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The Power of Art Public Artworks, Coral Springs and Parkland, FL
Client: City of Coral Springs, FL
Location: Coral Springs and Parkland, FL
Selected Artists: David Best, Kate Gilmore, Carl Juste, Steven & William Ladd, and R&R Studios (Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt)
Pictured Above: The Temple of Time by David Best, 2019. Photos courtesy of the City of Coral Springs.
Scrollathon by Steven and William Ladd, 2019. Photos courtesy of the City of Coral Springs.
The Big Picture: Resilience photojournalism workshops by Carl Juste and C.W. Griffin, 2019. Photos courtesy of Jennifer Kay/IPC Visual Lab/For Iris PhotoCollective.
In the weeks following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Cities of Coral Springs and Parkland, Florida applied to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge – an initiative that provides U.S. mayors the opportunity to win a grant of up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address a civic issue impacting their communities. The two cities, whose residents together make up the student body at MSD, were seeking ways to help their residents respond to the tragedy and hoping that public art could aid in the community’s healing from this horrific event.
Via worked with staff from both cities and the Coral Springs Museum of Art to develop a winning proposal, inspired by Healing with Art, the art therapy program begun by the Museum in the immediate aftermath of the shooting. “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art” is a curated series of five large-scale temporary public art installations. The artworks are all designed to be created with the community and provide a variety of opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in socially engaged public programming and cathartic experiences.
Via is continuing to work with the Cities and the Museum to realize the projects, including coordinating with artists on continued development of their concepts and working with the team to further develop community engagement opportunities and workshops.
The first artwork installed was The Temple of Time, built by artist David Best, his Temple Crew, and hundreds of community members over two weeks in January and February 2019. The Temple was open to the public daily for three months as a place for people to come together and leave a part of their pain behind. In May 2019, it was burned in a ceremonial fire with thousands in attendance
In April 2019, brothers Steven and William Ladd’s Scrollathon project engaged 900 participants in hands-on workshops over a two -week period to create a large-scale work of art, Growth & Strength, now on view at the Parkland Recreation and Enrichment Center.
Three more artworks by Carl Juste, Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt (R&R Studios), and Kate Gilmore are in development.
For more info on the program see: www.poweroa.org