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AUGUST 2013 News Briefs Brief items from the past month related to public art in Florida from the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP)

NATIONAL Creative Placemaking and Public Art A virtual training series is being offered to provide the necessary tools for arts administrators, designers, planners and economic and community development professionals to assess and implement creative placemaking and public art projects to enhance your community’s sense of place. The goal of the series is to provide professionals with the framework needed to move projects from concept to final development. This is an essential resource tool for people who are tackling the issues of reinforcing and rebuilding communities to accommodate and activate the new creative economy. The series is led by Barbara Goldstein author of Public Art by the Book and Principal, Barbara Goldstein & Associates and includes six, 90-minute live webinars as well as one conference call group discussion Q&A session. Click here for detailed session descriptions and schedule.

STATE There is a new Public Art in Private Development Guidebook authored by PAN Councilmember, Sarah Conley Odenkirk. This link takes you to the Florida edition.

BOYNTON BEACH 1) Boynton Beach Art in Public Places Program produces an annual overview video of their program: (4:31 minutes) 2) Old Dixie Eco Walk at Seabourn Cove

Old Dixie Eco Walk is the city’s first public/private partnership for reforestation of a City easement. Creators Lucy Keshavarz of Art & Culture Group, Inc. and David Bodker of David Bodker Landscape Architecture/Planning, Inc.,

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along with scientists and lepidoptera professionals, uniquely combined native plants, to attract and sustain butterflies. Sculptural resting areas, butterfly watering holes, plant identification plaques and informational panels actively encourage the public to learn about the benefits of this new wildlife habitat and the project’s energy saving Seabourn Cove community. More info at


Port Everglades’ Terminal 19 recently acquired a new public artwork by South Florida artist Mark Fuller. Rainbows Swimming consists of schools of suspended fish mobiles located in the ticketing area and elevator lobby as well as the VIP waiting room of the cruise ship terminal. The artwork is designed to assist with way-finding and serves to enhance the cruise passenger experience by evoking a warm, tropical, light-hearted and interactive sensation among the passengers as they maneuver their way through ticketing, security and boarding. Constructed with dichroic-coated acrylic and hung on ceiling mounted tracks, the individual fish appear to change color as the viewer walks past the artwork, creating for the viewer a changing relationship with the artwork. Additional visual excitement is contributed by multi-colored shadows that the fish cast on the surrounding walls.


The current Deland Sculpture Walk which opened last year closes at the end of September so that the 2013/14 Sculpture Walk can open on October 17with a reception at the Artisan Alley from 5 to 7:30 pm.

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The Tootie McGregor Fountain, celebrates its centennial August 17. More information available by clicking on the name above.

HOMESTEAD 1) The City of Homestead’s Art in Public Places Committee (PAC) is currently in the process of developing a Masterplan and a further defining our implementation guidelines 2) In March of 2012, the City Council adopted to amend the Public Art Ordinance to exempt “schools, churches, and places of worship,” from having to participate in the public art program.


In November of 2012, the City Council elected Efren Nunez as Chairman of the PAC.

JACKSONVILLE 1) Robert Arleigh White, the Exec. Dir. of the Cultural Council has resigned after 12 yrs. He is staying on thru September to lead advocacy efforts for the Cultural Service Grant funding, an annual $3 mil dollar grant received by the CC each year, then regranted to Jax’s local art agencies. A national search is in progress.

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2) As a result of the resignation, Ginny Steiger has stepped down from the CC Board of Directors, thus resigning as chair of the APPC. She will continue to work on the FAPAP conference planning. David Engdahl (sculptor and CC Board member) will take over the APPC chair seat through the remainder of his first term, which expires this Dec. 2013. He will go up for appointment and a second 2 year term 3) A contracted positionis open for Project Coordinator at the CC. Responsibilities include the Annual Awards event (fundraiser likely for Spark grants), Spark grant management assisting APP Director, and some development and fundraising. 4) The City of Jacksonville has identified at 14% cut across the board for the FY 2014 budget, funding for the Art in Public Places Program staff (ending 9/30) is contingent on a City grant request, per City Council recommendation.


