FLORIDA KEYS COUNCIL OF THE ARTS HOSTS ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING, KICKS OFF COUNTY 200-YEAR CELEBRATIONS WITH ANNUAL MAGAZINE
Monroe County Pro Tem Holly Merrill Raschein attended the Florida Keys Council of the Arts annual meeting held Thursday on Pigeon Key. Merrill Raschein is the Board of County Commissioners liaison for the council. The membership meeting included unveiling “Culture,” an annual magazine placed in the hotel rooms and other locations for visitors to learn about cultural events and activities throughout the Florida Keys. Monroe County Mayor Craig Cates does the welcome message in the magazine.
In addition to the magazine’s calendar of cultural events, two local writers have featured stories. Jill Zima Borski chronicles “200 Years of the Florida Keys” in her piece, and historian Brad Bertelli exposes “The Florida Keys: Historic Lighthouses, Island Wonders, and Natural Beauty.” Each spoke at the membership meeting. The county is celebrating the 200-year anniversary of Monroe County this year, and the Florida Keys Council of the Arts is helping celebrate by including bicentennial themes in its annual events.
The 2023 “Connections Project” is also celebrating 200 Years of the Florida Keys. The project will include 300 unique art pieces on 6x8 canvases that will travel from Key Largo to Key West from Feb. 7 to April 20. Receptions will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. at the following locations and are open to the public:
To view the “Culture” magazine, visit https://fla-keys.com/pdf/culture/CultureMag2023.pdf. To learn more about the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, visit keysarts.com.
The Monroe County Art in Public Places Committee and Florida Keys Council of the Arts has a call to visual artists to become qualified as public artists. The Monroe County Art in Public Places Ordinance mandates that one percent (1%) of new County building construction costing a minimum of $500,000 and renovations costing a minimum of $100,000 be set aside to fund this program. The AIPP Committee reviews and recommends projects to the Board of County Commissioners, and is responsible for the commission and purchase of art. Artists that are approved through this process become eligible for 5 years to apply to all calls including upcoming projects; Key West International Airport Expansion, Monroe County Library Branch renovations and more.
The application and information are available on the homepage of the Arts Council website, www.keysarts.com. Application requirements include an Artist Statement, current resume, 5 to 10 images of recent artwork application and a cover page. Please see application for further details on how to complete the application. A workshop is available for interested artists to attend this Friday. January 20th at 4:00 pm via Zoom. The Zoom link, application, and more information is available on our website home page.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday; February 7, 2023 at 3:00 pm. Applications must be submitted electronically to the Monroe County Purchasing Department. Artists must meet the criteria in the initial application process to become qualified. Qualified artists will then be eligible to receive the Request for Proposals (RFP’s) issued by Monroe County for 5 years, as well as for the City of Key West’s Public Art Program.
Questions: please call Florida Keys Council of the Arts 305-295-4369
Image attached: "Justice" by Lothar Speer, located in the Plantation Key Government Center
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is proud to announce our 2023 Members Show, “200 Years of Island Life”. The Opening Reception will be held Wednesday, November 2, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the historic Gato Building, 1100 Simonton Street, Key West. The exhibition will remain on display through January 27, 2023.
Our Member Artists share in the spirit of celebrating Monroe County’s Bicentennial through their artwork, inspired by tropical landscapes, our diverse culture, and the unique history of the land and sea which surrounds us. Their artwork reflects our distinctive architecture, and the colorful sights and sounds of the fabulous Florida Keys. We hope you can join us!
The Gato building, which is home to many State and County offices, supports the Art in Public Buildings program which offers an alternate space for artists to display their work. Free parking is available, and the building is ADA accessible. Refreshments will be served.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts supports visual, literary and performing artists and cultural organizations throughout the Keys with several grant programs and scholarships. We connect artists to each other and to their audiences.
Contact the Arts Council at 305-295-4369 with any questions.
