February 23, 2004
Present: Sean Wherley, Lisa Rudy, Melinda Ludwiczak, Niki Valence
Absent: Wayne Anderson, Paige Fitzgerald, Natalie Lenz, Arthur Knowles, Barb Chung
Resigned from committee: Heather Martens
Also Present: Sarah Linnes-Robinson, KFNA NRP Coordinator
Wherley called the meeting to order and December’s meeting minutes were approved without discussion. Linnes-Robinson reviewed the minutes of the initial organizing meeting of the 2004 KFNA Mural Project. Significant discussions from the meeting were reported to the Steering Committee including: the group still hoped to implement 10 pieces this summer, felt the youth mentorship angle was important and that more teens should be involved at each site and that teens would be willing to volunteer, and the group was proceeding with developing applications for program participants. The mural group will meet again the first Tuesday in March. Following this meeting, Linnes-Robinson will have a written draft of the project that will be used to a) advertise the program, b) submit for grant requests, and c) turn into CPED as a Scope of Services to secure an NRP contract for funding.
The next agenda item was the research findings by Gibson-Gasset concerning the KFNA Welcome Program (see attached report). The group discussed at length the merits and issues of continuing the Welcome Program, as well as the broader project of recruiting block contacts on each block. Although the committee still struggles with purpose of this work (whether it is to build community on the block, ties to KFNA, knowledge of KFNA, or senseless busy-work), Linnes-Robinson again stressed that person-to-person outreach is important. She hopes that with three people on staff this summer, time can be dedicated to door-knocking to meet new people and renew acquaintances on the block level.