Art Enthusiasts invited to COAT Talks at the Vanguard Theater During Art Fort Lauderdale

Photo and Video credit George Robert Mercado Photography

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Open-at no cost to the the public- a community of artists converse and share inspiring stories and images about transforming their cities through their practice during the burgeoning art fair, Art Fort Lauderdale. The artist collective known as COAT aka Community of Artists Transform will be joined by academia and industry leaders in South Florida and around the globe to demonstrate how artistic platforms extend the impact of design and science innovations.

COAT Talks get underway January 25th through the 27th at the Vanguard Theater and coincide with Art Fort Lauderdale celebrations.

Check out the line up of artists and influencers:

Thursday, January 25​th ,7–9 PM COAT talks ‘Architecture’

Join Principals of award winning BBA Architecture Firm — Gustavo Berenblum and Claudia Busch — who present the ‘Cucuyo,’ a new cafe at PAMM (Perez Art Museum of Miami) of steel mesh printed completely by a 3-d printer. “The cocoon shaped café was manufactured by Amsterdam-based MX3D using innovative 3D printing technology…the architects made the decision to work with stainless-steel and collaborated with MX3D.” Outgoing President of the Fort Lauderdale AIA Chapter, Jeff Huber, Assistant Professor to FAU Architecture program and Brooks + Scarpa Partner, and Mikael Kaul, Visiting Professor to FAU School of Architecture, discuss the rise of ‘art’ at the intersection of some of the most innovative projects in South Florida.

FRIDAY, January 26th , ​7–9 PM COAT talks ‘Street Art’

Jessica Santiago, CEO ArtRepublic, Jacksonville, Florida shares the high impacts of large scale murals in two short years and the growing partnership with COAT Fort Lauderdale.

Grace Arts FL reveals ‘The Light Project’ an art installation by Artist, Mark Diamond on the New River at The Stranahan House that commemorates the history of the river at the heart of Fort Lauderdale. The installation is designed to move and change colors on the waters surface.

SATURDAY, January 27th, COAT talks ‘Venice’ and commemorates the 2005 City of Fort Lauderdale sponsored roundtable on energy and the ever changing issues impacting development in the coastal region.

Dr. Charles Roberts, FAU’s newly retired Associate Professor of Department of GeoSciences Studies, and Graduate Program Chair, has a Ph.D. in Geography (Pennsylvania State University) explores Fort Lauderdale, Venice of America’s namesake billion dollar experiment — MOSE (MOdulo Sperimentale Elettromeccanico) — underway to slow the rise of the ocean waters into Venice, a historic city famous for its art and design. The Serene Republic of Venezia adopted innovative design considerations prior to the year 1200. Project Mose protects the city from the highest tides and storm surges of the 21st Century.

Daniel Williams AIA, co-directed the mass-transit corridor study for the Seattle Monorail and later at University of Miami Center for Urban and Community Design wrote plans for water management for 500 square miles of south Florida followed by a regional initiative for 2400 square miles of southeast coastal Florida while at University of Florida. Dr. Roberts and Mr. Williams will be joined by Architect and cultural heritage researcher, Dr. David Benjamin, and performative landscapes expert and landscape architect, Liat Margolis, of the University of Toronto, in a discussion about historic architecture, landscapes and new ecological construction techniques.

George Robert Mercado Photography
George Robert Mercado Photography

Project COAT in Fort Lauderdale evolved out of a high rise boom where nearby areas wanted to retain their ‘village’ character while eliminating blight especially just south of Sunrise Boulevard and west of US1 where there are a number of historical properties. A number of homeowners and nearby industrial warehouses tenants wanted to find innovative ways to sustain low to mid rise higher quality development and brand the area’s identity. The project has already transformed several city blocks and led to a wider community conversation about art, architecture, sustainable design and engineering innovation.

These events are made possible in part through support from the Community Foundation of Broward (Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Leonard & Sally Robbins Fund and Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Unrestricted Fund).

Interested media should contact Clare Vickery of Grace Arts Center, FL.

954 816–3324. RSVP For COAT Talks on Eventbrite

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