Meeting notes of the Vision Henderson Action Committee, 12/17/15

December 17, 2015, Vision Henderson Action Committee Meeting

Committee members present: Dr. Kris Williams, Rodney Thomas, Kyle Hittner, Tim Skinner, Bill Markwell, Buzzy Newman,

Guests present: Mayor Steve Austin,  Greg Gibson, HAAA

The group discussed a date for the “Community Conversation about the Arts,” and landed on either February 2nd or 4th at Rookies, from 4-6pm.  Greg will reach out to Jule McClellan to make sure that date works for her and ask for her help in inviting the arts community.  Kyle will reach out to Emily Moses from KAC to see which date works for her and to share with her the topics of discussion.

Those topics will be drawn from Vision Henderson and include:

Educational outreach, Grants program/funding, Performing arts space, arts incubator space for creating and selling; shared resources, Destination known for the arts: festivals, events (artisan market,etc, haaa shows), Events, Festivals and programming, Entertainment and arts district, Ampitheatre/outdoor performing arts space, Communication between artists and arts groups

We also discussed who should be invited.  Below is a preliminary list of invitees, and places we will promote the event:

OVAL and board, HAAA and board, Handy Fest committee, Bluegrass committee, School (Choir, Band, Visual, Graphic Design) – ask Marganna to recommend, HCC- Cathi Blackburn, Sharon Burton, Steve McCarty, Rachel Baar, Pem Fisterer Clark, Chris Thomas, Alan and Cathe Hedgespeth, Bobbi Vanzant, Anyone that attended the Visioning charettes, Iris Gentry, Suzy McCormick, Suzy Rideout, WSON, Gleaner, Lifestyles, WEHT, Social Media announcements, Riverbend and board, Julie Struck, Laura Peck and board, Henderson Society of Art, Kim Luttrell, Janet Hayden, Bob Park, Matthew and Jessica Vanover, Art Hop participants, Artisan Market participants, Kim McGrew, Photographers (Audubon Photography Club)

In addition to a community discussion, we also want to encourage action.  We discussed creating handouts and vision boards on various Vision initiatives so people can “sign up,” for their favorite initiative, and provide contact info.

Next meeting will be January 26 at 12 at the Depot.  Additionally, there will be a community sports meeting on January 20 at 6 at Rookies.

Meeting Notes of the Vision Henderson Action Committee meeting, 11/24/15

Committee members present: Dr. Kris Williams, Leo Peckenpaugh, Rodney Thomas, Kyle Hittner

Meeting began with a brief discussion about putting our committee meeting notes on  Notes would include;

Who we are- Group consists of Dr. Kris Williams, Henderson Community College, Leo Peckenpaugh, Henderson County Schools, Rodney Thomas, owner of Rookies, Megan Casey, Volunteer and Information Center, Tim Skinner, Skinner Design Associates, Buzzy Newman, Asst. City Manager, William Markwell, Commonwealth Attorney, Kyle Hittner, Henderson County Tourist Commission

What we are about- A group of community individuals, asked by the mayor to “package and prioritize” the findings of Vision Henderson.

What is discussed at each meeting- catalyst projects and big ideas outlined in Vision Henderson, and how we can help move those projects forward.

The group discussed the HAAA (Henderson Area Arts Alliance) grant process.  The question was posed by ED Greg Gibson and board member Kris Williams regarding HAAA aligning their goals with Vision Henderson. How could they do this?  It was suggested that HAAA could require that grant recipients attend a regular meeting to keep/foster an open and collaborative conversation between existing arts organizations.

There was a brief discussion about the possibility of having Fine Arts Extension Agent in Henderson County or at the very least, getting Fine Arts program training for 4-H agents.  This would help to fill a community need outlined in Vision Henderson.  Kyle has reached out to extension agent, Amanda Hardy to begin that conversation, and see how Vision Henderson can help.

Discussed hosting a Community Arts Discussion in partnership with HAAA, moderated by the KY Arts Council.  At our December meeting, we will try to set a date for this event, and begin to outline key points of discussion.  An invite list will be created, but would include local arts organizations, board members of those organizations, and community members with an interest in the arts.  Event could potentially be hosted at HFAC in the Stagg Room, assuming it’s available.

An update was given on the meeting between HCTC, HSPEC and Vision Henderson on November 18.  It was a productive conversation, and the feasibility study is still moving forward.  Since HSPEC will be a large contributor to the project, we all agreed that  their executive committee should certainly have a say so in the choosing of the consultant.  They were given both proposals and a meeting was set for January 20, at which we will all officially decide on a consultant, and begin aggressively raising funds for the study.

Next meeting will be December 17, 1:30.   Greg Gibson has been invited to help make plans for community arts discussion.

Input Needed- Please Take Our Online Survey

As the next stages of the Vision Henderson process continue to move forward, Henderson’s Planning Commission is in the process of creating a new Comprehensive Plan and the City of Henderson is finalizing the Vision Henderson Plan, implementing steps identified as part of the outline. One of those steps is receiving community feedback and the Planning Commission recently launched an online survey last week:

Public’s Attendance Is Needed for the Next Stage of Henderson’s Vision Plan and Comprehensive Plan

As the next stages of the Vision Henderson process continue to move forward, Henderson’s Planning Commission is in the process of creating a new Comprehensive Plan and the City of Henderson is finalizing the Vision Henderson Plan, implementing steps identified as part of the outline.

Planning consultants, Taylor Siefker Williams Design Group, continue to work closely with the City of Henderson on the visioning process, facilitating once again a series of meetings beginning March 12, 2015; the Vision Henderson Steering Committee (a 29 person committee representing all facets of the community) will meet on March 12 at 2:00 p.m. on the third floor (the Assembly Room) of the Henderson Municipal Center (222 First Street, Henderson, KY) to discuss the updated Vision Plan. They will also be making a recommendation for the Vision Plan adoption to the Henderson City Commission at a future date.

A Public Open House will follow the meeting on March 12 on the third floor (the Assembly Room) of the Henderson Municipal Center, to allow the public once again the opportunity to stay up to date with the process by reviewing/commenting on the Vision Plan and also provide comments on the Comprehensive Plan’s goals and objectives. Once the Comprehensive Plan is completed, it will define the quantity, quality, and location of growth that the community desires and will include specific action steps needed to implement the Vision Plan. The open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. A short presentation of the Comprehensive Plan’s goals and objectives will take place at 6:00 p.m., including an interactive survey. All who attend are welcome to stay for the entire session or if you choose to stop by for a few minutes any input will be helpful for the betterment of Henderson’s future.

For more information or questions e-mail, or contact Danielle Crafton, media consultant, at 270.832.7417, or by following Vision Henderson and using #visionhendersonKY:

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The draft Vision Plan is now posted online for review! Please take a few minutes to download and review the PDF below. The Vision Plan will be discussed at the upcoming public open house on Monday, January 26th (view meeting details here).

If you have any comments on the draft Vision Plan, please submit any comments via the website (click on Submit Ideas tab) by Friday, February 13, 2015.

Click HERE to download a PDF of the draft Vision Plan!