Board of Directors

Regular Meeting -- July 19, 2020

The Board of Directors held its regular monthly meeting at 2007 Bert Avenue, Austin, TX 78704, starting at 2:30 pm. The following directors (constituting a quorum of the full board) were present at the meeting: President Kathy Lee, Secretary John McGarey (by phone), and Kim Pillsbury. The following directors were absent: Penny Chambers and Lia Nelson. Robert McGarey (Executive Director) and Katie McCauley were also present at the meeting.

Reading of Mission Statement and Approval of Minutes

The Mission Statement was read aloud at the beginning of the meeting.

Executive Director's Report

The Connection. Susan O'Connor presented a proposal to create space for artists to use and come and work together and build connections.  The Connection would provide a secure space to leave their things behind. There would be multiple sites, even some space for community/instruction. It will be a retreat for the soul, bringing together health, heart and healing. Possibly Bob could do workshop. 

She doesn't see herself getting a 501C3 status with IRS, but rather just working alongside one. If we agree, she would use our 501C3 status to apply thru. She does not have any sites/spaces yet due to Covid, but she has applied for a few grants with City of Austin. She would like to pay rent or get space free. Community gardens would allow relationships with the community for taking art classes, listen to music, etc. Gallery space possibly downtown.

Board Discussion: Bob suggests starting small and then growing. The board decided we need to research legalities/financial responsibilities. What if her work resulted in a large bill/expense, we would be responsible for that? We would need to look at comparable rent, employee taxes, additional insurance, along with the grant responsibility. 

We could put her in charge of the art barn as a trial, but she could gather people for it, market it, etc. now. Assign her other things too to see how she works. Bob will write up what he plans to inform her and will consult with Penny. 

Since there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at around 4:30 pm.

Minutes submitted by Kim Pillsbury, July 19, 2020..