Board Members and Committees

Board Members

 

Officers

Steve Weiss, President
Hans Pusch, 1st Vice President
Vi Daley, 2nd Vice President
Karen Pfendler, Secretary

Christine Cardenas, Treasurer

Directors

Dorothy DeCarlo
Karl Hjerpe
Robert Jones
Jordan Matyas
Chris Nelson
Shannon Waterfield

  

Committees

 

OTTA COMMITTEE ORGANIZATION CHART: The structure of the OTTA Standing Committees and their subcommittees can be viewed here.

STANDING COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENTS December 10, 2013

EDUCATION AND PROGRAMS COMMITTEE: The mission of the Education and Programs Committee is to ensure that current class offerings and gallery exhibits are of the highest quality and that they continue to serve the needs of the community.  The Committee oversees the Art School, the Fitness Programs, and any other specialized classes that may be offered.  The goal of this committee is to promote cultural, affordable, enrichment and educational opportunities for the community.  The Education and Programs Committee also plans, organizes and executes all non-Art Fair events for the Old Town community.

MEMBER RELATIONS COMMITTEE: The mission of the Member Relations Committee is to serve Old Town Triangle Association members and the broader community of Old Town. The Member Relations Committee maintains the existing membership rolls and encourages other neighbors (Old Town Art Fair volunteers, local businesses, Condo Associations, etc.) who are not currently members of the organization to join. The Member Relations Committee is responsible for all community outreach through on-going communications.  The Member Relations Committee oversees and administers the grant program that the Old Town Triangle Association offers to qualified organizations that serve our community and to support the stated mission and goals of the Old Town Triangle Association.

ART FAIR COMMITTEE: The mission of the Art Fair Committee is to organize and execute successful and profitable art fairs.  According to the By-Laws, the Art Fair Committee is chaired by the appointed 2nd Vice President.

During the second full weekend of June, five charming, tree-lined streets within the Old Town Triangle set the stage for 250 nationally-acclaimed artists and an estimated 40,000 art lovers to come together during The Old Town Art Fair. The artists featured in our fair are chosen by an independent jury of professional artists, gallery owners, and museum curators. The Old Town Art Fair features a wide range of art mediums, including 2D- and 3D-mixed media, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fiber, glass, jewelry, and works in metal, stone and wood.

The Old Town Art Fair is the Old Town Triangle Association’s primary fundraising event.  A donation of $10 per adult is requested. Children accompanied by a paying adult enter free. Proceeds from the fair serve to benefit neighborhood improvement projects, youth groups, local schools, and other 501(c)(3) organizations.

Old Town Triangle Association members, Old Town Triangle residents as well as other interested patrons are encouraged to volunteer at the Old Town Art Fair. The 68th Annual Old Town Art Fair will be held on June 10th and 11th, 2017.  For more information, email volunteer@oldtownartfair.org.

OTTA SUBCOMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENTS

2017 NOMINATING COMMITTEE:   The 2017 Nominating Committee will nominate candidates for the offices of President, First Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer and for open positions on the Board of Directors. The Nominating Committee will consist of three to five members, appointed by the Board of Directors. No later than September 15th, the Board of Directors will nominate this committee and designate one member to serve as chair.
   
BY-LAWS SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the By-Laws Subcommittee to ensure the integrity of the Association’s By-Laws.  The subcommittee will meet every third year to reviewing and make appropriate recommendations for By-Law revisions to the Board of Directors and Membership as needed. The By-Law Subcommittee last met in 2015.

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the Capital Improvements Subcommittee is to maintain and improve the OTTA physical facility and to make needed repairs or upgrades as necessary.

MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the Marketing & Communications Subcommittee is to develop and maintain an overarching communications strategy for OTTA and its committees and the development of common formats for communications that would stretch across committees to deliver relevant news and updates to the membership and the community at large.  The Marketing & Communications Subcommittee is responsible for ensuring that all governance related documents including, but not limited to, Articles of Incorporation, Mission Statement, By-Laws, Board Meeting schedules, Board minutes, monthly financial reports, and committee meeting schedules are placed online.

CONTINUING EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the Continuing Education Subcommittee is to work closely with the Arts & Operations Director to ensure that current class offerings & gallery exhibits are of the highest quality and that they continue to serve the needs of the community.  Pricing for the various programs offered will be member/non-member fee based.  The Continuing Education Subcommittee oversees the Art School, the Fitness Programs, and any other specialized classes that may be offered.  The goal of this subcommittee is to promote cultural, affordable, enrichment and educational opportunities for the community.

A Subcommittee of the Continuing Education Committee is the Gallery Committee. This subcommittee meets in the fall to select the Gallery Exhibitors for the succeeding calendar year.

EVENTS SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the Events Subcommittee is to plan, organize, and execute all non-Art Fair events for the OTTA and its committees, such as Movie Nights, Potluck Dinners and other fun activities. This committee works closely with Neighbor Relations and Membership.

GRANTS SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the Grants Subcommittee is to oversee and administer the grant program that the Old Town Triangle Association offers to schools and organizations that serve our community and to support the stated mission and goals of the Old Town Triangle Association. Grant applications are accepted annually. Applications can either be downloaded from the OTTA website or picked up at the OTTA office. Proposals are evaluated on an annual basis with the application deadline April 1st. Grantees are honored and awards distributed at the Old Town Art Fair Thank You Party.  Important information concerning the grant application process can be downloaded here.


