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Meeting Minutes

February 2, 1999


Robert Chapel (Chair), Samantha Beer, Julian Connolly, James Cooper, Angela Davis, Edward Davis, Lisa Lear DeBessonet, Joan Fry, Larry Goedde, Jeff Hantman, Jill Hartz, Richard Herskowitz, Denise Karaoli, Judith Kinnard, Phyllis Leffler, Marita McClymonds, Jane Penner, Jack Robertson, George Sampson, Bill Sublette, Beth Sutton.

Meeting Summary:

This was the first meeting of the Fine and Performing Arts Planning Commission. Bob Chapel presented the background for forming the planning commissions, the scope and the process he envisions for the work of this commission, possible topics for a national conference, and the status of the feasibility study for the arts precinct. Mr. Chapel suggested that much of the commission’s work can be conducted through smaller sub-groups with periodic reports back to the entire commission. Mr. Chapel invited commission members to suggest questions and issues that it might investigate. More than twenty ideas emerged from this discussion. The next commission meeting will be February 16 at 7:30 A.M.; the final spring meeting will be on May 4, not May 18 as previously announced.

Discussion topics:

  • Background for forming the Fine and Performing Arts Planning Commission
  • Programs and Departments to be included in the commission’s work
  • Process and procedures
  • Potential travel to visit facilities and programs
  • Possibility of bringing in experts to address the commission
  • National conference on the fine and performing arts
  • Information to gather and questions to ask
  • Ideas about forming sub-groups

Actions to be taken:

Mr. Chapel asked the commission members to consider possible topics and speakers for a national conference. He also asked Joan Fry to gather information on the number of majors in the various arts programs, the numbers of graduate students enrolled, and information on course demand (e.g., class sizes, numbers of students closed out of courses, enrollments that force departments to add sections, courses students desire but which departments cannot teach, etc.).


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