Thursday, December 16, 2010

Spreading the word and painting boxes

Whether or not you're a Safety Harbor resident, you might have heard of, driven by, or visited the Bowling Ball House. It's obvious that artists' hands and imaginations have been at work for some time. Passersby can't help but to pause and appreciate the beauty that Todd Ramquist and Kiaralinda have on display in the form of their home. I know, because when I moved to Safety Harbor two years ago, I drove by, discreetly snapping pictures with my cell phone, admiring not only the art, but also the type of people who would create it. Now I know these two amazing people, and their dream has become mine.

Kiaralinda and Todd own several homes in their neighborhood, and like their home, the surrounding houses and studios are decorated like works of art. Now, they want to turn an old building into a place where artists, musicians, and others will thrive in creativity. The future Safety Harbor Art and Music Center building is downtown, behind Cello’s Charhouse. Their plans are for a complete renovation and they've already contacted an architect.

But first, before anyone can start hanging drywall, painting walls, or scheduling events, we need to focus on winning the $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant! Yesterday, that meant painting boxes to prepare for Saturday’s Holiday Parade float.

I’m asking for your help, especially next month. Let’s spread the word any way we can. This project is going to have a lot of competition—people who know how to win this type of grant—they spread the word; they ask for help. I’m a local who believes in people, art, and dreams, and I know that this town is the perfect place for an art and music center. For updates, follow this Blog, look for the (soon to be created) Facebook page, and tell your friends, relatives, co-workers, and their grandmothers. As a community we can make this happen!

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