Keizer Arts Commission members (clockwise from front left) Lore Christopher, Beth Melendy and Jill Hagen go through items in a proposed paint bin during their Dec. 23 meeting. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

Keizer Arts Commission members (clockwise from front left) Lore Christopher, Beth Melendy and Jill Hagen go through items in a proposed paint bin during their Dec. 23 meeting. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

One contract per person, or one contract per group?

That was a key point of discussion during the Dec. 23 Keizer Arts Commission meeting.

Nate Brown, director of Community Development for Keizer, brought up the topic early in the meeting.

“I suggest we change our policies a little bit so that staff has some authority approving individual art pieces, as long as you approve the show and the concept of the show.”

Rick Day, co-chair of KAC who ran the meeting until chair Lore Christopher arrived, agreed with the idea.

“We said we generally approve of the idea, but we know staff will keep us out of hot water,” Day said.

Brown said policies such as expectations of the type of art would have to be ironed out, such as no nudity in art appearing at the Keizer Civic Center.

“There’s no reason staff can’t implement those policies,” Brown said.

Day once again agreed.

“Nate, we were in tune to begin with and even more so now,” Day said. “We approve a show based on the display and staff can carry out the will. The nudity issue may not be the case five years from now. You’re carrying out the will of the council at the time.”

Brown said among the policies to look at would be whether all pieces in a group’s collection can be approved as one or if each artist would have to sign agreements to have their work displayed.

“Currently, you have to approve each piece, piece by piece,” Brown said.

Day made a motion based on that.

“We’ll generally approve the content, but individual pieces will be looked at by city staff for appropriateness along a piece-by-piece basis,” Day said.

Day clarified his position after Brown noted the Keizer City Council would have the final say on the policy.

“If they feel the call you made is not appropriate, they can come to us,” Day said. “But you are judging about the hanging of the art.”

The motion was approved unanimously.

In other business Dec. 23:

• Yes, the group did meet two days before Christmas. The meeting time was pushed up an hour (to 5 p.m.), both due to the season and because a couple of commission members had other things going on that evening.

Day chaired the first part of the meeting before yielding to Christopher, who arrived about 10 minutes late. Day left shortly after to attend another function.

• It would appear KAC could be in for a name change soon. Christopher noted the confusion with having both KAC and the KAA (Keizer Arts Association). Her suggestion was to change the name to KPAC (Keizer Public Arts Commission).

“We have to go before the city council to change the name of the committee from KAC to KPAC,” Christopher said. “Does anyone have objections?”

Beth Melendy referred to a list of possible new names commission members had.

“Of the listed names, I think KPAC was the best,” Melendy said.

Others agreed with the choice.

“So we’ll forward that to council,” Christopher said. “It perfectly identifies our public arts.”