Grant Awardees 2017

Art on Sedgwick
Boy Scout Troop 79
Chicago Sculpture Exhibit
Deborah’s Place
Franklin Fine Arts
Green City Market
Edgar Miller Legacy
LaSalle Language Academy, Fine Arts Department
LaSalle Travel
Lincoln Elementary
Lincoln Park Community Research Initiative
Lincoln Park Athletic Booster Club
Lincoln Park HS Instrumental Music Program
Lincoln Park Village
Lincoln Park Zoo
Midwest Buddhist Temple
Near North Library Friends Association

 

HISTORIC DISTRICT / PLANNING & ZONING SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the HD/PZ Subcommittee is to preserve the architectural and historic character of the designated Chicago and National historic districts within the boundaries of the Old town Triangle as well as advocate for strict zoning adherence.

On September 28, 1977, members of the Historic District Committee succeeded in having most of the Old Town Triangle area designated a Chicago Landmark by the City Council of Chicago. Today, the Historic District/Planning & Zoning Subcommittee acts as a liaison between the Old Town Community and the Landmarks Commission, reporting the Committee’s recommendations and working cooperatively with the Commission to preserve the historic character of the neighborhood.

Each month, members consider requests for proposed exterior changes to existing buildings, new construction, and applications for zoning changes in the Triangle. Their deliberations range from the appropriateness of building materials used in rehabbing and construction projects to the height of fences and building additions. The Guidelines for Alterations to Historic Buildings and New Construction , prepared by the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, serves as the guide for their recommendations. These recommendations are sent to the Alderman of the 43rd Ward and to appropriate city commissions and departments for approval. In every instance, the final decision on any rehab project rests with the Landmarks Commission.

Since neighborhood relations figure prominently in any rehabilitation project, members of the Historic District/Planning & Zoning Committee work with neighbors to maintain good relations between residents who are making changes to their properties and those who live in adjoining buildings.

On matters of neighborhood-wide concern, a community meeting is held and all neighbors are invited to express their views on the issue. In most cases where a community meeting is held, the 43rd Ward Alderman is a key participant in the proceedings.

MEMBERSHIP SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the Membership Subcommittee is to maintain the existing membership and to encourage neighbors (Old Town Art Fair volunteers, local businesses, Condo Associations, etc.) who are not currently members of the organization to join. The key role of this committee is the development and upkeep of the Association’s database system. The Membership Committee maintains connections with members and solicits new members. One does not have to be an Old Town Triangle resident to be able to join the Old Town Triangle Association. Only Triangle residents are given voting privileges. All members receive the OTTA newsletter, an iBOT card (I Buy Old Town discount card), and electronic email updates relating to area news and up-coming events.

NEIGHBORHOOD IMPROVEMENT SUBCOMMITTEE: The mission of the Neighborhood Improvement Subcommittee (NIC) is to develop and maintain the physical environment of the Old Town Triangle including improvement of open spaces, green areas, sidewalks, and parkways.

Even though Old Town is among the most vibrant, well situated, and rewarding of Chicago’s neighborhoods, there is always room for improvement. NIC is committed to addressing the ongoing and changing needs of our community as is consistent with OTTA’s organizational goals. Identifying and responding to those opportunities is the business of the Neighborhood Improvement Subcommittee.

NIC identifies projects which address neighborhood needs and infrastructure opportunities within Old Town. NIC works with public and private offices to address those projects. NIC provides the maintenance of 10 green refuse containers scattered throughout the Triangle; replaces of aging benches in our parks; oversees the landscape in the “pocket” parks on Willow and Menomonee, the play lot in North Ogden Park, the maintenance of the Clark/Wisconsin Park, and additional projects pertaining to street-scape maintenance.

The NIC oversees two programs which are geared to help Old Town residents maintain the unique charm of our streetscapes. The Old Town Parkways Tree Program provides assistance to residents interested in replacing missing or dead trees in the parkways in front of their homes. The Old Town Triangle Brick Repair, Replacement and Beautification Program offers an incentive and sourcing assistance for residents interested in maintaining the integrity, safety, and character of our brick sidewalks and parkways.

Email inquiries to: nic@oldtowntriangle.com

NEIGHBORHOOD RELATIONS SUBCOMMITTEE The mission of the Neighborhood Relations Subcommittee is to establish and maintain external relations for the Triangle community with the extended Old Town neighborhoods: businesses, civic institutions, schools, churches and religious organizations, and other neighborhood organizations.

Neighborhood Relations oversees two important programs: the iBOT (I Buy Old Town) program which provides OTTA members with a card that entitles them to discounts at more than 2 dozen area merchants who participate in this program.

The second program is the CAPS program (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy). CAPS is a strategy to keep neighborhoods safe by using police in a new way and building partnerships for crime prevention among the community, the police, and other City departments.

The Old Town Triangle is located in beat 1814.  Regular beat meetings are held on the second Thursday of every other odd (Jan, Mar, May, July, Sep & Nov) month at 7 pm at St. James Church on Fremont & Dickens. All Triangle residents as well as the other beat residents are encouraged to attend these meetings to address issues of common concern, and work with the beat officers to solve these problems.