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21.

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AND THEN EVEN AT SUCH POINT, WE'RE WORRIED THAT THE CITIZENS

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OF AUSTIN WON'T BE READY TO COME INTO OUR THEATERS.

UH, DURING THAT TIME WE'LL HAVE NO EARNED INCOME.

AND YET WE STILL HAVE FIXED EXPENSES LIKE RENT, TRIPLE NET SALARIES AND OTHER THINGS.

UH, PHILANTHROPY HERE IN THIS TOWN SEEMS TO BE STRETCHED PRETTY THIN, AND THAT MONEY IS GOING ELSEWHERE RIGHT NOW, OR MUCH OF IT IS GOING ELSEWHERE.

SO I THINK THAT IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT THEATERS LIKE GROUND FLOOR THEATER AND OTHER NONPROFIT CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS SURVIVE THIS PANDEMIC.

UH, AUSTIN NEEDS ITS CREATIVE CLASS.

I THINK I DON'T NEED TO TELL THIS GROUP THAT, UH, WE CREATE JOBS.

WE HELP BRING IN VISITORS.

WE HOLD A MIRROR UP TO SOCIETY, WHICH IS SOMETHING I THINK THAT WE NEED IN A VERY BIG WAY.

THESE DAYS WE PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT, UH, THE CITY MARKETS, US TO PERSPECTIVE BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE COMING IN AND WE BRIDGE AN ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DIVIDE.

BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW THAT WE ARE ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE.

THE CITY CAN HELP.

UH, MIKE, LISA, IT SOUNDS LIKE WE LOST YOU THERE.

CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT YOU'RE STILL THERE? OKAY.

CAN ANN MARIE OR CITY HALL STAFF, CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT WE'D LOST THAT SPEAKER.

THANK YOU.

AND MARIE, THIS IS AMY.

I DON'T SEE ANYBODY ON THERE.

COMMISSION.

THE CITIZEN IS STILL CONNECTED.

WE'RE JUST NOT HEARING THEM.

CAN WE RESTART THE TIME LISA, IF YOU CAN HEAR ME PLEASE, UH, I GUESS TRY TO RECONNECT WHILE YOU DO THAT.

I'M GOING TO TAKE ROLE, WHICH IS WHAT I FORGOT TO DO AT THE TOP OF THE MEETING.

UM, SO LISA, PLEASE SPEAK UP WHEN YOU YOU'RE BACK ONLINE.

UM, SO I JUST WANTED TO REMIND EVERYONE, UH, SEE YOU COMMISSIONER GARZA, UH, REMIND EVERYONE THAT IF YOU'RE NOT SPEAKING, PLEASE STAY ON MUTE.

PLEASE TRY TO WAVE AT ME.

I KNOW WE'RE, WE'RE DEALING WITH TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES, BUT PLEASE TRY TO WAVE AT ME SO WE CAN SPEAK AND I'LL CALL ON YOU.

YOU CAN UNMUTE.

UM, IF IT SEEMS THAT I'M OVERLOOKING YOU, PLEASE SPEAK UP.

BUT OVERALL, I DON'T WANT US TO SPEAK OVER EACH OTHER AND MAKE IT DIFFICULT TO HEAR WHAT WE'RE SAYING.

SO LET'S JUST TRY TO WAIT TO BE CALLED ON UNLESS YOU REALLY NEED TO JUMP IN.

UM, SO WITH THAT, UH, I WANTED TO GO THROUGH AND DO ROLE.

MMM VICE-CHAIR POLGAR PRESENT COMMISSIONER KEATON.

YOU'RE STILL MUTED, BUT I SEE THAT YOU'RE HERE.

THERE YOU GO.

NO PROBLEM.

COMMISSIONER GARZA.

I SEE YOU.

UH, COMMISSIONER BARNES, PRESENT COMMISSIONER VANDYKE PRESENT.

UH, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US IN YOUR FIRST OFFICIAL MEETING.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER, FANTE PRESENT.

YOU DID, BUT I SEE YOU COMMISSIONER.

CISMEN PRESENT COMMISSIONER FLORES HERE.

I SEE YOU.

AND I HEARD YOU, UH, COMMISSIONER MARK.

THERE YOU GO.

I SEE YOU.

UH, AND I'M HERE AS WELL FOR DISTRICT TWO.

UM, ANY, ANY LUCK CONNECTING WITH LISA? OUR SPEAKER, LISA, TRY PRESSING STAR SIX ON YOUR CELL PHONE.

YEAH.

WE APOLOGIZE, BUT THE AUDIO IS NOT COMING ACROSS FROM HIS PHONE, PRESS STAR SIX.

AGAIN, LISA, LET'S SEE IF THAT WORKS ON THE CONFERENCE.

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WE DON'T KNOW WHY WE CAN'T HEAR HIM, BUT HE'S HERE, BUT THERE'S JUST NO AUDIO.

WE APOLOGIZE.

WELL, UH, TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES ARE UNFORTUNATE.

LISA, IF YOU DO, IF YOU ARE ABLE TO CONNECT AGAIN, WE'LL, WE'LL PICK UP WHERE YOU LEFT OFF.

UM, BUT FOR THE TIME BEING, WE'RE GOING TO CONTINUE ON WITH THE AGENDA.

UM, SO NEXT

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STEP ON THE AGENDA IS THE APPROVAL OF MINUTES.

MOTION TO APPROVE A MOTION MADE BY POLGAR SECONDED BY GARZA.

ARE THERE ANY EDITS OR COMMENTS THAT WE NEEDED TO FLAG SEEING NONE? UH, THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED ON CONSENT, UH, DUE TO DUE

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TO OUR SITUATION AND DURING THE PANDEMIC, UH, OUR, OUR MEETING TIME IS, IS ABBREVIATED.

UM, BUT I DID WANT TO TAKE THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE A CHAIR'S REPORT TODAY.

UM, I HOPE THAT'S OKAY WITH EVERYONE.

UM, AND FOR THE FIRST COUPLE OF MINUTES, I WANTED TO YIELD THE FLOOR TO COMMISSIONER FANTE.

I'M DOING MY CHAIR'S REPORT COMMISSIONED FANTE.

THANK YOU, CHAIR.

KOSTIA UH, CAN YOU HEAR ME ALL RIGHT? YES.

FIRST OF ALL, IT'S PRIDE MONTH.

SO HAPPY PRIDE.

UH, I WANT TO REMIND EVERYBODY THAT PRIDE IS IN JUNE TO COMMEMORATE THE STONEWALL RIOTS AND THAT THE STONEWALL RIOTS WERE KICKED OFF IN NO SMALL PART BY SYLVIA ROBBERY, SYLVIA RIVERA, AND MARSHA P JOHNSON.

TWO TRANS WOMEN OF COLOR ARTISTS HAVE ALWAYS EXPRESSED THEIR NONCONFORMITY THROUGH ARTS AND QUEER ARTISTS ARE NO DIFFERENT IN AUSTIN.

QUEER ARTISTS ADD TO OUR UNIQUE IDENTITY AS A CITY.

I WOULD BE REMISS IF I DID NOT ALSO MENTION THAT THIS YEAR HAS ALREADY SEEN AT LEAST 15 TRANSGENDER OR GENDER NONCONFORMING PEOPLE FATALLY SHOT OR KILLED BY OTHER VIOLENT MEANS IN AMERICA.

I WOULD LIKE TO READ THEIR NAMES.

THEY WERE MURDERED FOR LIVING THEIR TRUTH.

TRANSGENDER WOMEN MURDERED INCLUDE THE MPA MENDEZ, A ROADSHOW 19 OR RICO, MONICA DIAMOND, 34, NORTH CAROLINA, DOMINIQUE REMAY ELLS 27, PENNSYLVANIA, LEXI 33, NEW YORK, JOANNA METZKER 25, MARYLAND RHEA, MILTON 25 OHIO HELI, JAY O'REGAN, 20 SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS NINA POP 28, MISSOURI AND LOP DIAZ, RAMIREZ 31, PUERTO RICO, SERENA ANGELICA VOLQUEZ RAMOS 32 ALREADY RICO.

THE LISA LUCIANA ROULEZ 28, PUERTO RICO, LAYLA PELEZ SANCHEZ 21, PUERTO RICO, JANE THOMPSON, 33, COLORADO AS WELL AS TWO TRANSGENDER MEN, TONY MCDADE 38 FLORIDA AND DUSTIN PARKER, 25, OKLAHOMA.

ANY OF THESE MEN AND WOMEN WERE DEAD NAMED AND MIS-GENDERED EMPLOYEE STATEMENTS AND LOCAL NEWS, WHICH IS ANOTHER FORM OF VIOLENCE.

WE'RE ON TRACK TO EASILY CLIPS.

LAST YEAR'S TOTAL OF 22 TRANS PEOPLE MURDERED THIS EPIDEMIC OF VIOLENCE THAT DISPROPORTIONATELY TARGETS TRANS PEOPLE OF COLOR, AND PARTICULARLY THROUGHOUT HISTORY, BLACK TRANSGENDER WOMEN MUST CEASE.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND VERY POOR STATEMENTS AND LOCAL NEWS, WHICH IS ANOTHER FORM OF BIAS.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER FANTE BLACK LIVES MATTER AND WHITE SUPREMACY, DISMANTLE RACIST SYSTEMS. LET'S BE THOSE NEGATIVES IMPORTANT.

I CAN TELL ME .

I WANTED TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO REINTRODUCE MYSELF.

CASTILLO ARE MEXICAN AMERICAN FROM CHICAGO.

I AM CISGENDERED MALE, BUT I LIKE TO CLAIM LATIN X SOLIDARITY.

UH, I MOVED HERE IN AUSTIN TO AUSTIN IN THE MID NINETIES, AND THERE WERE, UH, THREE, I DON'T WANT TO SAY CULTURE SHOCK, BUT THERE ARE THREE CULTURAL REVELATIONS THAT INFORM, UH, MY CAREER AND MY BEING, UH, YOU KNOW, COMING TO AUSTIN SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST THE CONFLUENCE OF CREATIVES IN THE CITY SHARING INFORMATION, UM, SEEING MORE LATIN AMERICAN, MEXICAN AMERICAN FACES IN TOWN, UH, FROM, IN CHICAGO, NINE TIMES OUT OF 10, IF THEY WERE MEXICAN, YOU SPOKE SPANISH HERE, NOT SEEING THAT HAPPENED.

