Public Arts Committee, 2020, Town Agendas & Minutes|

Town of Chestertown


December 8, 2020

4:00 p.m. via Zoom

Meeting Minutes



  • Fredy Granillo
  • Ingrid Hansen
  • Dave Hegland (Secretary)
  • Kay MacInosh (ex-officio: Manager of the Chestertown Arts & Entertainment District)
  • Sam Shoge
  • Ben Tilghman (Chair)
  • Gordon Wallace
  • Pam White (Vice Chair)


  • Miles Barnard (Guest Participant – Landscape Architect, South Fork Studio)


  1. Approval of 10-13-20 Minutes – minutes were approved without changes (Ben)
  2. Sculpture Project (Ben)
    1. Kay and Ben have submitted an application to the  Maryland State Arts Council for moving and installation costs for the first two sculptures.
    2. Ben presented to the Kent County Commissioners the plan to install the first two sculptures on county property.  There were no objections.
    3. Suitability of the planned Chestertown Heritage Trail (formerly Riverwalk) for sculpture locations (Miles Barnard)
      1. Still in conceptual phase.
      2. Location – running along the river from Scott’s Point through Wilmer Park through Washington College waterfront property, past the old Armory and potentially linking to the Chestertown Rail Trail.
      3. A number of potential locations along the trail were discussed.
    4. The Committee discussed sponsorships to fund installation and maintenance of the sculptures and agreed to explore further.
    5. Sam Shoge mentioned the Chestertown Recreation Commission is developing initiatives for the town parks and recommended the PAC coordinate with them on how public art might fit into these plans.
    6. Kay arranged to have the Sculptures photographed.
    7. Kay arranged development of a draft gift agreement.
    8. Ben has a recommendation for a conservator to review and document the collection.


  1. Wrap Up and Action Items
    1. The committee was charged with continuing to think of locations for specific pieces of sculpture from the collection to include the Heritage Trail and Wilmer Park.
    2. Ben will reach out to the Recreation Commission to determine whether we should meet to discuss public art and their future plans for town parks.
    3. Ben will check with the Racial Equity Advisory Committee concerning the role of the PAC for the Port of Chestertown Slavery Memorial.
    4. Next meeting would normally be Jan 11, 4:00PM but could be delayed until Feb based on whether there are any new developments.
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