By Larisa Svechin, Vice Mayor
(Wednesday, February 26, 2020) – I love Sunny Isles Beach and everything it offers, from the spectacular beaches and international cafes to the renowned restaurants and multitude of parks. One of its little-known jewels is our arts initiative. I have the pleasure of sitting on the Public Arts Advisory Committee with a group of residents doing incredible work in acquiring public art. The city also launched an oil painting club about one year ago and it is thriving; new members are joining every week. Look out for more pop-up painting events around the city where you can get more information or just watch the artists create.
Our new Art in the Park event had a record-breaking 60 artists registered with another 20 on the waiting list. Adults and children partook in a free painting class at Heritage Park. The next Art in the Park event will be June 7, so sign up early to get a spot. We are also pursuing a partnership with the Coconut Grove Art Festival to bring an annex of award-winning artists to Sunny Isles Beach. Furthermore, in partnership with the SIB PTSA, NSE/SIB K-8, and resident leaders, I am planning the annual children’s art exhibit for later this year.
Additionally, I am happy to announce that we are planning to renovate the Government Center lobby, including increased security and aesthetic renovations, with a space to display artwork year-round. This success is largely in part to the collaboration and hard work of resident volunteers, city staff, and support from my fellow commissioners and Mayor.
Please contact me with questions or comments at [email protected].