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Public Arts Commission
North Adams, Massachusetts
April 30, 2018
The North Adams Public Arts Commission held a public meeting on April 30, 2018 at the Eclipse Mill Gallery at the Eclipse Mill Artist Lofts, 243 Union Street #102, North Adams.
Julia Dixon, Chairperson
Eric Kerns, Vice Chairperson
William C. Blackmer, Jr.
Gail Kolis Sellers
CALL TO ORDER
Chairperson Dixon called the meeting to order at 5:32 p.m.
APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES
Kerns moved to accept the Public Arts Commission minutes from its March 14, 2018 public meeting. Quiñones seconded. All voted in favor. None opposed.
ELECTION OF SECRETARY
Dixon moved to nominate Blackmer as Secretary. Quiñones seconded. Blackmer accepted. All voted in favor. None opposed.
PROPOSAL: MCLA BCRC’S SHEARER SOUNDS CABINET
Michelle Daly, Director of MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, provided information and answered questions about the submitted proposal to site a sound installation by artist Brian Trelegan under the Mohawk Theater marquee on Main Street as part of DownStreet Art 2018. That Certain Age is a sound installation using a Shearer Horn-inspired cabinet that plays still images converted to sound from the movie That Certain Age, the movie that played at the Mohawk Theater on opening night in 1938. The Shearer speakers of the time used Sprague components in their construction.
Quiñones asked about the sound level and commissioners agreed that the piece should operate during the day. Kerns asked about signage for the artwork and suggested adding the North Adams Public Arts Commission logo to descriptive/title signage, identifying the process by which public artwork are approved for display. Kerns further asked if the artwork will be included on the MoCA walking art map. Daly advised it will be. Also discussed was whether the artwork will be insured regarding theft/damage, which it will be under MCLA’s general liability policy. Kerns suggested that cinder blocks be added to the box to further prevent theft. That Certain Age will be displayed from the end of June through the last week of September or first week of October. Commissioners Dixon and Quiñones will draw up a draft contract between the city and MCLA.
Dixon moved to accept the proposal with suggestions. Sellers seconded. All voted in favor. None opposed.
OLD BUSINESS: MASS MoCA CONTRACT UPDATE
Dixon reported that she communicated with Larry Smallwood of MASS MoCA re: the contract involving the Harmonic Bridge sound installation at the Route 2 overpass. No contract was provided, but MASS MoCA’s description of the artwork and an Artnet article about the piece were submitted on the record to the PAC as “documentation” of Harmonic Bridge.
CULTURAL DISTRICT UPDATE
Dixon reported that the cultural district core group has not met since the last Public Arts Commission meeting. No update at this time.
PUBLIC ATTENDEES CONCERNS
MEMBER CONCERNS/FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
Dixon advised future items to include new Public Arts Commission members and draft contract language.
The next meeting of the Public Arts Commission will be set via online poll as needed.
With no other business to discuss, Dixon moved to adjourn the meeting at 6:00 p.m. Blackmer seconded. All voted in favor. None opposed.
William Blackmer, Secretary