Meeting: Jasper Community Arts

Jasper Community Arts

The Jasper Community Arts Commission met Tuesday and:

Heard from Kyle Rupert, the city’s arts director, that wearing masks will be required at all times in the Jasper Arts Center — including during live performances.

Heard that the 39th Annual WBDC Country Showdown, which was scheduled to take place at the center on Oct. 1, has been canceled.

Approved postponing the Yogapalooza performance that was set to take place on Sept. 26 of this year to September 2021.

Approved moving Mandy Gonzalez’s Oct. 10 performance from in person to online. Department leadership will also look into the possibility of adding a socially distanced option for those who want to gather to watch the stream.

Heard that Bryce Conway has been hired as the department's new event coordinator. Conway replaces Corina Mack, who worked with the city for a decade.

Approved permission for Rupert to seek quotes for seven replacement computers. The department is looking to purchase laptops with docking stations.

Approved Rupert to seek quotes for equipment that would be used to livestream events.

Heard that the department has officially been awarded a $50,000 CARES Act grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. That money is earmarked to cover the cost of department wages from July through December.

Approved declaring the old stage curtain as junk so that it can be used for other purposes.

Approved a change order in the amount of $5,872.26 for swale work that has been completed at the Jasper Arts Center. The total contract amount was $17,445.26.

Heard that the works of Amy DeLap of Vincennes and William Kolok of Owensboro, Kentucky, will be on display in the Krempp Gallery until Aug. 28. Kolok is a sculptor and DeLap is a mixed-media artist.

Heard that the construction of the Thyen-Clark Cultural Center is still on schedule. Substantial completion of the new space is set for mid- to late November.

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