ACGA Board Meeting Minutes

Monday, May 8, 2023 via Zoom

Present: Mari Emori (President), April Zilber (Treasurer), Sally Jackson (Secretary), Chris Johnson, Jan Schachter, Trudy Chiddix, Iver Hennig, Sonja Hinrichsen, Barbara Prodaniuk, Joe Battiato, Susie Rubenstein, Ren Lee, Emil Yanos, Vicki Gunter, Cheryl Costantini, Lee Middleman

The meeting commenced at 5:30 p.m.

Welcome (Mari)

Treasurer’s Report (April)

This month’s report is a draft prepared by April while our bookkeeper is away. A final report will be presented to the Board in June. As of April 30, our total assets are $113,967. For the year-to-date through April, we have received $40,739 in income and paid $22,581 in expenses. Festival expenses will continue to mount in the coming weeks. Our 2022 taxes have been filed and fees paid.

Clarify and Vote on April Board Meeting Minutes (Sally)

The April Board Meeting minutes have been modified to address further comments about our discussion on the range of clay and glass work to accept for jurying. The edited minutes have been approved.

Artist-of-the-Month (Emil)

Emil has received feedback from the Board about how to choose our Artist-of-the-Month. After a long discussion, we agreed to call this slot “Member Spotlight” and to require that applicants include information about themselves and their career story in their application. Emil is responsible for reviewing the applications and will reach out to other Board members for input. In coming months he will feature artists who have recently juried in.

Festival eligibility & resident artist programs (Mari, Sally)

Mari was recently in conversation with the director of a resident artist program in ceramics. He asked if he and the group of artists living and working there could have a sales booth at the Clay & Glass Festival. The Board discussed the pros and cons of including this type of well-established program with a changing roster of artists each year. Sally will draft a proposal for Board members to review and comment on.

Festival eligibility and glass artists from a wider community (Chris)

There was further discussion clarifying our policy about stained glass art and modification by heat in both clay and glass. The Board also discussed the possibility that artists who make cannabis paraphernalia might apply for the festival. The Board will check with the Palo Alto Art Center to see if there is a policy addressing this.

The meeting adjourned at 7:08 p.m.

Next Meeting: Monday, June 12, 2023, at 5:30 pm via Zoom.

Board Members will receive the Zoom link with the Agenda.