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April 29, 2019
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Public Arts Commission
North Adams, Massachusetts
April 29, 2019 | 6:30pm
City Hall, 10 Main Street, Room 202, North Adams
Eric Kerns, Vice-Chairperson


Public Arts Commission North Adams, Massachusetts

Meeting Minutes April 29, 2019

The North Adams Public Arts Commission held a public meeting on April 29, 2019 at the North Adams
City Hall, 10 Main Street, Room202, North Adams.

Members Present: Eric Kerns, Vice Chairperson

William Blackmer, Secretary Bryan Sapienza

Sarah Sutro Derek Parker Anna Farrington

Also Present: Jessica Sweeney Ashley Strazzinski

Tammy Daniels - iBerkshires Robert Cardimino

Other members of the public

CALL TO ORDER

Vice Chairperson Kerns called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Blackmer moved to accept the Public Arts Commission (PAC) minutes from its February 11, 2019
meeting. Parker seconded. All voted in favor. None opposed.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Nominations opened.

Kerns moved to nominate Blackmer for Secretary. Sapienza seconded. All in favor. None opposed.
Farrington moved to nominate Parker for Vice Chairperson. Blackmer seconded. All in favor. None
opposed.

Sutro moved to nominate Farrington for Chairperson. Parker seconded. All in favor. None opposed.

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PRESENTATION FROM O+ NORTH ADAMS FESTIVAL TEAM

Ashley Strazzinski, Art Director for O+ North Adams Festival, and Jessica Sweeney, Festival
Director for O+ North Adams Festival provided an overview of some of the art related projects and
the two murals that are taking place. Kerns made initial statement to clarify that the presentation
is informational, as the artwork is not involved with publicly owned spaces. Strazzinski advised
there is one question regarding an application submitted for Dalton James regarding his temporary
one-day installation that does involve public property. Strazzinski goes on to describe the O+
Festival that is taking place in North Adams on May 10th and 11th, 2019. O+ is a cultural and
wellness organization that supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through the
festival. Artists paint murals and host workshops and musicians perform in exchange for wellness
services. There will be a pop-up clinic at MASS MoCA, a healthcare expo that is tied into the North
Adams Farmers Market, and creative and educational programming that bolsters community wellbeing
and strengthens relationships between artists, musicians, the community, and the healthcare
providers. There will be two murals: “Outdoor Recreation” by Danielle Klebes on the side of Tres
Niños in the Berkshire Bank alley, and “Metal And Stone” by Vincent Ballantine on the Goodwill
Store wall on Route 8. Other works include “Still Alive/Still Here” by Petros Chrisostomou at the
Design Lab window on Main St; “Objects of Significance” by Dalton James located at various
locations throughout the city (Strazzinski describes the work as being small metal tags, stamped
with a short one sentence narrative, that will be attached to various objects to get people to stop
and contemplate certain things that are often overlooked or unconsidered); “Rupture and Repair” by
Jessica Poser at Common Folk, 73 Main St.; “Creativity Capsule” by Erica Barreto at ROOTS Teen
Center, 43 Eagle St.; Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School by Bella Vendetta at Common Folk, 73 Main St.;
“The Creation Station” a collage makers station not hosted by a facilitator at Uno Community
Center, 159 River St, ; and ROOTS Teen Center Art Installation at 43 Eagle St.

The Dalton James “Objects of Significance” work is one day in nature. It gives people that are
attending another reason to visit the downtown. To draw them there for that discovery. Some
discussion that the small pieces not be installed in such a way that interferes with the function
of the property they are attached to. Not seen as a permanent work that would involve the
application process. Small wires are threaded through the pieces to temporarily attach them. Vote
by the PAC taken in support of the work.

Sapienza moved that the temporary works of art can proceed without the need for a contract with the
PAC, taking into consideration that the tags will be of a family friendly nature and not interfere
with the safety or functionality of any of the objects they are attached to. Farrington seconded.
Five voted in favor. Kerns abstained.

Further information regarding the works described, and other artwork and events of the O+ North
Adams Festival, can be viewed at https://opositivefestival.org/north-adams/

WEBSITE AND EMAIL UPDATE

Parker advised that he transferred the PAC website and is currently paying for it. Kerns requested
email login information be circulated to the commissioners. Parker is currently checking the emails
and there has not been a lot of traffic.

