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Public Art Commission Minutes April 20, 2007

Friday, April 20, 2007


Public Art Commission

April 20, 2007

Regular Meeting


Commissioners:  Markell, Bussell, Rickbone, Wilkerson, Longshore, Pugh, Douglas, Hardesty (council liaison) Seltzer (staff liaison)






Carissa Moddison, Mark Luebbers, Andrea Adams


Chair Markell called meeting to order at 8:15 a.m.

Minutes of 2/16/07 approved with corrections Rickbone/Wilkerson


Round the room introductions and welcome to new commissioner Tomi Douglas.


Markell summarized the plans for focus groups based on input from Adrienne Graham.  The group reviewed and commented on the proposed questions for the focus groups.  The group felt that questions 1, 2, and 3 were well worded and discussion centered on question #4 regarding funding.  There was concern over the definition of ¡°public funding¡± and what that means.  Does it mean property taxes?  Funds from fees and services?  Transient occupancy tax other?  Wilkerson felt it was important that the focus group understand the term public funding.  Longshore suggested the question be rewritten as:


Survey and public meeting results showed very strong support for public art in Ashland, however many were hesitant to pay for public art through taxation i.e. increase in property tax.  There are other public funding sources available such as SDCs on development, a portion of the transient occupancy tax, a percent for art dedicated on capital projects.  If there is no annual commitment of public dollars from the City¡¯s annual budget, there can be no public art.  Knowing that, would you recommend public funding for public art?  Why or why not?


The group agreed to hold the two focus groups on Thursday May 24 and Thursday May 31, one as a breakfast meeting 7:30 şu 9:00 and one as a lunch meeting 11:30 şu 1:00 to be held in the Siskiyou Room, food to be provided by PAC.  Seltzer will contact Graham to confirm dates.


PAC will send Seltzer list of names, addresses and phone numbers of potential focus group participants.  Sub committee meeting will be held at Longshore¡¯s house on Thursday April 25 at 4:00 to review the list and determine how they will be invited.


Bussell asked if the group should start discussing the application for the Jackson County Cultural Trust.  There was some discussion about requesting funds for painting electric utility boxes, but agreement that they must continue to focus on completing the master plan.


The group thanked Mark Luebbers for his work compiling and mapping current locations in Ashland that have public art including the bridge in Lithia Park, architectural elements on buildings etc and his mapping of potential locations for public art in Ashland.  Luebbers was a student at SOU when he began the project.  He has graduated and will be moving from the area.


Meeting adjourned at 9:35 a.m.

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