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  • Dolphins on Parade

Arts Council Presents Workshop by Renowned Jewelry 11/28/01

Arts Council Welcomes Board Members 11/27/01

Third Thursday Gallery Night Goes Keyswide 11/09/01

Arts Council Holiday Gift Membership Drive 10/31/01

Arts Grantwriting Workshops in Upper Keys 10/31/01

Florida Keys Observe Arts & Humanities Month

Arts Council Announces Renaissance Award Winner

Your Arts Council by (Not Just) Any Other Name

$15,000 Fellowship Workshop Reminder; State Grants Available for Artist 8/10/01

Arts Council Welcomes New Officers and Board Members 8/7/01

Glenn Casselman Memorial Scholarship 6/4/01

Monroe County Commissioners Pass Public Art Ordinance 6/1/01

Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs awards over $74,000 in Monroe County Grants

Dolphins On Parade on Ebay 4/17/01

Renaissance Award 4/01

Arts Council Launched Annual Membership Drive 4/01

Dolphins on Parade a Bubbling Success 4/01

Frost granddaughter to keynote Frost poetry reading, 3/3/01

Arts Council Welcomes New Board Members, 3/3/01

Michael Haykin Opens Exhibition in March 2001, 3/3/01

Zeller wins scholarship, 1/18/01

WPA artists featured in phone directory, 1/18/01

Fisher to hold writing seminar, 1/18/01

Art Collecting Workshop at San Carlos Institute, 1/18/01

reen stanhouse Homage to Shirley- Artist: The Late Jack Barron

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As part of an overall effort to establish the Keys as a national and international arts and cultural destination, the Florida Keys Council of the Arts launched an exciting new public art initiative called "Dolphins on Parade."  Patterned after the successful art event held in Chicago, this year-long, Keys wide promotional event was designed to spotlight the artistic diversity and creative talent that is abundant throughout our island chain.

Recent studies have consistently shown that culture ranks high on the list of reasons people give for selecting vacation destinations.  Visitors interested in cultural and historical destinations tend to have higher income levels, stay longer, are more likely to stay in hotels, have a greater interest in shopping, and spend more money with less negative impact on the environment.

What was "Dolphins on Parade?"
Craftsman Matt Olk designed a wooden dolphin, five feet high and three feet wide, as a template for the dolphins in the series.  Businesses and individuals became part of this major promotional event by sponsoring a dolphin for $750.00, which covered the artist's fee and cost of materials.

Sponsors selected an artist on their own or chose one from a list of participating artists provided by the Arts Council. Each dolphin was a unique, original piece of art created out of the artist's imagination!  "As original works of art, the dolphins generated a huge amount of interest throughout the Keys," said Mayor Shirley Freeman.  "We saw 'Dolphins on Parade' from Key Largo to Key West."

Art and business partnership!
Sponsors displayed their dolphins at any location of their choice.  Over 100 businesses and individuals sponsored, and proudly displayed, dolphins. The "parade of dolphins" was a 110-mile art exhibit stretching from Key Largo to Key West!

All for a Good Cause!
In addition to drawing positive national attention to the Keys as a cultural destination, and providing a focal point for visitors at businesses throughout the Keys, the dolphins were auctioned at gala fundraising events.  The artists who created these original works of art received a percentage of the sale price.

The balance supported the projects and programs of the Arts Council, such as Artists in Schools and ArtReach grants.