Walldog Steering Committee
Present: Mark Hinds, Sarah Linnes-Robinson, Ray Carron, Carole Bersin, and Karen Heegaard, Sandy Parnell, Tracy Nielson, Jenny Breen
Kick-Off Weekend Recap (will be compiled and sent in a separate spreadsheet!)
Fundraising & Communications—
Grants have been submitted to:
Target Foundation-in process
Hamburger Helper-in process
Case Foundation-in process
MRAC spring (April?)
Communications Actions Needed:
Completion of Sponsorship package and presentation—Mark. Deadline for completion and presentation at the Nov 1 Walldog meeting
Meetings set up with possible sponsors to talk about the project—Mark. Will set these up after Nov.1 meeting.
Letter to all Nicollet Businesses explaining the project, criteria for site selection, and soliciting sites—Letter completed week of 10/15. Mailing list compiled and letter mailed week of 10/22.
Private “artist holiday fair” selected Walldogs as project they will support: holiday fair hosted by Carole Johnson and Anne Sennes at Carole’s house at 5111 Garfield Ave S, 5-9 PM, on Nov 9. Sarah will provide Walldog info for event and attend on behalf of the project. All Steering Committee members encouraged to attend and bring a friend or two to shop!
Walldogs Quarterly Events Planned to “keep the buzz”:
December 8: Deck the Walls Holiday band and beverage bash
March 21 or 22: Off the Wall Community Art Show
Early May: Garden Part 2
July: Site Events including MIA at King, bus tour and scavenger hunt, bands on sites, possibly a kid mural or panels, etc.
Event Actions Needed:
Scout out location and bands for Deck the Walls—Sarah, Sandy and Ray
Scout our location for Art Show and put together planning team–Sarah
Send handwritten thank you’s from Kickoff weekend—Sarah
Send formal donation recognition letters for Kickoff weekend–Mark
Artist and Site Selection:
Debate started about who leads walls-Walldoggers and/or locals. Tabled due to time to separate meeting between Bersin, Hinds, and Linnes-Robinson. Separate meeting on the topic resulted in this compromise: Walldoggers will lead most projects. An RFQ will not be posted for locals but if any come to our attention with exterior mural and group experience, we may interview them for their interest and possible leadership of a design and site. Debate also occurred about providing a travel stipend for lead artists. This matter will be decided by December when we will confirm with our artists.
Artist and Site Timeline and Actions:
Carole will solicit firmer commitments now from Walldoggers that have tentatively expressed interest.
Mark will provide packet about project including possible wall samples for sites that can be sent to potentially interested Walldoggers.
A decision will be made regarding travel stipends for lead artists by December.
Desire is to have artists selected and confirmed for at least 6 sites (minimum number of murals desired) before Christmas. Any others would be solidified as we finalize sites in January-early February ’08. Artists and walls all decided and used for promo in March.
Criteria for sites was also brainstormed. Although it should be refined it is, as follows.
location–both stretching through the two hoods but also some grouping with other murals
business in compliance with city code
attitude of building and business owner
smoothness of wall
willingness of building and /or owner to:
pay for wall prep arranged by us
provide a cash contribution
invest in the building and /or business long term
light the finished mural and their building
support the artists during the project with:
Steering Committee Membership
Steering Committee membership and task force participants were brainstormed. Julia, Jen, and Laura will be invited to the next steering committee meeting to see if they want to join. Mary Daub will be invited to work on the fundraising piece.—Mark
Mary Hunter, Andrew from Youthline at the park, and Barb Shleton will be invited to work on events.–Sarah
The Steering Committee meets next on Thursday Nov. 1 (and every first Thursday of the month!) at 7:30 at LNA.
Minutes provided by Linnes-Robinson, 10/19/07.