Dec 19, 2013 – Post 3

Trustee Discussion Items

This portion of the meeting is a new format. It’s open discussion, not action items.

Trustee Svoboda read prepared comments about art that was removed from the PE Building, with special attention to a large and significant mural, Aidos, that many feel has great value. At the November board meeting, several people spoke passionately about this particular piece of art and its history and creation here at COD. (See for example http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUaJCExRYeA)

“The College” (not clear who made this decision) has apparently decided not to maintain the mural or reinstall it, and has stopped paying for the storage. Members of the community (retired faculty) have taken responsibility for paying for the storage. Conversation ensued with Svoboda, Hamilton, and Savage making comments. Hamilton suggested we should reinstall a smaller part of the original. There is a petition with a significant number of names from all over the district asking to preserve the mural. Trustee Savage mentioned that she appreciated the YouTube videos describing the piece’s history. Trustee McGuire suggested that somehow the piece could be repurposed or adapted to the new PE building space.

Trustee Svoboda asked for more discussion of how we respect the college’s history especially with regard to pieces of art. There was also discussion about the process of how the discussion item would be turned into an action item. This part of the meeting is devoted for discussion only; no action can be taken because it is not an agenda item. The student trustee mentioned that student input would be helpful. Chair Birt recommended that more time is needed to shape an agenda item that might be ready for action; more information can be provided to the Board.

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