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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 2

Meeting Date: June 10, 2008

Subject/Title: Approve Arts Commission recommendation to re-appoint Diane Lando as the City of Brentwood’s Poet Laureate

Prepared by: Poldina Scherff, Recreation Manager

Submitted by: Craig D. Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

RECOMMENDATION
Approve Arts Commission recommendation to re-appoint Diane Lando as the City of Brentwood’s Poet Laureate

PREVIOUS ACTION
On November 12, 2002, City Council approved Mary Jane Barnes as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Brentwood on the recommendation of the Brentwood Arts Commission. Her Poet Laureate term expired on December 31, 2004. On January 11, 2005 the City Council approved the appointment of Mary Jane Barnes as Poet Laureate Emeritus.

On March 14, 2006, City Council approved the Arts Commission recommendation of Diane Lando as the City of Brentwood’s second Poet Laureate.

BACKGROUND
The Arts Commission and Literary Arts Committee acknowledge the importance of the literary arts in Brentwood and have worked diligently to find a viable candidate to recommend to City Council in order to continue the advocacy for the appreciation and advancement of the literary arts, particularly poetry in our community.

After several open mike literary readings the Literary Arts Committee offered local poet Diane Lando a featured poet reading on June 1, 2005. The committee interviewed Ms. Lando in August 2005 and asked her to submit a proposal for the post of Poet Laureate. The Literary Arts committee reviewed and accepted her proposal (with minor alterations) on January 17, 2006. The Arts Commission approved the recommendation of a two year term of Diane Lando to Poet Laureate and City Council approved the recommendation on March 14, 2006. On May 21, 2008 the Arts Commission recommended to City Council the approval of the re-appointment of Diane Lando as the Poet Laureate.

The Poet Laureate’s term is a two-year term and the Arts Commission is recommending to City Council to re-appoint Diane Lando as the City of Brentwood’s Poet Laureate with a term ending June 10, 2010.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact.


 
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