Murals Go Up at Palm Ave Garage

The city commission approved $25,000 for Chalk Festival artists to paint murals inside the garage. Each floor will have its own theme.


  • Money was dedicated specifically to the public art fund from the construction budget of the Palm Ave garage.
  • On Sept. 27, the Public Art Committee voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve an expenditure of $25,000 from the Public Art Fund to commission five artists to paint murals in the interior of the Palm Avenue Garage
Mark November 07, 2011 at 05:20 PM
Outrageous! While I certainly believe that the arts are an important component of our culture, we are in the midst of one of the largest economic downturns in the history of the Western world. Tens of millions of people are without employment or the ability to put food on their table without some kind of assistance from the government or charitable organization of some kind, yet we permit tax payer's money to be spent for this. Priorities are seriously out of whack (which is exactly why we are in the predicament we are in already). Wake up people!
nancy parry November 07, 2011 at 06:20 PM
Could not agree any more.....well said; sadly, I have to agree and had just said exactly the same thing to my co-worker...We need art and music and literature in our world, but that money could feed and shelter many in desperate need of these things we used to take for granted.
Deborah November 07, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Do we really need visual stimulation while we park our cars? Please, put our tax dollars to better use!
stephen November 07, 2011 at 11:55 PM
It's paying people to work out of a fund that's for the arts. I don't understand what the problem is? Most of you would never work 1 year for that salary. I say give it to some one putting their skills to use versus some one isn't trying at all. I thinks it's a great idea.
Vizsla November 08, 2011 at 01:23 AM
I agree with Stephen, who wants to live in a town with bare concrete walls? The money was earmarked for art from the construction project. Kudos to the chalk festival, Denise Kowal, the artists and volunteers. Truly an event Sarasota can be proud of.
Kim Foy November 08, 2011 at 01:54 AM
Artist are workers who need work just like everyone else. Beautiful job to all the artist who participated in the Palm Ave garage beautification project.
kathleen Carrillo December 10, 2012 at 02:33 PM
does anyone remember the stimulation package during the depression. WPA HELLO!!


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