The Yates Mural Project dedication ceremony is scheduled for August 7, Artwalk, and Mayor Brown (in support of Spark grants and the district) will open the ceremony advocating for the Spark district and its impact on downtown revitalization. Posters were distributed to all businesses within a 2-block radius and origami-invitations were hand delivered to about 30 individuals. 6) The Florida Mining billboard gallery, now in its second year selected the following artists for 12 months of exhibition of their work on digital billboard. The selected artists original work represents a broad spectrum of media, including painting, drawing, printmaking, and photography. The selected artists are; Nathaniel Artkart Price, Ken Daga, Ashley C. Waldvogel, Brianna Angelakis, Christina Foard, Linda Olsen, Sara Pedigo, Zach Fitchner. Additionally, Russell Maycumber is this year’s Director’s Pick.


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Cheng's Celestial Playground that was unveiled on July 1st, 2013. . . a mosaic mural made up of glass, ceramic, stone and brass. The three walls combine to measure 32 feet by 8 feet. The piece cost $75,000 and was chosen to decorate the courtyard bathroom walls out of 93 proposals. The piece was installed over four days by fabricator Steve Miotto of Miotto Mosaics. The mural visually represents the sky, the heavens and the cosmos and is meant to generate a sense of lightness and joy.

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KEY BISCAYNE The Art in Public Places Board is recommending that the Village of Key Biscayne Council approve a commission in September of a site-specific sundial sculpture by Jim Drain. The local paper (The Islander News) reports on it: APPDrain_5-30-13.pdf


Four murals have been painted on the outside of Dave’s Last Resort, 632 Lake Ave to the theme of “Where the Tropics Begin” beach scene or under water scene.

MIAMI Florida International University has commissioned Carlos Gallostra to create a mixed media artwork for the Public Safety Lobby through Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program. The project is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

MIAMI DADE Art in Public Places has launched an Instagram page that can be found at #mdcpublicart. The project is being developed by their summer intern, Elliott Leiva, who is a student at the University of Florida.

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The half million dollar sculpture by internationally famous Tobias Rethberger is now in the middle of a newly redesignated dog park causing great concern by the Art in Public Places Committee, the artist, the neighborhood association and many citizens. The Miami Herald wrote about it.

POMPANO 1) The City of Pompano Beach Beach has created an annual public art program to beautify the back of four shuffleboard scoreboards in McNab Park. The 30”x40” areas are behind glass and $1500 is awarded each year to an artist to paint the four panels. 2) An RFP for the Public Art Committee’s first public art installation, the Barefoot Mailman, was delayed, because funding had not yet been approved. The statue will be placed on the Hillsboro Inlet Bridge, where the Intracoastal Waterway meets the Atlantic Ocean.

ST. PETERSBURG St. Pete had a 2% Public Art resolution passed in October. No word yet on the big Pier project which should generate $300,000 for public art.

TALLAHASSEE 1) The Democrat published a good article on public artist and FSU’s new Master Craftsman Studio Director Kenn von Roenn: Kenn has closed the Architectural Glass Art Studio in Louisville and will be executing new projects at Master Craftsman Studio at FSU. 2) The Master Craftsman Studio is set to unveil a public art installation on Jefferson Street honoring civil rights activists in Tallahassee, a series of terrazzo sidewalk panels depicting historical imagery and text about the Tallahassee Bus Boycott.

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CALLS FOR ART LAKE WORTH Four murals, $1500 each for three of them and $750 for the other. Deadline, August 31. ENTRY FEE OF $25. More information at

MIAMI-DADE Three new projects to be announced during the month of August The Calls will feature artist designed elements for a new amphitheater at ZooMiami, a pedestrian walkway at Haulover Park and a project at Tropical Park Equestrian Center. Info at

MONROE COUNTY Deadline - Tuesday, August 27 Bi-annual Monroe County Art in Public Places Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Click here for the application Public Art projects for commissioned permanent artwork. Locations include Stock Island Fire Station, Conch Key Fire Station, Marathon Court House renovation and Freeman Justice Center Lobby Expansion and Drug Court Renovation.

PALM BEACH COUNTY Integrated site specific artwork for the new Water Utilities Customer Service, Glades Office. Budget: $38,225. Deadline: August 12, 2013 Info at: or

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REPEAT GULFPORT “Sculpture Wall” 13-foot fence for Public Library. $2,000. Deadline August 15.

MONROE COUNTY Developing a Qualified Artist list. Six upcoming projects. Qualified artists are eligible to apply for the next 5 years. Deadline August 27, 2014.

PLEASE LET US KNOW Let us know about any public art related news from your area – new art work, loss of art work, press or legislation affecting the arts, new personnel, etc. Send news of the month to by the 1st of the following month.

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August 2013 News Briefs  

August 2013 News Briefs

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