Please join or renew your membership today. Visit keysarts.com or call 305-296-4369.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is proud to announce that we have awarded over $40,000 to local artists and Arts Organizations in our most recent grant cycle. Our Art Builds Community grant, designed to promote Cultural Equity and provide arts and cultural programming to everyone, was awarded to four new projects: REEF and United Way have partnered to present “Arts & Sciences Celebration Series” with their award of $10,000; The City of Marathon was awarded $10,000 for their project “Beautiful Benchmarks” which will interpret climate change and sea level rise through public art; The Red Barn Theater was awarded $7,500 for their project “Big Night Out” in which they will partner with 6 additional organizations to provide greater access to the arts, and Erica Heffernan’s project “Finding Inspiration through Isolation” which partners with MARC House to exhibit artwork influenced by the isolation of the pandemic. The Art Builds Community grants are among the largest such awards provided by Florida Keys Council of the Arts.
Other awards include our Special Project grants, with a $2,000 award going to local artists Sally Binard, Molly Ross, and Franke Ashe for their “Moko Jumbie” project, to teach stilt walking; artist Jessica Wachs was awarded $2,000 for her work on “Bone Island- One Woman Musical”, and for our Artists in Schools awards the grantees are as follows: “Schools at the Studios 2023” Bria Ansara and TSKW; “Art/ Chalk against Hate” Jacqueline Patterson, Gloria Avner, and the Plantation Key School; and “Love, Shakespeare” Richard Ericson and Somerset Island Prep; each receiving a grant of $1,750.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts Grant Program is funded entirely by donations, and membership contributions. Please consider becoming a member of the Arts Council on our website, at www.keysarts.com to support our grant programs. For more information visit, www.keysarts.com
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is proud to announce that Monroe County artist Victoria Mata has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2022 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Award. Victoria (Tory) Mata of Key West, was selected to receive this esteemed, five-county artist fellowship. Tory will receive a monetary award of $15,000 and be included in an exhibition featuring the work of the 2021 - 2022 recipients, that will take place at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami with anticipated opening in April of 2023.
Tory Mata grew up in Stoneham, Massachusetts, and received her BA in Fine Arts from Clark University in 2005. Her painted works, though not representational, use the language of landscape and are influenced by these varying terrains and their unique, native colors and forms. Her recent series are minimalist and meditative in tone, with an emphasis on natural materials, textures and processes. Shades of black and white combine to explore the appearance of opposites and the unifying balance between opposing states. Elements that hold symbolic and personal value (notably clay, bone, rust, wood and cotton) come together in varied forms to speak to themes of loss, transformation and impermanence. Works often build in series and multiples, observing the complexity of relationship and the fragmenting of experience.
The Consortium, an alliance of the arts councils of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Palm Beach Counties has conferred the artists with awards at either the $15,000 or $7,500 level. These awards are among the largest such honors accorded by local arts agencies to visual and media artists in the United States. Celebrating 34 years in 2022 (established in 1988), the SFCC has awarded over $4 million in grants to more than 300 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.
The recipients were selected through a two-tier panel process which included the participation of regional and national arts experts. The 2021-2022 regional panel, whose adjudications are based on the evaluation of the artists' work as evidenced by the work samples submitted, included: Juliana Forero, Ph.D, Founder and Chief Curator of Nomad Projects, Adjunct Professor, NSU Florida (Broward); Zoraye Cyrus, SFCC 2021 Recipient (Broward); Melissa Wallen, Director, De la Cruz Collection (Miami-Dade); John McGurk, Director, Sarah Gavlak Gallery (Pam Beach); and Donnamarie Baptiste, Principle, Creative Industry (Miami-Dade). The submissions selected by the regional panel for further consideration were forwarded for final adjudication and selection to the national panel, which was comprised of: Jean Cooney, Director and Chief Curator, Times Square Arts, New York, NY; Toccarra H. Thomas, Director, Joan Mitchell Center, New Orleans, LA; and George Scheer, Executive Director, Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA.
The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists is a cooperative project funded in part with the support of the Boards of County Commissioners of Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe Counties and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County.
The Monroe County Art in Public Places Committee and Florida Keys Council of the Arts invites visual artists to become pre-qualified for its public art program.
The Monroe County Art in Public Places Ordinance mandates that one percent (1%) of new County building construction costing a minimum of $500,000 and renovations costing a minimum of $100,000 be set aside to fund this program.The AIPP Committee reviews and recommends projects to the Board of County Commissioners, and is responsible for the commission and purchase of art.
The application is available HERE.
Artist must be "pre-qualified" through this process IF they are interested in applying for any upcoming COUNTY projects especially and including KEY WEST INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT EXPANSION.
