Cocoa Village Benches to Receive Artsy Makeover Courtesy of Local Artists

By  //  April 29, 2016

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benches to be painted between May 14-28

Cocoa Village ArtWorks has collected applications from local artists who will paint approximately nine benches surrounding the Taylor Park playground area in Cocoa Village. This piece is by Ashley Dennison)

Cocoa Village ArtWorks has collected applications from local artists who will paint approximately nine benches surrounding the Taylor Park playground area in Cocoa Village. This piece is by Ashley Dennison. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Village ArtWorks has collected applications from local artists who will paint approximately nine benches surrounding the Taylor Park playground area in Cocoa Village.

The benches will be painted between May 14, 2016 and May 28, 2016 with an unveiling ceremony scheduled for May 30, 2016 with more details to come on that event.

Cocoa Village Artworks is a group collaborative that was formed out of a community engagement workshop held by the City of Cocoa’s Office of Economic Development on January 8, 2016.

Renowned author, Peter Kageyama, who is best known for his books For the Love of Cities and Love Where You Live, was the guest speaker and workshop moderator. He challenged the group of over forty local stakeholders to come up with a community project to be voted on by the group and which would receive a $500 grant to kick start the chosen project.

Project pitches included ideas such as a community cornhole tournament, Hometown Hero pole banners, more doggie stations in the village and more. Two projects were chosen to receive the grant for a total of $500 each which included a community garden for Endeavour Elementary and the bench art project.

Once the bench art project idea was voted to receive the grant, a group of community stakeholders was formed to spearhead the project and Cocoa Village ArtWorks was formed. The group began meeting to form a framework for the project which then developed into an idea for a centralized “umbrella” of art installation in the Cocoa Village area.

Cocoa Village ArtWorks has collected applications from local artists who will paint approximately nine benches surrounding the Taylor Park playground area in Cocoa Village. This piece is by Tori Kaczmarek. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

Cocoa Village ArtWorks has collected applications from local artists who will paint approximately nine benches surrounding the Taylor Park playground area in Cocoa Village. This piece is by Tori Kaczmarek. (Image for Space Coast Daily)

The project and framework is being developed and sponsored by local non-profit Cocoa Main Street, which is part of the Florida Main Street program. The Main Street approach is a common-sense, strategy driven framework that guides community based revitalization efforts.

A number of phased projects are planned for the Cocoa Village ArtWorks movement including more benches throughout the Village and other mural type art projects. This bench project is the first phase which will include the nine benches in the Taylor Park area of the Village.

Artists submitted applications through the end of April and the committee chose artists for the project. Each artist will be supplied a gift card to purchase supplies in the amount of $75 and the benches will be painted beginning May 14, 2016. An unveiling ceremony will be planned once the project is complete.

Cocoa Village ArtWorks is looking for sponsors for this community improvement project.

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If you are interested in having your business spotlighted on the bench along with the artist who created the design, please contact Cocoa Main Street at 321-633-0806.

Sponsors also receive recognition on the Cocoa Village ArtWorks website, in program communications, on social media and on the final map or brochure that will be produced to identify the bench locations in the Village.

For more information, please contact Samantha Senger at 321-433-8685 or ssenger@cocoafl.org


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