Minutes from Last Board Meeting:
Arts Alive Chicago (AAC) board meeting minutes
11/28/2016 – Shannon Kemp and Tony Passero’s house
Present: Shannon Kemp, Tony Passero, Cyd Smillie, Anna Zolkowski Sobor
Meeting called to order at 1:00 PM.
- City of Chicago has withdrawn culinary arts as a funded category. AAC is no longer affiliated with the Schurz H.S. Food Lab and is re-focusing on visual arts. Jaime Guerrero is not on the AAC board.
- AAC has obtained a Chicago Public Schools (CPS) vendor number, which enables it to lead art programs in schools and get paid. Possibility of creating a mural at Prussing School; Cyd Smillie and Catherine Marchese involved.
- Murphy School is interested in doing a mural. Tony Passero is in contact.
- Discussion about involvement and implementation of City’s Year of Public Art program. Individuals apply as artists, but AAC may apply for interns for summer work.
- Relationships with new Aldermen and new wards in the city are being sought and developed.
- Other public art projects: painting piano which is in pop up people spot at Six Corners; creating/painting something at the Independence Park playground.
- Passero floats idea of using the garage space at Independence Park’s Women’s Bungalow as a pop up gallery.
- Further discussion of “fundable idea” for the area under the Kennedy Expy on Irving Park, proposed by Passero. Concept is for people/companies to donate to sections instead of funding the whole. Many logistics to consider.
- Discussion about creating sister entity to maintain, clean and restore murals and surrounding areas for a fee. One proposed business model is CleanSlate.
- Additional ideas on how to fund operations without doing consuming fundraisers are being explored, noting that government grants permit a % of costs charged for operations (including insurance costs).
Meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM.