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Arts Commission Minutes - February 16, 2011

FEBRUARY 16, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M.

CALL TO ORDER: Chair Senn called the meeting to order at 7:08 p.m.

Present were Chair Danny Senn, Vice Chair Donna Spencer, and Commissioner Wanda Groseclose. Commissioners Juan Castillo and Barbie Koncher were excused. Staff members present were Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager and Elaine McGurk, Administrative Assistant II.



1. Approve minutes of regular meeting of August 18, 2010.

Item tabled until next meeting in March.

2. Approve minutes of regular meeting of January 19, 2011.

Item tabled until next meeting in March.


3. DISCUSSION ITEM: Verbal update on a community service project mural for the under pass on Sand Creek Trail. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, had requested a final rendition of the mural from the artist, Adam McLeod, but unfortunately, he is not able to produce that for the Commission for review. Staff does not recommend moving forward on this project until a finalized proof could be seen. Being that it’s public art, it is crucial for staff and the Commissioner to know ahead of time what is being approved and being recommended to the City Council.

4. ACTION ITEM: Accept and approve the poetry anthology publication by Poet Laureate Kati Short and forward to City Council to approve. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, gave an update on the final proposal submitted by Poet Laureate Kati Short regarding the poetry anthology publication. Poldina Scherff mentioned a need for a waiver to be produced and approved by the City Attorney for each of the participants prior to the publication of their work. It is important that the copyright is signed over to the City for publication purposes. She gave an example that this was done for the students who have their work on display at Veterans Park.

Chair Senn mentioned the concern of quality control. He wants to be sure the work submitted and published are in good taste. Poet Laureate Kati Short assured the Commission that she will not tolerate work that may contain any racist, sexist, offensive innuendos in any way. Poldina Scherff said the participants will follow the art guidelines set by the City and suggested that before the Commission approved this item, a final proposal should be submitted to the Commission for review.

Motion to request staff to assist the Poet Laureate in putting together the final submittal for approval in March.
Motion: Senn
Second: Spencer
Ayes: 3
Noes: 0
Excused: 2 (Castillo and Koncher)

5. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discuss and develop a plan for possible new locations for City public art. (P. Scherff)

Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager, gave an update of this project and suggested the Commission to come up with a plan and prioritize with their top three projects.

Vice Chair Spencer suggested the north east corner of Balfour and Highway 4 Bypass. A review of that site will need to be made to make sure it will not be a traffic hazard, or an area that would be of a good fit for public art.

Chair Senn brought up the area on Concord Avenue by Trilogy. Poldina Scherff mentioned that Trilogy will have to put in some public art or reimburse the City.

For a future meeting, Poldina Scherff asked that the Commissioners think about areas that they would like to see public art and that she will also look into what future developments there will be in the next 10 years that may be a good spot for public art.


Poldina Scherff mentioned that Katie Collins, Arts & Humanities Academy Coordinator from Liberty High School contacted her for assistance with a grant that she is working on for California Department of Education. This grant will allow art students to partake in internships that will help learn more about becoming “real” artists. Poldina Scherff said she is doing what she can to assist her with this endeavor.

- Possible new locations for City public art.

Chair Senn adjourned the meeting at 8:05 pm.

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Brentwood, CA 94513
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