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 five 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.