UM, I CAME TO UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS A CULTURAL THING.

IT WAS THE FURTHER AWAY FROM, FROM THE MOTHERLAND.

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THE FURTHER AWAY FROM HOME, THE TIGHTER YOU HELD ON TO, UH, YOUR TRADITIONS, TO THE THINGS THAT THAT REMINDED YOU OF HOME.

UM, AND AFTER THAT I LEARNED THE RACIST HISTORY OF TEXAS AND UNDERSTOOD THAT SPANISH WAS BEAT OUT OF SPANISH SPEAKERS.

AND THE THIRD THING THAT I LEARNED JUNETEENTH IN CHICAGO, I WENT TO A PREDOMINANTLY BLACK SCHOOL, UM, PREDOMINANTLY BLACK TEACHERS THROUGHOUT SIXTH, SEVENTH, AND EIGHTH GRADE.

NEVER HEARD OF JUNETEENTH UNTIL I GOT HERE.

UM, AND SO TODAY, UH, WE DON'T REALLY HAVE A STAFF BRIEFING FOR IT, BUT I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYBODY KNEW THAT WE HAVE INFORMATION ON THIS YEAR'S VIRTUAL JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION IN THE BACKUP.

SO IF YOU FOUND YOU WERE ABLE TO FIND OUR ARTS COMMISSIONS PAGE ON THE WEBSITE AND WERE ABLE TO GET THE AGENDA INCLUDED IN THAT BACKUP IS INFORMATION, UH, FOR FRIDAY CELEBRATION.

I HOPE THAT YOU CAN ATTEND, AND I HOPE THAT YOU PARTAKE IN THOSE ACTIVITIES TO HELP THE GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER CULTURAL CENTER, UM, CELEBRATE JUNE TEAM THIS WEEK.

UM, I WANTED TO JUST LEVEL SET, GET, WE'RE GOING TO GO INTO SOME SERIOUS CONVERSATIONS TODAY AND FOR THE UPCOMING WEEKS.

AND I JUST WANTED TO GIVE EVERYBODY AN OUT, IF YOU'RE NOT HAPPY, YOU CAN BLAME IT ON ME.

IN 2018, I WAS ELECTED THE CHAIR OF THE ARTS COMMISSION THAT SAME YEAR, THERE WAS A DIP IN HOT FUNDS.

YOU CAN GO THROUGH THE ARCHIVE AND LISTEN TO OUR SEPTEMBER MEETING, WHERE WE HEARD FROM ARTS ORGANIZATIONS OF HOW THIS DIP AFFECTED THEM AND HOW OUR NON-COMMUNICATION AFFECTED THEM.

UM, I PUT OUT A CHALLENGE AFTER STAFF STEPPED UP AND SAID THAT THEY WOULD REVIEW, UM, THE PROCESS TOP TO BOTTOM.

I COMMITTED THE ARTS COMMISSION TO DO THE SAME, BUT I PUT OUT A TO EVERYONE WAS THAT WE WERE GOING TO TRY TO COMMUNICATE AS BEST AS WE COULD, BUT WE NEEDED TO HEAR FROM THE COMMUNITY WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOUR PAIN.

AND THANK YOU, LISA, FOR TRYING TO DO THAT EARLIER TODAY.

UH, HOPING WE, WE CAN GET YOU CONNECTED BACK SO WE CAN HEAR FROM YOU.

UM, LAST YEAR I WAS REELECTED CHAIR AND WE BROUGHT ON MJ, OUR PARTNERS TO CONDUCT THE REVIEW OF THE CULTURAL ARTS FUNDING.

UM, AND SO I INVITED AND SHE WAS GOING OR MGR PARTNERS.

WE'RE GOING TO FACILITATE CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY.

SO BEFORE WE DID THAT, I WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT I INVITED THE EQUITY OFFICE.

AND AGAIN, IF YOU LOOK IN THE ARCHIVES, YOU CAN WATCH OUR JULY MEETING OF 2019, WHERE BRIAN OAKS, UH, INTRODUCES THE CITY'S DEFINITION OF EQUITY AND WHY WE'RE LEADING WITH RACIAL EQUITY.

UM, IT WASN'T SO MUCH OF A CHALLENGE, BUT I DID ASK COMMISSIONERS TO FIND WAYS TO PARTICIPATE IN THE UNDOING RACISM WORKSHOPS PROVIDED BY THE CITY, OR IF POSSIBLE, TRY TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BEYOND DIVERSITY WORKSHOPS, UH, PROVIDED BY LEADERSHIP AUSTIN, OF COURSE, THAT INVITATION EXTENDED OUT TO THE COMMUNITY.

UM, YEAH, OF COURSE, AS, SINCE WE, SINCE OUR TIME TODAY, THOSE ACTIVITIES ARE NOT POSSIBLE, BUT I WANT US TO KEEP THAT IN MIND RECENTLY, I WAS REELECTED CHAIR ARTS COMMISSION THIS YEAR.

I BRING YOU A GLOBAL PANDEMIC.

UM, LAST YEAR WHEN WE DISCUSSED RACIAL EQUITY, UM, THERE WAS A COMMENT I'M NOT FORGETTING AT WHAT POINT I HEARD IT, BUT I DID HEAR IT.

AND THERE WERE THE COMMENTS SENTIMENT WAS THAT WHY WAS CULTURAL ARTS BEING THE CITY'S GUINEA PIG IN IMPLEMENTING RACIAL EQUITY OR TRYING TO REACH THE GOALS OF THE, OF, OF EQUITY FOR THE CITY? UM, I'VE THOUGHT A LOT ABOUT THAT COMMENT.

AND AT THIS POINT, I WANT TO CHALLENGE THAT COMMENT.

IT'S NOT THAT WE, AS A COMMUNITY ARE GUINEA PIGS.

WE ARE LEADERS AND THE CITY OF AUSTIN HAS ASKED US TO BE LEADERS.

WE ARE WELL EQUIPPED TO HAVE THESE COMPLICATED, DIFFICULT, AND UNCOMFORTABLE CONVERSATIONS WITH NUANCE AND WITH UNDERSTANDING, THAT IS WHY WE WERE ASKED TO BE THE LEADERS IN MOVING AND MAKING PROGRESS IN RACIAL EQUITY FOR THE CITY.

CAUSE WE CAN SET THAT EXAMPLE.

WE CAN LEAD THROUGH THIS.

AND SO I JUST WANTED TO POINT OUT THAT OF THE THREE GROUPS THAT ARE HERE TODAY, CITY OF AUSTIN, STAFF FROM CULTURAL ARTS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, THEY'RE HERE TO HELP SUPPORT THE ARTS, OUR ARTS COMMUNITY, THAT I HOPE THAT ARE WATCHING.

OF COURSE, THEY'RE HERE TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN AUSTIN AND THE ARTS COMMISSION ITSELF.

WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT THE ARTS IN AUSTIN.

WE'RE ALL HERE TO WORK TOGETHER TO MAKE SOMETHING BETTER.

SO THERE ISN'T AFTER OUR PRESENTATIONS TODAY, THROUGH OUR DISCUSSIONS, IF YOU'RE COMING TO

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LOOK FOR ENEMIES, YOU'RE GOING TO FIND FRICTION.

I IMPLORE EVERYONE TO COME TOGETHER, LOOKING FOR COLLABORATION.

WE CAN BUILD A BETTER TOMORROW AND WE'RE GOING TO BUILD IT TOGETHER.

MMM.

YEAH.

I JUST WANTED TO GIVE EVERYBODY AN OPPORTUNITY TO UNDERSTAND WHERE WE'RE COMING FROM.

I'M I'M, I'M BREATHING IN AND OUT FOUR MINUTES THROUGH MY OR FOUR COUNT THROUGH MY NOSE, EXHALING EIGHT, COUNT THROUGH MY MOUTH.

EVERYONE WANTS TO JOIN ME.

PLEASE DO SO.

OKAY.

AND WITH THAT, UH, I WANT US TO CONTINUE WITH OUR AGENDA STAFF.

UM,

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FIRST UP IS THREE 81, UH, COVERT UPDATE AND CARE'S ACT PRESENTATION BY SYNOVIA COMMISSION.

THIS IS MYRNA AND THE CLERK'S OFFICE.

UM, LISA IS ON THE STAFF LINE.

NOW IF, UM, YOU WOULD LIKE, UM, SO SYLVIA, IF YOU DON'T MIND, WE'D LIKE TO FINISH OUR CITIZENS COMMUNICATION.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH, LISA.

YOU WERE ON.

THANK YOU, MR. CHAIRMAN, UH, FOR CELESTE SHOULD SAY, YOU SHOULD HAVE HEARD THAT FIRST TIME I DID IT.

IT WAS BEAUTIFUL.

UM, WE'LL DO THE BEST WE CAN THIS TIME.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? WE CAN HEAR YOU PERFECTLY.

THANK YOU.

AWESOME.

PERFECT.

UH, MY NAME IS LISA SHEPS.

I'M THE CAR TO SICK DIRECTOR OF GROUND FLOOR THEATER.

UH, I FIRST OF ALL, WANT TO TAKE THIS TIME TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR THE TREMENDOUS WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING, ESPECIALLY, UH, DURING THIS CURRENT CRISIS IT'S HITTING.

IT'S ALSO VERY HARD.

UH, SO I JUST WANT TO START RIGHT OFF THE BAT AND THANK YOU FOR ALL THE WORK YOU'RE DOING.

IT IS APPRECIATED.

SO I WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW THAT LIKE EVERYONE ELSE, UH, AND I SHOULD TELL YOU THAT YOU'RE GOING TO BE HEARING THINGS THAT YOU ALREADY KNOW, SMALL NONPROFIT, CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS ARE HURTING.

WE'RE HURTING BAD.

WE WORK ON A LIMITED BUDGET.

WE'RE STRETCHED VERY THIN.

UH, MOST OF US HAVE A SMALL UNDERPAID OR UNPAID STAFF.

SO WE WORK VERY REAL HARD AND LOOKING AT, AND LISTENING TO THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON CURRENTLY IN THE ENVIRONMENT.

UH, MANY OF US FEEL THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE OPEN UNTIL THE END OF THE YEAR.

