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EVERYONE

[CALL TO ORDER]

TODAY IS DECEMBER 15TH, 2021.

IT IS 6:06 PM.

AND WE ARE CALLING THE MEETING OF THE AUSTIN ARTS COMMISSION.

UM, AND TO ACTION, CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS, WE'RE GONNA DO A ROLL CALL, UH, COMMISSIONERS.

THIS MAN HERE, COMMISSIONER BARNS, COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, COMMISSIONER FLORES IS ABSENT.

THIS EVENING.

COMMISSIONER GARZA HAS NOT JOINED US YET.

COMMISSIONER GRAY HERE.

AH, COMMISSIONER GARZA IS JUST NOW JOINING US.

I BELIEVE COMMISSIONERS.

WE ARE DOING A ROLL CALL.

SO LET ME KNOW WHEN YOU'RE ON COMMISSIONER GARZA.

I WILL COME BACK TO YOU.

I THINK AB STILL.

OH, THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONER GARZA IS HERE.

COMMISSIONER MOCK.

UH, HERE COMMISSIONER VAN DYKE HERE.

COMMISSIONER SMALL BUCK HERE.

COMMISSIONER KEATON.

HI EVERYBODY.

NICE TO SEE YOU.

WELCOME.

IT IS A WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

THIS IS UNUSUAL FOR US.

SO THANK YOU FOR LETTING US COME AND VISIT AT CITY HALL ON A WEDNESDAY EVENING.

UM, DURING THIS LOVELY HOLIDAY SEASON.

THANKS FOR BEING HERE AND WE ARE STARTING WITH CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

DO WE HAVE ANY CITIZENS COMMUNICATION? NONE.

ALRIGHT, MOVING RIGHT ALONG.

UM, WE ARE ON ITEM

[1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES]

NUMBER ONE APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

WE HAVE A APPROVE THE MINUTES FOR THE OCTOBER 18TH, 2021 MEETING.

DO YOU HAVE EMOTION PUSH WITH THE STEEL MOTION REPLETE BOTH OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER MINUTES.

I HAVE AN EDIT FOR NOVEMBER'S MINUTES.

OKAY.

DO I HAVE A SECOND FIRST TO APPROVE THEM BOTH.

AND THEN SECOND FROM THE COMMISSIONER, GREG, WE HAVE A MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER ISTIO TO APPROVE OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER AND A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER GRAY.

AND WE HAVE A CORRECTION CORRECTION FOR NOVEMBER MINUTES.

WE HAVE, UM, MIRIAM CONNOR STILL LISTED AS A PRESENTER FOR NOVEMBER AND THEY'VE BEEN MOVED TO DECEMBER.

CORRECT.

CAN WE MAKE THAT ADJUSTMENT? SO WITH THAT ADJUSTMENT TO ALL IN FAVOR, AYE.

ANY OPPOSED? ANY ABSTENTIONS COMMISSIONER GARZA? SORRY.

I COMMISSIONED SMALL BOOK VOTE ON APPROVING THE MINUTES.

UH, COMMISSIONER KEATON.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE THAT UNANIMOUS ON THE DICE.

THANK YOU EVERYONE MOVING RIGHT ALONG.

UM, SO WE ARE NOW AT THE CHAIR'S

[2.a. Updates]

REPORT AND HERE WE ARE AT THE END OF 2021 AND WOW.

UH, IT HAS BEEN A WILD WILD RIDE.

UH, THANK YOU ALL, FIRST OF ALL, FIRST AND FOREMOST, I WANT TO SAY THANK YOU TO STAFF FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE LIFT THROUGH VERY DIFFICULT TIMES FOR YOUR RESILIENCE, FOR YOUR GRACE, FOR YOUR KINDNESS AND FOR YOUR TENACITY AND THE FACE OF ALL THE THINGS AND ALSO TO THE COMMISSIONERS.

THANK YOU ALL.

UM, WE'VE HAD SOME REALLY TOUGH TIMES THIS YEAR, BUT WE'VE MOVED THE NEEDLE ON A NUMBER OF THINGS IN TERMS OF COLLABORATION.

UM, AND I'M THINKING COLLABORATION ONSTAGE OF COMMISSIONER GREY'S COMPANY TAPESTRY JUST DID A BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL WORK, UM, PULLING IN ARTISTS FROM ALL OVER THE COMMUNITY.

AND THAT'S ONLY ONE EXAMPLE OF THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING ON STAGE AND IN ART GALLERIES AROUND THE CITY, RIGHT NOW THAT'S EXCITING, UM, UH, COLLABORATION AND THE VISION OF HOW WE COME TOGETHER AND COME OUT OF THIS VERY DIFFICULT COVID PERIOD.

WE'VE HEARD CONVERSATIONS FROM THE LONG CENTER ABOUT THE CONSORTIUM THAT THEY WANT TO PULL TOGETHER, ATEX THEATER AND THAT COLLABORATION WITHIN THE THEATER COMMUNITY.

JUST LOTS OF REALLY GOOD, EXCITING WORK.

MORE OF THAT, PLEASE.

YES.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND THEN ALSO, UH, YEAH, UH, THE COMMISSIONERS THAT ARE ON VIDEO THAT YOU DIDN'T WANT IT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, DID YOU GUYS HEAR THAT IF YOU ARE ON VIDEO, I NEED YOUR VIDEOS ON SO THAT WE CAN, CAN, UM, CONSIDER YOU PRESENT IN THE MEETING.

HMM.

I'M HAVING TROUBLE.

THIS IS COMMISSIONER KEATON, AND I DON'T KNOW WHY MY VIDEO IS NOT TURNING ON.

I HAVE NO IDEA WHY IT'S NOT.

CAN YOU HELP US? DO I NEED, SO LOG OFF.

THIS IS THE AB TIT GUEST SAVAGE HAS JUST RESTARTING YOUR COMPUTER OR ELIMINATING TABS, BUT RESTRAIN YOUR COMPUTER USUALLY FIXES THE PROBLEM.

BUT OTHER THAN THAT, UM, UNLESS I COULD SEE YOUR SCREEN OUT OF HER LIFE AND DO ON THAT END, OH, THERE YOU GO.

ALL RIGHT.

AND I'M IN TWO PLACES

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AT ONCE SO THAT I CAN SEE YOU GUYS WHO ARE AT HOME, CAUSE I CAN'T ALWAYS WIN THEIR PRESENTATIONS.

SO I WILL STOP BIFURCATING AS SOON AS THE PRESENTATIONS ARE DONE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, HAZARDOUS.

UM, THE OTHER THING IS IN COMMUNICATION, WE'VE MADE BIG STRIDES AND I WANT TO THANK THE COMMISSIONER TO MY RIGHT, TO COMMISSIONERS THIS MAN WHO HAS BEEN A GODDESS OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS TOOLS.

AND NOW HAS DEVELOPED A FACEBOOK PAGE WHERE WE CAN GET INFORMATION OUT TO THE PUBLIC.

WE HAVE COMMUNITY CHATS THAT ARE HAPPENING REGULARLY.

UM, THERE'LL BE MORE QUARTERLY MEETUPS THAT WILL ACTUALLY HAPPEN IN 2022 AS GOD AS MY WITNESS.

UM, BUT THAT'S EXCITING TOO.

SO WE'RE, WE'RE BUILDING COMMUNICATION.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND LEVERAGING THE TALENTS THAT WE HAVE LISTS THE CONVERSATIONS THAT HAVE HAPPENED BETWEEN AEDC AND THE COMMUNITY AND THOSE THOSE PROGRAMS, AND SORT OF LONG-TERM PLANNING THEIR COLLABORATIONS WITH MUSIC, LOOKING FOR FUNDING SOURCES, UM, COLLABORATIONS WITH MUSIC AND OUR OTHER COLLEAGUES LOOKING FOR LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE, WORK COLLABORATIONS WITH, UM, THE JOINT COMMISSIONS AND CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING BECAUSE WE REALIZED THAT COMMISSIONS WERE HAPPENING THE SAME CONVERSATIONS ACROSS LOTS OF DIFFERENT SEGMENTS OF THE POPULATION.

AND RATHER THAN BEING SILOED, WE'RE BREAKING THOSE DOWN.

SO ALL OF THOSE ARE HUGE.

UM, ALSO, UH, BIG STRIDES IN DIVERSITY AND EQUITY FOR OUR CITY.

UM, I SAW A NOTE THAT FORKLIFT DANCE WORKS HAS THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS WHO WERE, UM, UH, WHO ARE MATCHED VIA THE NEW PHILANTHROPISTS, VERY EXCITING PROGRAM, AND GLAD TO SEE THOSE THINGS HAPPENING.

UM, THE WORK THAT AUSTIN FILM SOCIETY IS DOING, THAT THEY CAME TO TALK TO US ABOUT JUST SINGLE, UM, SINGLE PICTURES OF WORK THAT'S HAPPENING ALL THROUGH THE CITY.

THESE ARE NOT EXCLUSIVE.

THESE ARE JUST SOME REPRESENTATIONS OF THE KINDS OF THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING.

SO THANK YOU EVERYBODY FOR THAT.

AND I WANT TO TURN THIS OVER TO OUR OWN COMMISSIONER, ANY MOCK YOU HAS SOMETHING SHE'D LIKE TO SHARE WITH US.

SO LET ME GO AHEAD.

UM, COMMISSIONERS AND THE FOLKS IN OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY AND YOU KNOW, AND AUSTIN FOLKS IN THE AUSTIN COMMUNITY, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS PANDEMIC FOR ALMOST TWO YEARS.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE STRESS WE HAVE BEEN UNDER.

AND I THINK BY ACKNOWLEDGING IT, UM, THEN WE CAN REALLY DEAL WITH OUR MENTAL HEALTH.

SO THERE IS REALLY A SCIENCE OF HAPPINESS THAT IS DONE BY DIFFERENT RESEARCHERS.

I JUST LIKE TO OFFER, UH, OR TO REMIND PEOPLE THAT, UM, THAT THEY FOUND THAT 60% OF HAPPINESS IS DETERMINED BY OUR ENVIRONMENT AND OUR GENETICS, BUT 40% IS ALL ON US.

SO WE ARE RESPONSIBLE AND WE CAN DO AT LEAST 40%, UM, OF IT, UH, ABOUT OUR HAPPINESS.

SO THESE ARE THE 10, UM, PRACTICE THAT I THINK WE CAN DO, UM, TO MAINTAIN A HAPPIER STATE OF OUR, OUR HEALTH.

