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Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 6:30pm

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Agenda

Virtual Meeting-Feb 9, 2020 at 6:00pm

Agenda

  1. Take roll
  2. Review, vote on editing or accepting minutes from January meeting
  3. Conduct business

 

Business

  1. Mural updates
    1. Sites on or  near Main Street
      • Business owner feedback
        • Patrick Davis, property owner and business manager, ExclusiveBlu
        • Bharati, Melissa – comments from other businesses
      • Funding sources
        • Maryland grant programs
        • Prince George’s County grant programs
    2. Shopping centers (Bharati)
  2. Friends of Patuxent (L4P) Collaboration (art and environment) – Cheryl Dyer, Anita Vodraska
    1. Planters (fish art & native grasses)
    2. Preview possible fall project: River path art – Cheryl
      • Small art installations along river path
      • Water and ecology theme
  3. Laurel High School Collaboration – Melissa
    1. Visual Art Dept – received supplies to help with challenges of remote teaching
    2. Plan (virtual) gallery in spring
  4. Postcard Project on Instagram – Heather
  5. Year in Review Report (2020)
  6. PGAHC Study
  7. City Virtual Open House?
  8. Upcoming Virtual Meetings (meeting start time – 6 or 6:30 pm?)
    1. Tuesday, March 9 at 6:00pm
    2. Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00pm
    3. Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00pm

Minutes

Virtual Meeting-Feb 9, 2020 at 6:00pm

Minutes

  1. Took roll

Present: Leigha Steele, Melissa Holland, Nisa Asgarali-Hoffman, Anita Gilbert, Anthony Vodraska, Patrick Davis, Cheryl Dyer, Janne B, Bharati Dhruva, Leigha Steele, Heather Brooks, Keri Anne Fuller, Chae Reed, Angie O’Neil
-Absent: Inka Patel, Monica Sturdivant, Charles Clyburn (he could not get Zoom to work)

  1. Conducted business

Business

  1. Mural Updates
    1. Sites for an external mural on or near Main Street
      • Business owner feedback
        • Patrick Davis, property owner and business manager, ExclusiveBlu (352-354 Main St).

Patrick spoke about his idea to have the first rooftop restaurant with the purpose of driving more foot traffic on Main Street. Wants to work with us to see what modifications and suggestions we my have regarding the façade – would like art feel/flavor. Timeframe: nine to ten months ideally – but there is a lot of work to build-out the building. There will be a different finish (beige natural shaped bricks/rocks) on the building on all sides. There are some large folding doors planned on the side that might work well for art on them, such as a mural. Nisa asked Patrick if he was familiar with the themes we had discussed for the artwork, such as social justice. He said he was not. Melissa said she would send the letter from the Farmers to Patrick to look at. He expressed he is amenable to whatever artistic ideas we offer.

  • Other businesses - Bharati, Melissa spoke about their progress in talking to businesses about their interest in participating with public art. They are in contact with Rise-Up Nutrition and trying to reach other Main Street proprietors whose locations were judged to be advantageous for a mural. They will provide updates.
  • Funding sources
    • Maryland grant programs
    • Prince George’s County grant programs

Melissa is keeping track of state and county grant opportunities and watching for when applications open. She registered for the county’s grants information workshop on 2/23.

  1. Shopping center sites - Bharati is talking to Laurel Shopping Center as a site for public art.
  1. Laurel for the Patuxent (L4P) Collaboration – Cheryl Dyer, Anita Gilbert.
    1. Planters (fish art & native grasses) - Anita & Cheryl spoke about this project. 

Cheryl described L4P as a grassroots effort surrounding the health of the river. She recounted some of the wildlife she saw on a walk. The reason they chose fish for the planter art project is because all people recognize the outline of a fish, and fish are also an indicator of the health of a river.The proposal is to plant native grasses and install decorated fish in 8 city planters on Main Street (one by swimming pool, 2 in the 300 block, and 5 by the train station). The cost of the project would be $550 for materials (wood, metal poles, concrete, soil and plants). Anita and Mike Dyer would cut out the fish forms and prime them, then give them out to the artists, who would donate their time to paint and decorate the fish. The fish will be installed in the planters, affixed to metal rods to give them height and visibility.

Anita shared images of the grass types and fish examples. Native grasses include Switchgrass, Little Blue Stem, Pink Muhly Grass, Prairie Dropseed, Purple Love Grass, Blue Grama. The fish rods will be anchored with cement disks down into the planters to help prevent theft or storm damage.

Cheryl mentioned wanting a way for passersby scan the planters to get information about the project and the artists – through QR codes, for example, as proposed by Joanne Barr. Nisa suggested using the collection in a public scavenger hunt to draw attention to the art. There was discussion back and forth about who might be responsible for a website to support the QR codes and thus, whose web rules we would need to abide by. Melissa will contact the city IT folks to ask for help.

Laurel Arts Council (LAC) members voted to approve the cost of $550 for this joint LAC-L4P project.

  1. River path art: Preview of possible fall project -- Cheryl described ideas for a temporary pop-up art installation along the river path, celebrating water and ecology themes. The installation would last about two weeks and might coincide with RiverFest.  Performing arts could be included. She listed prompts to inspire art creation, for example, drawing on words that rhyme with “pollination.”  This proposal will be taken up later by the LAC
  1. New Member Recruitment – Melissa asked for ideas to find new LAC members.  Nisa mentioned contacting a woman who’s artwork she has seen. Heather has sent contacted a woman in theatre.
  2. Financial Disclosure Forms – Joanne reminded members to complete and send or bring these in.
  3. 150th Anniversary Commemoration – Joanne noted that the 150th anniversary committee wishes to recognize those who worked to plan celebration of Laurel’s 150th birthday in 2020, which was curtailed because of COVID. The aim is to credit the individuals by name and also honor the city’s 150 years. Joanne proposed to the committee that, instead of a plaque or a sign, they consider a piece of art such as a statue that would include the names of the individuals.  Some funding is available from the anniversary committee that had been earmarked for the celebration.

To help members come up with ideas for what might be appropriate, Melissa will send everybody the 150th anniversary calendar, which lists Laurel-related themes.  Nisa suggested that the available funding be rolled into the mural planned for Main Street. Names to be recognized could be listed along with the mural.

  1. Upcoming Virtual Meetings
    1. Tuesday, March 9 at 6:00pm
    2. Tuesday, April 13 at 6:00pm
    3. Tuesday, May 11 at 6:00pm

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 pm.
                    

                                               
Heather Brooks                                                                                 Date: February 10, 2021
(for Monica Sturdivant, Secretary)  

 

 

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