Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced that the cities of Coral Springs and Parkland have been selected together as a finalist in the running to receive up to $1 million as part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge, a program that aims to foster creative collaboration, address civic issues, and support local economies through public art. More than 200 cities applied, but Coral Springs and Parkland, along with 13 other cities, were invited to submit a full proposal.
In February, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more to submit proposals for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues, and demonstrate an ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies.
Of the proposal, Mayor Skip Campbell said, “The tragic events of February 14, 2018 forever changed the fabric of our community. In the aftermath of such devastating loss and grief, the term healing became a common theme for those so deeply affected. From vigils to fundraisers, our residents exhibited such grace and kindness. The Power of Art represents the unity of our cities coming together, while promoting our hopes for healing now and in the future.”
Proposals received from cities across the country address a range of pressing issues and social themes such as environmental sustainability, immigration, national disaster recovery, and cultural identity. Additionally, the proposals reflect a diverse use of artistic mediums including augmented reality, light installations, murals, and performances.
“The City of Coral Springs mission to enhance citywide aesthetics with the use of art took on a new meaning in the wake of the violence at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Art programs and installations became a source of healing for our grief-stricken community. We recognize that the Power of Art will not only enhance the vibrancy of our communities, but also support our most important mission – healing,” said Director of Development Services Susan Krisman.
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