City of Tamarac, Florida
The NEA grant will support the design of a new civic gathering place in Sunset Point Park, and to establish a symbolic piece of public infrastructure for this city located adjacent to the Florida Everglades. The project will engage the community in a series of public meetings and workshops to design a new park structure – a combination environmental education space and viewing platform – that will connect residents with the south Florida wetlands and ecology, provide a place to view the Everglades, and create an iconic design for the city when drivers pass along the Florida Turnpike's Sawgrass Expressway. The lead partner is the City of Tamarac Public Art Committee, working closely with artist Margi Nothard of Glavovic Studio, who will design the landscape intervention in collaboration with three environmental public artists to be recommended by EcoArt South Florida. The city intends to use the design process to create new social connections in the changing community of 63,000 residents, a mix of young Caribbean- and Hispanic-American families and retirees.