SO THE FIRST ONE IS TO ACCEPT THE POSITIVITY, THE POSITIVES IN LIFE.

SO A LOT OF TIME YOU FOCUS ON THE NEGATIVE, WE IGNORE THE POSITIVE.

SO BY EXCEPT THAT EVEN IN THIS, BUT DAMMIT LOOK AT HOW HARD WE WORK, YOU KNOW, LOOK AT, UM, THE, THE RESOURCES OF OUR COUNTRY THAT WE CAN ACTUALLY, UM, GIVE OUT, YOU KNOW, RESOURCES TO THE FOLKS.

YOU KNOW, WE HAVE FREE VACCINATIONS, THREE TESTING.

SO TO ACCEPT ALL THOSE POSITIVES IN LIFE, AND NUMBER TWO, DO NOT FAKE A SMILE WHEN YOU ARE EMOTIONALLY DRAINED.

THAT MEANS WE GIVE OURSELVES THE PERMISSION WHEN WE DON'T FEEL BAD, WE DON'T HAVE TO FAKE ABOUT NOT FEELING BAD FOR ANYBODY, BUT THEN OF COURSE WE DON'T WANT TO BE SUCK UP, YOU KNOW, SUCK INTO THOSE, UM, UNHAPPINESS, BUT WE JUST NEED TO ACKNOWLEDGE, YOU KNOW, WHEN WE ARE NOT FEELING GOOD AND HOLD ON TO YOUR PASSION, I THINK PASSION IS VERY IMPORTANT.

SO WHEN WE HOLD ONTO OUR PASSION AND THAT'S ALMOST LIKE THE LIFE FORCE OR YOU KNOW, OF, OF OUR BEING AND NUMBER FOUR, BE AROUND PEOPLE YOU GENUINELY ENJOY AND LOVE DO NOT FORCE YOURSELF TO BE IN A COMPANY WITH ALL THOSE NEGATIVE ENERGY AROUND YOU.

AND TO REALLY GIVE YOURSELF THE PERMISSION TO WALK AWAY AND NEED THAT.

I NEED THAT BREAK TO BE HAPPY AND TO GIVE BACK, YOU KNOW,

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AND LOOK AT, LOOK, LOOK AT THE STAFF.

THEY WORK EXTRA HARD TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY PUT THE CHECKS IN SOMEBODY'S HAND SO THAT THEY CAN PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE.

AND I CAN SEE YOUR SMILE, YOU KNOW, BY GIVING BACK, YOU ACTUALLY MAKE YOURSELF BETTER AND ENJOY SIMPLICITY.

YOU KNOW, WITH THE 6% INFLATION RATE, IT WAS CAUSED BY THE DEMAND OF ALL THOSE HOLIDAY ITEMS PRODUCTS.

AND OF COURSE THE DISRUPTIVE, UM, SUPPLY CHAIN.

SO I HAVE BEEN ASKED HIM, I, MY CHILDREN AT MY CHILDCARE, UM, AND THEIR PARENTS, UM, TO AT LEAST GIVE HALF OF THE GIFT MONEY TO THE NONPROFITS.

WE DON'T NEED THAT MANY THINGS.

SIMPLICITY IS IMPORTANT TO ENJOY SIMPLICITY.

CONSCIOUSLY, TRY TO BE HAPPY IF YOU'RE NOT HAPPY TODAY, THEN TRY TO HAVE AN ICE CREAM, OKAY.

TRY TO HAVE A CAKE OR TRY TO WEAR SOMETHING BRIGHT TO BRIGHTEN YOUR LIFE, TO REALLY CONSCIOUSLY TRYING TO BE HAPPY AND FIND PURPOSE IN YOUR LIFE.

I THINK THAT REALLY, UM, IS IMPORTANT THAT WE LIVE EVERY DAY WITH A PURPOSE AND PRACTICE RESILIENCE TO REALLY NOTICE THAT WHEN I DEAL WITH ADVERSITY, HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE FOR ME TO BOUNCE BACK? SO HOPEFULLY BY PRACTICE RESILIENCE, BY THINKING ABOUT POSITIVE, POSITIVE, UM, YOU KNOW, ENERGY AND ALL THAT, WE DON'T STAY IN ADVERSITY, UH, FOR TOO LONG.

WE'LL BOUNCE BACK.

SO PRACTICE RESILIENCE AND NUMBER 10 TO HAVE REAL CONVERSATION WITH PEOPLE, YOU KNOW, UM, DO NOT JUST WATCH TV OR THE GAME OR ANYTHING.

I MEAN, TO REALLY PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL UP A FRIEND AND TO HAVE A REAL CONVERSATION, BECAUSE THE, THE QUESTION, WHEN PEOPLE ASK YOU A QUESTION, WHEN YOU HAVE TO FIND YOUR ANSWER, UM, TO RESPOND APPROPRIATELY, ACTUALLY IT IS HEALTHY TO OUR BRAIN.

SO WILL CONVERSATION IS REALLY IMPORTANT.

SO PICK ONE, TWO OR 10 OF THEM, YOU KNOW, TO, UM, MAINTAIN A HAPPIEST STATE OF MIND IN OUR LIFE IS SO IMPORTANT.

SO, AND IT IS REALLY NOT THAT HOT.

SO I LIKE TO SHARE THIS WITH YOU AND I HOPE TO SEE ALL OF US HAPPIER IN 2022.

THANK YOU.

THANKS.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

I'M GOING

[2.b. Art in Public Places Liaison Report - Commissioner Barnes]

TO MOVE ON TO ITEM B THE ART IN PUBLIC PLACES.

LIAISON REPORT.

COMMISSIONER BARNS.

YEAH.

HOLD ON.

HOLD ONE SECOND.

SELENA HAD A QUESTION.

SORRY.

SO I GOT HIS, I JUST WANT TO CLARIFY ON THE RESTRICTIONS FOR BEING ON CAMERA.

A COMMISSIONER, SMALL BLOCK IS HAVING CONNECTIVITY ISSUES.

IF THEY NEED TO GO OFF CAMERA, ARE THEY ALLOWED TO STAY? I DON'T KNOW.

THIS IS A NEW RULE THAT OKAY.

OKAY.

IT'S A SMALL POCKET THAT GO OFF.

I THINK YOU CAN GO.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER, SMALL BLACK.

DID YOU HEAR THAT? I THINK YOU'RE GOOD.

IF YOU NEED TO GO OFF CAMERA, IF YOU NEED TO GO OFF CAMERA, WE ARE, WE ARE AT QUORUM, SO WE'RE OKAY.

UM, BUT WE WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR PRESENCE AS LONG AS YOU CAN KEEP THAT SIGNAL STRONG.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

SO, UH, COMMISSIONERS.

YEAH, COMMISSIONERS, UH, ONLINE.

IF YOU ARE OFF CAMERA, YOU ARE CONSIDERED OFF THE DYESS.

SO JUST WE'LL, UH, WE'LL GET YOU BACK ON CAMERA FOR VOTES.

YEAH, I'LL COME FIND YOU.

THANK YOU.

COMMISSIONERS.

THIS MAN COMMISSIONER BARNS.

YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE A REPORT.

UM, UNFORTUNATELY JUST GIVEN THE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE, I WAS UNABLE TO ME, UM, MAKE THE LAST AIPP MEETING.

UM, SUE IS NOW A TIME THAT YOU WANT TO DO YOUR PRESENTATION OR IS THERE ANOTHER SPOT? SHE HAS A TIME ON THE AGENDA.

SO WE'LL DO IT THEN.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

COMMISSIONER KEATON.

DO YOU HAVE A

[2.c. Downtown Commission Report – Commissioner Keeton]

DOWNTOWN COMMISSION REPORT? UNFORTUNATELY, OUR MEETINGS HAVE BEEN CONFLICTING.

SO AS OF TODAY, I ACTUALLY MISSED REPORT FOR THIS DUE TO OUR MEETINGS BEING SCHEDULED ON THE SAME DAYS.

BUT I DO HAVE AN UPDATE IN REGARDS TO THE NEW YEAR.

I FOUND

[00:15:01]

OUT PER THE ADMINISTRATOR FOR THE DOWNTOWN COMMISSION THAT OUR MEETINGS WILL BE HYBRID, UM, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

SO JUST LIKE TO LET EVERYONE KNOW THAT.

THANK YOU FOR THAT.

YEAH.

IT'S HARD TO BE TWO PLACES AT ONCE AND I'M STILL TRYING TO FIGURE THAT ONE OUT.

UM, SO NEXT WE HAVE

[2.d. AEDC/Cultural Trust Advisory Committee Report – Carl Settles]

THE AEDC CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT WITH CARL SETTLES AND CARL IS ON THE ATTENDEE LIST.

AND SO AS ANN HAYNES AND I WOULD ENTERTAIN A MOTION AT THIS POINT, SINCE WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF AN OVERLAP AND PRESENTATIONS TO MOVE SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS TO ABOVE THE STAFF BRIEFINGS.

IF I COULD GET THAT MOTION, THAT WOULD BE LOVELY.

AND THEN I CAN BRING THEM BOTH IN AND WE CAN HAVE THE CONVERSATION.

UM, WE HAVE A MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER MOCK AND, UH, I'LL TAKE THAT.

CAN I TAKE IT AS A SECOND COMMISSIONER? ALL RIGHT.

WE HAVE A MOTION AND A SECOND TO MOVE SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS ABOUT STAFF BRIEFINGS.

SO IF

[4.a. Austin Cultural Trust RFP—Anne Gatling Haynes, Austin Economic Development Corporation]

WE CAN BRING, UH, CARL AND SETTLES IN, AND ALSO ANN HAINES, WE WILL GO STRAIGHT FROM THE AEDC CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE REPORT, UM, AND TO, AND TO SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS AND A CONVERSATION, UH, ON THE AUSTIN CULTURAL TRUST.

HELLO, I'M GOOD TO SEE YOU ALL VIRTUALLY, UH, THIS EVENING.

UM, ACTUALLY WE HAD AN EXECUTIVE SESSION ON MONDAY.

UH, WE HAVEN'T REALLY MET, UH, SINCE THE LAST TIME I SPOKE WITH YOU ALL, UM, WE'RE IN THE PROCESS OF, UM, NEGOTIATING, UM, HOPEFULLY GOING TO BE HAVING A NEW, UM, UM, CEO SOON.

