LIVONIA ARTS COMMISSION
The Livonia Arts Commission held its meetings on the 4th Tuesday of each month in the Mayor’s Conference Room at Livonia City Hall.
The 2017 officers were Chairperson: Brian Duggan; Vice Chairperson: Dan Spurling; Secretary: Carrie Spurling. The Commission eliminated the office of Treasurer and relies on the financial reports submitted by liaison Chris Swish.
Active members include; Virginia Bosak, Donna Eno, Grace Karczewski, Robert Khzouz, John Rogin, Helen Moore, Jerry Valentine, Pam Valentine, Karen Voran, and Lindsey Spence. Karen Voran resigned in 2017. Robert Khzouz, John Rogin were not reappointed.
Budgeted Free-Admission Activities:
The Commission appropriated $1,800 to co-sponsor the monthly Noontime Concerts held at the Civic Center Library.
The Livonia Symphony Orchestra started the Music From the Heart concert series on June 15th this year performing at the Jack Kirksey Recreation Center. We continued the series with eight other performances on the steps of City Hall starting on July 13th and ending on August 31st. This year a bounce house along with children’s costume characters were added during the concerts to promote a family friendly event.
Community Choice Credit Union donated $500 towards the printing of the MFTH postcards. They also provided hot dogs, chips, and water to our citizens during one of are concerts.
Commission Sponsored Community Activities: $500 grant to Visual Arts Association of Livonia. We planned to give out two $1,000 scholarships; however, do to lack of participation we had to cancel them.
Commission Donations: Livonia Symphony Orchestra, $2,000; Greenmead’s Garden Walk, $50; and Greenmead’s Christmas Walk, $50.
The Commission held its 20th Annual Fine Arts Exhibition in October. The juror, Eugene Clark, selected the artwork that was displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery at the Bennett Civic Center Library. Seventy-five (75) applicant’s submitted over 255 entries. The application fees netted $3,465 in revenue.
Artwork from regional artists and art groups including the Livonia Public Schools and Clarenceville Public Schools were displayed monthly in the Robert and Janet Bennett Civic Center Library Gallery and in the City Hall Atrium.
Commission Fundraiser: The commission came up with an idea to host an outdoor event Red, White & BBQ, however, the city took the event over.
Commission Sponsored Receptions: The Fine Arts Exhibition reception was held in October in the Bennett Civic Center Library Atrium. Individual artist receptions were held monthly in the Library Gallery.
In April, the Arts Commission received a joint grant of $1750 with the Livonia Human Relations Commission, from the Livonia Community Foundation. This grant was slated for the performance of “Common Chord”, two musicians that delivered a powerful message of love, friendship, and tolerance, “Music that Matters”. The performance was on May 24th and was a huge success.
The Arts Commission also had a table at the first Annual Livonia’s Good Old-Fashioned Neighborhood Corn Roast 2017. Commissioners provided brochures and small handouts.
The Arts Commission maintains a city website, a Facebook site, and a youtube.com/artsinlivonia.com account and livoniaarts.org domain.
The Arts Commission mission statement is: “To create, promote, develop, sponsor, sustain, facilitate, and further the Arts within the City of Livonia.” The Arts Commission continues community access to art experiences, opportunities, and improving community awareness.