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New Public Art Celebrates City’s 50th Anniversary

Colorplay - Coral Springs Public ArtColorPlay is a new sculpture by artist Stephen Canneto which celebrates the City of Coral Spring's 50th anniversary. Dedicated in November 2013, the piece has been installed at the city's east entryway on Atlantic Boulevard.

ColorPlay was inspired by Coral Spring's historically strong foundation of families. The sculpture's meaning and energy reflect the joy and vitality of people coming together to create, work and play in their community. ColorPlay's contemporary, sleek, stainless steel figures evoke the timeless traditions of people joined together across generations in work and play.

“The multicolored glass disks symbolize the city's diversity and the array of life's challenges as opportunities for growth,” says the artist. "My goal is to unite people with one another, the landscape and architecture in which we live, work and play by creating works that energize and spark feelings of connection and pride."

The City of Coral Springs Public Art Program was established in 2003 and is funded by impact fees from private developers. For more information on the City's Public Art Program, please visit.


 Weinstein Appointed to Presidential Committee

Andrew WeinsteinCoral Springs resident Andrew J. Weinstein was appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.

Weinstein, a managing partner at the Weinstein Law Firm since 1996, is a member of the Florida Panthers Advisory Board, the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice and the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association Board. He is also the finance chair of the Democratic Party of Florida.

 In 2011, he was listed among the Legal Elite by Florida Trend magazine and has been named a Florida Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine. Weinstein received a B.A. from the University of Central Florida and a J.D. from Nova Southeastern University.
Created in 1982 under President Ronald Reagan, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is an advisory committee to the White House on cultural issues. 

The PCAH works directly with the three primary cultural agencies: National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute of Museum and Library Services  as well as other federal partners and the private sector, to address policy questions in the arts and humanities, to initiate and support key programs in those disciplines and to recognize excellence in the field.   Its core areas of focus are arts and humanities education, cultural exchange and creative economy.


Downtown Hollywood Gains Momentum as a Cultural Hub with New Art House Cinema and Contemporary Public Art

Hollywood Art Center Mural

Art and culture is alive and thriving in Downtown Hollywood, home to the new art house theater Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood, the popular monthly ArtWalk event series, a visually striking outdoor mural project, Gallery 2014, G& S Alternative Space,-the soon-to-open Artcenter 2020 artist work space and the Art of Shade eco-friendly couture fashion showroom and facilities, which include the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and the 10-acre ArtsPark at Young Circle. 

A designated Live Music District, the vibrant downtown arts and entertainment district is characterized by an eclectic mix of trendy art galleries and studios, unique boutiques and specialty shops, restaurants, cafés and lively pubs and entertainment venues along tree-lined brick walks in a pedestrian-friendly village environment.

Cinema Paradiso - Hollywood

Cinema Paradiso - HollywoodAn art house theater that opened in the fall at 2008 Hollywood Blvd., Cinema Paradiso  Hollywood provides year-round quality film programming and cultural events, including the award-winning Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival. The new theater offers screenings of art, foreign and American independent films, documentaries and retro movies as well as special events via satellite. Musical performances and late-night comedy nights are also being considered. The 3,000-square-foot, 82-seat digital cinema includes a bar serving beer, wine and cocktails and a concession stand featuring traditional movie theater fare. This is Broward County’s second art house cinema; the original is based in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Downtown Hollywood “Mural Project”

The Downtown Hollywood “Mural Project” launched its first outdoor mural with artist David “Lebo” Le Batard’s Be-Bop Into Outer Space during the August 2012 ArtWalk event.  Since that time, several key downtown buildings have been given eye-catching makeovers by top local artists. Contributing to the colorful contemporary public art installations to date are notable commissioned artists Ruben Ubiera, Jessy Nite, Luis Pinto, Eduardo Mendieta, Evoca1, 2alas, Michelle Weinberg, Rob Robi and Tatiana Suarez. Anticipated upcoming mural artists will include Molly Rose Freeman and RekaOne.

Under Florida Law (Chapter 163, Part III), local governments are able to designate areas as Community Redevelopment Areas when certain conditions exist. The Downtown District of the Hollywood, Florida CRA, created in 1979, encompasses approximately 580 acres. The Beach District of the Hollywood, Florida CRA, created in 1997, consists of 293 acres. The mission of the Hollywood CRA is to eliminate slums and blight by stimulating private investment and economic growth, upgrading the public infrastructure and public spaces, mobilizing community stakeholders, partnering with the City of Hollywood and other government agencies and providing leadership for the CRA districts.



City of Oakland Park Celebrates Milestones

The City of Oakland Park celebrated a milestone in the ongoing evolution of its Culinary Arts District, which incorporates the area from Oakland Park Blvd. north to 43rd Ct. along Dixie Hwy. and 12th Ave. At an event complete with aerosol, caricature and chalk artists, spontaneous group music and food trucks, the city opened a new urban Art Park at NW 34th Ct. and Dixie Hwy. 

The Art Park amenities include a large art wall on an adjacent building, pedestals for sculptures and a seat wall. The Art Park’s construction is valued at more than $263,000 with $175,586 in Broward County Redevelopment Capital Program funding and the $89,449 balance from CRA/city funding. 

The fall grand opening, which was presented in partnership with ArtServe, was the first of many planned events. Art Happens Here and ARTivate are two programs being planned to involve local artists in making the Art Park an active location for music, dance and visual arts.

Additionally, as part of the Oakland Park Community Redevelopment Plan, a blighted building was demolished to make way for a small jewel of a park with venues for cultural events and permanent and temporary public art. The city also is developing an artist database. And, in addition to the Art Park, the city recently announced a partnership with Broward College to locate the new Food, Arts and Business (FAB) Center on Oakland Park Blvd. as the southern anchor for the Culinary Arts District. Broward College will offer degree programs in culinary arts and graphic arts at this location, as well as adult education courses.  

If you are interested in cultural opportunities in Oakland Park, please contact Kathleen S. Margoles at 954-630-4240.


Tamarac Unveils 9/11 Memorial

On the 12th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the City of Tamarac dedicated a striking memorial to the victims of 9/11. Designed by the Public Art Committee, the artfully lit piece was installed at City Hall next to the entrance to the Commission Chambers.

It combines steel from the Twin Towers and the simple statement, “We remember September 11, 2001.”

9-11 Dedication


The Coconut Creek Student Art Exhibit enables residents and visitors to view works of art created and designed by local middle and high school students at City Hall, 4800 W. Copans Road.  Pieces range from paintings and drawings to mixed media arts. The exhibit is refreshed three times per year and creates a strong impact along the walls in the reception area.

After an official public unveiling, students are recognized during a City Commission meeting and receive certificates of appreciation. The program is managed by Josh Salter, Coconut Creek’s cultural activities programmer. 

Broward County Cultural Division
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