The City of Pompano Beach is proud to announce the selection of installation artist Ya La’ford for a year long Collier City Artist in Residency Program. The residency is a community engagement program seeking to facilitate creative and artistic based activities designed to stimulate the creation of a final public artwork, representing the vibrancy of Collier City community.
Celebrated artist Ya La’ford has themed the residency, CITY-RISE and aims to drive the power of communal creativity using art to build bridges of cultural hybridity, discourse, community exchange and interconnectivity. Through the year, La’ford will conduct 11 public engagement events and 3 lectures, to design and install a large-scale art installation culminating the residency in September 28, 2018.
La’ford states, “ I truly appreciate the opportunity to engage Collier City. I’ve spent a lot of time in this community and I look forward to working shoulder-to-shoulder to build creative consensus through the universal language of art.”
Stay tuned for Community Engagement and Artist Lecture dates. These will be posted on the City’s website under events. http://pompanobeachfl.gov/.
For more information on the artist, visit http://yalaford.com/.
Bee on the Lookout!
Something is buzzing in Pompano Beach! The City of Pompano Beach Public Art Committee has commissioned lead artist Sonata Kazimieraitiene to work with five apprentices to create multiple mosaic murals which will be installed throughout the City. Sonata’s first mosaic project includes a ‘Trail of the Honey Bees’. This trail contains multiple mosaic murals ranging in size which will connect the community and the cultural arts facilities from the Innovation District to the Creative Arts District through artwork and education.
The focal point of the mosaic project is on the honey bee and the vegetation it helps pollinate. Pompano Beach was built by our rich agricultural community. This trail encourages a spirit of unity by connecting the two districts together by means of art. Without the help of the honey bee and continued education on the importance of the honey bee, the agricultural community as a whole is at stake.
The City of Pompano Beach has selected 8 artists to design vinyl wraps for utility boxes in the City of Pompano Beach. Between 2015-2017, the City of Pompano Beach plans to wrap many utility boxes on major arterials and in several neighborhoods. The goal of the program is to reduce blight along the corridors by transforming a utility box into a piece of art. This beautification effort will enhance the experience of all those visiting the corridors and will help to prevent vandalization of boxes primarily with posters.
The Utility Wrap Project is well underway! The artists selected for the first phase of this exciting public art project have been busy creating designs for utility boxes that house the Broward County Traffic Engineering team’s equipment for several traffic lights around the city. The Utility Wrap Subcommittee has reviewed and approved most of the designs. A contractor has been selected (through a formal bid) to size, print, and install vinyl wraps on the boxes. The first boxes should be wrapped in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!