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Press Release
Contact: Liz Young


Florida Keys Council of the Arts: Connections Project
Makes Its Way Down the Keys

The Florida Keys are acclaimed for their large population of visual artists, but art lovers generally can’t see works by several hundred of them at one time. Except, that is, when viewing “The Connections Project 2019: A Mosaic of the Keys,” a 24-foot-long mural that’s touring the island chain to celebrate the connection between community members and local cultural initiatives.

Many canvases portray elements from the island chain’s richly diverse environment, visually connecting viewers to the region’s natural world as well as its artistic one.
“We have three-dimensional pieces, painted pieces, photography pieces, mixed media and all share the beauty of the Keys,” said Elizabeth Young of the individual canvases. “It’s a great example of arts and community awareness — connecting the Keys to a vibrant arts and culture community and to our audiences up and down the Keys.”

At each new stop during the mural’s Keyswide tour, visiting and resident art lovers can enjoy a free opening reception. Receptions are scheduled 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Open to the public – please join the artists on Tuesday, February 12 at the Royal Furniture showroom in Marathon, 6001 Overseas highway (oceanside).

Upcoming receptions include; March 1 at Marathon’s Shady Palm Gallery, March 15 at Big Pine Key’s Artists in Paradise Gallery, April 9 at Royal Furniture in Key West and May 3 at the Gato Building in Key West.

After viewing the Connections Project mural, art lovers can make a permanent connection by adding pieces of it to their collection. Patrons can make 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 will receive randomly selected pieces of the mosaic by mail. Each piece is to include an artist statement providing insight into the work and the artist’s inspiration.

Proceeds from the Connections Project benefit Keys artists and arts organizations through arts council grants including the new “Art Builds Community” program focused on cultural equity.

Connections Project information: or 305-295-4369