UM, THAT'S ABOUT AS MUCH AS I CAN SAY ABOUT THAT, UH, AT THIS POINT, UM, REALLY THE, THE BIG THING IS, IS THE RFP, UH, THAT IS NOW OUT AND AVAILABLE.

UM, AND IT'S GOING TO REALLY GIVE YOU THE FULL SCOOP ON THAT.

JUST WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU ALL TO, UM, HELP, CONTINUE TO HELP US GET THE WORD OUT, UM, FOR FOLKS TO APPLY.

AND, UM, IT'S REALLY ALL I GOT.

UH, THIS IS MY FIFTH OR SIXTH MEETING.

I HAVE ONE MORE, I HAVE MY SIX MEETING AFTER THIS ONE.

UH, SO, UM, YEAH, I'M GOING TO CLOSE MY MOUTH AND UH, LET ANNE TAKE IT FROM HERE.

SO WE WILL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

WE'LL SEAMLESSLY MOVE INTO PRESENTATIONS.

THIS IS ANN HAYNES FROM THE AUSTIN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION TO TELL US ABOUT THE RFP THAT LAUNCHED WHAT LAST WEEK, THE 30TH, RIGHT? THE 30TH OF NOVEMBER.

YEAH, IT'S ALREADY BEEN A COUPLE OF WEEKS AND FOLKS CAN HEAR ME, I THINK, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HAVING ME ON.

AND, UM, SO MY NAME IS ANN HAYNES.

I'M THE CXO, THE CHIEF TRANSACTIONS OFFICER OF THE ADC, WHICH IS A REALLY THE PROGRAM AND PROJECT LEAD FOR THE ORGANIZATION.

AND TONIGHT I THINK WE HAVE A FEW SLIDES I BELIEVE TEED UP, UM, TO KIND OF RUN THROUGH WHERE WE ARE WITH THIS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS REALLY TARGETED TOWARDS ARTS MUSIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS, UM, TO CREATE A PIPELINE OF PROJECTS THAT HOPEFULLY WE CAN BE INVESTING IN TO CREATE A PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE INFRASTRUCTURE OF MUSIC, ARTS, AND CULTURE IN THE CITY.

UH, SO THIS IS THE CULTURAL TRUST PROGRAM.

UM, I BELIEVE, UH, WE'VE HAD THIS PRESENTED BEFORE CARL'S MENTIONED IT BEFORE, AND I KNOW IT HAS BEEN, UH, SO, SO HELPFULLY BROADCAST THROUGH THE NEWSLETTER OF THE ARTS COMMISSION.

UM, SO THIS IS REALLY IS AT SOME POINT JUST AN UPDATE, BUT SOME FOLKS MAY BE HEARING ABOUT IT FOR THE FIRST TIME, SO WE CAN GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

I THINK, UH, UH, NEXT SLIDE, IT REALLY IS JUST THE BEGINNING.

IT'S GOING TO BE GOING ON FOR A LITTLE BIT OF TIME.

I THINK THROUGH MOST OF THE WORK AND EFFORT THAT YOU ALL AND OTHER COMMISSIONS AND OTHER ENGAGED FOLKS WITHIN THE ARTS MUSIC AND CULTURAL COMMUNITY HAVE BEEN TALKING ABOUT THIS FOR YEARS.

AND SO THIS IS AN EFFORT TO REALLY GET THE TRAIN OUT THE DOOR AND START, START MAKING SOME INVESTMENTS IN THE ECOSYSTEM.

SO NEXT ONE, AS I JUST MENTIONED, REALLY THE FOCUS IS TO FACILITATE ACQUISITION AND PRESERVATION OF EXISTING CULTURAL ARTS AND MUSIC VENUES, AS WELL AS THE DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ONES.

AND SO THAT THOSE, YOU KNOW, EXISTING AND NEW ARE BOTH FOCUSED, UH, REALLY, UH, BRICKS AND MORTAR FOR THE CULTURE ARTS AND MUSIC VENUES THAT WE NEED TO, TO MAINTAIN IN THE CITY.

UM, THIS, THE GOAL REALLY OF THE PROGRAM IS TO HAVE MAKE SURE THAT DIVERSITY EQUITY AND INCLUSION IS A PART OF THE DEVELOPMENT OF THESE PROJECTS AND PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS, UH, AS WELL AS TO FURTHER THE EFFORTS TO ADDRESS PAST INEQUITIES EXPERIENCED BY MARGINALIZED POPULATIONS IN THE CITY, IT'S REALLY TO PROVIDE THIS PERMANENT AFFORDABILITY, THIS INFRASTRUCTURE OF PERMANENT AFFORDABILITY FOR CULTURAL ARTS AND MUSIC OVER

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TIME.

AND TO REALLY IN THIS PROGRAM SPECIFICALLY IN THIS PROCESS IS TO CREATE A SUSTAINING PIPELINE OF THESE PROJECTS.

AS NEW FUNDS CAN BE IDENTIFIED AND CONTINUALLY INVEST IN ARTS MUSIC AND CULTURE INFRASTRUCTURE IN THE CITY.

SO AGAIN, IT'S JUST THE BEGINNING.

NEXT ONE, THERE ARE THREE BUCKETS OF MONEY, UH, THAT HAD BEEN ASSOCIATED WITH THIS PROGRAM STARTING WITH MUCH OF THE ADVOCACY FROM A QUITE A FEW YEARS AGO, THE CREATIVE FACILITIES BOND PROVIDES US WITH $12 MILLION TOWARDS THE DEVELOPMENT OF, UH, THE, UH, PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF CULTURAL MUSIC FACILITIES, UM, THAT SUPPORT, YOU KNOW, THE BREADTH OF OUR ORGANIZATIONS.

WE ALSO HAVE 2.4 MILLION FROM THE ICONIC VENUE FUND, WHICH IS BACKED BY THE HOTEL OCCUPANCY TAX AND AS WELL, A MATCHING CITY BUDGET STABILIZATION OF 2.5 MILLION.

SO A TOTAL OF 4.9 FOR THE ICONIC VENUE FUND, AS A PART OF THE 2.5, THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL FUNDS OVER THE YEARS ASSOCIATED WITH THIS.

AND THIS IS TO REALLY, UH, HELP PRESERVE, UH, VENUES THAT ARE VALUED TO TOURISM AND DEMONSTRATE A NEED FOR ASSISTANCE TO AVOID LOSS.

UH, SO EACH OF THESE TYPES OF FUNDS, THEY'RE ALL PUBLIC FUNDS HAVE A PARTICULAR SET OF CRITERIA AROUND HOW THE DOLLARS CAN BE USED, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, WE'RE REALLY USING THIS PROCESS TO DEVELOP A BROAD PIPELINE OF PROJECTS.

SO EVEN IF THEY'RE PROJECTS THAT MAY NOT ASSOCIATE EXACTLY WITH THESE FUNDS, THE MORE WE KNOW ABOUT THE SPACE NEEDS OF CULTURE ARTS AND MUSIC ORGANIZATIONS, WE CAN IDENTIFY ADDITIONAL TYPES OF FUNDS THAT WOULD BE ABLE TO SUPPORT THAT.

AND IT'S REALLY FOCUSED ON BRICKS AND MORTAR.

SO IT'S REALLY THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROJECTS, THE REAL ESTATE, UM, PROJECT.

NEXT ONE.

UM, WE, AGAIN, AS I MENTIONED FOR EXISTING, THAT'S SORT OF THE LEFT COLUMN AND NEW FACILITIES, WE ARE HOPING THAT BETWEEN THE TWO TYPES OF PROJECTS, AND IN FACT, THERE ARE SOME PROJECTS THAT ARE BOTH EXISTING FACILITIES THAT NEED NEW BUILDINGS.

SO SOMETIMES THERE'S PEOPLE THAT KIND OF FALL IN THE MIDDLE, BUT WE DO HOPE TO, WITH THAT FIRST TRAUNCH OF FUNDING OF 16.9 MILLION SUPPORT, TWO TO FOUR PROJECTS AROUND THE CITY THAT ACTUALLY SERVE MORE ORGANIZATIONS THAN THAT.

MANY OF THE PROJECTS THAT I FOLKS OR ORGANIZATIONS I'VE SPOKEN TO ARE ALREADY WORKING WITH A NETWORK OF ORGANIZATIONS.

SO ALTHOUGH THERE MAY BE TWO TO FOUR TO MAYBE EVEN SIX INVESTMENTS IN THIS FIRST ROUND, THERE WILL CERTAINLY BE MANY MORE ORGANIZATIONS THERE'LL BE SUPPORTIVE.

UM, AND AGAIN, THOSE TWO FUNDING SOURCES IS WHERE WE START.

UH, BUT WE CERTAINLY WILL LOOK AT EACH AND EVERY PROJECT WITH A GOAL TO FIND ADDITIONAL TYPES OF FINANCIAL TOOLS THAT WILL HELP MAKE THOSE PROJECTS A REALITY.

AND WE WILL BE YOUR PARTNER IN TERMS OF WORKING OUT HOW THOSE REAL ESTATE PROJECTS COME TOGETHER.

WE'RE NOT LOOKING FOR ORGANIZATIONS TO BE REAL ESTATE EXPERTS, UH, BUT REALLY JUST TO TELL US WHAT YOUR SPACE NEEDS ARE IN THIS PROCESS NEXT, PLEASE, JUST IN TERMS OF EVALUATION CRITERIA, UH, FROM THE EXISTING VENUE, WHICH IS A PRESERVATION OF AN EXISTING VENUE, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING FOR 70% OF THE POINTS WILL BE, BE SCORED AGAINST BUSINESS FINANCIAL AND OPERATING CAPACITY MANAGEMENT TEAM SITE CONTROL, ESPECIALLY IF IT'S A PROJECT WHERE WE'RE ACTUALLY PURCHASING THE BUILDING, HAVING THE ABILITY TO PURCHASE IT AS A, AS A KEY PIECE OF THAT, BUT ALSO THAT THESE BUILDINGS ARE A PART OF EITHER A NETWORK OF SPACES, PART OF THE TOURIST INFRASTRUCTURE, BUT ALSO A PART OF A DISTRICT THAT OBVIOUSLY HAVE SOME SYNERGIES WITH OTHER THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON 30% OF THOSE POINTS WILL BE POLICY ALIGNMENT, DEMONSTRATION, DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION FROM PROGRAMMING TO AUDIENCE, AS WELL AS COMMUNITY IMPACT FOR NEW VENUES THAT WOULD BE DEVELOPED THROUGH THE CREATIVE FACILITIES BONDS.

