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Contact: Liz Young


10th Annual Arts Event Premieres at Royal Furniture in Key West on Tuesday April 12th

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts works to support all the arts, in all the Keys, all the time. The local arts agency has launched its tenth annual Connections Project Road show with the next exhibit at the beautiful Royal Furniture Showroom located in the shopping plaza at 3326 North Roosevelt Blvd in Key West! Please join us on Tuesday, April 12th for the opening reception from 5:30 until 7:30, refreshments will be served.  The entire project, including the Key West reception and refreshments, is graciously sponsored by the Elwell Family, owners of Royal Furniture. Their continued sponsorship has supported the Connections Project for the entire ten years!

The Connections Project is one of the Arts Council’s more innovative fundraising 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.

Once the completed canvases are collected, the monster mosaic is assembled and taken on the road from Key Largo to Key West for several exhibitions. Exhibits are open during regular business hours of the Arts Council business partner’s locations. The mosaic mural will be at Royal Furniture through April before going on the road to the next event. The final exhibit will be held at the Historic Gato Building starting on May 10th.

After connecting with the art, patrons can also collect art by making a $50 donation for one canvas or a $125 donation for three 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 Connections Project directly benefit Keys’ artists and arts organizations through Arts Council grants, including the Artists in Schools grant, the Special Projects grant, and our new grant, Art Builds Community.

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