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Arts & Culture Commission - September 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, September 20, 2017.

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

Present: Arlette Preston, Jon Offutt, Michael Olsen, Tim Lamey, Denese Odegaard, Deb Williams, Jessica Jung, Mark Johnson

Absent: David Bertolini

City Commissioner John Strand was also present.

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

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

Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of August 16, 2017
Ms. Odegaard moved the minutes of the August 16, 2017 Arts and Culture Commission meeting be approved. Second by Mr. Offutt. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Madison Skate Park Sculpture Update
Brad Bachmeier presented on how he became involved with the Legacy’s Children Foundation. Brad showed the commissioners the Madison Skate Park Sculpture website The website explains how the project got started, who was involved, and what it took to make the two brick sculptures. The sculptures are low maintenance and have anti-graffiti coating on them. The park is now worth over $350,000 and is home to the biggest brick sculpture in North America. This project has instilled a sense of pride and ownership back into the community.

Item 4: Fargo Park District Train Car Wrap
Carolyn Boutain, with the Fargo Park District, introduced the train car wrap. The Fargo Park District partnered with The Arts Partnership and asked artists to create and submit a signature design, which would be representative of Fargo, to be transferred to a vehicle wrap and placed on the train car located at 701 Main Avenue. Steve Knutson’s artwork was chosen and will be exhibited for at least three years. The Park District hopes to have the wrap up by October 2, 2017. They are also working with landscape architects to add a landscaping component, which will be installed in spring of 2018.

Item 5: Budget Update
Nicole Crutchfield, Planning Administrator, informed the commission that a $75,000 increase was approved at the September 11, 2017 City Commission meeting which will be used for curating services in the new City Hall.

Item 6: Social Media Update
Brittany Rakowitz, Planning Intern, presented a social media update to the commissioners. Ms. Rakowitz explained that staff is working on behalf of the Arts and Culture Commission to set up a Twitter account which will be used as a way to promote the commission, send out news, and interact with the public. Staff is also working on getting bids for a logo, which they will bring to the October 18 meeting.

Item 7: Outreach Strategy for Public Art Master Plan
Donald Kress, Senior Planner, presented dates and times to the Commission for the Public Art Master Plan public meetings. The Wednesday, October 18, time attached in the packet has been changed to an afternoon meeting. Staff has been working with the School and Park District to set up meetings with their board members. Staff would like to know if any members of the Commission would be able to attend/present at any of the public meetings in October.

Item 8: Public Comment
Chair Preston called for public comment. No comment was offered.

The time at adjournment was 5:50 p.m.