For Immediate Release

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Florida Keys Council of the Arts Announces

Monroe County Art in Public Places  Project

Three local artists' work is on permanent display in the new Roth Building in Tavernier


Mural by Debra Yates in sheriff's conference room


Detail of mural by Rick Worth


The Monroe County Art in Public Places serves the community through the implementation of art installations dedicated to enriching the public environment and to preserving and enhancing the artistic and civic pride of Monroe County. Monroe County Art in Public Places promotes collaboration and creative art projects that improve the visual quality of public spaces. At their most successful, these public art installations can transform public spaces from ordinary civic areas to sites that can lift the spirit and connect with the community.

Proposed by Mayor Dixie Spehar and established by the Board of County Commissioners on May 16, 2001, the Monroe County Art in Public Places Ordinance allocated 1% of the construction cost of new county buildings and restorations over $100,000. for the purchase or commission of artworks. The goals of the program are several: to enhance the artistic heritage of Monroe County, to give dimension to the public environment for residents and visitors, to increase public awareness to works of art, and to promote understanding and awareness of the visual arts.

Captain Don Hiller appreciates art selection "Anne's Beach" by John David Hawver.


The first project before the AIPP Board was the Old Mariner’s Hospital, New Sheriff Sub-Station, Public Defender’s Offices & other County facilities in Plantation Key. Artists Debra Yates/Key West, Rick Worth/Key West and John David Hawver/Islamorada were selected for this first building.

For the past four years, the focus of the program has been on site-specific, collaborative projects that involve the thinking of artists, landscape architects, historians, engineers, and architects in a team approach. Creative problem solving through innovative collaborations will result in projects that validate, define, and expand community identity.

The Art in Public Places program will give Monroe County national presence in the arts. Through Art in Public Places, Monroe County supports the development of a unique and vital civic environment.