Center for Folk and Community Art debut at the Sunrise Log Cabin Plant Nursery and Life Training Center 6/26/09

Miami-Dade County And The City Of Miami Beach
Proclaim June 26, 2009
“We Are Artists, Too!” Day At The Log Cabin”

An exhibition of artwork created by developmentally challenged adults ranging in age from 18 to 68 years old will debut at the Sunrise Log Cabin Plant Nursery and Life Training Center, 8128 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, on Friday, June 26th, 2009 at 12:00 Noon. This exhibition aims to raise awareness within our community of the abilities of this special population and the role they play in making the Log Cabin a North Beach destination.
In a special ceremony, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Sally Heyman and Miami Beach Mayor Matti Herrera Bower will assist the artists as they unveil a tapestry of their work for the first time in public. In honor of the occasion, each will proclaim June 26, 2009, “We are Artists, Too!” Day.
With the cooperation of Sunrise Community, Inc. the managing organization of the Sunrise Log Cabin Life Training Center, Center for Folk and Community Art (“CFCA”) produced this “I’m an Artist, Too!” outreach project. CFCA artists Dena Stewart and Stewart Stewart facilitated a series of specially designed art-making sessions for the participants to create artwork that expresses their experiences what is meaningful to them.
“We have done many art programs here at the Life Training Center with varying success. This project brought out the artist in everyone who participated. That has never happened before,” stated Maria Valasquez, DSA Instructor at this Sunrise Community Group facility for nine years.
The tapestry of artwork will be displayed at the Botanical Gardens Miami Beach in July and in the lobby of the Stephen P. Clark Government Center for the month of September, where it will be added to other tapestry panels as part of an exhibit called “A Picture of the County.” Other exhibition venues to be announced.

CFCA projects are made possible through the generous support of: The City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners.
Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

CFCA is a non-profit 501(c)(3) arts organization whose mission is to use visual art as a tool of intervention, prevention and education to impact community issues and improve the human condition.