Placemaking: “Clearwater Residents Encouraged To Beautify Public Spaces In 2020”

Placemaking: “Clearwater Residents Encouraged To Beautify Public Spaces In 2020”

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“The city will officially launch its Placemaking Playbook featuring five public art projects in January.

They’re an inevitable fixture in any cityscape but, face it, Dumpsters and storm drains are hardly attractive.

The City of Clearwater, however, is recruiting residents and business people to lend their talents to turn these eyesores into works of art.

During the New Year, residents are encouraged to help beautify the city and turn Dumpsters and drains into meaningful public art by covering them in colorful murals.

The city kicked off its Storm Drain Mural Program Oct. 7 with a ribbon-cutting for the inaugural mural at the corner of Fort Harrison Avenue and Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. The city commissioned Clearwater artist Beth Warmath to paint the first storm drain mural…

The city followed up in November by introducing its Dumpster Art Program in which residents are invited to paint murals on Dumpsters around the city.

‘This program presents a unique opportunity to transform something that isn’t traditionally beautiful into a work of art,’ said Juliahna Green, neighborhoods coordinator for the City of Clearwater.

The city will provide the blank canvas — the Dumpsters — and all the necessary supplies. Participants need only to supply their time, creativity and ideas to beautify the Dumpsters located at schools, apartment buildings and businesses.

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Applications can be submitted by individuals or teams and must specify the design and intended location. The city must approve the application before painting may begin.

‘Projects like this have the power to brighten up street corners and bring communities together around a common project: a bright and beautiful Clearwater,’ Green said.

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This is the fifth placemaking project the city launched in 2019. Placemaking is a multi-faceted approach to planning, designing and managing public spaces that promote people’s health, happiness and well-being.

Earlier this summer, the city introduced the placemaking projects Sidewalk Rain Art and Signal Box Art.

And, in October, the city initiated the Little Free Library program to promote literacy as well as community placemaking.

Under the Little Free Library, residents are encouraged to design and erect a public library box in to use as a free book exchange. The city encourages the use of recycled materials to create colorful book drops or residents can order a pre-made library that can be painted, decorated and installed in front of a coffee shop, public building, bus stop or school…”

— D’Ann Lawrence White, Patch

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“Brooksville mural tour offers low-key stroll through local history”

“Brooksville mural tour offers low-key stroll through local history”

Photo: Michele Miller, Tampa Bay Times

“Jan Knowles…is the docent for a new mural walking tour offered by the Hernando Fine Art Council.

The Livery Stable Mural, painted on the Lowman’s law firm at 32 S. Main St., is one of eight murals featured on a new walking tour sponsored by the Hernando Fine Arts Council. It features the livery stable, which housed the Bell Fruit Company, one of the most important businesses in early Brooksville.

Knowles is steeped in local history, having entrenching herself in several organizations over the years. She served as chair for the annual Brooksville Raid Reenactment, was an 18-year president of the Hernando Museum and a member of the now-defunct Mural Society that worked with the city to produce and fund the eight murals featured on the tour. She also is project coordinator for the Hernando Fine Arts Council and co-chair of Brooksville’s annual Art in the Park event.

The mural tour is way to bring light to art that might have been forgotten, she said, or that people might be wondering about — especially if they are new to the area…

It’s also a way to put to use the Civil War dress she bought years ago for the Brooksville Raid…

This tour promises to be a more low-key, casual walk through art and local history, with one modern caveat. Those who go can use their cell phones to access QR codes located on special plaques that include information about the murals and the artists.

‘The tour takes about an hour,” Knowles said, adding that the murals are all within three blocks. ‘There’s nice places to have lunch or shop so people can make a day of it.'”

— Michele Miller, Tampa Bay Times
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Placemaking Technology: Shine Mural Festival in St Pete has a new twist this year

Placemaking Technology: Shine Mural Festival in St Pete has a new twist this year

Photo: Charlie Belcher, Charlie’s World, Fox 13 News
“Company brings wall murals into focus through smart app”

“There is a new way to learn even more about the murals in downtown St. Petersburg, thanks to Pixelstix.

They’ve teamed up with the folks from SHINE Mural Festival to create a digital gallery.

Using a smartphone with the Pixelstix app, visitors to a mural can scan a Pixelstix plaque which will load docent-level information about the mural and the artist onto their device.

