CORAL SPRINGS, Fla., Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the community, still healing from the February 2018 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, will now have an opportunity to create public art installations to help continue their recovery. "Inspiring Community Healing After Gun Violence: The Power of Art," a curated series of five public art installations, will launch on January 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the Coral Springs Museum of Art (2855A Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, Florida 33065) with a complimentary meet and greet reception featuring internationally acclaimed artist David Best.
Best, who boasts an inclusive artistic style, will work with the community to design and build a 40' elaborate temple – the first of the five installations. The temple will have no defined religious meaning but will be a space for healing where people are free to express and reflect upon love, grief, joy, sorrow and remembrance. Construction will begin the week of January 28, 2019 with a core team of 10-crew members and community volunteers. An announcement, regarding how community members can volunteer, will be made at the meet and greet reception.
"Our community is encouraged to participate in this extraordinary creative process," said Julia Andrews, Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art. "It will serve to reduce feelings of stress and help to build lasting community bonds."
In addition to Best, four artists were selected to create public art installations with the help of community volunteers as part of the "The Power of Art" project: Kate Gilmore, Carl Juste, Steven and William Ladd, and R&R Studios, steered by Rosario Marquardt and Roberto Behar.
Inspired by the Coral Springs Museum of Art's Healing with Art program, the City of Coral Springs, in partnership with the City of Parkland, was awarded support from Bloomberg Philanthropies' 2018 Public Art Challenge in November 2018. The healing program began as an immediate response to the shooting and is led by licensed art therapists in tandem with Museum personnel. Weekly sessions of specific art-making techniques that help with emotional well-being, in the peaceful setting of the Museum's gallery, serve students (Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.) and educators (Thursdays 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.).
The Coral Springs Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Since the Museum is a proud member of North American Reciprocal Museums (NARM) and Reciprocal Organization of Associated Museums (ROAM), members who join at the family membership level ($125 annually), gain access to more than 800 museums across the U.S.
About Coral Springs Museum of Art
The Coral Springs Museum of Art serves Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, Florida, by offering an art immersion experience focused on celebrating present-day, nationally recognized and Florida artists who create Traditional, Modern and Postmodern art. Since its opening in early 1997, the museum has hosted more than one million visitors and students and exhibited the work of more than 200 artists in its galleries, including well-known artists such as Alexandra Nechita, Romero Britto, Wolf Kahn, Duane Hansen, Clyde Butcher, Jose Bedia, Royo, Yuroz, Dale Chihuly and Toulouse-Lautrec. The museum, which features a permanent collection and an extensive sculpture garden, is open to the public and offers numerous classes, programs, events and exhibits for children and adults. For more information, visit coralspringsmuseum.org.
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