ORDINANCE REVISION UPDATE/REVIEW OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Kerns advised that several commissioners were at the General Government meeting on April 8th and
came to agreement relative to the proposed language. Kerns did pose a question to Councilor Hopkins
regarding the ordinance language referring to the PAC having “custody and care of all art works
owned

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by the city.” Seeking clarification of what that means, since it would be difficult to execute
without any money. Still awaiting an answer to that. Blackmer advised that a lot of the questions
regarding the artwork are clarified through the contractual application process. Parker advised
that it should maybe say that we are custodians of the contract and would be reaching out to
whomever needs to get things done. Sapienza advised the PAC ordinance revision is again on the City
Council Agenda for May 14, 2019. Blackmer advised that the ordinance language change being voted on
May 14th is the same language revision that was drafted at a meeting in 2018.

PUBLIC ATTENDEE COMMENTS

Robert Cardimino advised that he is concerned about the children’s art that was painted over by
MASS MoCA, and that “in my estimation that was an act of vandalism.” Speaks to whether that art is
going to be replaced somewhere else and that there was a petition with two-hundred signatures, and
they want it replaced back where it was. He questioned whether it is in the purview of the PAC.
Kerns advised that artist Christina King was at our February meeting and a possible solution
between the involved parties was discussed. We have not heard back from her about that. She is the
actual applicant regarding that work. During further comment, Kerns advised that the PAC has had
multiple discussions for almost two years regarding that artwork. Again, we have not heard back
after the last meeting about a possible collaboration on a solution between the artists and MASS
MoCA. Further hypothetical what-if questions are not able to be answered without an application
before the PAC.

MEMBER COMMENTS/FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

Sapienza advised he is still working on coordinating with his sister at Berkshire County Head Start
on children’s art being temporarily displayed, possibly in the lobby of City Hall or another
building.

Farrrington advised that there will be a call for art for the DownStreet Art program to fill empty
downtown storefronts. Seven storefronts will be available from June 27th through October 8th and
could possibly be a vehicle to have that work displayed.

Discussion of future meeting times. Third Monday of the month set as the standing meeting date for
the PAC, subject to agenda items and applications needing to be addressed. Next meeting date is May
20, 2019 at 5:30pm, at City Hall.

ADJOURNMENT

With no other business to discuss, Sutro moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m. Sapienza
seconded. All voted in favor. None opposed.

Respectfully submitted, William Blackmer

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Agenda:
1. Call to order
2. Approval of Feb 2019 minutes
3. Election of officers
4. Presentation from O+ North Adams Festival team
5. Website and email update
6. Ordinance revision update/review of General Government Committee meetings
7. Public attendee comments
8. Member comments/future agenda items
Public Arts Commission
North Adams, Massachusetts

Meeting Minutes

April 29, 2019

The North Adams Public Arts Commission held a public meeting on April 29, 2019 at the North Adams City Hall, 10 Main Street, Room202, North Adams.

Members Present: Eric Kerns, Vice Chairperson
William Blackmer, Secretary
Bryan Sapienza
Sarah Sutro
Derek Parker
Anna Farrington

Also Present: Jessica Sweeney
Ashley Strazzinski
Tammy Daniels - iBerkshires
Robert Cardimino
Other members of the public

CALL TO ORDER

Vice Chairperson Kerns called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES

Blackmer moved to accept the Public Arts Commission (PAC) minutes from its February 11, 2019 meeting. Parker seconded. All voted in favor. None opposed.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Nominations opened.
Kerns moved to nominate Blackmer for Secretary. Sapienza seconded. All in favor. None opposed.
Farrington moved to nominate Parker for Vice Chairperson. Blackmer seconded. All in favor. None opposed.
Sutro moved to nominate Farrington for Chairperson. Parker seconded. All in favor. None opposed.


