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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young
January 24, 2018


Arts Council Presents the Connections Project 2018 TOUR
6th Annual Arts Event Opens in Key Largo February 6th

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts works to support all the arts, in all the Keys, all the time. The local arts agency is launching its sixth annual Connections Project road show with a grand opening reception at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center in Key Largo on Tuesday, February 6th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm featuring a vibrant 24-foot mosaic mural created by local artists and art lovers. The reception with wine and hors d’oeuvres is open to the public and sponsored by the new Upper Keys Gallery, Our Place in Paradise, with support from the Art Guild of the Purple Isles, Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, Key Largo Library.

The Connections Project is one of the Arts Council’s more innovative activities connecting community members with local arts and cultural initiatives. The Arts Council provides a 6x6 blank canvas to local professional artists and artistic residents who then create a piece of art. “People of all abilities and skill levels are encouraged to participate,” said Florida Keys Arts Council Executive Director Elizabeth Young. “We offer workshops for non-artists, led by local artists. And, we’re privileged to have more than 300 Keys artists contributing a piece of art to Connections Project 2018.”

Once the nearly 400 completed canvases are collected, the monster mosaic is assembled by volunteers and taken on the road from Key Largo to Key West for six art receptions and exhibitions. All receptions run from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Exhibits are open during regular business hours of the Arts Council business partner’s locations. The Connections Project: A Mosaic of the Keys is sponsored by Royal Furniture. The mosaic mural will be on exhibition in each location for about two weeks before going on the road to the next venue.

After connecting with the art, patrons can also collect art by making a $50 donation for one canvas or a $125 donation for three at any reception or online at Once the road show has ended, donors receive a randomly selected piece of the mosaic in the mail. Each work includes an artist statement providing insight into the origin of the work and the artist’s thoughts and inspiration.
Proceeds from the Connections Project directly benefit Keys’ artists and arts organizations through Arts Council grants, including the Artists in Schools grants, the audience development grant known as ArtReach and Special Projects grants.

For more information call the Florida Keys Council of the Arts at 305.295.4369 or visit