Ready, Set, Transform! Project COAT Muralists Set to Brush Through South Florida
If you want to witness by the brush hand how the arts transform people and communities, especially in urban settings, then come experience COAT aka Community of Artists Transform. Project COAT unleashes its creative muralists and art partners onto the streets of Fort Lauderdale and Miami, November 13–20th, 2017.
The list of artists and maps of mural locations will be live the week of November 13th.
Project COAT will also feature a series of panel presentations and discussions between creative professionals and published scholars on the impact of art found in archaeology, architecture and Florida history. The COAT TALKS panels are free and open to the public. Click here for the COAT TALKS schedule.
“I am pleased to welcome Project COAT otherwise known as Community of Artists Transform to Fort Lauderdale. Our city has a lively and growing arts scene, and public art helps beautify our communities and bring art into the lives of many residents. I’m glad to support your efforts to bring art to the streets and buildings of our city.” Scott Wyman, Assistant to the City Commissioner, Dean Trantalis.
Conceptually Project COAT’s mission is to:
- Transform streets into galleries
- Blur lines between museum and street art
- Install murals by international and local artists. These artists work side by side, and partner with curators to literally coat a series of walls with contemporary art images and composition
- Engage those neighborhoods infested with blight, human trafficking, drugs, crime and homelessness to redirect to humane solutions and even secure ‘village scale’ development
- Preserve landmark architecture, home ownership and small business growth
Project COAT Fort Lauderdale
Project COAT in Fort Lauderdale evolved out of a high rise boom where nearby areas wanted to retain their ‘village’ character while eliminating blight especially just south of Sunrise Boulevard and west of US1 where there are a number of historical properties. The wider number of homeowners and nearby industrial warehouses want to find innovative ways to sustain low to mid rise higher quality development and brand their identity.
Another important wall engaged by the artists will be at the previous Gulfstream Middle School set to reopen as ‘ELLA,’ Early Learning Language Academy, a prototype campus for young parents and their pre-K babies to learn english as a second language on the same property. This mural is being created by Ruben Ubiera from Broward County (one of the Centennial Celebration Muralists from 2015) and Jack Fox, a nineteen year old son of noted South African Muralist, Faith47, who’s making his own waves in the street art world in the footsteps of his mother. PNC Bank’s ‘Grow up Great’ initiative was a major contributor to this project.
Project COAT MIAMI
Project COAT creatives will converge on Miami at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center in the historic neighborhood of Spring Garden where a new proposed COAT mural will engage a new generation of visitors and supporters of the Center’s prolific arts programming. A new wall will be erected along the property line to enclose the courtyard and parking area as a urban stage. And it will feature a nearby sculpture and new murals, creating a backdrop to the many international dance companies that perform there.
COAT started as a response to areas at the periphery of high rise development. Many homeowners, commercial and industrial property owners want their properties to become new opportunities for creative professionals, small boutiques, and tech offices to create sustainable safe neighborhoods and a more secure future.
For more information visit https://www.projectcoat.net/artist
For Media interviews contact Clare Vickery of Grace Arts Center, FL.