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Arts and Culture Commission - December 19, 2018 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 p.m., Wednesday, December 19, 2018.

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

Present: Arlette Preston, Jon Offutt, Tracy Walvatne, Denese Odegaard, Tracy Jordre, Deb Williams, Mark Johnson

Absent: Joe Williams, Denise Kolpack. John Strand (City Commission Liaison)

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

Item 1: Order of Agenda
Member D. Williams moved to approve the order of agenda. Second by Member Walvatne. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 2: Minutes: Regular Meeting of November 14, 2018
Member Johnson moved the minutes of the November 14, 2018 Arts and Culture Commission meeting be approved. Second by Member Walvatne. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3: Appraisal Consulting Estimates
Planning Assistant Brittany Rakowitz presented the appraisal consulting estimates submitted from certified appraisers Miles Fiterman and Mason Riddle, who are both based out of Minneapolis, MN. Ms. Rakowitz stated there are a total of 64 art pieces to be reviewed and appraised. She talked further about her discussion with Mason Riddle, who is familiar with regional artists of the area. She noted that Ms. Riddle suggested to appraise all 64 pieces with an estimated total cost of between $8,000 and $9,000 and a $4,000 minimum cost. Ms. Rakowitz noted the Commission could do a portion this year and a portion next year to stay within the Commission’s budget for this item.

The Board discussed the two proposals and decided to further pursue the estimate submitted from Mason Riddle.

Member D. Williams suggested coordinating with Ms. Riddle to prioritize pieces for appraisal.

Board discussion continued concerning authorizing up to a certain dollar amount and total budget amount for these appraisals

Member Johnson moved to approve for Mason Riddle to come to Fargo to review all 64 pieces, and put together a proposal to appraise all 64 pieces not to exceed $5,950 including travel costs for a one day trip expense. Second by Member Offutt.

Member Walvatne moved to amend the motion to state the total cost not exceed the budget amount of $5,950, which would include all travel costs, motel, and meals for a one day trip expense.

All Members voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 4: Utility Box Wraps – Cost Information
Chair Preston presented the costs associated with the utility box wraps. Member Johnson asked about the additional administration fees. Member D. Williams would like to continue to discuss this as a toolkit to give to neighborhoods.

Item 5: Public Art – database and mobile website of completed public artworks
Ms. Rakowitz presented on the Public Art Archives database to be gathered into a central repository and be accessible by phone. She noted that 22 have been compiled to date and once compilation is complete, the data will be uploaded to the application.

Item 6: Artist Training Workshop with Moorhead Art and Culture Commission
Chair Preston presented on the public outreach for artists workshops. She noted the Moorhead Art and Culture Commission reached out to the Fargo Arts and Culture Commission to partner with an Artist Training Workshop led by Forecast Public Art. Ms. Preston stated staff will conduct more research and present information at the January 16, 2019 meeting.

Item 7: Discussion Item: Outreach
This item was discussed after meeting adjournment.

Item 8: Other Business or Public Comment
The next regularly scheduled meeting is January 16, 2019. No other business or public comments were discussed.

The time at adjournment was 5:25 p.m.