Coral Springs, FL

Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art


Fostering Community Healing After Gun Violence

The City of Coral Springs and Parkland, Florida partnered with the Coral Springs Museum of Art to help their communities heal following the tragic mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The project commissioned five large-scale temporary public art installations created with community members, drawing from the museum’s Healing with Art therapy program. The first of five installations, the Temple of Time, was a 35-foot temporary public art installation constructed by world-renowned artist David Best, along with 1,000 members of the community.

“Through The Power of Art, I have come to better understand the arts as a positive force for bringing communities together. Public art projects like this serve as an important reminder that there is always more to unite than divide us, particularly as we embark on our shared journey of resilience.”


– Parkland Mayor Christine Hunschofsky

“When it opened on the one year anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, the Temple of Time has served as a place where police officers, firefighters, politicians, and the community joined hands to remember how the violence that shook our community, did not break our community.”


– Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook


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By Sarah Cascone, Art Net News As the communities of Coral Springs and Parkland, Florida, continue to heal in the wake of the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, during which 17 people were killed, artist Kate Gilmore is staging a 26-hour participatory performance piece, the third in a series of five public […]