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Art In Public Places Board Organizes; Receives State Grant (August 2, 2000)

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Mayor Jimmy Weekley announced today that the Art in Public Places Board held its organizational meeting this week and has received a $5,000 state grant.

The board, appointed by the Mayor and members of the City Commission includes Art Kara, Chair; Frank Garner, Vice-Chair; Monica Haskell, Caroline Cash, Florence Recher, and Bernie Stafford.  One vacancy will be filled in September.

The board will be responsible for selecting potential sites for public art displays, choosing the artists and approving artwork to be displayed, and raising funds to support an ongoing program.

The grant, approved by the Division of Cultural Affairs at the Florida Department of State, is to be used for administrative support for the program.  To date, $23,150 has been raised for actual purchase of artwork.

In the coming months, the board will be meeting or consulting with similar boards in cities with Art in Public Places programs, including Austin, Texas, as well as Tampa and Miami to set up the formal structure of the program.  Sites will be identified and advertisements for proposals will be made public.

This program is one that the mayor has listed as one of his top priorities.

“I am so pleased that this energetic board is at work and that the State has recognized our seriousness about proceeding with this project,” Weekley said.  “We owe it to the talented artistic community in this city to provide as many opportunities as possible to showcase their works.”        

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