PRIMARILY, WE'RE REALLY LOOKING AT THOSE POLICY ALIGNMENT CRITERIA, DIVERSITY EQUITY, AND INCLUSION AND COMMUNITY IMPACT AS BEING 65% OF THE POINTS.

SO A MAJORITY OF THE POINTS WERE CERTAIN LOOKING AT BUSINESS CAPACITY, FINANCIAL AND OPERATING CAPACITY, BUT THOSE ITEMS ARE EVEN IF THEY'RE IN A, YOU'RE AN EMERGING ORGANIZATION OR AN ESTABLISHED ONE, WE'RE REALLY MOST INTERESTED IN WHAT YOU DO, WHAT YOU DO TO SUPPORT MUSIC, ARTS AND CULTURE IN THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

AND CERTAINLY MAKING SURE THAT, UM, YOU'RE AN ORGANIZATION THAT EVEN IF YOU'RE YOU'RE, UM, FLEDGLING OR, AND GROWING THAT WE'RE HERE TO SUPPORT YOU WITH AT LEAST TRYING TO REDUCE SOME OF THOSE COSTS AROUND, UH, RENT AND OTHER KINDS OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS THAT RELATE TO THE PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE OF THE BUILDING NEXT.

UM, I THINK THESE ARE THE DETAILS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW.

SO REGISTRATION HAS BEEN OPEN FOR A LITTLE WHILE.

UH, THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS WERE PUBLIC WAS PUBLISHED ON, I BELIEVE NOVEMBER 30TH.

UH, SO IT'S BEEN AVAILABLE FOR ABOUT TWO WEEKS, BUT THE FIRST STEP IS TO REGISTER.

AND THERE'S AN ADDRESS THAT I'M GOING TO PUT ON THIS NEXT SLIDE.

UM, REGISTER, LET US KNOW THAT YOU'RE INTERESTED,

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THAT ALLOWS US TO CONTINUALLY UPDATE YOU ON ANY POTENTIAL PROGRAM CHANGES THE RIGHT NOW, ACCORDING TO THE RFP, THE QUESTION DEADLINE IS TOMORROW, FRIDAY, WHICH SEEMS EARLY, AND AS I WAS PUTTING TOGETHER THIS SLIDE, I WAS REALIZING WE WILL PROBABLY BE NOTIFYING EVERYONE THAT THAT DEADLINE FOR QUESTIONS WILL BE EXTENDED.

UM, CERTAINLY MANY FOLKS ARE STILL LEARNING ABOUT IT.

AND THE FINAL DEADLINE IS MARCH 31ST.

SO WE REALLY HAVE QUITE A BIT OF TIME.

WE WILL BE POSTING QUESTIONS WE'VE RECEIVED TO DATE AND THE ANSWERS THAT WE, THAT WE HAVE, UM, MADE TO THOSE QUESTIONS.

WE WILL BE POSTING THAT AS EARLY AS NEXT WEEK.

SO THAT THERE'S AN ONGOING LIST OF QUESTION AND ANSWERS, UH, FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ON OUR WEBSITE, UM, NEXT, AND THERE IS AN EARLY SUBMISSION DEADLINE, JANUARY 7TH.

UM, THAT IS REALLY IN PART BECAUSE MANY OF THE PROJECTS THAT WE ARE GOING TO CONSIDER ARE PROJECTS THAT YOU ALL ADVOCATED FOR FROM FOR YEARS.

AND THEY'VE BEEN WAITING FOR, UH, REALLY THIS PROGRAM TO ROLL OUT AND WE WANT TO GET INTO THE FEASIBILITY EVALUATION, UM, STARTING TO LOOK AT HOW THE PREP, HOW THE INVESTMENTS WOULD WORK.

WHAT'S THE ACTUAL STRUCTURE OF THE POTENTIAL, UH, PROJECT SO THAT WE CAN HELP ADVANCE THAT PROJECT.

YOU ARE CERTAINLY NOT GUARANTEED IN AN AWARD, AND IT WON'T BE NECESSARILY FIRST IN LINE FOR AWARDS.

YOU'LL BE EVALUATED ON THE SAME RUBRIC EVALUATION RUBRIC, BOTH AT THE JANUARY 7TH DEADLINE AND THE MARCH 31ST.

UM, AND WE'RE REALLY HOPING TO START TO TEE UP WHAT WILL BE THE INITIAL INVESTMENTS BY LATER IN THE SPRING, UH, ONCE WE'VE GONE THROUGH FEASIBILITY AND OTHER DUE DILIGENCE MECHANISMS, AND WE ALSO ANTICIPATE THAT THERE WILL BE FUTURE ROUNDS, UM, AND THERE IS A TRACK THAT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING PART OF THE PIPELINE, NOT READY FOR MAYBE PROPOSING A POTENTIAL INVESTMENT OR PROJECT, WE'D STILL LIKE TO HEAR FROM YOU.

SO WE HAVE A SHORTENED APPLICATION CALLED PIPELINE ONLY, BUT AGAIN, THE FIRST STEP IS TO REGISTER AND LET US KNOW WHAT YOUR INTEREST IS.

AND THEN NEXT LINE, I THINK, IS THE ADDRESS IF THERE IS A NEXT SLIDE, OH, THIS ONE JUST REMINDS EVERYBODY THAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE HEARING FROM EVERYBODY BROADLY AND TO GET THE WORD OUT NEXT, NEXT LINE.

SO PLEASE EMAIL ME DIRECTLY AND@AUSTINEDC.ORG, OR GO STRAIGHT TO OUR WEBPAGE, WHICH IS AUSTIN EDC.ORG/CULTURAL-TRUST.

THAT IS WHERE YOU FIND ALL THE PROGRAM INFORMATION, ANY UPDATES, ALL OF THE RECORDINGS THAT WE'VE MADE OF BOTH SOME TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WORK SESSIONS THAT WE'LL CONTINUE TO OFFER AS WELL AS INFORMATION ON PUBLIC INFORMATION SESSIONS.

SO IT IS REALLY THE BEST PLACE TO GO FOR THE UPDATED INFORMATION.

UM, AND AGAIN, I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS AND CERTAINLY, UH, HAPPY TO HEAR FROM YOU OR YOUR ORGANIZATIONS THAT YOU MIGHT KNOW.

I'M W I'M LITERALLY GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO KNOCK ON DOORS OF ORGANIZATIONS THAT I SEE ADVERTISED AS OFFERING OUR CULTURE ARTS AND MUSIC TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY KNOW ABOUT THIS, UM, THIS APPLICATION.

SO PLEASE HELP ME AND LET ME KNOW WHO I CAN REACH OUT TO YOU.

THAT'S IT.

OKAY.

AND THANK YOU SO MUCH.

WE HAVE QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION.

GREAT.

MY, MY OH, PRE-COMMERCIAL BARNS.

UM, THANK YOU.

AND I'M GOING TO APOLOGIZE IF I MISSED THIS, BUT SO YOU PUT OUT THE, UM, THE REQUEST AND PEOPLE WILL MEET THE DEADLINES AND THEN WHO IS ACTUALLY DOING THE EVALUATION OF THE, UM, OF THE APPLICATIONS AND HOW WILL THEN, UM, THE FINAL DECISIONS BEING MADE.

IS THAT JUST THROUGH THE AEDC OR IS THAT GOING TO BE, UM, A BROADER GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS? THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

I BELIEVE IT'S LAID OUT IN A COUPLE OF THE PRESENTATIONS THAT I'VE MADE THAT ARE MUCH LONGER, WHICH I WAS TRYING NOT TO GO TOO LONG HERE, BUT I'M CERTAINLY HAPPY TO ANSWER THAT.

SO THERE WILL BE EVALUATION COMMITTEE THAT IS FORMED ACTUALLY TWO EVALUATION COMMITTEES, ONE FOR EACH RUBRIC, IT WILL BE MADE UP OF AEDC BOARD MEMBERS.

IT WILL BE MEM ALSO, INCLUDING MEMBERS OF WHAT'S CALLED THE CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

UH, CARL SETTLES FOR EXAMPLE, IS ON OUR BOARD.

AND ALSO PART OF OUR ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

THAT'S BEEN AN OPEN COMMITTEE THAT WE HAVE ABOUT 20 FOLKS THAT HAVE VOLUNTEERED THEIR TIME TO BE A PART OF IT.

MOSTLY PEOPLE WHO REPRESENT NETWORKS OF ARTS, MUSIC, AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS.

UM, THERE'LL BE FOLKS FROM THAT GROUP.

AND THEN WE WILL LIKELY HAVE AEDC AND EDB STAFF, UH, MYSELF AND COLLEAGUES THAT ARE IN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

UM, AS A PART OF THAT, WE WILL LIST THOSE EVALUATION COMMITTEES, UH, WHEN THEY'RE FINALLY FORMED.

UM, AND CERTAINLY BEFORE THE EVALUATION TAKES, UH, WE WILL DO THAT RANKING WITH THOSE RUBRICS THAT WILL ESSENTIALLY CREATE A RANKED SHORTLIST WITHIN THE PIPELINE.

UM, WE WILL START ADVANCING A LOT OF THOSE PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE TO START UNDERSTANDING EXACTLY HOW THE PROJECT MIGHT BE INVESTED IN AND FINANCED.

UH, SO THERE'S SOME DUE DILIGENCE WORK THAT HAS TO HAPPEN.

THE SHORTLIST

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WILL BE APPROVED BY MY BOARD.

AEDC, UH, WE WILL CONTINUE TO DO NEGOTIATIONS AND WORK UP PROJECTS, GO THROUGH, UM, EVALUATION WITH CITY LEGAL AND, UM, LIKELY OTHER LEGAL CONCERNS RELATIVE TO THE ACTUAL FUNDING SOURCES.

AND THEN ULTIMATELY THE FINAL APPROVAL OF THE INVESTMENTS WILL BE BY CITY COUNCIL.

SO IT'S QUITE A BIT OF A PROCESS, BUT IT STARTS WITH, WITH THE APPLICATIONS AND THOSE TWO SUBMISSION DATES AND EVALUATION BY A COMMITTEE THAT'S BEEN FORMED, UM, THAT HOPEFULLY IS BOTH EQUITABLE AND ULTIMATELY BALANCED SO THAT EVERY APPLICATION IS READ BY AT LEAST THREE REVIEWERS.

AND THERE'S CERTAINLY A LOT OF, UH, WORK THAT WILL BE ON THE FEASIBILITY SIDE AFTER THAT RANKING IS DONE.

