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Arts & Culture Commission - April 17, 2019 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Arts and Culture Commission of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the Commission Chambers at City Hall at 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

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

Present: Arlette Preston, Deb Williams, Tracy Walvatne, Mark Johnson, Tracy Jordre, Joe Williams

Absent: Jon Offutt, Denise Kolpack, Denese Odegaard,

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

Item 1: Order of Agenda
Member Johnson moved to approve the Order of Agenda. Second by Member Jordre. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of March 20, 2019
Member D. Williams moved the Minutes of the March 20, 2019 Arts and Culture Commission meeting be approved. Second by Member J. Williams. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Review Recommendations for Spring Call for Artists
Chair Preston presented the recommended funding for the Spring Call for Artists proposals. Four proposals were submitted to the committee for review. The purpose of the review was to ensure a fair and equitable decision was made and the art was in good taste.

Member D. Williams moved to approve to fund the Downtown Community Partnership/Business Improvement District’s proposal for $2,750 and FMBallet’s proposal for $2,000; and to provide a $1,000 stipend to Emily Williams-Wheeler and a $1,000 stipend to Olivia Bain to further investigate their proposals and reapply during the next application period. Second by Member Jordre.

Member Johnson suggested that stipend recipients be required to communicate with staff and reapply in the fall to let Board members know if the projects would be feasible. Planning Director Nicole Crutchfield explained that staff recognizes the work artists put towards proposals and think the $1,000 stipend could cover the time spent in collaboration with the Board and the Planning Department.

Action continued on the motion. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 4: 2019 Work Plan
Chair Preston presented the 2019 Work Plan, which honed in on the ideas of Outreach, New Ideas, Evaluation, Funding and Growth. Member Walvatne expressed concern over the timeline of the work plan. Chair Preston said the plan would be evaluated on a quarterly basis to track progress. Member Johnson moved to approve the 2019 Work Plan. Second by Member Williams. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 5: Presenters and Educational Opportunities
Guest speaker Laura Youngbird, Director of Native American Programs at the Plains Art Museum, gave an overview of the works displayed this season. The Plains Art Museum is a contemporary art museum that displays contemporary artwork, including that of Native American artists.

Item 6: Forecast Public Art artist workshop update
Planning Coordinator Maegin Elshaug reported that, based on funding, the Forecast Public Art event will be a one day workshop instead of the initially planned two day workshop.

Item 7: Other Business or Public Comments
There were no public comments made at this meeting.

7a. Next regularly Scheduled Meeting May 15, 2019

The time at adjournment was 5:37 p.m.