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Public Art Commission - Minutes     
Tuesday, February 21, 2012





d.b.a. Public Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region

Meeting Minutes

February 21, 2011

Pikes Peak Conference Room, City Hall


Present: Agnes Blachut, Diane Dillon, Gundega Spons, Lara Holman Garritano, Laurel Justice, Liz

Hunter-Ball, Marica Hefti, Pat Orban, Suzanne Casagrande, Tara Thomas

Absent: Lisa Czelatdko, Sallie Clark

Guest: City Council Member Brandy Williams, Connie Perry, Brian Kelly, Bryson Casagrande

Lara called the meeting to order at 4:00 PM.

Call to Order and Welcome

Approval of Minutes

Report: Cascade Smartscape Challenge

City Councilmember Brandy Williams and Landscape architect Connie Perry gave a presentation.

Handouts were provided; Cascade Smartscape Challenge and RFP. Lara will send the Best Practices

to City Councilmember Williams.

2012 Goals/Progress Reports

Promote Art: Public Art Inventory; Lara thanked everyone who participated in the project. Pat,

Laurel and Agnes provided photographs in addition to other assistance. Laurel provided the

writing. The photographs will be compiled and sent to Brett. The link is not live yet so we can

make changes. Tara suggested that we consider placing a disclaimer on the site to allow for

updates. Something along these lines was mentioned, “If you notice something that may have

changed, please contact…” Peak Radar has a tab at the bottom of their screen for live shots.

Lara will present at the Community Ventures board meeting. The launch party is still being


Yarn Bombing Project Update: We received a handout with the Yarn Bomb projects currently

in process. Lara will discuss funding with Juanita.

Downtown Trees Update: This project discussion was tabled until more information is

received. Sean O’Meale was recommended as a good artist, and Lara has contacted Whittle the

Wood Program to find costs of comparable projects. Please think about artists who can carve

trees. Because there is no money involved could a fundraiser be considered?

Cheyenne Village Artwork Update: The next step on this project is a site selection

committee. Suzanne will represent the Public Art Commission of the Pikes Peak Region.

New Business

Governance; Recruitment: This is the list of the 12 positions:

1. Pikes Peak Arts Council, Marica Hefti

2. AIA Architect, open

3. City Representative, Lisa Czeltdko

4. El Paso County Representative, Sallie Clark

5. Fine Arts Center, Tara Thomas

6. Visual Arts Representative, Diane Dillon

7. Visual Arts Representative, Pat Orban

8. Higher Education Representative, Gundega Spons

9. Community Representative, Lara Holman Garritano

10. Community Representative, Laurel Justice

11. Community Representative, Suzanne Cassagrande

12. Community Representative, Liz Hunter-Ball

13. Alternate, open

14. Alternate, open

15. City of Colorado Springs Airport Representative (non-voting), Agnes Blachut

It was recommended that we consider gender, geographic location, diversity, military, and

someone new to our community (less than 2 years) for our open positions. The announcements

will be published in the newspapers and Marti Devine Sletta in the City Council’s office will handle

this. Laurel made a motion to accept the criteria for our selection process and Tara seconded.

All were in favor.

Review of Public Art commission Logo

Suzanne shared her beautiful and thoughtful designs in a handout. Discussion followed. Suzanne

was asked to further develop designs A and C. Any decisions were tabled.

Committee Reports

Social networking; Gundega presented a handout for discussion on the developed FaceBook.

Please review the information and suggest any changes. The Facebook site will be listed as a

link on our web page under and Commissions.

Commissioner News

  • Tara shared information on the Cherry Make and the Resilence exhibition at The Fine Arts Center
  • Laural shared information that the Garment Building will be resuming Just Friday from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Agnes recommended "Gallery 13" on Tejon Street across from Starbucks

Meeting adjourned at 5:00 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Liz Hunter-Ball