AND, AND YOU, YOU JUST TOUCHED UPON IT, UM, BRIEFLY, BUT WHAT, WHAT MEASURES ARE YOU TAKING TO ENSURE THAT IT IS IT EITHER ONE GENRE HEAVY OR IT ISN'T, YOU KNOW, A MAJORITY OF, OF JUST ONE GROUP OF INDIVIDUALS THAT WILL DECIDE WHERE THESE THINGS HAPPEN, HOW ARE YOU MAKING SURE THE DIVERSITY AND THE EQUITABILITY AND THE BELONGING IS ALL GOING TO BE ENCOMPASSED IN THESE, IN THAT, UM, COMMITTEE? YEAH.

AND A GREAT QUESTION.

SO IT IS BEING AT LEAST ON THE FRONT END, AS WE WERE STRUCTURING THE EVALUATION COMMITTEES RIGHT NOW, WE'RE LOOKING TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE A DIVERSITY OF COMMUNITIES REPRESENTED A DIVERSITY OF, I WOULD SAY ARTISTIC TYPES.

YOU KNOW, SO CULTURE ARTS AND MUSIC ARE ALL REPRESENTED ON EACH EVALUATION COMMITTEE AND THAT CERTAINLY PEOPLE THAT HAVE EXPERTISE IN THE TECHNICAL AND THE PROGRAM.

SO THAT IS WITHIN THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE ITSELF.

I THINK THAT THE CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE HAS BEEN VERY, UM, VERY, UM, CLEAR ON THEIR GOAL, THAT WE HAVE A GREAT, UH, CLARITY AND REPRESENTATION ON THE FINAL SELECTION AND SHORTLIST OF BOTH RANKING, AND THEN ULTIMATELY WHAT THOSE FINAL INVESTMENTS WILL BE.

AND IT ISN'T, I THINK I WON'T SPEAK FOR CARL, BUT I'M PRETTY SURE THE BOARD FEELS THE SAME WAY.

UM, SO I THINK THE BOARD IS THE ADC BOARD BY THE WAY, IS A PUBLIC MEETING AND IT IS A PUBLIC PROCESS.

WE'RE, UH, WE'RE A LOCAL GOVERNMENT CORPORATION.

AND WHEN WE EVALUATE THAT SHORT LIST OF RANKINGS, I THINK YOU'LL HEAR FROM, UM, YOU KNOW, HOW AND WHY THEY USE WERE SELECTED FROM THE RANKING PROCESS AND THE WORK THAT WE DID TO NOT JUST LOOK AT THE FEASIBILITY OF PROJECTS, BUT ASSURE THAT THE BREADTH OF PROJECTS REPRESENT OUR VALUES AS A COMMUNITY.

UM, AND AGAIN, THAT'S, THAT'S WHAT I CAN OFFER YOU RIGHT NOW, BUT I THINK WE'RE CERTAINLY OUR EYES ARE TUNED TOWARDS THAT, THAT, UM, DESIRE TO MAKE SURE IT'S EVERYTHING IS VERY EQUITABLY CONSIDERED.

AND FINAL QUESTION.

AND I THANK YOU, UM, CHAIR, PAUL GOLFER, UM, GIVING ME THIS OPPORTUNITY.

UM, SO IS, UM, I, I CERTAINLY KNOW, LIKE YOU SAID, IT WAS AN OPEN CALL FOR MEMBERS TO SERVE ON THE CULTURAL TRUST, UH, ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

YEAH.

AND IT'S STILL OPEN, ACTUALLY THE LINK IS ON OUR WEBSITE.

WE ARE TRYING TO REFINE IT AND SORT OF MAINTAIN A GROUP OF 20 THAT'S KIND OF CONSISTENT.

SO THE DOORS MAY BE CLOSING SOON, BUT IT'S ALSO BECAUSE WE WANT TO HAVE A FINITE CLEAR LIST OF WHO'S ON THE COMMITTEE.

UH, BUT IT IS OPEN STILL AND I CAN ACTUALLY SEND THAT LINK AROUND.

SO, UM, HAS THERE EVER BEEN ANY DISCUSSION TO ENSURE THAT MAYBE THE COMMISSIONS THAT OVERSEE, UM, THESE AREAS, SO MUSIC COMMISSION, ARTS COMMISSION, I THINK, UM, WHATEVER ELSE THERE IS EXTORT PRESERVATION OR, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE'S REPRESENTATION FROM THOSE, UM, COMMISSIONS ON, ON THAT.

AND I DON'T KNOW AGAIN, IF, IF THAT JUST MEANS SOMEBODY HAS TO APPLY TO BE ON IT.

WELL, SO THAT'S A GREAT QUESTION.

SO WE HAVE ON OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS, A REPRESENTATIVE FROM ARTS COMMISSION, MUSIC COMMISSION, HISTORIC PRESERVATION, FOR SURE.

WE HAVE ABOUT 20 MEMBERS ON OUR BOARD AND ACTUALLY ALL THREE OF THOSE MEMBERS SERVE ON THE, THE CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

AND I'M REQUESTING THAT THEY ARE PART OF THE EVALUATION COMMITTEE.

UH, WE DO HAVE, UM, A MEMBER OF THE MINORITY CHAMBERS, TINA CANNON, WHO JUST JOINED OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND HAS ALSO JUST JOINED OUR CULTURAL TRUST ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

AND I THINK AS YOU'RE DESCRIBING, YOU KNOW, WE WANT THAT REPRESENTATION AND THAT LINK TO ALL THE GREAT WORK YOU ALL DID TO GET THESE FUNDS TO WHERE THEY ARE NOW, AND CERTAINLY BE PART OF THE PROCESS GOING FORWARD.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, CHAIR POKER.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER CASTILLO.

DID YOU HAVE A QUESTION? I DID.

DID YOU WANT TO GO FIRST? THAT'S OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

THIS SHOULD BE A SIMPLE ONE.

UH, EARLY IN THE PRESENTATION YOU MADE, UH, I FELT LIKE A STRONG EMPHASIS ON BRICK AND MORTAR A COUPLE OF TIMES.

SO I'M CURIOUS, LIKE, ARE THERE PROPOSALS THAT ARE GOING BEYOND BRICK AND MORTAR? AND IF SO, DOES THAT MEAN THAT THEY'RE JUST PUTTING THE PIPELINE AND JUST NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THESE FIRST TWO ON BUCKETS

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OF FUNDS? YEAH.

SO WHEN I SAY BRICKS AND MORTAR, THAT'S PROBABLY, I MEAN, DEFINITELY WE CAN USE ALL BUILDING MATERIALS, BUT IT IS A VERY BUILDING, UM, SORT OF WHETHER IT'S ACQUISITION DEVELOPMENT OF BUILDING STRUCTURES TO SUPPORT ARTS MUSIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION AND THEIR SPECIFIC SPACE NEEDS.

WE ACTUALLY ARE VERY AWARE THAT THERE ARE PLENTY OF OTHER NEEDS THAT ARTS MUSIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS HAVE, UM, YOU KNOW, FROM PROGRAM FUNDS TO EFFECTIVELY, UH, RENT NEED RENT RELIEF.

AND PART OF THIS IS MEANT TO FIND WAYS TO HAVE RENT RELIEF THROUGH SOME OF THESE DIFFERENT FACILITIES THAT'LL WILL BE DEVELOPED.

UH, BUT THIS IS PRIMARILY SORT OF A REAL ESTATE DEVELOPMENT, UH, CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM AT THIS POINT.

BUT WE HAVE HEARD FROM NEEDS FROM THE COMMUNITY.

UH, IN FACT, WE WERE TALKING AT THE RFP ROLLOUT, UH, THE NEED FOR WHAT KIND OF OPERATING FUNDS ARE WE GOING TO NEED TO BE ABLE TO OPERATE IN THESE NEW FACILITIES? WE DO NOT AT THIS POINT HAVE ANY FUNDS THAT COULD BE DEVOTED TO THAT, BUT IT IS SOMETHING WE'RE HEARING THROUGH THIS PIPELINE.

SO WE CAN START TO IDENTIFY THAT AS A KIND OF MONEY SOURCE OR FUNDING THAT MIGHT BE NECESSARY TO ALIGN WITH THE CULTURAL TRUST INVESTMENTS.

I HOPE THAT ANSWERS YOUR QUESTION, BUT BRICKS AND MORTAR, I USED AS A VERY KIND OF CRUDE TERM.

I'M SORRY, BUT JUST ANYTHING RELATED TO THE PHYSICAL CONSTRUCTION DEVELOPMENT, INCLUDING RESTORATION AND PRESERVATION.

THAT MAKES SENSE.

THANKS COMMISSIONER.

OKAY.

UH, THANK YOU, TIERRA POLGAR, UH, HIGH END.

UM, I JUST, UM, I KNOW, AND I'M SURE THAT THERE'S SOMETHING, UH, WITH REGARD TO THE PIPELINE OF NEED AROUND THE CITY.

AND I, I BELIEVE THAT THERE'S PROBABLY MANY ORGANIZATIONS, WHETHER, UH, NOT NECESSARILY LEGACY ORGANIZATIONS, BUT ORGANIZATIONS THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND A LONG TIME HAVE BEEN RUNNING SPACES, ET CETERA, THAT MAY NEED SPACE.

AND THE WAY THAT THE INFORMATION IS SET UP NOW MAYBE GOES, PEOPLE MAY NOT EVEN KNOW WHAT AN RFP IS.

AND IF, UH, IF THERE'S A WAY TO MAKE IT A LITTLE MORE CLEAR, HOW THE TRUST, EVEN IN THE STAGES THAT IT MOVES FORWARD.

AND IT IS NOW HOW AS AN ARTIST OR AN ORGANIZATION CAN GET INVOLVED AS A REFLECTION OF THE ARTS COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE, RATHER THAN WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE NOW, AND, AND CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG, BUT IT'S AS IF THE CALL IS FOR PROJECTS ALREADY IN THE, IN THE PIPELINE WITH, WITH THINGS THAT HAVE BEEN PLANNED OR THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO DO IT YET.

AND WE KNOW THE CITY WANTS TO DO SOMETHING, BUT I THINK THE NEED IS WITH THE, IS WITH THE ARTISTS AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT NEED SPACE AND STABILITY THAT DON'T KNOW HOW TO GET IN THIS.

CAUSE THEY DON'T REALLY KNOW WHAT THIS IS BECAUSE IT DOES SAY REAL ESTATE.

YEAH, I HEAR YOU.

