Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art

In the weeks following the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the Cities of Coral Springs and Parkland in partnership with the Coral Springs Museum of Art, applied to Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge – an initiative that provides U.S. mayors the opportunity to apply for funding for temporary public art projects that address a civic issue impacting their communities. Our cities worked together, with the hope that public art could aid in the community’s healing in the wake of this tragedy.

The cities’ proposal was selected by Bloomberg Philanthropies in November 2018. The project, “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art” is a curated series of five large-scale temporary public art installations, designed to be created with community members. Each of the installations provides a variety of opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in to provide healing and social cohesion. We will have five installations presented over two years.

The projects will all draw from and build upon the Coral Springs Museum of Art’s Healing with Art program – an art therapy program begun by the museum in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, which has proven to be vitally needed in our community.

Holding Hands

Upcoming Public Art Projects

Temple of Time

The Temple of Time has been open for reflection since Thursday, February 14, 2019.The Temple of Time, the first of five public art installations in Coral Springs and Parkland as part of a winning series, “Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art,”. David Best and the Temple Crew worked with Coral Springs…

Scrollathon

What to Expect: Location of Scrollathon to be announced. About Project: The Cities of Coral Springs and Parkland, along with the Coral Springs Museum of Art, are bringing Steven and William Ladd’s Scrollathon to our community as part of the Cities’ Bloomberg Public Art Challenge program “The Power of Art: Inspiring Community Healing after Gun Violence.”…

The Walk

Kate Gilmore, award winning installation, video and performance artist and professor of Art and Design at SUNY Purchase in New York. Participated in 2010 Whitney Biennial. Kate Gilmore is developing an interactive, participatory project for the Power of Art with the working title of“The Walk.” Gilmore intends to create a contemplative and supportive environment in…

Peace & Love

R&R Studios, steered by Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar, award winning multidisciplinary artists. Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt from R & R STUDIOS will create a social sculpture made out of tens of thousands of flowers spelling the words PEACE & LOVE. The 130 feet long X 30 feet high “super billboard” will create an…

The Big Picture: Resilience

Carl Juste, Pulitzer Prize winning photojournalist for the Miami Herald and founder of Iris Collective, a coalition of photographers, writers and cultural activists. Based on his ongoing, iterative project, The Big Picture, Carl Juste along with his collaborators are developing a multi-faceted photo-documentary project for The Power of Art. Juste and his team will lead…