Application requirements include an Artist Statement, CV/resume, 5 to 10 images of recent artwork, application and a cover page. Please see application for further details on how to complete.
The application deadline is Thursday, September 7, 2022 at 3:00 pm
Please read through the RFQ for instructions on how to submit your application electronically. You cannot mail or drop off your application.
Artists must meet the criteria in the initial application process to become pre-qualified. Pre-qualified artists will then be eligible to receive all Request for Proposals (RFP's) issued by Monroe County for 5 years, as well as for the City of Key West's Public Art Program.
Please share this opportunity with any artists who may be interested in becoming pre-qualified for our program.
If you have qualified in the past and are unsure of your status, please email Elizabeth Young, HERE
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts, in collaboration with Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty in Key West is proud to announce an upcoming show featuring the artwork of renowned local artist, Taylor Hale, whose focus is on the sky and the sea. An opening reception will be held for Friday, July 15th, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, 1075 Duval St, Suite 15C in Duval Square, in Key West.
Join us as we enjoy the artwork, refreshments and wine presented by Ocean Sotheby’s. All work on exhibit are original paintings and are available for sale. Please RSVP to Michelle at email@example.com, or please call Michelle at Ocean Sotheby’s, 305-294-1117 by July 13th to RSVP.
Taylor Hale is a native conch who draws inspiration from a lifetime on the water. Taylor is driven by the constant transformations of the sky and sea- exploring what happens as these powerful natural forces interact. Within his work, he captures movement and stillness, familiarity and the unknown, peace and unrest. In each oil painting, he seeks to create a window to connect to another world.
This exhibit is sponsored by Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty, and in part by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts. Free parking is available.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is seeking Monroe County artists of all genres (visual, music, dance, literary, etc.) and Arts Organizations to apply for two grant opportunities. The deadline for Artist in Schools and Special Project grants is June 30 at 5pm. Applications are accepted online, and can be found at www.keysarts.com under the grants tab.
The Artists in Schools Grant program invites teaching artists in the performing, visual, literary or historical arts into the classroom. Teachers and teaching artists are encouraged to collaborate on creative projects together to enhance the existing curriculum or to teach a new topic integrating the arts. All Monroe County public and private schools, as well as other organizations that serve children ages 5-18, are eligible to be partners for the teaching artist. This application is for the Fall 2022 semester. Artists in Schools grants are up to $2,000 per request.
Special Project Grants are intended for arts organizations or individual artists in Monroe County. The grant is to provide short-term support to vital, creative projects that do not fit into the other grant categories. Special Project funding is limited to once in three years, up to $2,000 per request.
Please call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts for suggestions and assistance at 305-295-4369 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is the leading arts and cultural organization in the Florida Keys. As the non-profit local arts agency in Monroe County, it connects audiences from around the world to galleries, theaters, museums, festivals, dance, music and more from Key Largo to Key West. The Council makes grants, supports Art in Public Places, and promotes the destination for its rich and diverse history in art and culture. The Arts Council provides services to visual and performing artists, arts organizations, students and the public, striving to instill a passion for and participation in the arts.
The Florida Keys Council of the Arts announces a grant opportunity, Art Builds Community (ABC), to support arts and culture projects that spark conversations, spur social change, generate cultural equity and make our community stronger. Grant funding is offered at $5,000, $7,500 and $10,000 for projects that support, build and broaden access to the arts and specifically address civic challenges and community issues through the arts. New for this round, some funds will be distributed as start-up resources for outstanding project ideas.
Florida Keys artists, arts organizations and civic/community-based organizations are encouraged to form alliances and partnerships to strengthen communities through projects that connect the arts with local issues and opportunities for all people. The ABC grant deadline is May 20th at midnight. The online application and more information are available at www.keysarts.com.
“The Florida Keys Council of the Arts is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has equal access to the arts and the fundamental right to express their culture through the arts,” said executive director Elizabeth Young. “Many of our resident’s experience vast disparities in terms of access to and participation in arts and culture activities. We believe the arts have the power to change hearts and minds, and inspire social change.”
Art Builds Community is funded in part by The Helmerich Trust, Ocean Sotheby’s, Louis Wolfson III and private donations. To support the Art Builds Community grant program, help build cultural equity and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors in the Florida Keys, please contact: Executive Director Elizabeth Young, email@example.com.
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