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Art Commission Minutes w February 22, 2006

BRENTWOOD ARTS COMMISSION WORKSHOP
February 22, 2006
Brentwood Education & Technology Center
101 Sand Creek Road, B
Brentwood, CA 94513

CALL TO ORDER:
Chairperson Gill called the workshop to order at 6:05 p.m.

ROLL CALL:
Commissioners present: Jim Bryant, Vivian Faye, Doreen Forlow, Saunie Fridley, Sandra Gill, Barbara Guise, Patricia Lacy-Rankin, Helen Myers, Greg Ruiz, Kermit Sveen, and Joe Trebino.
Commissioners absent: Deena Foley, and Patrick McCarran.
Staff present: Arts Manager, Rebekah Burr-Siegel.
Others present: Ron Beatty, a former Commissioner and scheduled to be approved by the City Council at their next meeting.

Chairperson Gill called the meeting to order to discuss the “Belief Statement” developed in workshops on October 24 and November 7, 2005. These workshops were facilitated by Sabrina Klein in order to develop a belief statement that accurately reflects who the Art Commission is and what they stand for, believe in, and identify with as a Commission.

The following belief statement, drafted during the workshops in 2005, was presented: “We believe the arts can reveal the essence of Brentwood and create an environment that combines the tranquility of nature with the intellectual and sensual joys of the arts bringing together the multifaceted communities that are Brentwood. The arts are a legacy of assets both personal and public for our community.”

Commissioner Doreen Forlow arrived at 6:10 p.m.

The Commissioners discussed the draft statement, some were comfortable with it and others suggested changes. It was recommended that the words “combines” be replaced, “multifaceted” be reconsidered, and dual use of the word “community” was unnecessary.
Commissioner Saunie Fridley arrived at 6:13 p.m.

Commissioners suggested words unite or blend in place of combines. There were many different suggestions for multifaceted, as well and eliminating it all together. There should be a comma to be inserted after “--joys of the arts,” and also community that is Brentwood, rather than “communities that are Brentwood”; the final word of statement to be “city” rather than community.

Commissioner Barbara Guise arrived at 6:27 p.m.

The suggestions were discussed. Chairperson Gill read the redrafted statement: “We believe the arts can reveal the essence of Brentwood and create an environment that blends the tranquility of nature with the intellectual and sensual joys of the arts, bringing together the community that is Brentwood. The arts are a legacy of assets both personal and public for our city.”

Commissioners discussed the difference between a “vision” and “belief” statement, and that a Vision Statement will be considered later. Chairperson Gill discussed the need for both for the Art Commission. Commissioner Ruiz further commented on how the vision statement will guide them in future activities in the city. The belief statement, when approved, will be included on the website and brochure and any other public forms of information that are available regarding the Commission. Chairperson Gill said that they are not ready to draft the vision statement. Arts Manager Burr-Siegel suggested that the Community Relations Committee address the issue of a vision statement and put the item on the calendar for their next meeting. Commissioner Ruiz is on this committee, Commissioner Lacy-Rankin agreed to also serve on this committee.

ADJOURNMENT:
The workshop adjourned at 6:45 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Betty Jo Whincup
Minutes Recorder
(Minutes taken by Lisa Smith)

City of Brentwood Arts Commission
35 Oak Street,
Brentwood, CA 94513
(925) 516-5444
Fax (925) 516-5445
E-mail artscommission@brentwoodca.gov