The City of Pompano Beach is pleased to welcome Congressman Ted Deutch as he joins Mayor Lamar Fisher, the City Commission, and the City Manager to formally announce an award of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant for the Pompano Beach Crossroads project. Congressman Alcee Hastings will be represented by Community Outreach Representative Daniel Mulieri. The Pompano Beach Crossroads project aspires to create and connect public art and performance art along a one-mile “trail” from the new Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Broward County Library, through historic commercial “Old Town Pompano” and along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to the Interstate-95 overpass. The multi-media project will create interactive connections between the Cultural Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) and Ali Cultural Arts (Ali) utilizing public art, performance art, “drop-in” activities, literary events and digital projections with built-in “augmented reality.”
The City of Pompano Beach is one of 89 organizations nationwide to be awarded the 2017 grant and will receive $100,000 in project funding from the NEA. Pompano Beach Crossroads is a collaborative project of the City, the Creative Arts Collaborative, and the Pompano Beach CRA. The program will kick off with community planning phases this fall, and the grant will fund activities through September 2019.
Since 2010, the City of Pompano Beach and its Community Redevelopment Agency have worked with the community and public/private sector partners to create economic development, including targeted Cultural Arts activity in its new Creative Arts District, an area totally within a half mile of a planned future commuter rail station on the historic Florida East Coast Railway. Pompano Beach Crossroads will be a culmination of these efforts.
The project supports both the City’s Cultural Arts Master Plan and Public Art Master Plan.
The event will take place at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10:00am. The event is free and open to the public and will include a brief program of live entertainment and refreshments. RSVP’s appreciated at www.ccpompano.org.