SO IN 2021, AND EVEN THEN WE'RE NOT A HUNDRED PERCENT CERTAIN THAT AUDIENCES WILL BE FLOCKING TO OUR THEATERS TO COME IN, TO COME INSIDE.

WHAT THIS MEANS IS THAT WE HAVE NO EARNED INCOME AT THAT POINT YET WE STILL HAVE EXPENSES.

WE HAVE OUR RENT, WE HAVE TRIPLE NET, WE HAVE SALARIES AND MANY OTHER THINGS TO KEEP US GOING.

AND WHILE WE'RE NOT ABLE TO PRODUCE REVENUE, MANY OF US ARE FINDING THAT PHILANTHROPY IS STRETCHED VERY THIN HERE IN CENTRAL TEXAS IN THE AUSTIN AREA, OR ATTENTION IS ELSEWHERE.

UH, SO PHILANTHROPY IS VERY DIFFICULT.

SO OUR GIVING HAS CALMED DOWN AS WELL.

WE FEEL, AND I'M SURE THAT THIS GROUP AGREES.

SO I KNOW I'M PREACHING TO THE CONVERTED HERE, THAT IT IS IMPERATIVE, THAT THEATERS LIKE GROUND FLOOR THEATER AND OTHER NONPROFIT CULTURAL ORGANIZATIONS SURVIVE.

THIS PANDEMIC.

AUSTIN NEEDS ITS CREATIVE CLASS.

WE CREATE JOBS.

WE BRING IN VISITORS, WE HOLD A MIRROR UP TO SOCIETY.

WE ENTERTAIN PEOPLE, YOU, THE CITY MARKETS, US TO BRING IN PROSPECTIVE BUSINESSES AND PEOPLE TO OUR CITY AND VERY IMPORTANT ARTS IN, IN GENERAL BRIDGE, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DIVIDE IN ITS CITIZENS.

BUT UNFORTUNATELY MANY OF US, MANY OF US ARE ON THE BRINK OF COLLAPSE.

WE FEEL THE CITY CAN HELP, UH, MYSELF ALONG WITH SOME OTHER PEOPLE GOT TOGETHER AND WE CREATED A LETTER THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE A COPY OF TO THE CITY COUNCIL THAT WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO PRESENT TO THEM.

IT ALLOCATES $5 MILLION TO NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS TO HELP US WITH SALARIES, RENT OPERATIONS.

PLEASE CONSIDER THAT.

AND THANK YOU ONCE AGAIN FOR ALL THE VERY IMPORTANT WORK YOU'RE DOING.

I APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

THANK YOU, LISA.

I THINK WITH THAT, WE'LL MOVE ALONG.

UM, STEPH BRIEFINGS.

SO NAVIO GOOD AFTERNOON.

CAN HE BRING UP MY PRESENTATION LITTLE BIT SPENDING, MAY I ASK WHICH PRESENTATION WE'RE LOOKING FOR OR SPIRAL? THANK YOU.

UM, AND AGAIN, THANK YOU, ARTS COMMISSIONER, THANK YOU.

CHIA

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CASTILLO.

UM, AND IT IS IMPORTANT FOR THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT THAT ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS LEAD WITH EQUITY, AND WE RECOGNIZE THAT WE LEAD WITH RACE AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO ENSURING THAT ALL OF OUR PROGRAMS ARE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL AND ESPECIALLY THOSE MOST VULNERABLE POPULATION.

THE PRESENTATION I'M ABOUT TO PRESENT TO YOU HAS, UM, FUNDING THAT COUNCIL HAS ALREADY APPROVED.

AND I'M GOING TO MOVE QUICKLY BECAUSE I KNOW YOU HAVE OTHER ITEMS ON YOUR AGENDA.

SO IN ADVANCE COUNCIL APPROVED A SPENDING FRAMEWORK ON JUNE 4TH, WE LED WITH THREE AREAS IN MIND, EMERGENCY RESPONSE, MEDICAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH, AND THEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY.

SO GOING TO BE COVERING THE PR PORTION OF ECONOMIC RECOVERY THAT THE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT IS RESPONSIBLE.

BUT AGAIN, THESE FUNDS IN SOME CONTRACTS FOR THIRD PARTY DEPLOYMENT HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO CITY COUNCIL THROUGH TWO RESOLUTIONS, ONE ON MAY 7TH AND THE SECOND ON JUNE 4TH, APPROVE 17 POINT $5 MILLION FOR SMALL BUSINESS ASSISTANCE.

WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE OVER 40,000 SMALL BUSINESSES IN AUSTIN AND THE CLEAR FUND THAT COUNCIL ARTICULATED INCLUDE SOME SPECIFIC ASS.

WE ARE PRO UM, PROPOSING GRANTS.

AGAIN, GRANTS, NOT LOANS UP TO $40,000 FOCUSED ON SMALL BUSINESSES WITH 25 EMPLOYEES OR LESS, NO MORE THAN $5 MILLION IN REVENUE.

AS PART OF THE SMALL BUSINESS PACKAGE, THEY ALSO APPROVE $1 MILLION FOR GRANTS OR LANDLORDS THAT WOULD PROVIDE FAVORABLE LEASE TO COMMERCIAL TENANTS THAT COULD PROVIDE, UH, COMMUNITY BENEFITS.

UM, THIS WAS IMPORTANT TO PRESERVE COMMUNITY ASSETS, UM, OKAY THEN VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES.

NEXT SLIDE AS PART OF, UH, THE ASSISTANCE PRIOR TO MAY 7TH AND JUNE 4TH COUNCIL IN TOTAL APPROVED SEVEN POINT $5 MILLION FOR THE CREATIVE SECTOR SPECIFICALLY, UH, AROUND THE MUSIC DISASTER RELIEF FUND COUNCIL APPROVED $1 MILLION TO PROVIDE A THOUSAND DOLLARS GRANTS TO MUSICIANS IN THE AUSTIN AREA.

IN ADDITION, THEY APPROVED AN AUSTIN CREATIVE DISASTER RELIEF FUND THAT WOULD PROVIDE GRANTS UP TO $50,000 TO ORGANIZATIONS AND INDEPENDENT ARTISTS FACING DISPLACEMENT ON JUNE 4TH, AS PART OF THE SECOND PHASE OF A COVANCE SPENDING FRAMEWORK APPROVAL, $5 MILLION WERE ALLOCATED TO THE CREATIVE SECTOR.

WE ARE NOW IN DEVELOPMENT OF THOSE GUIDELINES, BUT COUNCIL'S DESIRE WAS AGAIN TO PROVIDE CASH ASSISTANCE FOR ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, AND OTHER CREATIVE WORKERS WITHIN AUSTIN.

NEXT SLIDE, NONPROFIT ASSISTANCE COUNCIL APPROVE 6.3, $5 MILLION IN WHAT'S KNOWN AS THE ANCHOR FUND.

MMM.

THEY WERE VERY SPECIFIC IN THE NONPROFIT CATEGORIES THAT THEY WANTED THIS MONEY FOCUSED ON.

AND AGAIN, THIS IS FOR OPERATIONS AS A BUSINESS, NONPROFIT AS A BUSINESS, NOT FOR EXAMPLE, CHILDCARE VOUCHERS THAT GOES TO THE CHILD THAT'S BEING SUPPORTED BY AUSTIN PUBLIC HEALTH.

BUT THE PROPOSAL IS TO PROVIDE GRANTS BETWEEN 10 AND $20,000 FOR NONPROFIT IN THE RESOLUTION THAT COUNCIL APPROVED.

THEY WERE VERY SPECIFIC.

THEY WANTED HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, NONPROFIT TO HAVE ACCESS TO $2 MILLION NONPROFITS THAT FOCUS IN THE WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AND LEGAL SERVICE AREA.

1.2 EDUCATION, 1.5, THOSE NONPROFITS THAT FOCUS ON EDUCATION, ARTS AND CULTURE.

THIS IS THE NONPROFIT THERE'S $1 MILLION SET ASIDE FOR NONPROFITS TO APPLY AGAIN FOR OPERATIONS, NOT, UM, I E BOUNDARIES FOR SUPPLEMENT, BUT FOR YOUR BUSINESS LAST WAS ENVIRONMENT AND ANIMALS, A HALF MILLION DOLLARS, UH, THE OTHER $350,000 THAT WAS RECEIVED.

WE'RE GOING TO FOCUS IN NONPROFITS THAT MAY NOT BE IN THIS CATEGORY.

IF WE FIND WE HAVE MONIES LEFT AND ONE OR THE OTHER CATEGORIES, WE WILL SHIFT THOSE DOWN.

THERE ARE OVER 4,000 NONPROFITS IN AUSTIN THAT ROUGHLY EMPLOYED 21,000 INDIVIDUALS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

NEXT SLIDE.

IN ADDITION, COUNCIL APPROVED FUNDING AROUND WORKER

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AND CUSTOMER SAFETY, 2.5 MILLION, 1 MILLION SPECIFICALLY FOR PPE AND BUSINESS MODIFICATION.

FOR EXAMPLE, IF A BUSINESS DIDN'T HAVE MONEY TO INSTALL PLEXIGLASS, THEY CAN APPLY FOR REIMBURSEMENT FOR THINGS THAT WILL HELP GET BUSINESSES BACK UP AND RUNNING, UM, THAT ARE IN COMPLIANCE WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING AND EVERYTHING THAT'S NEEDED TO KEEP A CUSTOMER STATE COMING INTO BUSINESS.

IN ADDITION, THEY APPROVED ONE POINT $5 MILLION FOR MEDICAL ASSISTANCE.

UH, WE KNOW OUR FRONTLINE WORKERS.

WE DEFINITELY APPRECIATE THEM, BUT WE KNOW THAT SOME ARE APPREHENSIVE.

SO WE'RE FOCUSED ON PROVIDING MENTAL HEALTH TO LOW AND MODERATE INCOME WORKERS WITHIN THE AUSTIN AREA.

NEXT SLIDE, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE.

SO NOT ONLY DO WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO PROVIDE OPERATIONAL SUPPORT FOR SMALL BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS, WE WANT TO BE ABLE TO EQUIP THESE NONPROFITS OR SUCCESS.

