Artists, Volunteers to Paint Tank Mural


A group of professional artists and community volunteers are working together to paint a mural on a municipal water tank in Florida after the city was awarded a $67,000 grant.

Six professional artists are currently painting the upper part of the mural on the Coral Springs Water Tank at Mullins Park in Florida; the lower part, at ground level, is being reserved for local residents to paint starting Feb. 16.

Sense of Community

In March 2012, the Coral Springs Museum of Art (CSMART), in partnership with the City of Coral Springs and a Citizens Task Force, received the Community Foundation of Broward's "Art of the Community" grant. CSMART was one of three organizations awarded this grant.

The $67,000 grant is expected to be matched with community donations and other funding, said Piero Falci, community liaison for CSMART.

The project is intending to create a sense of community, and CMSART has likened it to a modern day "barn raising" by planning multiple community engagement events aimed "to reach disenfranchised populations and ethnic communities that traditionally do not participate in civic enagement."

The mural, which is meant to represent the multicultural aspects of Coral Springs, was designed by high school senior Rebecca Lowry. The sketch was chosen from 300 entries.

Before the mural was sketched on to the concrete water storage tank, the entire structure was rehabilitated last year as part of an eight-tank contract awarded to Crom Engineering & Construction Services Inc., of Gainesville, FL. The total award was $491,572.

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The green screen covering the lower portion of the tank will be removed for volunteers to start painting. The project is meant to create a sense of community.

Volunteer Info

Community painting days will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, Feb. 23, and March 2. Under the supervision of professional painters, volunteers will be allowed to paint areas they can reach on the bottom portion of the water tank. 

High school students can also receive service hours for painting. All materials will be provided, according to CSMART.

Anyone may volunteer to paint, regardless of residency or age. However, adult supervision is required, and everyone must fill out release and waiver forms.


Tagged categories: Grants; Murals; Painting Contractors; Program/Project Management; Water Tanks

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