BeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes – 2/22/17

BeaconArts Member Meet Up Minutes
Wed February 22, 2017 7pm

Beacon Fine Art Printing, 71 Maple St


Welcome and Introductions

Minutes from January meeting approved

MFU– Aaron
41,000 in bank- 25,000 to projects
overview of operating budget- full details will be online

Fishkill Farms – Stacey Dedring, Jenny, Katie
events team – looking for ways to improve customer experience
collaboration w/artist community on projects
idea of Art in the Orchard installation- interactive, visual, family-friendly
Budget and details TBD
email jenny@fishkillfarms.com if interested

Membership
New maps out soon
New business members
85 biz members
168 individual members
17 friends

Communications
Dutchess County Tourism- calendar of events shaping up
BeaconArts will be underwriter at WAMC
North Road (PR at Marist) had recent Instagram workshop w/Brian DiFeo
BeaconArts members can have their Instagrams listed on website as well as blog links etc

Beacon 3D
Bowled Over Fundraiser to fund Merhige sculpture acquisition
to be held at Theo Ganz gallery- this wknd Feb 24-26
Sculptors have been invited for 2017 Beacon 3D

Beacon Open Studios– standard registration ends March 15
35+ artists so far. register on BOS website. director@beaconopenstudios.org
Artist seeking space should contact- putting together locations to share

Beacon Independent Film Fest– mid-Sept
Beacon Arts and Education Foundation- gearing up for Calico Ball
Windows on Main St- plans to return in 2017- stay tuned for more info

Beacon and Beyond:

Kelly gave report at City Council mtg last night
Christina has been further developing Comprehensive Plan
No longer an Arts and Cultural Commission – changing
Discuss mission and objectives of organization
Reading of Comprehensive Plan statement:

“The City of Beacon recognizes the tremendous role that arts and culture has played in drawing both new residents and tourism to Beacon, as well as enriching the lives of much of the community for almost 15 years. In order to preserve and strengthen the arts in Beacon, the City will engage and work with BeaconArts and other leadership to develop a comprehensive plan for Beacon that will address issues such as affordable housing for artists of all disciplines; affordable studio and gallery space; development of live/work space; potential sites for performing arts and film centers or venues in existing, new, or re-purposed structures; funding for the arts through incentivized partnerships with developers and/or a commitment to fund the arts through a percent-for-art program; the potential for a certified “cultural district” in the city of Beacon; as well as other issues which have been identified by the City and BeaconArts through public forums and surveys of the arts community

Beacon Theater plans
Multipurpose rather than ‘black box’ theater- plans for film spaces, performance/music, mixed-use

Keys to the City project- Ed Benavente
Sept-Nov- Pianos to be placed around town- low-cost project (donated pianos, or Craigslist)
people can play them, paint them- performances to be coordinated

Beacon Fine Art Printing– Rob Penner
Digital archival inkjet printing
high-quality reproductions, retouching, more- working closely with artists, photographers, designers
contact for more info