The Creative Artist Advancement Program (CAAP) was developed by Grace Kewl-Durfey of the Broward Cultural Division. Four local artists were awarded a grant to develop public art ideas. The grant was funded by the Broward Cultural Division and National Endowment for the Arts. Projects are to be completed by August 2014, with public presentation in September.
Valerie J. Amor, public artist, will focus her project on the impact of future train stations and transit oriented development. Working with Community Redevelopment Agencies (CRA) in Pompano Beach, Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach, she will be engaging the public to focus on way finding—finding a way to tell the story of the past, present and future of each community while highlighting current city initiatives.
Deborah Wolford is a wildlife and equine photographer. She is currently working with the Dania Beach CRA on a storefront enhancement public art project, engaging the community and neighborhood organizations to address the high vacancy rates in the city, using the empty or underutilized spaces for short-term art installations.
Sherryl Muriente, an urban acupuncturist, will focus on creating a collaborative cross-disciplinary project that captures the voice of the community in regards to Lauderdale Lakes Children’s Garden. Working with the CRA of Lauderdale Lakes, Children’s Garden, Boyd H. Anderson High School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School, Oriole Elementary School, local businesses and neighbors, they will conceptualize improvements to the garden through art.
SusieQ Wood, an environmental fine artist, will connect with the community via conversations around art, working closely with the Northwest-Progresso-Flagler Heights CRA. Her vision is part of a transformation process called The Butterfly Project. The intention is to reflect the voice of the community, including students in the magnet schools’ art programs, homeowners and business owners. She is known for her collaborative art projects, bringing together many hands to create a single work.