AND I THINK THAT'S BEEN A STRUGGLE, UM, CONTINUOUSLY FROM A PIPELINE PERSPECTIVE WHERE, AND MOST OF THE APPLICATION QUESTIONS ARE VERY CLEAR ON NEEDS.

TELL US WHAT SPACE NEEDS YOU HAVE.

I NEED A REHEARSAL SPACE.

I NEED, YOU KNOW, UM, I NEED TO MAKE SURE I CAN, UH, AFFORD RENT OVER THE LONG-TERM.

I PAY FOR X AMOUNT OF SPACE NOW THAT THE QUESTIONS ARE GEARED TOWARDS THAT TYPE OF THING FOR ORGANIZATIONS AND OPERATIONS, WE ARE HEARING FROM INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND I AM TRACKING THAT AS PART OF THE PIPELINE, BUT THE MAJORITY OF OUR CURRENT FUNDS DON'T, CAN'T GO DIRECTLY TO ARTISTS, BUT CERTAINLY WE ARE TRACKING WHAT THOSE NEEDS ARE SO THAT WE CAN EITHER IDENTIFY SOME ADDITIONAL FUNDS OR CERTAINLY PUT THEM IN TOUCH WITH THINGS WE'RE HEARING ABOUT THROUGH THOSE ORGANIZATIONS AND OR FACILITIES THAT WE WILL INVEST IN.

UM, I DO THINK GETTING THE, UM, YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE THAT PEOPLE KNOW THAT IF THEY HAVEN'T BEEN THINKING ABOUT A REAL ESTATE PROJECT FOR THE LAST THREE YEARS, THAT BECAUSE I'M PRETTY SURE THEY'RE THINKING ABOUT OTHER THINGS MORE IMPORTANT.

THAT'S OKAY.

UM, AND WE'RE HERE TO HELP JUST REALLY STARTING WITH YOUR SPACE NEEDS, START TO ADVANCE IDEAS OF WHAT MIGHT THAT MEAN IN THE FUTURE.

AND I WELCOME ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR HOW TO GET WHAT I CALL A WORD SALAD ON OUR WEBSITE TO BE MORE APPROACHABLE.

AND CERTAINLY WE'LL BE, UM, REALLY GOING DOOR TO DOOR TO SPEAK WITH PEOPLE BECAUSE I THINK THAT MAKES A HUGE DIFFERENCE.

UM, BUT PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF THERE'S ANY RECOMMENDATIONS.

UH, SALINE HAS BEEN GREAT, EVEN WITH HELPFUL HINTS ON OUR WEBSITE TO MAKE IT MORE VISUALLY APPEALING.

SO WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE TO TRY AND IMPROVE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

AND I THINK, UM, COMMISSIONER GRAY TO YOUR QUESTION, THERE'S A LITTLE BIT OF SORT OF DEFACTO MATCHMAKING THAT I'M ALREADY SEEING HAPPENING BASICALLY BASED LARGELY ON JUST CONVERSATIONS THAT ARE HAPPENING THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY.

AND PART OF MY GOAL, BRINGING IN BACK IN HERE NOW THAT THE RFP HAS BEEN LAUNCHED IS TO CONTINUE THE CONVERSATION AND TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT THIS IS HAPPENING.

AND SO CAN YOU CIRCLE BACK ONE MORE TIME AND TELL PEOPLE WHERE THEY GO TO GET INFORMATION, TO GET QUESTIONS ANSWERED.

YOU'VE HAD A NUMBER OF SESSIONS Q AND A SESSIONS LIVE, WHERE CAN THEY FIND THOSE? CAN YOU SHARE THAT INFORMATION REAL QUICK? THOR IT'S THE, UM, IT WAS ON THE SLIDE, BUT I'LL SAY IT, UH, IT'S HTTP, UH, SLASH

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I GUESS, DOUBLE SLASH, UH, WWW DOT AUSTIN, EDC.ORG, O R G SLASH CULTURAL DASH TRUST.

UM, AND THAT, UH, AGAIN, I CAN SEND IT AROUND THROUGH EMAILS CERTAINLY TO THIS GROUP, UM, AND HOPEFULLY BROADCAST IT.

UM, BUT THE EASIEST ONE MIGHT BE TO JUST EMAIL ME A AND N E AT AUSTIN, EDC.ORG, AND I'LL POINT YOU IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH THE LINK.

TERRIFIC.

SO FOR THOSE WATCHING AT HOME, CHECK OUT THE AEDC WEBSITE AND ALSO THE NEWSLETTER THAT WE'LL SEND OUT AFTER THE COMMISSION MEETING COMMISSIONER, GREG, YOU HAD ANOTHER QUESTION, I'VE BEEN LOOKING AT IT, UH, OFF AND ON FOR WEEKS.

AND, UM, AND I'VE JUST NOW SLOWED DOWN FOR JUST INTEREST MY, UH, THROUGH CITY-WIDE, BUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS ITSELF, WHERE IS THAT OBVIOUS ON THAT SITE? SO THERE IS A, WE DO POST THE TWO RF, THE REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS AS PDF AND ENGLISH AND SPANISH.

THAT IS THE, YOU KNOW, THE LEGAL STRUCTURED DOCUMENT THAT LAYS OUT THE WHOLE PROGRAM.

THERE IS A REGISTRATION HERE AND FOUR PLACES ON THAT PAGE.

YOU START BY REGISTERING ON AN ONLINE FORM WHEN YOU WERE REGISTERED, THEN I CAN SEND YOU THE APPROPRIATE LINK TO THE ONLINE FORM FOR THE RFP.

SO AGAIN, WHERE IT SAYS REGISTER HERE, REGISTER.

IF YOU WANT TO READ ABOUT THE ENTIRETY OF THE RFP, YOU CAN READ THE PDF, UM, WHICH HAS THE BULK OF INFORMATION, THE ONLINE FORM TRACKS TO THAT RFP AND THE QUESTIONS, THE CRITERIA AND THE TYPE OF INFORMATION THAT YOU NEED TO INCLUDE.

GOTCHA.

THANK YOU SO MUCH REGISTER HERE.

THANKS FOR MAKING ME CLARIFY THAT IT'S IT'S TOP, MIDDLE AND BOTTOM, BUT I SHOULD MAKE THAT MAYBE IN RED.

I'LL TRY THAT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR TIME.

I KNOW THAT YOU GUYS HAVE SOME OTHER STUFF ON YOUR PLATE FOR TONIGHT, AND I KNOW THAT YOU CAME STRAIGHT HERE FROM ANOTHER MEETING.

SO CARL, THANK YOU.

AND THANK YOU.

WE'LL CONTINUE THESE CONVERSATIONS AND TRY TO GET THE WORD OUT AND LET US KNOW HOW WE CAN HELP.

THANKS, BYE.

NEXT UP

[4.b. Miriam Conner for Public City - Public City Project Update]

UNDER SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS, MIRIAM CORNER FOR PUBLIC CITY, PUBLIC CITY PROJECTS UPDATE.

THANKS FOR COMING TO BE WITH US THIS EVENING.

MARIAM, YOU HAVE 10 MINUTES FOR PRESENTATION AND THEN SOME TIME FOR Q AND A AFTER.

UM, SO I'M HERE.

I'M CONNOR.

IF YOU DON'T KNOW ME, I WORK WITH MEREDITH PALLET PUBLIC CITY.

UH, WE DO ARTS BASED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT ENSURING THAT BLACK AND BROWN PEOPLE ARE AT THE TABLE FOR INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS OR THREE STRATEGIES.

UM, SO I WANT TO GIVE YOU A LITTLE QUICK UPDATE.

UM, WE DID AT THE SECOND PHASE OF THE PILLARS PROJECT, WHICH INCLUDED EIGHT NEW ARTISTS, AND WE HAVE A NINTH ARTISTS THAT'LL BE DONE IN JANUARY AROUND THE 16TH.

UM, FOR THOSE PILLARS, WE COLLECTED MORE COMMUNITY STORIES AND HISTORIES TO THEN GIVE THE ARTISTS THOSE STORIES.

SO THEY GET INSPIRED TO PAINT ON THOSE PILLARS.

UM, SO WE HAVE 39 TOTAL PILLARS AND WE'VE DONE, I BELIEVE, 14.

SO WE HAVE 24 MORE LEFT.

SO THAT'S THAT UPDATE.

I CAN GO CHECK THEM OUT.

IT'S UNDERNEATH THE PLEASANT VALLEY BRIDGE, UM, ON, AND WHEN YOU DRIVE DOWN ROSEWOOD AND THEN NEXT UPDATE IS THE TRAIL FOUNDATION'S ART AND CULTURAL STRATEGY.

AND SO WE ARE A PART OF A CONSULTANT TEAM THAT IS MOSTLY BASED OUT OF PHILADELPHIA, BUT, UM, WE MADE A COMMUNITY BRAIN TRUST THAT CONSISTS OF PEOPLE LIKE THEY KNOW YONIS AND LINDA GARDETTO AND PAIGE KELLY FROM HT, UM, COMMUNITY MEMBERS.

AND WE HEARD FROM THEM AND THE, UH, ARTS AND CULTURAL COMMITTEE THAT TTF HAS ORGANIZED THAT OUR TEAM WAS, UH, VERY WHITE AND THAT WE SHOULD GO THROUGH EQUITY TRAINING.

SO HALF OF DTF AND OUR CONSULTANT TEAM HAS GONE THROUGH EQUITY TRAINING AND THE OTHER HALF WILL GO THROUGH IN FEBRUARY.

AND THEN WE ARE ALSO TTF FROZE MORE MONEY TO HIRE NON-WHITE ARTISTS.

AND SO WE'RE REACHING OUT FOR A CREATIVE ART CALL, UM, OR A CREATIVE CALL.

CAUSE IT'S NOT JUST ART CAUSE PEOPLE GET AFRAID OF JUST SAYING ART, RIGHT? UM, SO TO PFLUGERVILLE MAINER EVERYWHERE, OUTSIDE THAT WE'VE BEEN DISPLACED.

AND SO THAT ART CALLED AND INCLUDING AUSTIN, OF COURSE, BUT THAT AREN'T COLDWELL GO OUT DECEMBER, JANUARY, WE'RE WORKING ON IT RIGHT NOW, AS FAST AS WE CAN.

AND THEN FROM THAT ART CALL, WE HAVE A SELECTION COMMITTEE OF NOMINATED, UH, MEMBERS FROM THE BRAIN TRUST OR EITHER THE ARTS AND CULTURE COMMITTEE.

