Revived RP Cultural Arts panel draws up plans for 2014 duties
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By Jud Snyder  January 17, 2014 12:00 am

Rohnert Park’s Cultural Arts Commission held its first meeting of the new year on Monday, Jan. 13, in the Community Center. The major part of the meeting was reorganization of the panel because it hadn’t met since September last year. Since then, two members resigned following the 50th RP anniversary – Chuni Anello and Robin Miller – and meetings were not held in October and November because of conflicts with holiday weekends when city offices were closed, and no meeting was planned for December due to the closeness of the holidays.

However, the commission’s back on track once again, and Phyllis Transue, the only member of the former truncated commission present, was elected chairwoman on a 3-0 vote. Guy Miller, Callinan Sports Center managing director, administered the oath of office to the two new members, Jerry Gault and Jud Snyder. 

Transue said their next meeting would be Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 4 p.m.

The three members discussed the founding documents of the commission, which were written in 1957 and have seen little change since then. Some of the assignments were dropped, many of them still kept in place until the commission meets with a full quota of five members next month.

Consensus of the trio focused on two alternatives for the commission for this year and following years. 

One was to disband the commission and become a non-profit entity to work on the commission’s duties in cooperation with the city council. 

The second alternative was to absorb other agencies or committees sponsoring art displays in the city. These are Association for the Arts (AFTA) and a committee organizing art displays for the RP-Cotati Public Library. 

Transue noted the commission’s treasury was only $343, so discussion on fundraising ventures were part of the meeting.

Also present was John Moran, a member of the Sonoma County Arts Council. He provided suggestions and advice on the assignments facing cultural arts in other cities and how they can be used in RP.

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