway and mayor’s office will be decommissioned after the Christmas holiday. Due to the fact that the new city hall will not be finished until early summer staff would like to extend Tania’s contract to curate the current city hall skyway and mayor’s office through the Spring of 2018.

Mr. Olson moves that we approve Tania’s curating contract extension. Ms. Jung seconds. All Members present voted ay and the motion was declared carried.

Item 5: Acquisition of Artwork - Dakotaland
Kylie Bagley, Assistant Planner, informs the commissioners that they will be purchasing two prints from Char-Marie Floods show Dakotaland. Staff would like the Mayor to pick the two pieces of art.

Ms. Jung moves that we approve the Mayor picking two pieces from the Dakotaland Exhibit to purchase. Mr. Olson seconds. All Members present voted ay and the motion was declared carried.

Item 6: Monthly Management Report
Ms. Rakowitz introduces the monthly management report and explains how she is reorganizing and managing the permanent collection. Brittany will do a conditions report at each of the libraries after the first of the year.

Item 7: Public Comments
Chair Preston called for public comment. No comment was offered.