AND THEN THOSE NOMINATIONS FOR THE SELECTION COMMITTEE WILL GO TO THE TAG.

THE TAG WILL HAVE THE FINAL WORD ON WHO'S ON THAT SELECTION COMMITTEE.

AND THEN FROM THAT, THE ARTISTS WILL BE ANNOUNCED THOSE THREE ARTISTS.

UM, SO ARTISTS NOW INST, THEN THEY WILL GO THROUGH WORKSHOPS.

SO FROM

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THE COMMUNITY BRAIN TRUST, WE'VE HEARD THAT, UH, CLIMATE CHANGE, ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISM AND CULTURAL PRESERVATION WHERE THE MAJOR THREE THEMES THAT WE, THAT IS IMPORTANT TO OUR LAKE INTO OUR TRAIL.

AND SO THE WORKSHOPS WE'LL HAVE COMMUNITY LEADERS AND A NATIONAL EXPERT THAT ARE A PART OF THOSE SESSIONS TO HELP THE MENTOR, THE ARTISTS AND, UM, AND THEIR FUTURE WORK.

AND IT'S ALSO OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

SO ALL THAT DATA AND INFORMATION THE ARTISTS CAN GATHER AND TAKE WITH THEM TO PRODUCE THESE FLOATING WETLANDS THAT WILL BE ON THE LAKE DESIGNED HOWEVER THEY WANT, BUT IT'S BASED IN THOSE THREE THEMES.

SO THAT WAY IT'S GROUNDED AND FOUNDATIONAL TO OUR CITY.

UM, FROM, FROM THE WORKSHOPS, THEN THEY WILL GO INTO AN OPEN LIKE COLLABORATION STUDIO TYPE THING THAT, UM, THAT STACY LEVY, WHO'S A ENVIRONMENTAL ARTIST, NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ARTISTS.

SHE'S BEEN WORKING WITH COMMUNITY ENVIRONMENT FOR YEARS AND SHE WILL HELP GUIDE THEM THROUGH THAT PROCESS AND THE CONSTRAINTS AND EVERYTHING LIKE THAT, THAT THEY'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GO THROUGH.

AND SO THEN MAY 14TH OR 15TH, WE ARE, WE'LL BE DOING A COMMUNITY CELEBRATION AND CREATION WHEN THE COMMUNITY COMES THROUGH, HELPS BUILD THESE FLOATING WETLANDS.

OKAY.

SO THAT'S THAT PROJECT.

AND THEN ALSO TGF WILL BE COLLECTING STORIES FROM COMMUNITY MEMBERS ALL ALONG THE TRAIL.

SO IF Y'ALL HAVE STORIES, I'LL SEND YOU ALL THIS INFORMATION THROUGH EMAIL.

UM, AND THEN WE ARE ALSO WORKING IN LEANDER FOR NORTHLINE, WHICH IS A NEW DEVELOPMENT THAT THEY ARE GOING TO BE BUILDING.

WE'RE DOING, WE'VE BUILT THEIR, UM, ARTS AND CULTURAL STRATEGY AND NOW ARE IN IMPLEMENTATION.

SO ANOTHER ART CALL THAT'LL BE GOING OUT AROUND JANUARY.

THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY WILL BE FOR THEIR TRAFFIC CIRCLE AND THEN JUST A HEADS UP.

WE ARE ALSO WORKING ON THE HERITAGE AND CULTURAL TOURISM PLAN.

AND THEN WE ARE, WE'RE ON THE WINNING TEAM FOR THE CAPTAIN STITCH AT 35 AS WELL.

SO THERE WILL BE MORE THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO COLLABORATE ON.

SO THAT IS ALL.

THANK YOU.

FABULOUS.

HANG OUT FOR A SECOND QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSION BY I'M.

I CAN SEE YOU, IT SOUNDED LIKE A LOT OF OPPORTUNITIES.

IS THERE SOMEWHERE THAT WE CAN GO TO, TO, TO SEE A LIST OF, OF WHERE ARTISTS CAN, CAN GET SO WE CAN PUT IT ON OUR WEBSITE, BUT WE ALSO GO THROUGH THE ORGANIZATIONS THAT WE ARE CONSULTING FOR.

SO IT'LL BE ON TTS WEBSITE, IT'LL BE ON, UM, THE LEE ANDERS WEBSITE, BUT THAT'S A GREAT SUGGESTION TO PUT ON OUR WEBSITE, MAKE SURE THAT THAT INFORMATION COMES TO US TOO, SO WE CAN ELEVATE THEM ACTUALLY SUCH GREAT STUFF.

QUESTIONS FROM OTHER COMMISSIONERS.

WE'RE GOOD.

I THINK WE'RE JUST SUPER EXCITED AND LIKE FLIER BECAUSE WE'RE LIKE WHAT? OH, OKAY, COOL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE IT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'RE GOING TO GO BACK AND PICK UP, UH, ITEM THREE

[3.a. ARPA and Non-Profit Relief Funding Update – Laura Odegaard, Cultural Investment Program Manager]

STAFF BRIEFINGS, STARTING WITH ARBA AND NON-PROFIT RELIEF FUNDING UPDATE WITH LAURA GUARD FOR THE CULTURAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM MANAGER.

HELLO.

HELLO, GOOD EVENING.

EVERYONE.

LAURA ODEGAARD CULTURAL INVESTMENT PROGRAM MANAGER FOR THE CITY OF AUSTIN.

I HAVE A QUICK, I HAVE TWO QUICK UPDATES FOR YOU ALL TODAY AS THE PRESENTATION IS LOADING.

UM, WE'RE GOING TO TALK ABOUT WHERE WE ARE WITH ARTS AND CULTURE NON-PROFIT RELIEF.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

THANK YOU.

UM, SO I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU ALL KNOW WHERE WE WERE WITH THE ARTS AND CULTURE NON-PROFIT RELIEF PROGRAM.

SO THIS WAS THE ARPA FUNDED PROGRAM THAT THE APPLICATION WAS AT THE END OF THE SUMMER.

SO THE ORIGINAL ALLOCATION WAS THE 2 MILLION AND WE HAD THE 100, UH, FLAT UNRESTRICTED GRANTS OF $20,000.

AND THEN WE HAD ADDITIONAL FUNDS THAT WERE ADDED TO THIS BUCKET, UM, FROM UL'S RECOMMENDATION AND FROM CITY COUNCIL.

AND SO THOSE FUNDS WERE ADDED, UM, IN NOVEMBER FOR AN ADDITIONAL 71 AWARDS.

SO THIS WAS, UM, FROM A COUNCIL BUDGET AMENDMENT, AS WELL AS ADDITIONAL ARPA FUNDS.

UH, THOSE FUNDS WERE DISTRIBUTED THE SAME DAY THAT OUR THIRD PARTY, UH, RECEIVED THE MONEY.

SO THAT HAS HAPPENED ALREADY, WHICH IS GREAT.

UH, AND THEN JUST THIS PAST WEEK, WE HAD AN ADDITIONAL $500,000 THAT WAS APPROVED BY CITY COUNCIL, UM, FOR ANOTHER 25 AWARDS.

SO THIS IS FOR ALL ELIGIBLE ARTS AND CULTURE NONPROFITS WHO APPLIED FOR THIS PROGRAM WILL BE RECEIVING FUNDING.

SO THE GOAL IS FOR THE END OF THE YEAR FOR THESE FINAL

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25 AWARDS TO BE SENT OUT, UM, THE THIRD-PARTY THEY'LL BE READY TO CUT THE CHECKS AS SOON AS, UM, WE FINISHED EXECUTING AND GETTING IT THROUGH OUR PURCHASING PROCESS.

UH, SO HOPEFULLY BY THE END OF THE YEAR, AND THEN WE'LL BE ABLE TO CLOSE OUT THIS PROGRAM AND WE'LL HAVE A, WE'LL PROBABLY HAVE, UM, A PRESS RELEASE IN JANUARY TO KIND OF SUMMARIZE ALL THE RELIEF THAT HAS GONE OUT TO THE CREATIVE SECTOR OVER THE PAST TWO YEARS.

AND NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

AND THEN THE NEXT UPDATE IS FOR THE ARPA ARTS COMMUNITY RELIEF.

UM, SO JUST IN CASE ANYBODY'S WATCHING AND DIDN'T KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON WITH THIS ONE.

UH, THIS WAS THE ARTS COMMISSION RECOMMENDATIONS TO FUND A PREVIOUS CORE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE FESTIVAL RECIPIENTS.

IF THEY DIDN'T RECEIVE, IF THEY RECEIVED UNDER $10,000 IN RELIEF ALREADY, UM, OR NO RELIEF, THEY'D RECEIVE A HUNDRED PERCENT OF THEIR LAST YEAR'S AWARD.

AND IF THEY RECEIVED BETWEEN $10,000 AND $1 MILLION OF RELIEF, THEY'D RECEIVE 85% OF THEIR PREVIOUS CONTRACT AMOUNT.

UH, NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO COUNCIL APPROVED THESE ALLOCATIONS ON NOVEMBER 18TH.

UM, SO A FEW WEEKS AGO, UH, I THINK LAST MONTH I SPOKE TO YOU ALL ABOUT OUR PLAN TO DO THIS WORK INTERNALLY.

AND SO WE, I WOULD SAY MOVED MOUNTAINS FROM A CITY, UM, PROCESSING POINT OF VIEW, UM, AND THE LEGAL TEAM, THE FINANCE TEAM PURCHASING, UH, WE CREATED A REALLY EXCITING NEW WAY OF DOING, UM, CONTRACTS.

SO IT WOULD ALL BE SIGNED BY, UM, BY EVERYONE.

WE, I THINK WE SENT OUT AROUND TWO HUNDRED AND SEVENTY FIVE, TWO HUNDRED EIGHTY OF THE 400 CONTRACTS, UM, BY EARLY LAST WEEK.

AND WE THEN, UM, WE HAD A HICCUP IN THE PROCESS.

AND SO THERE WAS SOMETHING INTERNALLY FROM PURCHASING THAT WE NEEDED THAT WE DIDN'T REALIZE.

AND SO WE HAD TO KIND OF REASSESS LAST WEEK AND PIVOT.

UM, AND SO WE'RE GOING TO BE MOVING TO AN EXTERNAL PARTY FOR THIS PROCESS.