Additionally, interactive maps show the locations of the festival’s collection of murals, creating a personalized mural tour… ”

— Charlie Belcher, Fox 13 News
See video to learn about the new technology, meet the founder of Pixelstix and experience Charlie’s World
Read more about the Shine Festival and murals in Tampa Bay Times

Coco Village: Murals on benches, electrical boxes and storm drains

Coco Village: Murals on benches, electrical boxes and storm drains

Photo: Olivia McKelvey

“Growing up in the Historic Cocoa Village, Vashti Verschoor remembers clothing boutiques and restaurants lining the village streets.

The Cocoa Village she knows now has completely different look.

Today, the 42-year-old mom of two is one of many artists who has work represented throughout the village. Whether it be intricately and whimsically painted benches, electrical boxes or even storm drains, Cocoa Village is bursting with color around every corner.

“Artwork is our primary, first written language,” Verschoor said. “The way that we speak to each other, the way that we documented our history, it all started with drawings on a cave wall. So, I think that when we support local art, we’re supporting our primary language, and I’m so proud the village has supported me and others alike.”

Cocoa Village has numerous community art projects such as the painted benches, the artwork displayed across electrical boxes at traffic lights, and now even storm drains that are displaying artwork, leaving “marks of beauty” throughout Cocoa…

If you are interested in learning more about the community art projects in Cocoa Village or would like to become a sponsor for one of the benches, please visit ”

— Olivia McKelvey, Florida Today

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Clearwater, Tampa, Pinellas: Murals on storm drains

Clearwater, Tampa, Pinellas: Murals on storm drains

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“The city of Clearwater welcomes its residents to apply to paint their own storm drain mural. In addition to their artistic value, painted storm drains serve a very important educational purpose by addressing the misconception that it’s acceptable to dispose of trash, grass clippings, and chemicals down storm drains. The water that flows through Clearwater’s storm drains goes directly into the Gulf of Mexico or Tampa Bay without treatment. Therefore, messaging to prevent the disposal of waste in storm drains is pivotal to maintaining safe, clean oceans and beaches. 

To encourage residents, volunteers, and students to get involved, the city of Clearwater will provide all supplies free to participating groups. 

Materials the city of Clearwater will provide: Traffic safety vests, traffic cones, pre-made stencils,  wire bristle brush, Sherwin Williams ProPark traffic paint,  Shark Grip anti-skid additive, paint brushes, sidewalk chalk for outlining mural, plastic gloves, tarp to p

 Very detailed instructions and additional information on City of Clearwater website. 

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Tampa and Pinellas Park

“Recognizing the need for information, cities across the region are creating murals and posting signs that inform people that only water belongs in stormwater drains. Last year, in partnership with the city of Tampa, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful volunteers painted stormwater drain murals in Tampa.

This past summer, Pinellas Park worked with artists to paint five stormwater drains near a middle school and a senior center — both areas with higher-than-average foot traffic — to increase visibility and educational opportunities.”

— Vicki Parsons, Tampa Bay Soundings

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rotect the pavement from paint, paint stirring sticks, paint mixing containers, spray paint (Rustoleum Ultra Cover 2x Indoor Outdoor), and painters tape…”

“Ormond Beach to allow murals downtown”

“Ormond Beach to allow murals downtown”

Photo: City of Ormond Beach
“Art will soon be taking center stage here, as murals will now be allowed downtown, a move that has been two years in the making.

‘When you pass by small cities, they look the same,’ said Julia Truilo, executive director of Ormond Mainstreet. ‘We want to keep enhancing the way our town looks and how people identify us.’

In response to the new ordinance that was approved in May, the Ormond Beach Mainstreet Arts District formed a committee to match artists with businesses and approve mural proposals. So far six artists have signed up and there are already a few projects in the works…

Previously, murals were considered signs under city ordinances. In order to allow murals, city officials created a new ordinance that clarified the rules for murals and where they could be painted.

The reason for the two-year delay, according to City Commissioner Troy Kent, was to make sure officials got everything right…

The City Commission and the Mainstreet Arts District wanted to make sure the murals were not perceived as advertisements, but rather works of art with the potential to draw visitors, much like the murals in downtown DeLand…”

— Nikki Ross, Daytona Beach News-Journal

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