SO TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL THAT RECEIVE A GRANT, EITHER ON THE CLEAR SITE FOR SMALL BUSINESS OR THE ANCHOR SIDE FOR NONPROFITS, FOR ORGANIZATION, DISASTER PREPARATION AND RESILIENCY CAPACITY BUILDING, AS WELL AS COBIT COMPLIANCE AND NONPROFIT MANAGEMENT, IF YOU NEED ASSISTANCE FOR THAT.

UH, AND AGAIN, THESE FUNDS HAVE ALREADY BEEN APPROVED BY COUNCIL.

WE HAVE SELECTED A BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU TO OPERATE THE CLEAR AND THE ANCHOR FUND, SMALL BUSINESS AND THE NONPROFIT FOR DISBURSEMENT.

WE WILL BE WORKING WITH COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS TO HELP REACH DEEP INTO VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES THAT MAY NOT HAVE EVER ENGAGED WITH A COUNCIL.

THOSE ORGANIZATIONS THAT INDIVIDUALS FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH VERSUS COMING DIRECTLY FOR THE CITY.

AND WE BELIEVE THAT THIS WILL BE A GREAT PARTNERSHIP AGAIN, TO REACH DEEPER INTO THE COMMUNITY.

ALL OF THESE PROGRAMS WERE REVIEWED AND EMBEDDED BY THE EQUITY OFFICE.

WE TOOK THEIR RECOMMENDATIONS AND HAVE INCORPORATED THEM INTO THE GUIDELINES.

AND I BELIEVE THIS IS MY LAST LIFE AND I CAN COME BACK TO THE NEXT MEETING.

SO YOU CAN KIND OF DIGEST ALL OF THAT AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.

YES.

WHEN IS THE ANCHOR FUNDING GONNA BE OPEN FOR PEOPLE TO APPLY? OUR GOAL IS TO LAUNCH BY THE END OF THE MONTH, WE'RE STILL WORKING WITH OUR THIRD PARTY ADMINISTRATORS AND SECURING CONTRACTS WITH OUR COMMUNITY PARTNERS, TESTING THE SYSTEM TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN IT OPENS IT DOESN'T, UH, IT WORKS SMOOTHLY.

I DON'T THINK WHAT CAN WE TELL ORGANIZATIONS THEY SHOULD PREPARE IN ORDER TO APPLY? WHAT KIND OF PAPERWORK WILL THEY DO? AND ALL OF THAT INFORMATION WILL BE PART OF OUR MARKETING CAMPAIGN.

AND THOSE ARE THE DETAILS THAT WE'RE WORKING OUT.

AGAIN, WE ARE MAKING IT LOW BARRIER OF TAKING FEEDBACK FROM THE EQUITY OFFICE, AND WE NEED TO BUILD THAT IN WITH OUR THIRD PARTY, UM, UH, ADMINISTRATOR.

AND SO WHEN WE ROLL THAT OUT, THE COMMUNITY CHAMPIONS WILL BE TRAINED SO THEY CAN ASSIST INDIVIDUALS WITH THE PAPERWORK NECESSARY.

AND SO THAT'S WHY WE NEED THE RUNWAY BEFORE WE CAN LAUNCH TO GET THEM TRAINED.

I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT FOR EVERYONE LISTENING AND THE COMMISSION THAT, I MEAN, I THINK THIS IS VERY GENEROUS AND MILLION DOLLARS IS ALWAYS WELCOMED, BUT IF IT'S A MILLION DOLLARS DIVIDED AMONGST 4,400 NONPROFITS THAT COMES OUT TO LESS THAN $250 PER NONPROFIT, UM, IF WE'RE DOING GRANTS OF 10,000 AND 20,000, THAT MONEY IS GOING TO DISAPPEAR ALMOST INSTANTANEOUSLY, WHICH BRINGS ME BACK TO THAT.

UH, THE EARLIER REQUEST, UM, THE CHAIR CASTILLO READ ABOUT, UH, OR THAT WE WERE SENT THAT I BELIEVE CAME THAT LISA SHEP MADE REFERENCE TO REQUESTING $5 MILLION, UM, FOR THE ARTS.

UH, I FIND IT HARD TO BELIEVE THAT A MILLION DOLLARS IS GOING TO COVER EVERYTHING.

ALL OF OUR SURGES NATIONS NEED AS, AS GENEROUS AS IT IS.

SO THANK YOU FOR THE MILLION DOLLARS.

WE NEED MORE.

AND LET ME CLARIFY THAT DATA CAME FROM OUR DATABASE AND IT INCLUDES ALL INCLUDING CHURCHES.

SO WHEN YOU KIND OF DISTILL THAT DOWN TO WHAT REALLY SUCCINCT NONPROFITS, BECAUSE THE RESOLUTION WASN'T VERY SPECIFIC ON WHICH NONPROFITS QUALIFIED, AND I PROBABLY SHOULD HAVE PUT AN ASHTRAY, BUT YOU'RE LOOKING AT ABOUT 700, MAYBE 700 ARTS NONPROFITS, OR DO WE KNOW HOW MANY ARTS NONPROFITS IN GENERAL I'LL HAVE TO GET THAT BREAKDOWN?

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I'M JUST CURIOUS HOW MANY ARTS NONPROFITS ARE DIVIDED.

THANK YOU, COMMISSIONER.

POLGAR SO QUICK QUESTION.

THANK YOU, SYLVIA, FOR ALL OF THAT INFORMATION.

UM, AND I JUST, FOR MY OWN CLARIFICATION, AND THIS IS STEP, IS THIS SEPARATE FROM THE RISE FUND? YES, THIS IS SEPARATE FROM THE RISE.

SO KNOW THAT IF YOU FALL WITHIN THE RISE CATEGORY, UM, INDIVIDUALS SHOULD DEFINITELY APPLY FOR THAT.

AND IT WON'T PRECLUDE YOU FOR COMING BACK OVER ON THE CREATIVE SIDE.

THANK YOU FOR RAISING THAT.

YES.

EYES IS OPEN TO ANY AND EVERYONE, RIGHT.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER FLORES.

HOW CAN YOU REMIND US? UM, I'M SORRY, CAN YOU REMIND US HOW MUCH WAS IN THE RISE THEN? AND IS IT ALL GONE? I WILL HAVE TO FIND THAT OUT ORIGINALLY IT WAS 15 MILLION AND I BELIEVE THEY ADDED 7 MILLION TO IT.

SO FOR A TOTAL OF ABOUT 23, BUT I WILL CONFIRM THAT THEY HAVE AND WHERE WE GET THAT INFORMATION OUT AND THE LINK.

OKAY.

CURIOUS.

OKAY.

ANOTHER HYMAN, ANOTHER QUICK QUESTION YOU HAD BEFORE THE, UM, 5 MILLION THAT WAS APPROVED ON SIX NINE, I BELIEVE YOU SAID FOR THE CREATIVE SECTOR, UM, WHICH IS SEPARATE FROM THE 1 MILLION UNDER THE NONPROFIT.

EXACTLY.

CORRECT.

UM, AND SO NOW, IN ADDITION, I'M JUST WANTING TO UNDERSTAND THAT WE'RE, WE RECEIVED THAT REQUEST FOR 5 MILLION.

UM, UM, I'M HEARING IT AS AN ADDITIONAL 5 MILLION THAT THEY'RE ASKING THAT WE ASKED CITY COUNCIL FOR.

I GUESS WE HAVE TO CLARIFY THAT WITH THE ASKER, CLARIFY THAT WITH THE ASKERS AGAIN, THIS BENDING FRAMEWORK WAS DEVELOPED, UH, IN CONJUNCTION WITH DEPARTMENTS, UH, DIRECTORS.

WE DID HEAR FROM COUNCIL MEMBERS OF THEIR DESIRE.

THEY HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO WEIGHT IN, ON THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK AND, UM, THE 5 MILLION WAS DEFINITELY FOR INDIVIDUAL ASSISTANCE.

COMMISSIONER FLORES.

YES.

I BELIEVE, I BELIEVE IN THE LETTER AND THE WAY IT WAS TO ME, THEY'RE ASKING FOR A LEAP FOR, UH, ARTS, NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION.

THAT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING.

SO THAT WOULD BE OUTSIDE THE OF 5 MILLION THAT CITY COUNCIL HAS APPROVED FOR SPENDING THAT WOULD DO FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS, MUSICIANS, AND CREATIVES, AND THOSE INDIVIDUAL GRANTS FOR I, HOW I'M READING IT, BUT I COULD BE WRONG.

COMMISSIONER GARZA, DON'T FORGET TO UNMUTE.

THERE WE GO.

ONE THING THAT I'VE NOTICED, UH, SO FAR IS THAT, AND I THANK YOU FOR HAVING THOSE TRAINERS READY, BUT MY QUESTION REGARDING THOSE TRAINERS IS HOW ARE WE GOING TO ENSURE THAT, OR IS THERE A TIMELINE THAT THESE TRAINERS WILL BE CONDUCTING THEIR WORKSHOPS? BECAUSE ONE THINGS THAT WE'VE NOTICED SO FAR IS THAT THE SOONER YOU GET YOUR APPLICATION IN CORRECTLY ON TIME, THE GREATER YOUR CHANCES ARE OF GETTING FUNDED.

SO GIVEN HOW MANY CONTRACTORS WE HAVE, HOW ARE THESE, HOW ARE YOUR TRAINERS GOING TO BE AVAILABLE TO ALL OUR CONTRACTORS SO THAT NO ONE GETS AN UNFAIR ADVANTAGE OR WILL THERE BE A MASQUERADING OR WILL BE INDIVIDUAL TRAINEES? BECAUSE I CERTAINLY DON'T WANT, YOU KNOW, THOSE ORGANIZATIONS WITH, YOU KNOW, BIGGER STAFF AND BIGGER BUDGETS TO BE ABLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SITUATION AND GET THEIR APPLICATIONS IN RIGHT, AND QUICKLY, WHEREAS THE OTHER GROUPS MIGHT NOT.

SO HOW ARE WE GOING TO ADDRESS, YOU KNOW, MAKING SURE THAT EVERYONE HAS ACCESS TO THE TRAINERS AND EVERYONE CAN DO IT CORRECTLY THE FIRST TIME.

GREAT QUESTION.

AND SO WE'RE LEARNING LESSONS FROM EVERY PROGRAM THAT WE HAVE LAUNCHED.

AND WHAT WE HAVE FOUND IS THAT WE NEED TO GIVE FOR LACK OF A BETTER TERM, A RUNWAY.