PRESENTATION FROM O+ NORTH ADAMS FESTIVAL TEAM

Ashley Strazzinski, Art Director for O+ North Adams Festival, and Jessica Sweeney, Festival Director for O+ North Adams Festival provided an overview of some of the art related projects and the two murals that are taking place. Kerns made initial statement to clarify that the presentation is informational, as the artwork is not involved with publicly owned spaces. Strazzinski advised there is one question regarding an application submitted for Dalton James regarding his temporary one-day installation that does involve public property. Strazzinski goes on to describe the O+ Festival that is taking place in North Adams on May 10th and 11th, 2019. O+ is a cultural and wellness organization that supports the health of underinsured artists and musicians through the festival. Artists paint murals and host workshops and musicians perform in exchange for wellness services. There will be a pop-up clinic at MASS MoCA, a healthcare expo that is tied into the North Adams Farmers Market, and creative and educational programming that bolsters community wellbeing and strengthens relationships between artists, musicians, the community, and the healthcare providers. There will be two murals: “Outdoor Recreation” by Danielle Klebes on the side of Tres Niños in the Berkshire Bank alley, and “Metal And Stone” by Vincent Ballantine on the Goodwill Store wall on Route 8. Other works include “Still Alive/Still Here” by Petros Chrisostomou at the Design Lab window on Main St; “Objects of Significance” by Dalton James located at various locations throughout the city (Strazzinski describes the work as being small metal tags, stamped with a short one sentence narrative, that will be attached to various objects to get people to stop and contemplate certain things that are often overlooked or unconsidered); “Rupture and Repair” by Jessica Poser at Common Folk, 73 Main St.; “Creativity Capsule” by Erica Barreto at ROOTS Teen Center, 43 Eagle St.; Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School by Bella Vendetta at Common Folk, 73 Main St.; “The Creation Station” a collage makers station not hosted by a facilitator at Uno Community Center, 159 River St, ; and ROOTS Teen Center Art Installation at 43 Eagle St.

The Dalton James “Objects of Significance” work is one day in nature. It gives people that are attending another reason to visit the downtown. To draw them there for that discovery. Some discussion that the small pieces not be installed in such a way that interferes with the function of the property they are attached to. Not seen as a permanent work that would involve the application process. Small wires are threaded through the pieces to temporarily attach them. Vote by the PAC taken in support of the work.

Sapienza moved that the temporary works of art can proceed without the need for a contract with the PAC, taking into consideration that the tags will be of a family friendly nature and not interfere with the safety or functionality of any of the objects they are attached to. Farrington seconded. Five voted in favor. Kerns abstained.

Further information regarding the works described, and other artwork and events of the O+ North Adams Festival, can be viewed at https://opositivefestival.org/north-adams/

WEBSITE AND EMAIL UPDATE

Parker advised that he transferred the PAC website and is currently paying for it. Kerns requested email login information be circulated to the commissioners. Parker is currently checking the emails and there has not been a lot of traffic.

ORDINANCE REVISION UPDATE/REVIEW OF GENERAL GOVERNMENT COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Kerns advised that several commissioners were at the General Government meeting on April 8th and came to agreement relative to the proposed language. Kerns did pose a question to Councilor Hopkins regarding the ordinance language referring to the PAC having “custody and care of all art works owned by the city.” Seeking clarification of what that means, since it would be difficult to execute without any money. Still awaiting an answer to that. Blackmer advised that a lot of the questions regarding the artwork are clarified through the contractual application process. Parker advised that it should maybe say that we are custodians of the contract and would be reaching out to whomever needs to get things done. Sapienza advised the PAC ordinance revision is again on the City Council Agenda for May 14, 2019. Blackmer advised that the ordinance language change being voted on May 14th is the same language revision that was drafted at a meeting in 2018.

PUBLIC ATTENDEE COMMENTS

Robert Cardimino advised that he is concerned about the children’s art that was painted over by MASS MoCA, and that “in my estimation that was an act of vandalism.” Speaks to whether that art is going to be replaced somewhere else and that there was a petition with two-hundred signatures, and they want it replaced back where it was. He questioned whether it is in the purview of the PAC. Kerns advised that artist Christina King was at our February meeting and a possible solution between the involved parties was discussed. We have not heard back from her about that. She is the actual applicant regarding that work. During further comment, Kerns advised that the PAC has had multiple discussions for almost two years regarding that artwork. Again, we have not heard back after the last meeting about a possible collaboration on a solution between the artists and MASS MoCA. Further hypothetical what-if questions are not able to be answered without an application before the PAC.

MEMBER COMMENTS/FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS

Sapienza advised he is still working on coordinating with his sister at Berkshire County Head Start on children’s art being temporarily displayed, possibly in the lobby of City Hall or another building.
Farrrington advised that there will be a call for art for the DownStreet Art program to fill empty downtown storefronts. Seven storefronts will be available from June 27th through October 8th and could possibly be a vehicle to have that work displayed.

Discussion of future meeting times. Third Monday of the month set as the standing meeting date for the PAC, subject to agenda items and applications needing to be addressed. Next meeting date is May 20, 2019 at 5:30pm, at City Hall.

ADJOURNMENT

With no other business to discuss, Sutro moved to adjourn the meeting at 7:20 p.m. Sapienza seconded. All voted in favor. None opposed.

Respectfully submitted,

William Blackmer




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