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Tuesday, July 12, 2022 - 6:30pm

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Minutes

Minutes  of Virtual Meeting – July 12, 2022 at 6:30pm


Preliminaries 


  1. Present:  Members  – Alonté, Anjali, Angie, Bharati, Charles, Inka, Keri, Kayleigh, Melissa

                        City – Joanne Barr (Dep. City Administrator), Bill Bailey (Dir, Dept Parks & Rec, or DPR)


  1. Minutes from June 2022 meeting were approved.

 


Business


  1. City updates – Joanne
    • Format for most city meetings is hybrid – some in-person, some virtual – so as to maintain know-how on using virtual platforms, as well as for convenience of attending.
    • City recommends that committees take a break from meetings in August.
    • Supplies purchased for LAC future use – 15 easels, 20 command strips, 500 paint brushes.
    • Pride Festival October 8 – contact is City Council Member James Kole.
    • Main Street Festival October 15 (Laurel Board of Trade has booths for purchase by vendors)
    • Farmer’s Market Lot – City CRA (Redevelopment Authority) is installing shade structure and picnic tables (contractor and design have been chosen); is working on resuming a farmer’s market 1 day/week starting spring; will offer the area for public concerts and performances. Could possibly accommodate sculpture.
    • OK to use Montpelier Art Center as exhibit space, but City has no jurisdiction there. Must rent space from county and work around their scheduled exhibits.
    • Laurel TV working with LAC member Tony Small on story of his Grammy nomination for Music Education. He is semi-finalist.
    • Laurel TV has well equipped podcast room at Municipal Center, which LAC is welcome to tour and schedule for use. (Alonté worked there and understands the technology and the craft)

 


  1. Reports on LAC events – Melissa
    • Juneteenth (Angie, Charles) - Exhibit and performance were well received. Laurel TV aired brief story that includes Charles on stage at Gude Park.
    • Prince George’s County Arts Council grant – Funds were expended by FY22 deadline; Melissa and Gen submitted report to PGAHC.
    • LAC supplies – Melissa echoed Joanne on using leftover art supplies for future projects.  Angie offered to help Melissa inventory leftover supplies and store them at the Laurel Armory.

 


  1. Projects for FY23
    • From FY23 city budget:
    • $5,000 - Graphic Arts Projects
      • Utility Box Wraps: Kayleigh reported on research and recommendations of the LAC working group that includes Anjali and Keri. Based on measuring the boxes and getting vendor estimates, Kayleigh concluded that 5 boxes could be wrapped for $5,000. She showed the 5 boxes identified by the working group as highly visible and distributed between the city’s two wards.  Joanne said that since Bill Bailey and the city have worked with one of the vendors, a lower cost might be negotiated to allow for 6 boxes. Kayleigh noted that wraps must be done in warm weather, so the aim is for a spring installation. To select designs for the wraps,  a Call for Artists would be issued and an evaluation panel convened. Anjali recommended selecting a different local artist for each box. Members voted to go forward with utility box wraps for the city’s $5,000 allocation. The question of whether to offer stipends to the selected artist(s) was raised, to be decided later.
      • Crosswalk painting: Members discussed including crosswalk painting in FY23, employing LAC members and other volunteers. Locations suggested by Inka, Keri, and Bharati included Main Street, Cherry Lane, the Laurel Library, and Montgomery Street in front of Laurel Elementary School.  Kayleigh pointed out that the brickwork crossings at Laurel Elementary are already elegant and possibly historically significant – she suggested other sites would be better for crosswalks. Bill recommended starting with a single crosswalk, since this endeavor is new to LAC, then expand in later years. He said that we would work with Dept Public Works (DPW) to determine where and when. Joanne asked Angi for her photos of painted crosswalks to show to DPW. Melissa mentioned studies showing that crosswalks calm speeding traffic – Joanne added that this fits with the Safe Roads component of the Infrastructure Bill, which brings some funds to Laurel.
    • $6,000 - Community Promotions (neighborhood festivals, sculpture garden, wellness etc.)
      • Anjali suggested a community wellness day at McCullough Field, which might include art-making, yoga, music, and vendor events. Anjali is experienced in leading painting for wellness. Melissa suggested looking back at Laurel’s last Community Health Fair, January 2020. Joanne said this fair was set up by Patricia Haag, then Risk Management Officer for the City of Laurel. It reflected Laurel’s involvement in the HEAL Cities & Towns Campaign https://www.healcitiesmidatlantic.org/spotlight-cities-towns/laurel-md/.  Bill said that instead of a separate event, we could join the already planned community day, Saturday Sept 24 at McCullough Field.  This is planned to include music, games, and activities from different cultures. Divina St. Peters in DPR is the point of contact. Melissa noted that since the pandemic started, the idea of arts for healing and wellness has been embraced widely by towns and states, so a sperate wellness day in the spring might be timely and relevant.
    • September election of new officers – Bharati and Melissa announced they would not seek LAC office for FY23 and that Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer would be open for members wishing to serve. Nomination and voting will take place at the LAC September meeting.
  2. Next meeting – Tuesday, Sep 13, 2022

 


 


 


 


 


 


                                   


                    


 

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