SO ONCE THE PROGRAM IS ANNOUNCED AND THE CHAMPIONS ARE NOW APPLICATIONS, TYPICALLY WON'T COME IN FOR AT LEAST A WEEK.

SO IT GIVES INDIVIDUALS TIME TO GET EVERYTHING TOGETHER THAT'S NEEDED.

AND I'M NOT, DON'T SAY DON'T QUOTE ME THAT IT'S A WEEK.

WE MAY DO 10 DAYS, DEPENDING ON, YOU KNOW, FEEDBACK WE'VE HEARD FROM OTHER PROGRAMS. WHAT, WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS TAKE THE LESSONS LEARNED BECAUSE WE LAUNCHED THE LOAN PROGRAM.

WE LAUNCHED MUSIC, WE WANTED TO SEIZE THAT.

AND SO EVERY ITERATION WE'RE LEARNING, SO NOW WE'RE DOING CLEAR, WE'RE DOING ANCHOR.

AND THEN AFTER THAT WE HAVE A 5 MILLION, THEN YOU HAVE THE, UH, COMMERCIAL RENT AND ALL THAT.

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AND SO WE'RE JUST TAKING IT AND ASKING THE PUBLIC FOR PATIENTS BECAUSE WE WE'VE BEEN GIVEN NINE PROGRAMS TO STAND UP.

AND SO AGAIN, TRYING TO BUILD AN EQUITY OFFICE AND MAKE SURE WE GET FEEDBACK AND ALL OF THAT, BUT THE GOAL IS TO GIVE A RUNWAY SO THAT INDIVIDUALS CAN START GETTING THEIR INFORMATION TOGETHER.

THANK YOU.

UH, I WANTED TO POINT OUT

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THAT WE DO HAVE A DISCUSSION ITEM UNDER NEW BUSINESS, AND I WANT TO PUT IT OUT TO THE COMMISSION.

DOES IT MAKE SENSE THAT WE MOVE IT UP TO DISCUSS NOW, BEFORE WE, UM, START DISCUSSING FISCAL YEAR 21, JUST SO THAT WE DON'T MIX UP OUR TIMELINES AS WE'RE DISCUSSING THESE DIFFERENT FUNDS, I'LL MOVE.

IF YOU WANT, I'LL REMOVE IT MOTION BY FLORES TO MOVE, UH, FOR A, TO, UH, TO NOW SECONDED BY POLDARK.

UH, IF THERE ARE NO, UH, I'M FORGETTING THE WORD NOW, BUT IF THERE ARE NO OBJECTIONS IT'S APPROVED ON CONSENT AND WE ARE MOVING INTO DISCUSSION OF, OF COVID UPDATES, INCLUDING HOT CARES AND THAT COMMUNITY RECOMMENDATION, I THINK COMMISSIONER FLORES ALREADY BROUGHT UP THE LETTER.

YEAH, I SHOULD HAVE POKER.

SO, AND LISTENING TO THIS AND, AND, UM, COMMISSIONER FLORES, I HAD THE SAME QUESTION THAT YOU DID ABOUT THE LETTER AND WHETHER THEY, THE COMMUNITY'S REQUESTING AN ADDITIONAL 5 MILLION ON TOP OF WHAT IS ALREADY THERE.

IT SOUNDS TO ME LIKE WE WERE MOVING ON PARALLEL TRACKS, LIKE THE SAME TIME THAT THE CITY WAS WORKING ON, ON THESE FINANCIAL ISSUES, THE COMMUNITY WAS ALSO WORKING AND THAT WE WERE NOT GOOD ABOUT CONNECTING THOSE DOTS, JUST EVERYBODY'S TRYING TO GET IT ALL DONE AT THE SAME TIME, WHICH IS FINE.

UM, I'M WONDERING, I UNDERSTAND.

SO NOVIA, THAT COUNCILS WILL, WAS THAT 5 MILLION WAS FOR INDIVIDUALS GIVEN THAT THERE ARE RIDES FUNDS POTENTIALLY AVAILABLE, THAT ANYBODY CAN APPLY TO, AS LONG AS THEY QUALIFY MIGHT BE SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD WANT TO LOOK AT TO GO BACK TO COUNCIL AND SAY, COULD WE SPLIT THAT FUND? SO PART OF IT STAYS WITH THE INDIVIDUALS AS PLANNED.

AND PART OF IT IS FUNNELED INTO NONPROFITS, JUST A THOUGHT, AND THIS IS BAD.

YOU RECOGNIZE AS WELL.

THAT WAS COMMISSIONER FLORES.

YES.

UM, UH, YES.

I AGREE WITH COMMISSIONER VICE-CHAIR GAR, UH, HOWEVER IT WAS PARALLEL TRACKS, BUT AT THE SAME TIME, I'M NOT SURE THAT THE COMMUNITY THAT SENT THIS CURRENT LETTER WAS AWARE OF THE ACTIONS BEING TAKEN.

SO THEREFORE MAY NOT HAVE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO TESTIFY AT CITY COUNCIL.

AND SO I THINK THE CLARIFICATION NEEDS TO BE, I MEAN, I DON'T, I LIKE YOUR IDEA OF, OF MAYBE MASSAGING THAT IF THERE ARE NO OTHER FUNDS AVAILABLE TO BE FOUND IN WHATEVER, YOU KNOW, SOFA CUSHIONS WE CAN FIND WITHIN THE CITY.

BUT, UH, I, I FIRST WOULD LIKE TO CLARIFY WHERE IT'S, WHETHER IT'S AN ASK FOR AN ADDITIONAL 5 MILLION FOR NONPROFIT OR ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AND, UH, AND OR WHETHER THAT'S EVEN FEASIBLE AND OR IF YOUR SUGGESTION MIGHT BE COMPROMISE.

OKAY.

UM, YEAH, I MIGHT, MY THOUGHT WOULD BE IF WE CAN TAKE IT PIECE BY PIECE, SO IF WE CAN OPEN UP SOME FUNDS NOW AND THEN KEEP WORKING ON WHAT MIGHT BE THE NEXT COMING DOWN THE PIKE, I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S GOING TO BE ANY MORE FEDERAL MONEY.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE.

EVERYTHING SEEMS TO BE MOVING AT A CONSTANT RATE AND CHANGING DAILY, HOURLY.

UM, BUT IT SEEMS LIKE I NEED TO START SOMEWHERE AND YEAH, YOUR POINT IS ABSOLUTELY WELL TAKEN.

LIKE HOW, HOW WOULD ANYBODY KNOW WHAT'S HAPPENING? THERE'S SO MANY THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON SO QUICKLY.

UM, THE COMMISSION HAS EVERY RIGHT TO SEND A LETTER TO COUNSEL.

I WOULD ALSO SUGGEST MAYBE LISTENING TO THE DIALOGUE, UM, FROM THE DIOCESE, UH, ABOUT THAT, UM, UM, WOULD BE HELPFUL.

BUT AGAIN, YOUR COMMISSION IS FREE TO DO WHAT, UM, WHAT THEY LIKE, BUT THAT CONVERSATION BETWEEN RISE AND THAT DID HAPPEN.

RIGHT.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

CAN YOU REMIND US WHICH MEETING THAT HAD THAT DISCUSSION OCCURRED? SO IT OCCURRED MAY 20.

YEAH, PROBABLY THE LAST THURSDAY IN MAY.

I BELIEVE THAT'S WHEN THEY STARTED DIALOGUE AND THEN THEY CAME IN APPROVED BECAUSE THERE WAS SOME CHANGES.

OKAY.

UM, ON THE TIRES, THE DAY IT WAS APPROVED BECAUSE THE SMALL BUSINESS AMOUNT WAS ACTUALLY REDUCED BY 7 MILLION.

OKAY.

SO WOULD IT MAKE SENSE AGAIN, THINKING OUT

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LOUD HERE TOO, TO ASK US ALL TO GO DO THAT HOMEWORK AND COME BACK AND PUT THIS ON FOR, IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A SPECIAL MEETING COMING UP, PUT THE SONG BACK ON THE CONVERSATION AT THE END OF THE NEXT SPECIAL MEETING THAT CAN, YEAH, WE'RE MOVING FAST.

AND FIRST, BECAUSE WE HEAR THE NEED AND THE COMMUNITY, NOT THAT THE NONPROFIT SIDE ISN'T RECOGNIZED, BUT, UM, WE ARE TRYING TO LAUNCH THESE PROGRAMS QUICKLY.

I KNOW I'M AWARE.

I DON'T WANT TO GET IN ANYBODY'S WAY MACH AND THEN FLORES.

DON'T FORGET TO UNMUTE.

YES.

UM, I HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE NEWS AND, YOU KNOW, AND OUR CREATIVE COMMUNITY IS REALLY HURTING AND WITH THE RUMOR OF A SECOND WAY OF COPING, WHAT 19.

SO I THINK WE ARE GOING TO, UM, THE CHALLENGE IS GOING TO STAY FOR A LONG TIME.

SO, UM, WHAT I'M WONDERING, UM, FIRST OF ALL, WE NEED TO BE REALISTIC ABOUT THAT PILE OF MONEY AND HOW MUCH, YOU KNOW, WE SHOULD, UM, ASPHALT AND ALSO BE REALISTIC ABOUT, UM, HOW MUCH WE NEED.

SO HOW DID THAT, I'M WONDERING, HOW DID THE 5 MILLION COMING ABOUT, UM, IS THIS THE CITY MONEY COME COMING DOWN FROM THE FAD? OR ARE WE ALSO LOOKING AT SOME STATE FUNDING? I MEAN, W W I'M JUST TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT'S AVAILABLE OUT THERE, YOU KNOW, SO THAT WE CAN HAVE, UH, WE HAVE AS INTELLIGENTLY AND REALISTICALLY, SO THAT WE WILL HAVE A HIGHEST SUCCESSFUL RATE.

SO THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK WAS BUILT AROUND THE CITY, RECEIVED FUNDS FROM THE FIRST STIMULUS PACKAGE.

THEY ALSO HAVE SOME FEMA FUNDS THAT THEY HAVE RECEIVED BECAUSE OF THE DECLARATION, AS WELL AS SOME RESERVES.

