As discussed during our Annual Meeting, the WCI Arts Center is in the process of re-vamping our website. As the site stands now there is nowhere for us to publish the minutes from our annual meeting, so I’m posting them here for our members to have access. In the future there will be a member sign-in area where all of this information will be on hand. Thank you for sticking by the WCI Arts Center while we improve our online access!
West Central Illinois Arts Center
Annual Meeting – August 24, 2013
Board members present: Dan Lewis, Peggy West, Kate Mattsey, Rich Egger, Curtis Bisbee, Kymberly Miller, Sue Scott, Linda Lee Blaine, Nancy Crossman.
Interim President Dan Lewis called the meeting to order shortly after 6:30 pm. He asked board members to introduce themselves as they gave reports.
Peggy West presented the gallery report on behalf of Gallery Director Dean Rockwell. 10 exhibits were displayed during the past year and plans are underway for 2014. The gallery hours were expanded during the past year, and different agreements were created for gifts, loans, and consignments,
Kate Mattsey gave the communication director’s report and said she would like to upgrade the website.
Rich Egger gave the recording secretary’s report. Member Anne Vick asked if minutes were available from last year’s annual meeting. Lewis said none were available this evening but we will try to find a record of them.
Curtis Bisbee gave an update on the sign across the front of the building. He’s still hoping to do the project but needs to find someone who can provide him with scaffolding.
Kymberly Miller gave the treasurer’s report and handed out the profit/loss statement. She said rentals have been a huge source of revenue and memberships are also important. The architectural report was a large expense.
Sue Scott said she helps with communications.
Linda Lee Blaine gave the fundraising report. She said a raffle was held last fall and she will keep trying to increase membership. She just learned the WCIAC will receive a $1,000 grant from the Illinois Arts Council to help with operating expenses. She said an art scavenger hunt will soon be held.
Member Missy Lescher suggested the idea of an event related to fiber arts; she said the owner of Hooked on U would be willing to participate. Blaine said she liked the idea of collaborating with a business. Member Gil Belles said artist Joyce Lopez might also be willing to do something related to fiber arts. Belles also said he will be leading a Learning Is Forever (LIFE) class on a tour of sculptures; the tour is called “Art Around Us.”
Nancy Crossman gave the program coordinator’s report. She said she has created a list of everything that has happened at the arts center from August 2012 to present; she will eventually put together a list to cover all five years of WCIAC events in this building.
Crossman also gave the experience works supervisor’s report. She praised the work being done by Marilyn Cox. Cox’s presence in the building has allowed the WCIAC to be open daily. Cox was given a round of applause by the members.
Dan Lewis conducted the board elections. He said the terms of Blaine and Miller had expired. Membership agreed to retain them by acclimation.
Lewis accepted nominations for other board vacancies. Jim West nominated Dave Dorsett, who accepted. Linda Lee Blaine nominated Heather McMeekan, who accepted. Motion to accept Dorsett and McMeekan by acclimation (Sue Zendt, Patti Jones). All approved.
Member Anne Vick said she would like to contribute food for receptions and asked to be contacted for this purpose.
Vick asked about the profit/loss data; she said it was a year old. Miller explained the sheet she handed out includes figures for the past two years for comparison’s sake.
Member Jim West asked about the money market transfer; Miller explained that money pays the taxes on the building.
Vick said she wanted to make sure we have her correct e-mail address.
Member Sue Zendt said she finds the website difficult to read and said it’s not always informative. Mattsey said she has heard similar concerns from others and said the website will be the focus of discussion during the next board meeting; Mattsey expects serious changes to the website in the next month.
Crossman told members they should let the board know if there is something they think the board should spend a meeting focusing on.
Blaine asked members to contribute articles/items for the website. Zendt said the problem with the website is not just content – it’s the appearance. She said the lettering is too small, making it difficult to read.
Member Patti Jones asked about gift shop sales listed in the treasurer’s report; the “gift shop” is basically the basket of cards for sale in the arts center. Peggy West said the board is looking for input on how it might set up a gift shop. Mattsey said there has been talk about creating an on-line gift shop.
Lescher asked about plans for the building’s second and third floors. Lewis said the plan right now is to have artist studios on the second floor, and have a reception area and performance space on the third floor. Peggy West pointed out the WCIAC will be required to install an elevator as the upper floors are renovated.
Motion to adjourn (Anne Vick, Jim West). Motion approved without dissent.