Ft. Lauderdale Residents & Artists “Paint The Town”
FT. LAUDERDALE (CBS4) – A splash of color is helping to contribute to a neighborhood comeback in one Broward community.
Ft. Lauderdale’s 13th Street corridor, between Powerline Road and Federal Highway, has been in an economic slump for the past decade. On Saturday, those taking part in a community art project hoped to instill some neighborhood pride.
“We have the community out here to paint the town on 13th Street,” said artist Jacklyn LaFlamme who is passionate about urban art.
LaFlamme is behind the colorful murals in Wilton Manors, Pembroke Pines and North Miami Beach. Now the Montreal native has added a splash of color to Ft. Lauderdale.
“I really think that artworks makes such a difference,” said LaFlamme.
LaFlamme teamed up with Homes Inc. and the 13th Street Alliance to get a community foundation Art of Community Engagement Grant for the project and invited local downtown residents and local artist to get involved.
“In this particular scene, we decided to do a building-scape and a landscape to go along with the theme of painting the town,” said LaFlamme.
Community leaders hope murals like these will attract positive attention to the neighborhood and may even give birth to a new arts district in Broward.