SO THE ENTIRE AMOUNT OF THE SPENDING FRAMEWORK, WHICH I CAN SEND THE LINK TO ANN MARIE TO GET OUT WAS ABOUT 270 MILLION QUESTION THAT I JUST WALKED THROUGH WITH ONLY THE PORTION THAT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN CHARGED TO DEPLOY.

BUT AGAIN, THE 270 WAS BROKEN INTO THREE CATEGORIES, EMERGENCY RESPONSE, PUBLIC AND MEDICAL HEALTH, THEN ECONOMIC RECOVERY, AND WITHIN ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS RENTAL ASSISTANCE AS WELL AS RISE.

SO ALL OF THAT IS IN THE, IN BIG SPENDING FRAMEWORK, WHICH IS ONLINE.

AND I CAN SEND THAT LINK TO ANN MARIE TO GET OUT ALL THE DETAILS.

AND THE $5 MILLION WAS ACTUALLY A RECOMMENDATION FROM A COUNCIL PERSON, AND IT WAS CARES.

THE SOURCE WAS HERS, RIGHT? YEAH.

SO I READ THE LETTER JUST NOW IT DOESN'T SPECIFY AS TO SHOOT IT FROM CARE OR SHOULD IT COME FROM WHEREVER? I THINK THE ORGAN, THE TENOR OF THE TONE OF THE LETTER IS PLEASE FIND CITY OF AUSTIN, PLEASE FIND WAS $5 MILLION TO HER TO HELP THE ARTS ORGANIZATIONS, BECAUSE WE ARE AN ECONOMIC DRIVER IN THE CITY.

AND IF IT'S NOT ADDRESSED THAT, YOU KNOW, AT THIS STAGE, IN THIS, IN THIS CRITICAL TIME PERIOD OF THIS PRICES, THAT THEY MAY, THAT ECONOMIC ENGINE MAY DISAPPEAR.

SO, UM, YOU KNOW, I SYMPATHIZE, I KNOW YOU HAVE TO ROB PETER TO PAY PAUL OUT WITH A REGULAR CITY BUDGET, REVENUES, ZEROS, OR ANYTHING LIKE THAT.

BUT I THINK THAT THE ARTS ORGANIZATION, AT LEAST TO MY UNDERSTANDING, SOMEBODY CAN CORRECT ME IF I'M WRONG IS URGING THE ARTS COMMISSION TO BE ADVOCATE TO THE CITY COUNCIL AND TO THE CITY OF AUSTIN TO FIND $5 MILLION.

UH, I'M, I'M READING IT AS SHE DID THIS, UH, HAIR'S MONEY, UH, SO THAT THEY, AND AGAIN, I SAY I COULD BE WRONG, BUT I'M READING IT.

AND IF WE WANT TO TAKE MORE TIME TO ADDRESS THIS ISSUE, LET THE OTHER PROCEED.

I DON'T WANT TO MISS THE BOAT ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO OPEN UP THAT MONEY TO ORGANIZATIONS, AS OPPOSED TO JUST INDIVIDUALS.

HOWEVER, IF THERE'S A WAY TO PREVAIL IN ANY WAY ON THE CITY TO FIND AN ADDITIONAL $5 MILLION SHARE THIS VERY IMPORTANT ECONOMIC SECTOR OF THE CITY

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THAT, YOU KNOW, I WOULD BE OBVIOUSLY IN FAVOR OF PUSHING A LETTER TO THAT EFFECT SO THAT, UM, THEY CAN BE HEARD JUST JUMPING IN TO LET YOU GUYS KNOW WE HAVE ABOUT A LITTLE LESS THAN 45 MINUTES LEFT FOR THE MEETING.

THANK YOU.

AND MARIE, UH, COMMISSIONER BARNS.

UM, I GUESS MY QUESTION, AND I DON'T KNOW HOW THESE QUESTIONS ARE GETTING EITHER COMMUNICATED TWO WHOMEVER THEY NEED TO BE COMMUNICATED TO, BUT TO THE GROUP TO THAT SORT OF CONSORTIUM GROUP THAT SIGNED THE LETTER, UM, WHAT IS THE BASIS OF $5 MILLION? IS THAT JUST A NUMBER THAT WAS SORT OF EXTRACTED WITH REGARDS TO WHAT THE CARERS HAD SET ASIDE? DID EVERY ARTS GROUP AND ARTISTS PUT FORWARD A BUDGET, UM, SAYING THIS IS WHAT WE WOULD NEED TO GET US THROUGH.

UM, SO I GUESS TO, I WOULD, I CERTAINLY WANT TO CHAMPION ANYTHING THAT HELPS THE CREATIVE COMMUNITY, BUT I THINK KNOWING MORE INFORMATION ABOUT WHERE THAT FIGURE ACTUALLY ORIGINATED FROM AND WHAT DOES THAT EQUATE TO? SO, YOU KNOW, FOR, UM, LISA, UM, SHEP'S GROUP, YOU KNOW, IS THAT SIX JOBS, SIX FULL TIME JOBS THAT WILL BE ABLE TO BE RETAINED.

AND MAYBE THAT'S PART OF THE APPLICATION PROCESS THAT THIS GOES THROUGH.

BUT I THINK IN ORDER FOR US TO ADVOCATE, UM, AT A TIME WHERE EVERY, EVERY, UM, AREA IS NEEDING ADDITIONAL FUNDING, WE WOULD NEED TO KNOW JUST SOME MORE INFORMATION, UM, TO HELP BE REALLY GOOD ADVOCATES FOR THIS CAUSE GOING INTO CITY COUNCIL SAYING WE WANT 5 MILLION MORE DOLLARS FOR THE CREATIVE ECONOMY.

THEY'VE WE WOULD BE THE 10TH GROUP THAT HAS SAID THAT IN THE, PROBABLY THE LAST HOUR, UM, WITH SO MANY OTHER GROUPS SAYING THE SAME THING.

SO I THINK ANY INFORMATION THEY CAN GIVE US TO HELP SUBSTANTIATE THAT FIGURE WOULD DEFINITELY HELP.

YEAH.

AS, AS CHAIR, I'M HAPPY TO COMMUNICATE AND, AND TRY TO GET A MEETING WITH THEM TO CLARIFY THAT COMMISSIONER FANTE.

YEAH.

I JUST WANT TO REMARK THAT, UM, I'VE RECENTLY SIGNED THE LETTER MYSELF AS AN ARTS ORGANIZATION.

UM, SO I, I BELIEVE THAT, UH, THIS MONEY IS NECESSARY AND I DON'T NEED TO KNOW EXACTLY HOW $5 MILLION IS BEING SPENT.

I DON'T THINK WE KNOW HOW ANY OF THE MONEY THAT CONSTANTLY GIVES OUT IS SPENT UNTIL PEOPLE DO THE APPLICATION PROCESS.

I DON'T THINK $5 MILLION IS EVEN ENOUGH TO COVER WHAT WILL HELP ECONOMIC RECOVERY FOR THE ARTS ORGANIZATIONS.

SO I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT IS A NECESSARY THING TO GET ALL THE DETAILS.

UM, I'D LIKE TO ADVOCATE FOR ARTS GROUPS AND FOR AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE.

I DON'T THINK 5 MILLION IS GOING TO COVER IT.

SO WE MIGHT AS WELL ASK FOR 5 MILLION IN ADDITION TO EVERYTHING ELSE, THE CARES ACT AND ANCHOR FUND AND WHATEVER.

I MEAN, YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL DYING HERE AND WE MAY BE THE 10TH ORGANIZATION ASKS FOR $5 MILLION, BUT WE MAY NOT BE THE 10TH ORGANIZATION THAT ASKED FOR $5 MILLION WITH A 13 PAGE LIST OF PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY WHO SIGNED IT.

I MEAN, I THINK IF WE'RE REALLY SAYING WE'RE REPRESENTING OUR COMMUNITY, UM, IF WE DON'T TURN AROUND AND DO SOMETHING, WHEN YOU HAVE THAT MANY PEOPLE SUPPORTING AN IDEA, UM, I THINK IT JUST LOOKS LIKE WE'RE NOT LISTENING.

WE CAN'T HEAR YOU.

OH, THERE YOU GO.

YES.

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH.

OKAY, GOOD.

YEAH.

I AGREE WITH REBECCA, I TOO HAVE COMMITTED TO, TO SUPPORTING THIS $5 MILLION ASK.

UH, JUST LIKE REBECCA SAYS, OUR ARTS COMMUNITY IS, IS REALLY SUFFERING.

THERE ARE FOLKS WHO ARE LOSING THEIR JOBS.

THERE ARE WHERE YOU MISS SOUTH BY WITH MISS CINCO DE MAYO.

WE'RE GOING TO BE CONNECTED WITH CESA AND THE ASIAN FESTIVAL AND NEW YEAR'S AND JUNETEENTH AND ALL THIS.

AND SO WE DEFINITELY NEED SOME HELP.

UH, OUR ARTISTS ARE VIBRANT CHURCH COMMUNITY.

THERE ARE CONTRIBUTING MEMBERS, NOT ONLY ECONOMICALLY, BUT ALSO AS ROLE MODELS IN THE COMMUNITY.

SO THE MORE WE CAN DO TO SUPPORT THEM, THEN I'M ALL FOR IT.

AND THAT'S BASICALLY ALL, I JUST WANT TO SAY I'M FOR IT.

AND

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I SUPPORT IT.

THANK YOU, CON FLORES THEN BARNES.

YES.

I WANT TO REITERATE THAT.

I, I, I AM ALSO IN SUPPORT OF THAT.

THAT'S WHAT MY ORIGINAL COMMENT WAS THAT I THINK AS ADVOCATES FOR THE ARTS, WE ADVOCATE FOR THE ARTS THROUGH THE COUNCIL AND WE'VE GOTTEN A CLEAR COMMUNICATION THAT THEIR DESK THEY'RE DYING AND THEY NEED THE MONEY.

SO I HAD TO AGREE WITH THAT AND I WOULD BE HAPPY TO MAKE A MOTION JUST FOR THE DISCUSSION TO, UM, AT THE ARTS COMMISSION, WRITE A LETTER TO THE CITY COUNCIL REQUESTING $5 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONS FOR, AS THEY SAID IN THEIR LETTER OPERATIONS AND JOB RETENTION.

UM, I THINK IT'S CRITICAL THAT WE DO SO.

YEAH.

SO MY MOTION ON THE TABLE.

