Celebrating the Heart of Fort Lauderdale’s Community
We are putting our heart on display for all to see through the creation of a mural that expresses the selflessness of our community and the love of children. The Community Reception will honor Dillard Elementary School and the “All America City”, title holder the City of Fort Lauderdale. Organized by Ranger Good Works, FAT Village and Young At Arts, the reception will feature unveiling of the collaborative Mural Project, art exhibits from the students, a parade, live music and performances, graffiti painting and more. The reception is free and open to the public; therefore, invite your friends and family!
Background - Arts Awareness at Dillard Elementary School
For the past two years, Ranger Good Works has steadily started building an Arts Program through sponsoring afterschool art activities, field trips and clubs. In addition to these activities, during the months of March and April, students from Dillard will be working hand-in-hand with a local South Florida artist to design and paint the mural which will be on display for one year in the FAT Village Art District in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The school is dedicating one entire day to be designated as “Arts Awareness Day” which will be held in April and will include the entire student body. On this extraordinary day, over 800 students will participate in one of many arts related activities such as painting, ceramics, poetry, jewelry design, fashion design and more. The student’s masterpieces will be on display during the reception.
Dillard Elementary School does not receive funds for these types of initiatives from the school district, outside organizations, nor do they have a PTA to help raise funds at this time. In 2014, Ranger Good Works started a campaign to bring much needed funding to assist in the arts awareness to Dillard. Donations to the Arts Program will be enthusiastically accepted as we strive to enhance and create more arts initiatives.
Recognition - Community Advancement
The prestigious title “All America City” was awarded to the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In May of 2014, a group of civic leaders and community activists met in Denver, Colorado, to present success stories from the City of Fort Lauderdale. All America Cities applied grassroots efforts to address such issues as childhood obesity, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and greenway development. As a result of the combined stories and efforts from Flagler Arts and Technology (FAT) Village, Dillard Elementary School / Ranger Good Works / Paradise Education Foundation, Northwest Gardens Club / Broward County, The Broward County Metropolitan Organization and The City of Fort Lauderdale brought the title back to our hometown. During this city sponsored initiative, new friendships were formed and many of the participants choose to continue our community collaboration. The Mural will memorialize this great accomplishment in addition to our efforts with Dillard Elementary School.