Public Arts Committee, Town Agendas & Minutes, 2022|

Town of Chestertown
Tuesday, Nov 8, 2022
4:00PM Town Hall
Meeting Minutes


  • Kate Dowd
  • Elizabeth Healy
  • Dave Hegland (Secretary)
  • Carla Massoni
  • Hester Sachse (ex-officio: Kent Cultural Alliance and Chestertown A&E District)
  • Marianne Sade
  • Ben Tilghman (Chair)


  1. PAC minutes of 10-11-22 were reviewed and approved.
  2. New Committee Members – With agreement from the committee, Ben will reach out to a potential committee member about joining the committee.
  3. Update on the Woicke Sculptures:
    1. Reading Dog Installation
      1. Reading Dog was installed at Kent County Public Library (KCPL) by Artist Jay Lagemann on Friday Oct 21.
      2. An Unveiling Event at KCPL was held for the community Saturday Oct 22.
      3. The sculpture installation was very well received by the Artist and members of the Community.
    2. Installation of the remaining 6 Phase I Sculptures (Vessel, Face Fragment III, Sentinel, The Great Yes, The Big Courtship, and Figure)
      1. Miles Barnard  is coordinating five major activities:  installation site design (complete), moving the sculptures (to be completed by Chris Hansard – Level Art Services) , welding to attach anchor brackets, procuring and prepping blue stone bases (blue stone has been ordered), and prepping each installation site (to be completed by Ben Herr – Anthony’s Flowers and Landscape).
      2. Now that 7 sculptures will be installed this year, the Signage committee (Carla, Elizabeth, Pam, and Hester) will work on temporary signage and a design for permanent signage.
  4. Ben reported on changes going forward to improve project management for installation of the remaining 17 Sculptures from the Woicke donation.
    1. After discussion with Bill Ingersoll, it was agreed to move forward with a part time Project Management position that will not be part of the committee but will be working in support of the committee.  Dave, as a part time volunteer, will work with the Project Manager along with the Sculpture Installation Subcommittee made up of interested Committee members.
    2. Ben will continue as the point person on the Phase I sculpture installation and transition to the new model at the start of the new year.
    3. Duties/reporting of the Project Manager and interaction with the committee were discussed.
  5. Request for Proposal (RFP) for next phase Sculpture Installations – Ben has completed draft documents and submitted to the Town for review and approval.
  6. A&E Art Walk Dec 17 – It was agreed to publicize the current status of the Phase I installations at a location on the Art Walk (possibly Casa Carmen).
  7. PAC Website
    1. It was agreed to use more descriptive language for links on the PAC Website (e.g., “More About Jay Lagemann” instead of
    2. It was agreed to add an automated link to sign-up for future emails about PAC events/activities.
  8. Archive of PAC Data/Information – Marianne, as a result of her experience as a librarian, brought up the need to centrally archive data and information gathered during the installation of new sculptures.  It was agreed that this needed to be done.
  9. Action Items:
    1. Marianne needs input from committee members on what should be archived and any other thoughts on archiving.
    2. Marianne also agreed to provide information to the committee on “Best Archiving Practices” for organizations like the PAC.
    3. Dave will arrange for the agreed changes to the website.
    4. All committee members will send their number of monthly volunteer hours to Pam.
    5. Ben will reach out to the potential new committee member regarding membership in the PAC.
    6. Ben will meet with the Town Manager Bill Ingersoll regarding: the project management position, RFP for remaining installations, and Installation agreements.
    7. The Signage committee will work on temporary and permanent signage.
    8. Hester will arrange a location for the PAC to publicize installation progress during the upcoming Art Walk Dec 17.
    9. Ben will provide updates to the committee on the remaining Phase I installations.
  10. Meeting Adjourned – Next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday Dec 13, 4:00PM.


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