SO MOTION TO SUPPORT THE LETTER.

I SECOND FLORES.

I JUST WANTED TO CONFIRM THAT THE MOTION TO SUPPORT THE LETTER.

YES.

I SAID THE MOTION FOR THE ARTS COMMISSION TO WRITE A LETTER, TO REQUEST $5 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR NONPROFIT ARTS ORGANIZATIONS AS REQUESTED BY THE UNDERSIGNED ORGANIZATION IN ADDITIONAL.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, I'M, I'M HAVING A LITTLE BIT OF CONNECTION.

UM, SOMETIMES Y'ALL ARE, UH, SHIPPING OUT THERE, SO, AND THEN SO SECONDED BY FANTINI.

I SAW UNHEARD.

YES, PLEASE.

UM, COMMISSIONER BARNES, YOU HAD A COMMENT, WE CONTINUE DISCUSSION.

I D I DO WANT TO LET EVERYBODY KNOW THAT I WANT TO WRAP THIS UP IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF MINUTES SO THAT WE CAN HAVE TIME FOR THE NEXT PRESENTATION YOU'RE MUTED COMMISSIONER BARNS.

BUT, UM, AGAIN, I'M NOT OPPOSED TO THIS.

I THINK WHAT I WANT TO MAKE SURE IS THAT, UM, IS THAT IS 5 MILLION ENOUGH.

UM, AND HOW LONG IS THAT GOING TO CARRY GROUPS FOR? ARE WE GOING TO BE WRITING ANOTHER LETTER IN THREE MONTHS ASKING FOR AN ADDITIONAL 5 MILLION? AND SO I JUST THINK GOING TO THE, WELL AS, AS, UM, WITH HAVE ENOUGH INFORMATION, CERTAINLY HELPS STRENGTHEN OUR, ASKING OUR, UM, OUR REASON FOR SUPPORTING THAT.

UM, OR AT LEAST MY REASON FOR SUPPORTING THAT.

UM, I, AS I SAID, I'M, I'M ALL FOR SUPPORTING THE ARTISTIC COMMUNITY.

I JUST THINK THAT IT'S, I WANTED MORE, I WANT MORE INFORMATION.

OKAY.

UM, SO I SEE YOUR HAND COMMISSIONER FLORES, BUT GIVE ME A MOMENT AND COMMISSIONER VANDYKE.

UH, I DID SAY WE WANTED TO WRAP THIS UP.

WHAT I'M HEARING IS WE HAVE SOME COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE READY TO SUPPORT AND WRITE A LETTER ADVOCATING COUNCIL FOR 5 MILLION.

WHAT I'M ALSO HEARING IS THAT WE WANT TO CLARIFY, HAVE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, HAVE TIME TO SPEAK WITH THIS GROUP.

AND WITH THOSE TWO, UM, POSITIONS WANT TO REMIND EVERYONE THAT WE'VE ALREADY SCHEDULED A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING FOR NEXT WEEK, SO WE CAN BRING THIS BACK.

SO, AND A WEEK DELAY IN WRITING A LETTER, I DON'T THINK, UH, IS DETRIMENTAL.

AND SO I WANT US TO CONSIDER THAT, UM, HAVING SAID THAT COMMISSION FOR US.

YEAH.

I'LL CONSIDER THAT.

I'D ALSO SAY THAT THE GROUP WROTE THE LETTER, THEY ASKED FOR THE AMOUNT, IF THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE ASKING FOR, THEY, I'M SURE THEY GAVE IT THOUGHT AND REQUESTED IT.

IF YOU WANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AS TO WHY OR HOW THEY CAME UP WITH THAT FIGURE.

I THINK, YOU KNOW, THEY BASICALLY PUT IT OUT THERE ON THE LINE IN BOLD A COUPLE OF TIMES.

AND SO I'M THINKING OF ALL THESE ORGANIZATIONS SIGNED IT, UM, YOU KNOW, THAT WAS WHAT THEY WERE ASKING FOR.

AND SO WE MOVED FORWARD WITH THAT AND, UH, WHETHER OR NOT IT'S FEASIBLE FOR THEM TO COME BACK TO THE WELL, AFTER ASSUMING THEY COULD GET, WE CAN GET THIS, YOU KNOW, OUT OF CITY COUNCIL, UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S THEIR ASS, BUT YOU ALL FEEL STRONGLY ABOUT WAITING A WEEK CLARIFY, UH, I'M WILLING TO CONSIDER THAT, BUT I'M READY TO VOTE COMMISSIONER VANDYKE, AND THEN WE'LL CALL THE VOTE.

UM, I'M AFRAID TO ASK A QUESTION SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST ONE, BUT I'LL TRY, I I'M REALLY CONFUSED.

UM, SO I'LL TRY TO ASK, UH, A CLARIFYING QUESTION.

UM, THE, UH, UH, THE POOL OF MONEY THAT'S

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ALREADY BEEN ALLOCATED.

I'M CONFUSED ABOUT, ABOUT THAT.

I APPRECIATE, UH, SO NOVI IS A EXPLANATION OF EVERYTHING, BUT, UM, SO I, I OWN A, UM, POTTERY STUDIO.

I RENT TO 30 OTHER POTTERS AND I'M IN A COMPLEX WITH A BUNCH OF OTHER ARTISTS.

UM, SO WE, UH, TRIED APPLYING FOR SOME OF THE MONEY AND IT WAS, THERE WAS, WE WERE REALLY CONFUSED A LOT.

MY WIFE FINALLY FINISHED IT TODAY.

UM, AND I THINK, UH, LET'S SEE, UH, UH, MS. POOLE GUARD, UH, SUGGESTED MAYBE THAT, UH, THE NONPROFIT WAS, UH, MIXED WITH PROFIT AND MAYBE IT WOULD HELP TO CLARIFY IF I UNDERSTAND THINGS RIGHT.

IT'S WRITTEN ALL UNDER NONPROFIT AND WORK, BUT WE WERE TOLD TO GO AHEAD AND APPLY ANYWAY, THAT IT MAY APPLY TO US.

SO, UM, THAT AS FAR AS THE EXTRA 5 MILLION, HAVE WE ALREADY ALLOCATED THE MONEY THAT'S OVER OR, YOU KNOW, SPENT THE MONEY THAT'S ALREADY BEEN ALLOCATED.

UM, AND I'M SURE THERE'S NEVER ENOUGH MONEY TO, IS THAT AT ALL CLARIFYING, RIGHT.

SO NOW THE $5 MILLION HAD NOT BEEN DEPLOYED YET.

THEY'RE IN THE RESOLUTION THAT COUNCIL APPROVED.

THERE WAS AN ITEM CALLED CLEAR, WHICH WAS FOCUSED ON SMALL BUSINESS AND THEN ANCHOR, WHICH WAS FOCUSED ON NONPROFITS.

AND SO WE'RE DEVELOPING THAT.

WE SPOKE WITH DOCKER, WHICH WAS FOCUSED ON NONPROFIT.

AND SO WE'RE DEVELOPING THOSE, FINALIZING THE GUIDELINES, WORKING WITH A THIRD PARTY TO GET READY TO DEPLOY.

I THINK YOU MAY HAVE APPLIED UNDER OUR CREATIVES OR AUSTIN SPACE RELIEF FUND, POSSIBLY THAT APPLICATION.

I KNOW IT'S, UH, IT'S STILL OUT THERE.

SO I DON'T MIND TALKING OFFLINE BECAUSE I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE ANOTHER ITEM, UM, TO WALK YOU THROUGH BECAUSE IT IS A LOT, IT'S, IT'S A LOT OF INFORMATION AND WE'RE TRYING OUR BEST TO, AS WE CAN THROUGH OUR NEWSLETTERS, BUT I DEFINITELY DON'T MIND, UM, WORKING WITH YOU OFFLINE.

AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW IF YOU GUYS COULD HEAR ME CAUSE YOU'RE ALL SHIFTING.

YES.

WE HEARD YOU.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

HAVING THAT ISSUE.

YEAH.

THE MOTION ON THE TABLE IS TO, UH, MOVE FORWARD IN, IN ADVOCATING FOR $5 MILLION.

UM, UH, CALLING, CALLING THAT TO VOTE, UM, ALL IN FAVOR.

OKAY.

COMMISSIONER MACH COMMISSIONER FANTE COMMISSIONER KEATON, COMMISSIONER XMEN COMMISSIONER FLORES, COMMISSIONER VAN DYKE, AND COMMISSIONER GARZA, OR FOR, UH, THOSE AGAINST COMMISSIONER BARNES.

UH, ANY ABSTENTIONS COMMISSIONER POLAR.

I DID NOT CAPTURE YOUR VOTE.

UM, YEAH, SORRY.

I, I WILL VOTE WITH, UM, BUT WITH A NOTE THAT I I'M, I WOULD RATHER SEE IF THERE'S ANYTHING WE CAN UNLOCK SOONER RATHER THAN LATER.

I THINK AN ASK FOR 5 MILLION, UM, DOWN THE, LIKE DOWN THE LINE IS LESS HELPFUL IMMEDIATELY FOR THESE ORGANIZATIONS.

SO ANYWAY, SO I'LL GO WITH, BUT THAT'S MY NOTE I'D LIKE TO CLARIFY BEFORE YOU, WELL, YOU CAN COUNT THE VOTE.

I THINK IT PASSED ALL CLARIFICATION BEFORE, UH, IT'S, UH, AN ADDITIONAL ASS.

WE HAVE TO GO TO THE DRAWING BOARD AND WRITE A LETTER FROM THE COMMISSION NOW, AND I DON'T HAVE ANY PROBLEM WITH, YOU KNOW, HAVING A COMMUNICATION OR THE CHAIR, HAVING A COMMUNICATION WITH, UH, WHOEVER, YOU KNOW, FORWARDED THE LETTER.

THE LEAD PERSON IS SAY, YOU KNOW, WE'RE READY TO DO THIS.

IF WE NEED ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO INCLUDE IN OUR LETTER.

AND I'M HAPPY TO VOLUNTEER, TO WORK ON THE GROUP TO HELP WRITE A LETTER, UH, FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE CITY COUNCIL, ASKING FOR THE ADDITIONAL $5 MILLION.

THANK YOU.

YES.

THANK YOU.

YES.

