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Community Building Through Healing:
Coral Springs Bloomberg Grant
9500 West Sample Rd.
Coral Springs, FL. 33065


Event Dates:2/14/19 - 2/14/21
Entry Deadline:4/11/18
Days remaining to deadline:5


Images - Minimum:3, Maximum:6
Total Media - Minimum:3, Maximum:6

The City of Coral Springs, in partnership with the City of Parkland and the Broward County Cultural Division, is seeking request for qualifications from artists for the Bloomberg Philanthropies PublicArt Challenge Grant. The City is currently applying for this prestigious grant and is seeking a nationally and/or internationally recognized lead artist to foster and begin to heal the community after the tragic events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14, 2018. The preferred artist will have an extensive background in civic and community engagement to crate innovative temporary public art project(s) that will foster community.

Public Art Project Description

February 14, 2018 changed Broward County, the State of Florida and quite possibly the entire country forever when a tragic shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 students and teachers and injuring another 16 students. This horrific event has had a major impact on the entire community: from students and family members to first responders to residents all over Broward County.

Within hours of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas tragedy, the Broward School District, municipalities and community organizations pulled resources and banned together to open acute crisis centers in the northwest region of the county. One such site was the Coral Springs Center for the Arts, including the Coral Springs Museum of Art. Throughout the days of February 15 and February 16, 2018 the Coral Springs crisis center would see a countless number of children and adults who were scared, grieving, confused and in dire need of emotional help. While these centers were short term, the need for healing was not. Because of this, the Coral Springs Museum of Art rallied its partners and developed an art-making program for the therapeutic purposes. The result, Healing with Art, a program to serve students, teachers, administrators, parents and community members in need of healing from a surreal and heartbreaking attack on a community.

In addition, the Museum in partnership with Love Button (, hosted a community strengthening event to help those directly affected by a loss of a loved one. The event, attended by Chris Martin of Coldplay, concluded with the community joining hands around those directly affected by this horrific tragedy to let them know that the community was there for them. As the ongoing demand for healing continued, the question became, how can we implement this idea on a larger scale to begin to heal the Marjory Stoneman Douglas community, the residents of Coral Springs and Parkland directly affected by the tragedy, and our regional community that supports it?

The City of Coral Springs, along with its partners, (City of Parkland, Broward County Cultural Division, Coral Springs Museum of Art and Coral Springs Public Art Committee) is seeking a nationally and/or internationally recognized principal artist for the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge Grant. The City is currently in the process of applying for a $1 Million for the grant and will provide a match of $200,000 in funds and in-kind services to assist in the implementation of the grant. The principal artist will work with the City and its partners in creating a civic and community engagement program that will take place over a two (2) year period. These civic and community engagement activities will begin on the first anniversary of the event (February 14, 2019) culminate in the creation of a final temporary artwork(s) and/or installations that will be displayed within the cities of Coral Springs and Parkland as well as throughout Broward County.

Background on the Bloomberg Philanthropies Grant

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Public Art Challenge encourages mayors to partner with artists, elevating the value of including the creative sector when developing solutions to significant urban issues. The program supports temporary public art projects that celebrate creativity, enhance urban identity, encourage public-private collaborations, and strengthen local economies.

Tentative Timeline

The deadline for submittal of this RFQ is April 11, 2018 as the submittal of the Bloomberg Philanthropies submittal of the grant is fast approaching (April 12, 2018). The award of the grant will be announced October 2018.If awarded, the City wishes to have the first civic engagement activity February 14, 2018. The program will take place over a two (2) year period.


Contact: Jim Hickey, Assistant Director, Development Services, City of Coral Springs

Phone: (954) 344-1114