Karen Heegard, Sandy Parnell, Carole Bersin, Ray Carron, Sarah Linnes-Robinson, and Mark Hinds
La Princessa (34th and Nicollet) has been secured as a site. We will work towards painting this site in September ’07 as a teaser for the larger event in ’08.
Carole talked about the upcoming Walldog Meet in Algooma, Wisconsin the weekend of the June 21st. She is attending and planning on holding a “forum” with other Walldoggers about the differences in holding an urban rather than a small-town meet, their benefits or detriments of piggy-backing on Hudson, and their interest in participating in our meet. She will have a decision about if it will work to piggyback on Hudson in July ’08, or if we will move ahead with our stand-alone event in September at our meeting in July.
Mark presented the comments that he heard regarding our proposal at the MRAC review yesterday. The proposal was generally unfavorably received and he expects it will be turned down. Some of the comments included: the festival needs to be more fleshed out, what is the subject matter of the murals and how is it defined, how will the project be evaluated, how will volunteers be engaged, is there artistic value to the work. MRAC will have another round of funding next spring where we can be better prepared to answer these questions.
The fundraising/marketing committee met and began fleshing out the message of the materials that will be produced. The themes of the event are 1) Community Building 2) Art is a community value, and 3) There is a public benefit from the murals being part of the community and seeing them be created. The thread that needs to be woven throughout all of these is “diversity is a value”.
We brainstormed duties for Volunteers including:
Check-in, serving lunch, delivering snacks and water, providing host homes, cleaning up, as well as those that paint.
Both the fundraising/marketing group and the event/volunteers group will meet before the next large group meeting. The large group was tentatively scheduled for Wednesday July 11 at 5 PM.
Minutes provided by Linnes-Robinson, KFNA Executive Director, 6/7/07.