I THINK IT WOULD BE PRUDENT FOR ME TO CONTINUE, UH, WITH A MEETING WITH, WITH THE COALITION.

AND PERHAPS WE HAVE THE LETTER FOR YOUR REVIEW BY NEXT WEEK.

CAUSE IT MAY TAKE A WEEK TO WRITE THIS.

YES, ABSOLUTELY.

I SUPPORT THAT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE ARE AT FOUR OH TWO.

WE HAVE, UH, SO THAT, THAT MOTION PASSED.

UH, WE ARE AT FOUR OH TWO.

WE ARE, WE'RE TIGHT ON TIME.

UH, WE'RE NOT GOING TO GET THROUGH THE WHOLE AGENDA.

SO I WANT TO TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY IF IT IS THERE, UH, THE WILL OF THE BODY TO PUT ALL OF AIPP ON CONSENT COMMISSIONER, MOCK

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YOU'RE MUTED COMMISSIONER MOCK YOU'RE MUTED.

OKAY.

I KNOW.

I'M JUST TRYING TO LOOK AT THE TIMELINE, UM, TO APPOINT THESE NEW, UH, AIPP PANELISTS, UH, TO SERVE ON THE PANEL.

IT IS ON THE AGENDA, RIGHT? I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE TIME TO TALK ABOUT THAT.

YOU WANT TO TALK ABOUT IT? I MEAN, I MEAN TO DO APPROVE AND THAT, THAT'S WHAT I WAS ASKING HIM.

IF WE TAKE ALL OF THE AIPP ITEMS. YES.

IF, IF NO ONE HAS ANY ISSUES, NO ONE WANTS TO TALK ABOUT ANY OF THEM.

THEY CAN BE PUT ON CONSENT AND WE CAN VOTE ON THAT.

NO, NO, NO, BECAUSE THERE IS THAT THERE'S A DISAGREEMENT.

I THINK.

SO THEN I UNDERSTAND YOU WANT TO DISCUSS THAT.

YEAH.

SO I MOVED THAT WE PUT THE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER PERSPECTIVE, UH, UH, ON, ON CONSENT.

AND DON'T TALK ABOUT THAT ONE SECOND.

UH, IS THAT THE ONLY AIPP ITEM ON CONSENT? I WOULD PUT THE, UH, FLORES.

I WOULD PUT THE, UH, NOMINATION IN CASE THEY NEED THAT FOR THE PANEL, UNLESS YOU WANT TO NOMINATION.

AMY WANTS TO PULL THAT.

OH, OKAY.

I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE, I HAD A QUESTION ANOTHER 11TH HOUR LATER, UH, ABOUT THE, YOU KNOW, CORRIDOR PROJECT FROM THE NORTH AND THE NORTH AUSTIN.

OKAY.

YEAH.

I'D LIKE TO PULL THAT AS WELL.

SO I ONLY WANT TO PUT THE MENTAL CENTER ON, I JUST WANT CONSENT ITEMS RIGHT NOW.

OKAY.

AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER PERSPECTIVES WERE FOR THE WAREHOUSE, SPARKLING YARD ON CONSENT CORRIDOR, UH, CORRIDOR, CONSTRUCTION.

THOSE ARE, WE ALL HAVE QUESTIONS ON THOSE OR THERE ARE SOME QUESTIONS ON THOSE, SO WE WANT TO DISCUSS THOSE.

OKAY.

SO, UH, WE'RE VOTING ON OR I WOULD LIKE, OR COMMISSIONER FONTAINE MADE A MOTION TO APPROVE, UH, FOR A FIVE PERSPECTIVE FOR THE AUSTIN CONVENTION CENTER, UH, AIP PROJECT ON CONSENT.

AND IS THAT A SECOND BIPOLAR? AND IF THERE ARE NO OBJECTIONS THAT PASSES ON CONSENT, IT'S BEEN PLACED ON CONSENT.

IT'S PASSED ON CONSENT.

OKAY.

UM, EVERYTHING ELSE IS GOING TO BE, UH, BUMPED IT ON TO OUR NEXT MEETING.

CAUSE WE

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ARE GOING TO HEAR THE OKAY.

FLIGHT 21 CULTURAL FUNDING UPDATE FROM STAFF AND MEGAN OR WHENEVER YOU'RE READY.

WELL, MEGAN WELLS, CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION MANAGER, I'LL BE VERY BRIEF, BUT I DID WANT TO FRAME THE PRESENTATION.

YOU'RE GOING TO BE HEARING FROM HER SOUS PENTEL, WHO IS THE SUPERVISOR OF THE CULTURAL FUNDING PROGRAM WITH A LITTLE INFORMATION AND PROCESS GUIDANCE.

SO WE UNDERSTAND THAT, UM, THE NEWS THAT WE HAVE TO DELIVER, UM, IS GOING TO BE HARD TO HEAR IT'S GOING TO, IT WAS HARD FOR US TO HEAR IT.

IT'S HARD FOR, FOR WHOLE COMMUNITY TOO, TO WRAP BRAINS AND HEARTS AND MINDS AROUND WHAT'S HAPPENING AS FAR AS IT RELATES TO.

OKAY.

THE IMPORTANT WORK THAT YOU'RE DOING, THAT WE ENJOY FROM YOU AND HOW CRITICAL YOU ARE TO OUR ECOSYSTEM.

BUT I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE KNOWS THAT THIS ISN'T, WE'RE TAKING THIS DECISION AND THESE RECOMMENDATIONS VERY SERIOUSLY.

AND TO THAT POINT, THE ARTS COMMISSION FUNDING MATRIX WORKING GROUP MET SIX TIMES, UH, TO DELIBERATE OVER SOME OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

AND WE KNOW THAT THEY JUST CAME OUT THIS MORNING.

THE TIMING WAS NOT IDEAL FOR THIS MEETING, BUT IN ORDER TO ALLOW MORE DISCUSSION AND DIALOGUE WITH THE COMMUNITY AND WITH THE COMMISSION, WE HAVE PROPOSED THAT THERE BE ANOTHER SPECIAL CALLED MEETING NEXT WEEK WITH IT'S ALREADY BEEN SCHEDULED WITH THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE.

AND WE'RE PROPOSING TO HAVE ANOTHER MEETING AFTER THAT, WHERE THERE CAN BE FURTHER DISCUSSION AND FINAL ACTION TAKEN.

SO WE'RE PROPOSING THAT YEAH.

DISCUSSION TODAY, BE JUST FOR INFORMATION AND FOR DISCUSSION IF THERE'S TIME.

SO I WANT TO JUST RELAY THAT INFORMATION SO THAT IT'S PROPERLY FRAMED WITHIN KIND OF THE PROCESS WE'RE PUTTING FORWARD FOR THESE RECOMMENDATIONS.

SO IN ALL, THERE WILL BE THREE PUBLIC OPPORTUNITIES TO HEAR THIS INFORMATION, UH, TWO ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO WEIGH IN WITH ANY THOUGHTS AND, UM, AND FOR THE COMMISSION TO TAKE ACTION IN A COUPLE OF WEEKS, UM, I DO WANT TO, UH, THANK THE STAFF AND THE, UH, WORKING GROUP FOR THE TIME THAT THEY TOOK TO WORK THROUGH THESE.

AND WE'RE WE REMAIN AVAILABLE FOR ANY QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMUNITY, FROM CONTRACTORS OR FROM THE COMMISSIONER AT ANY TIME.

YEAH.

AND WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO HAND IT OVER TO HIS SOUS TO, UM, GO AHEAD AND SHARE THE PRESENTATION.

THANKS.

BEFORE

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I GET STARTED,

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IT IS A DIFFERENT AGENDA ITEMS. I DON'T KNOW IF TECHNICALLY WE NEED TO MOVE THIS AGENDA ITEM UP.

CAN WE MOVE THIS AGENDA ITEM UP MOTION BY FANTINI MOVE SECONDED BY POLAR.

I HEARD YOU GIVE IT TO FLORES.

SHE WAS SECONDED BY FLORIDA AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

THAT'S MY GOAL.

NO OBJECTIONS.

IT'S BEEN MOVED.

GO FOR IT.

ALRIGHTY.

THANK YOU.

PALTROW FUNDING SUPERVISOR.

UM, I'M TALKING ABOUT THE 21 FUNDING MATRIX.

UM, OH, CAN YOU BRING UP THE, UM, PRESENTATION FOR ITEM FOUR, A H I BELIEVE IT'S THE FUNDING MATRIX PRESENTATION, UH, CITY HALL STAFF.

IT'S THE FUN.

THE THIRD ONE, THE FINAL OCT 17 2020 MATRIX EPT.

YES.

OKAY.

SO, UM, AS MEGAN SAID, THE, UM, FUNDING WORKING GROUP, UM, FOR SIX TIMES FROM MAY 14TH THROUGH LAST FRIDAY, JUNE 12TH, UM, LOOKED AT OVER 100 SCENARIOS AS INFORMATION KEPT CHANGING, UM, WHEN WE WERE TRYING TO THINK OF AS MANY POSSIBILITIES FROM AS MANY ANGLES AS POSSIBLE.

UM, AND SO WITH THAT, I ASK THAT YOU HOLD YOUR COMMENTS UNTIL THE END.

THIS WILL PROBABLY BE ABOUT A 15 TO 20 MINUTE PRESENTATION.

UM, AS MEGAN MENTIONED EARLIER, THIS IS FOR DISCUSSION ONLY.

WE HAVE A SPECIAL CALLED MEETING ON JUNE 24TH.

UM, AND I'LL HAVE MORE INFORMATION AT THE END OF THE PRESENTATION ON HOW, UM, PEOPLE CAN SIGN UP TO SPEAK AT THAT.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

UM, SO WE, UM, THE ARTS COMMISSION FUNDING WORKING GROUP IS CHAIRED BY, UM, COMMISSIONER, UH, FLORES AND INCLUDED, UM, UM, COMMISSIONER SCARS UP POLE GARDENS.

THIS MAN, AS WELL AS KAMIE RUBIN FROM THE AIP P PANEL.

UM, AND THE FUNDING MATRIX HAS FOUR, UH, FUNDING MATRIX WORKING GROUP HAS FOUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES.

UH, THE FIRST IS TO BE CONSISTENT WITH THE CULTURAL ARTS DIVISION FUNDING PROGRAM GUIDELINES.