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Conversations open and free to the public about 'community of artists transforming' their neighborhoods through their practice, joining with academia and leaders in humanities and sciences in South Florida and around the globe...

The events of January 2018 are made possible in part through support from the Community Foundation of Broward (Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Leonard & Sally Robbins Fund and Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Unrestricted Fund) and the Broward County Board of County Commissioners. COAT is pleased to also promote the complementary events all week including ARTFTL, the art fair on the water, (Jan 24 - 28) and art walks in MASS and Flagler Arts Village districts (Jan 27) in downtown Fort Lauderdale.



7 - 9 PM 


The Vanguard

Principals of award winning BBA Architecture Firm - Gustavo Berenblum and Claudia Busch - present the 'Cucuyo' project, a new cafe at PAMM (Perez Art Museum of Miami) of steel mesh printed completely by a 3-d printer. "The cocoon shaped café was manufactured by Amsterdam-based MX3D using innovative 3D printing technology...the architects made the decision to work with stainless-steel and collaborated with MX3D." The outgoing President of the Fort Lauderdale AIA Chapter, Jeff Huber, Assistant Professor to FAU Architecture program and Partner with Brooks + Scarpa  and Mikael Kaul, Visiting Professor to FAU School of Architecture, discuss the rise of 'art' at the intersection of some of the most innvoative projects in South Florida. 

FRIDAY 26  /

'Street Art' and The Light Project'


The Vanguard 

(based on weather, we'll unveil the outdoor light installation project upon the New River at 6 PM)

7 - 9 PM 

A reception with Jessica Santiago, CEO ArtRepublic, Jacksonville, Florida shares the high impact of large scale murals in two short years and the growing partnership with COAT Fort Lauderdale. Grace Arts FL reveals 'The Light Project' an art installation by Mark Diamond on the New River at The Stranahan House that commemorates the history of the river at the heart of Fort Lauderdale. The installation will be designed to move on the waters surface (this project is made possible by support from the Community Foundation of Broward).

SATURDAY 27  /  



The Vanguard 

(commemorates the 2005 City of Fort Lauderdale sponsored roundtable on energy and the ever changing issues impacting development in our region)

Public presentation 1 - 3 PM; Trade discussion with architects, engineers and designers 3 - 5 PM

The Serene Republic of Venezia adopted innovative design considerations prior to the year 1200, and in recent years they have developed Project Mose to protect the city from the highest tides and storm surges. Dr. Charles Roberts, FAU's newly retired Associate Professor of Department of GeoSciences Studies, and Graduate Program Chair, Ph.D. in Geography (Pennsylvania State University), explores Fort Lauderdale's namesake billion dollar experiment - MOSE (MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico) - underway to mitigate the rise of ocean waters into Venice, a historic city famous for its art, architecture and culture. 


Dr. Roberts will be joined by the Architect and cultural heritage researcher, Dr. David Benjamin, and performative landscapes expert Landscape Architect, Liat Margolis, of the University of Toronto (TBC), in a discussion about historic architecture, landscapes and new ecological construction techniques. 




Broward Centennial Mural Artists - What inspired them then and now....

The 2014 - 2015 local muralists talk about their work during the Broward County centennial celebration and since with moderator L. Fordham.  99 Southwest 14th Street, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, USA


The Art found in Archaeology - The Tequesta Cosmos: An Artful View

The art in archaeology is a specific talk about the incredible legacy of an original people group of Florida, called the Tequesta.

What can we learn from a culture that is so different from modern society? A lot – especially about the art of pre-contact peoples in light of how we value art in today’s modern communities.

A panel of experts in archaeology and art discuss their views of Tequesta design and their decoration of various objects interpreting the natural world.

“The Tequesta Cosmos: An Artful View” panel includes Robin Haines Merrill, an artist who has collaborated with local tribal craftsmen, Director of Upper Room Art Gallery; Mark Diamond, artist and holographic photographer, President of Diamond Images, Inc.; and panel moderator Robert S. Carr, Director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, an archaeologist who has studied Tequesta art for more than 30 years.


Collective Ventures  100 N Federal Highway, Suite #C4, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301


Mural working day at various locations to be revealed the week of artists arrival.

(Map available the week of November 13)

FRIDAY 17  /

The Art in Architecture - When the Practical becomes Compelling 

The art in architecture panel is very special in that it happens in one of Miami's oldest historical properties on the Miami River where a renaissance is occuring due to the boom in building east of I-95 and the pressures to expand into areas west. Architecture at its best transforms the building process into the creation of a piece of living art for the inhabitants and inspiring lives.


Architecture must be first extremely practical as it literally stands up to the elements, time and sustained use by humans interacting with the structures and spaces. The art happens when the practical design becomes compelling because of an exceptional choice of detail, the ease with which one interacts with the design and/or at a savings to similar projects, or integration with another part of the program. The second definition of architecture is: the complex or carefully designed structure of something (the first definition is the design and construction of a building or structure).

Several artists and architects discuss the different ways they approach design...what happens when the practical becomes compelling... and a work of art. Panel Moderator is Margi Northard of Glavovic Studio in Fort Lauderdale joined by local artists and architects from two counties.

Panelists include Roberto Rovira, award winning architect, writer, teacher and artist who has collaborated with Jacek Kolasinski, New-Media artist, Associate Professor of Visual Arts at the Art + Art History Department at Florida International University, join City of Fort Lauderdale's Staff Urban Planner, Randall Robinson, instrumental in recent Broward County MidMod architectural tours, in discussions about art in architecture and the blurring of the line between visual art and the practice of inspired design for human interaction and habitation with Felice Grodin, a noted Artist in Miami.  Miami Hispanic Culturalartscenter 111 SW 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33130.


Convergence: The New World Europeans Encounter First People Culture

The Art in History that transforms contemporary culture is found in the uncovering of important events that shaped dialog centuries ago and still informs society today.

'Convergence' - the impact on the Old World when Europeans encountered the native tribal peoples in what would become South Florida in the Early Contact Period - was literally a 'brave new world.'

Panelists: Paul S. George, Ph.D. Resident Historian, History Miami Museum; Francis Sicius, Ph.D, Professor, History, St. Thomas University; Carmen Lopez, Ph.D, Associate Professor, History, Miami Dade College, engage on the surprising interactions when one culture must reconcile its values and norms with another - where there were no rules of engagement and it was truly a 'new world.'

Stories of adventure, calamity and promise began to create an imaginary place aka 'La Florida' (among other names) and inspired written works by Shakespeare and other famous artists across the globe, including philosophers who were beginning to dream of the ideas of democracy and personal freedom. Miami Hispanic Culturalartscenter 111 SW 5th Ave, Miami, FL 33130


All Events are free and will include light fare + beverages
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