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Arts & Culture Commission - August 16, 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, August 16, 2017.

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

Present: Arlette Preston, Jon Offutt, David Bertolini, Denese Odegaard, Deb Williams, Jessica Jung, Mark Johnson

Absent: Michael Olsen, Tim Lamey

Staff: Nicole Crutchfield, Donald Kress

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

Item 1: Order of Agenda
Preston moved to approve the order of agenda. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of May 17 and June 21, 2017
Jung moved the minutes of the May 17 and June 21, 2017 Arts and Culture Commission meeting be approved. Second by Preston. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Appointment of Chair and Vice Chair
Chairman Bertolini announced that he was stepping down as chair but would remain on the Commission. He also introduced the three new Commissioners---Mark Johnson, Denese Odegaard, and Jon Offutt. New intern Brittany Rakowitz was also introduced.

Bertolini then opened the floor for nominations for chair. Williams moved to nominate Preston for chair. Second by Jung. On a voice vote, all Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Bertolini opened the floor for nominations for vice chair. Jung moved to nominate Williams for vice chair. Second by Preston. On a voice vote, all Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Bertolini then passed the chairmanship on to Preston.

Item 4: New Meeting Time
Staff member Crutchfield confirmed that absent members Olsen and Lamey had no object to the proposed new meeting time of 5:00 p.m. instead of 4:00 p.m. Commissioners agreed to the new meeting time. No formal vote was taken.

Item 5: Folkways Canoe Parade
Staff member Crutchfield provided background on Folkways projects Sudden Park ice sculpture and the proposed canoe parade. Joe Burgum of Folkways presented his request to transfer the $3,500 remaining from the grant he had received from the Commission for the Sudden Park project to the canoe parade project. Burgum presented the plan for the canoe parade and answered Commissioners questions. Crutchfield confirmed the Commission could make the requested change on its own. Offutt moved to amend the agreement with Folkways to all the transfer of the $3,500 remaining from the grant they had received from the Commission for the Sudden Park project to the canoe parade project. . Second by Johnson. On a voice vote, all Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 6: Art Proposals
Staff member Crutchfield discussed the need to develop a process to get project proposals by artists to the Commission for review, including working with the artists to develop the project. She noted that the Public Art Master Plan will provide some guidance on this. Staff will work to develop an application process. No vote was necessary on this item.

Item 7: Public Arts Master Plan Communication Outreach Update
Staff member Crutchfield discussed the draft communications plan for the Public Arts Master Plan that was included in the Commission packet and responded to Commissioners’ questions and comments. Bertolini moved to adopt the plan, with the amendment to specify “social media” will be included. Second by Williams. On a voice vote, all Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

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

The time at adjournment was 6:07 p.m.