An engaging public art installation, which was on display until the end of February, inspired viewers to stretch their imaginations. Located in Deerfield Beach across from the main beach parking lot, the artwork depicted Scrabble-type letters that spell out "Imag_ne." People were encouraged to stand in the spot for the missing letter "I" and take pictures.
The $2,000 artwork was created by Australian artist Emma Anna. "The city has big plans for public art displays," said city spokesman Mickey Gomez. Future exhibits will be placed along the beach and in nearby Sullivan Park.
Dedication Ceremony to Honor Terry T. Sherman
Earlier this year, the City of Pembroke Pines Department of Recreation and Cultural Arts invited the public to attend a dedication ceremony honoring Pembroke Pines resident Terry T. Sherman at the William B. Armstrong Dream Park. A customized park bench, designed by Diana Contreras, was unveiled as a permanent structure showcasing an artistic likeness of Sherman.
Sherman, who passed away on June 25, 2013, just 27 days shy of her 88th birthday, arrived in Pembroke Pines in 1992 from Brooklyn, N.Y., with her husband Don. Sherman will be remembered and honored for her many contributions in the Pembroke Pines community, especially for her love of cultural arts and helping children. Known as a civic socialite, Terry T. Sherman was driven by passion to help others, was well known for her haute couture fashions and as a prolific author of poetry.
Sherman dreamed large and was a familiar face at commission meetings. At one point in the '90s she presented a Dream Park proposal, complete with plans for a six-acre space with tree-lined walkways, outdoor stages for musicians and soapboxes similar to those in London's Hyde Park where people could speak their minds. The City Commission liked the idea for the Dream Park and developed a park with native plantings alongside the walkways Sherman dreamed about and where a bench with Terry T's likeness is now dedicated.
Pictured is an artistic likeness of Terry T. Sherman,
created by artist Diana Contreras.
A True Community Event
Broward 100 and Wilton Manors Celebrate Marriage Equality with Valentine's Day Wedding Ceremonies
On Valentine's Day, the City of Wilton Manors and Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community hosted a truly representative community event in celebration of marriage equality and in honor of the County's centennial, with FREE marriage ceremonies at Wilton Manors City Hall. A Broward 100 Inside Out Photography Project was also executed on this celebratory day, the images which will be displayed at Stonewall Library's gallery in April.
In a magnanimous show of support from all echelons of the Broward Community, the event sparkled with pride and joyousness. Elevated by the numerous attendances of Wilton Manors city officials -Mayor Gary Resnick and Vice Mayor Scott Newton; Wilton Manors City Commissioners Julie A. Carson, Justin Flippen, Tom Green; and Circuit Court Judge Lisa Porter- the evening's schedule unfolded seamlessly and with many smiling faces and the willing and efficient help of volunteers from the community.
While brides and grooms showed up in matching outfits, some with their babies, some having been together for more than 20 years. "With all the voluntary support from the Wilton Manors community, including the Pride Center and the Wilton Manors Historical Society, the Broward County staff and the local businesses," says Broward Cultural Division Director Earl Bosworth, "this event became a shining example of what Broward 100- Celebrating the Art of Community is really all about."
The event was designed by Panache; Winn-Dixie sponsored the desserts; Jet's Pizza donated food for the many volunteers and Jammin Xpress rocked the reception as the DJ.
"As a city that leads on LGBT equality, and one with the second largest LGBT population in the U. S. (per the 2010 US Census)," says Commissioner Justin Flippen, "we needed and wanted to find a way to commemorate the arrival of marriage equality to the Sunshine State. With this being the first Valentine's Day in Florida's history where LGBT couples could legally wed, what a perfect day to celebrate love by hosting a wedding, or in our case, four!
The weddings were held in groups of four and following each ceremony, an elegant reception with light refreshments was held at the Hagen Park Community Center. Both the ceremonies and the reception were FREE.