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October 7, 2009 > Arts Commission

Arts Commission

Photographer Staci Acosta received a commendation from the commission for her contribution to the Phantom Art Gallery, where her work will be up through November.

Commission approved certain works of two artists to be put on exhibition at the Phantom Art Gallery in the Milpitas Community Center and/or the Milpitas Public Library.

The first artist had spray paint and acrylic paintings on large canvases and charcoal sketches. There was discussion that it would be interesting to have canvases of such scale in the gallery because such a size had never been on display before, but debate as to whether the subject matter was appropriate to the expected audience, namely small children. The consensus was the charcoal sketches were beautiful, and would fit in the library, if the library approved one sketch that featured a nude.

The second artist has been working a lot with air dry clay. It is a very versatile medium, affording the artist the ability to create different looks at effects.

In addition to air dry clay, her work is enhanced by oil and acrylic paint. Art includes framed work that hangs on the wall, to more functional art like clocks, baskets, tissue boxes, and bulletin boards.

November 2 will be the last meeting for the Arts Commission this year.

The Milpitas Arts and Culture Grant (MACG) subcommittee met to review grant applications for the 2010-2011 funding cycle. They came across an individual artist application. The question arose about what the purpose of the Arts Commission funding individual artists was. Should the grant benefit artist and community, or just the community?

There are applications for organizations and for individuals.

In deliberating the questions posed and similar questions as how to fund the artist or what will the arts commission fund, Commissioner Foulk defined worthy projects as pertaining to entertainment, especially entertainment you can participate in, art exploration, educational, performing arts, and visual arts.

Commissioner Rabe commented that "We've never had a lecture series on art," which could be informative and engaging.

Foulk wants to encourage "home town groups" to show off their talents. There are local groups with varying artistic endeavors. There could be an adult art day to complement children's art day.

Rabe postulated clarifying the nature of the grant in the terms "Our grant is structured to service the community best by providing group grants" and individual artists in other ways.

Staff liaison Lorentzen summarized the commission's wish was to get the word out they do support artists who want to do grass roots efforts, and would be keen to the possibility of lectures.

The commission will keep discussing this item.

Lorentzen reported the progress of the Chalk Art event, focusing on decorating the concrete spheres with chalk in April of 2010.

Rotary is interested in participating, though it would be impossible to coordinate the carnival that Rotary sponsors to coincide with the Chalk Art event.

The City will approach businesses adjacent to the spheres and local businesses for sponsorship when it has a clear written proposal.

After finding the money the event organizers can find the artists, currently looking for 10 artists to make chalk art on 10 spheres.

Artists will very likely expect a fee for the day, and a cash prize could also serve as incentive.

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