SO WHAT HAPPENED WAS, IF WE CONTINUE DOING IT INTERNALLY, FUNDS WOULD NOT BE DISTRIBUTED TO OUR CREATIVES UNTIL LATE FEBRUARY, EARLY MARCH, WHICH WAS NOT, UM, THE GOAL OF THIS AT ALL.

WE WANT TO GET THIS MONEY OUT QUICKLY.

UM, SO BECAUSE THAT'S THE PRIORITY, WE'RE LEANING ON EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS, UH, TO BETTER SERVE OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY.

UM, THE CONTRACT HAS ALREADY BEEN SIGNED BY THE THIRD PARTY AND BY, UM, THE CITY.

AND SO AS SOON AS THINGS GO THROUGH THE PURCHASING PROCESS, WE HOPE TO HAVE CHECKS CUT WITHIN A WEEK OF THE THIRD PARTY RECEIVING THOSE FUNDS.

AND SO WE'RE TRYING TO GET THAT OUT BY THE END OF DECEMBER, EARLY JANUARY FOR THIS.

UM, AND THEN THE CONTRACT RATIFICATION WILL BE GOING TO CITY COUNCIL ON JANUARY 27TH.

SO I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS, BECAUSE THIS IS A VERY NEW CHANGE.

SO HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY OF YOUR QUESTIONS, COMMISSIONER GRAY, UH, JUST A LITTLE BIT, THANK YOU.

BECAUSE I BET THAT WAS REALLY, IT'S LIKE WE'RE ALMOST OVER THERE, UM, FUNDS FOR THE THIRD-PARTY ARE COMING FROM WHERE AND HOW MUCH.

SO I THINK ONE OF THE CONCERNS OF THE ARTS COMMISSION THAT IT WOULD BE CLOSE TO 10% OF AN ADMINISTRATIVE FEE.

WE NEGOTIATED WITH THE THIRD PARTY AND IT'S ONLY A 2% FEE.

SO IT'S, UM, IT'S AROUND A HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS FOR THAT.

UM, AND IT'S COMING FROM, UM, THE ADJUSTMENTS LINE ITEM IN THE ARPA FUNDS.

I THINK THERE WAS JUST UNDER 200,000 IN THAT, UM, ADJUSTMENTS BUCKET.

AND SO THAT'S WHERE THE FUNDS ARE COMING FROM.

THAT WAS MY NEXT QUESTION.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

YOU'RE WELCOME COMMISSIONER.

SO THE UNDERLYING QUESTION REALLY IS WILL THE EXTERNAL VENDOR EFFECT THE MONEY COMING INTO THE CONTRACTOR'S POCKETS? AND IT SOUNDS LIKE THE ANSWER TO THAT IS NO RIGHT.

THAT'S CORRECT.

OKAY.

THE AWARDS ARE STAYING THE SAME FOR THOSE WATCHING AT HOME.

JUST WANT TO BE CLEAR, THANK YOU FOR ALL OF THE BENDING AND FLEXING AND, UM, AND PIVOTING THAT YOU HAD TO DO.

AND FOR PRIORITIZING GETTING MONEY IN THE HANDS OF THE ARTISTS, THAT'S REALLY, REALLY APPRECIATED QUESTIONS FROM THE REST OF THE COMMISSION.

ANYBODY COMMISSIONER CASTILLO, I GET THAT.

I'M CURIOUS ABOUT COMMUNICATION.

IF I HEARD YOU CORRECTLY, YOU SAID YOU WENT, YOU WERE ALREADY LIKE 200, 300 AND OF THE FORT BEFORE YOU REALIZED THERE WAS AN ISSUE.

SO YEAH, JUST COMMUNICATION.

EVERYBODY KNOWS WHAT'S GOING ON AND ON IN TERMS OF CONTRACTORS.

SORRY.

SO THANK YOU.

THAT WAS CONVENIENT.

THAT'S MY OTHER BULLET POINT THAT I NEEDED TO ADD TO, TO THIS PRESENTATION AND THAT WE'RE SENDING OUT A NEXT STEPS, EMAIL.

UM, I MET WITH THE THIRD-PARTY TODAY TO TALK ABOUT WHAT THE ACTUAL LOGISTICS ARE GOING TO LOOK LIKE ON THEIR SIDE.

AND I WANTED TO HAVE THAT INFORMATION BEFORE SENDING THE COMMUNICATION OUT TO EVERYONE.

SO THERE WILL BE AN EMAIL GOING OUT TO ALL CONTRACTORS BY THE END OF THIS WEEK.

THANK YOU FOR THE PROMPT TO COMMISSIONER

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COMMISSIONER.

OKAY.

JUST ONE MORE, JUST FOR CLARIFICATION OF CONTRACTORS OF THOSE 200, SOME ODD CONTRACTORS THAT WERE ALREADY CONTACTED, THEY SHOULD JUST ACT LIKE THEY HAVEN'T BEEN CONTACTED.

YOU'LL ALL START OVER OR ARE THEY IN A POSITION DIFFERENT THAN OTHERS? YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING? YEAH.

IT, I MEAN, IT'S BASICALLY GOING TO BE THE SAME FOR EVERYONE RIGHT NOW.

WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW WE CAN PRELOAD THE SYSTEM WITH THE THIRD PARTY.

SO IT'S BASICALLY DEAR ORGANIZATION OR INDIVIDUAL ARTIST YOU'RE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE THIS MUCH MONEY, CHECK THIS BOX TO ATTEST THAT YOU WILL BE DOING IT AND CONFIRM YOUR ADDRESS.

SO EVERYONE WILL HAVE TO DO JUST A QUICK VERIFY THEIR ADDRESS AND CHECK THE BOX.

BUT, UM, IT DOES.

SO IT DOESN'T REALLY MAKE A DIFFERENCE IF THEY'VE ALREADY RECEIVED THAT EMAIL, EVERYONE WILL RECEIVE THE SAME NEXT STEPS, EMAIL.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

COMMISSIONER IS THIS, THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH FOR ALL THIS INCREDIBLE WORK AND PIVOTING ON A DIME AS NEEDED.

UM, I JUST WANT TO DO, IF YOU COULD SPEAK TO, UM, THE UPDATE THAT YOU GAVE US LAST MONTH REGARDING FISCAL SPONSORSHIP, IF THERE WAS A SORT OF A SHIFT, IF CONTRACTORS WERE TO REGISTER DIRECTLY WITH THE CITY AS A VENDOR, THEY WOULDN'T NEED TO, UM, RECEIVE THOSE FUNDS VIA THEIR FISCAL SPONSOR AND THAT 10% WOULD BE CONTAINED IN THEIR AWARD AMOUNT OR THEIR, THEIR GRANT AMOUNT.

IS THAT STILL THE CASE? IS THAT SHIFTED? CAN YOU JUST, CAN YOU JUST ELABORATE ON THAT FOR THOSE THAT WERE PLANNING TO MAKE THAT SHIFT AND REGISTERED WITH THE CITY OR THAT DID SURE.

SO ANYONE WHO'S SPONSORED PROJECT WHO IS A SPONSORED PROJECT FOR OUR NORMAL CORE CULTURAL HERITAGE FUNDING, THEY ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE THE FUNDS DIRECTLY, NOT THROUGH THEIR FISCAL SPONSOR.

UM, SO THAT WILL STILL BE THE CASE EVEN WITH A THIRD PARTY.

UM, SOME INDIVIDUALS STILL WANT TO OPT TO GO THROUGH THE FISCAL SPONSOR AND THAT'S OKAY.

THAT'S THEIR CHOICE.

UM, I WOULD SAY THE MAJORITY OF PEOPLE ARE WANTING TO RECEIVE THE MONEY DIRECTLY.

UM, BUT JUST IN CASE IT'S AN ISSUE FOR ANYONE THERE IS THAT OPTION TO STILL RECEIVE THE CHECK THROUGH THEIR FISCAL SPONSOR.

AND IS THAT STILL REQUIRING THEM TO REGISTER THE CITY? IS THAT, IS THAT PROCESS STILL THE SAME? SO THAT WAS SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO HADN'T RECEIVED THAT EMAIL.

IT WAS BECAUSE THEY HADN'T REGISTERED AS A VENDOR YET THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO REGISTER AS A VENDOR NOW BECAUSE WE'RE MOVING IT OUT, UM, OUT OF THE CITY PROCESS.

SO IT'S GOING TO SIMPLIFY THINGS FOR AROUND 90 SOME PEOPLE WHO WERE STILL IN THAT VENDOR REGISTRATION PROCESS.

NOW THEY DON'T HAVE TO CONTINUE IF THEY DON'T WANT TO.

WE OBVIOUSLY ENCOURAGE THEM TO STILL REGISTER AS A VENDOR, BUT IT'S NOT REQUIRED.

SO TO RECEIVE A CHECK DIRECTLY, WHAT DO THEY HAVE TO DO NOW? NOTHING WILL, THE EMAIL WILL COME DIRECTLY TO THEM.

SO THE EMAIL WILL COME DIRECTLY TO THEM.

UM, AND IT WILL SAY YOU ARE SCHEDULED TO RECEIVE X AMOUNT OF DOLLARS.

AND IS THIS YOUR ADDRESS? AND YOU HAVE TO CHECK THE BOX TO ATTEST THAT YOU WILL, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A THERE'S FEDERAL REQUIREMENTS AROUND THAT.

SO WE STILL HAVE THE SAME CHECK BOX FOR THEM TO SAY, YES, WE'RE USING THIS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THESE FUNDS.

AND FOR THOSE THAT DO WANT TO GO THROUGH THEIR FISCAL SPONSOR, WHAT'S THE PROCESS FOR THEM.

IT'S BASICALLY THE SAME THING.

OKAY, COOL.

JUST WANTED TO CLARIFY THAT SINCE THINGS ARE SWITCHING AROUND.

THANK YOU, LAURA.

YEAH, YOU'RE WELCOME.

YEAH.

THANKS FOR THAT CLARIFICATION COMMISSIONERS.

OTHER QUESTIONS.

I HAVE A COMMENT COMMISSIONER.

I JUST WANT TO THANK YOU GUYS SO MUCH AGAIN FOR ALL THE HARD WORK AND JUST A BIG HALLELUJAH FOR THE AMERICAN RESCUE PLAN BECAUSE IT'S WORKING SO AMEN.

HALLELUJAH.

I'M GOING TO TAKE YOU BACK REAL QUICK ON THE FIRST PIECE, WHICH IS THE NONPROFIT ART AND CULTURAL LEAF GRANT AND JUST A CLARIFICATION.

SO THE 500,000 THAT