FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, USA – At Osswald Park, a Community Night served as a kickoff to the Paint the Park event and took place on Thursday, August 8, 2013. This community fundraiser, hosted by the Tyrone Bryant Friends of the Library, showcased work submitted by students in the Paint the Park art contest. We exhibited all the work and judged the winning designs. The night included food, music, raffles, and a great opportunity to find out how to be a part of the fun at the Paint the Park event.
Paint the Park, a community mural art day and resource fair will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10 AM to 4 PM, in order to work towards the unification and beautification of a local community. Hosting the event is 2-1-1 Broward, spearheaded by 2-1-1 Broward’s Community Partnership Manager, Melinda Pollard and nationally recognized artist, Jacklyn Laflamme
One of the goals of Paint the Park will be to involve different people who may not encounter each other in their daily lives, including those with different socio-economic backgrounds, various age groups and ethnicities to network together – their common ground being ties to this community. It also seeks to engage these residents to come together to share their stories, history and be involved to help beautify, connect, and revitalize this municipality. The direct participation with input by the residents who live and work in the area, to create the art works, will encourage neighborhood cohesiveness, replace blight with beauty and instill a sense of pride in the community.
“We really want the local community to be a part of the experience,” stated Jacklyn Laflamme, “If the people of the neighborhood participate in the creation of the art it will allow them to have a sense of ownership over it.”
Paint the Park will also be an opportunity to bridge social services with arts and culture and demonstrate how they can support each other and the residents in the community. The day will help bring awareness to the residents about the arts, cultural and social resources that are available in Broward County.