May 17 Regular Meeting
Friday, May 17, 2013
Public Art Commission
May 17, 2012
Commissioners: Davis, Bussell, Capovilla, Pugh, Friend, Hepford, Hanks (staff)
Call to Order
The meeting was called to order at 8:20 a.m.
Approval of Minutes
Minutes were approved as presented.
Historic Commission Presentation on Historic Way-finding project
Allison Renwick gave a presentation of a potential way-finding project that proposes the incorporation of public art that will be presented to the City Council on May 21, 2013. The Historic Commission was charged with developing a way finding signage program to promote the various historic resources within Ashland, both for local use and culturally related tourism.
The project involves a series of hubs and spokes in four historically prominent areas of Ashland; Downtown, Railroad District, Skidmore-Academy and Gresham/Siskiyou. Each hub would contain a piece of contemporary public art that would relate to the particular prominent historic themes of each of the areas. The spokes would be historic markers and descriptions of the various features/resources within that particular area.
The Commission clarified that the plan framework was conceptual at this point and the exact locations, types of artwork, signage would be issues to work out after receiving feedback from the Council presentation.
Renwick clarified that a goal of the project is to coordinate and collaborate with the Public Arts Commission and utilize them as a resource as the project moves forward, most likely through some sort of sub-committee participation. Renwick also stated that the funding sources for the project had yet to be identified and that the Historic Commission had no intent of taking money already allocated/earmarked for public art projects unless the Public Arts Commission agreed, all subject to Council approval.
Public Arts Commission members were encouraging of the project but decided not to make any formal motion of support or other comment until after the Council direction at the May 21 meeting.
Report from subcommittee on Calle Project
Bussell reported that she is in the process of scheduling meetings with the following local artists; Kevin Christman, Clair Burbridge, Richard Jarel and J Ellen Austin, with the intent of identifying existing works for purchase. The pedestal design was reviewed and a suggestion was made to allow the incorporation of something to mitigate the electrical conduit exposed on one side of the pedestal.
Hepford suggested that if a local artist did not work out, she would be interested in looking at the possibility of making a connection with Ashland’s sister city, Guanajuato.
Review of Gateway letter to Council
Chair Davis composed a letter to provide the City Council with an update on the “Gateway” project and asked for the Commission’s approval to distribute. Project phase four was changed to “A review panel will then select one artist to execute their vision for which $100,000 will be awarded.”
The edit and the overall letter was unanimously approved by the Commission for staff distribution to Council.
Review of Refined Goals Document
Friend suggested that the Commissioners walk through the goals and add proposed/projected completion dates for each of the tactics associated with each of the six goals. The Commission discussed that some of the tactics seemed like on-going tasks/projects. The Commissioners suggested that Friend go through the document and attach preliminary dates to be reviewed at the next PAC meeting. Davis provided Friend with the original project timeline for the Gateway project to assist in assigning dates relating to that major component of the goals document.
Meeting adjourned at 10:00.