Naples Art Association leads landmark public art project

In a new community collaboration, the Naples Art Association teams up with the City of Naples and area schools to provide a meaningful art experience through creation of a landmark public art project. 

The mosaic mural will be on the left panel, shown here in the center, right near the entrance to the River Park Pool facility.

The mosaic mural will be on the left panel, shown here in the center, right near the entrance to the River Park Pool facility.

The Sample Foundation developed the Port Royal area and donated the River Park Pool in 1959. It was always the premise of the Sample Foundation that the area be a special place for children and residents of River Park, and a new public art project will creatively honor their intention. 

The Naples Art Association (NAA) is guiding a collaborative art education initiative among the City of Naples, school-aged students, artists and community stewards by producing a lasting display benefiting children and residents of River Park.

Through the “River Park Pool Art for Kidz by Kidz Program” a ceramic tile mosaic mural will be conceived, developed and installed at the facility. Participating schools include Seagate Elementary, Fun Time Academy, Lake Park Elementary, Gulfview Middle, St. Ann’s, and Naples High School.

NAA Executive Director Aimee Schlehr says the River Park Pool Art for Kidz by Kidz Program will provide an authentic hands-on art experience for children. “The Naples Art Association and fellow project collaborators believe in celebrating the artist in every child,” said Schlehr. “This pursuit is meant to impact everyone, promoting access to the arts for all, regardless of their ability or socioeconomic status. We believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities.”

Sponsorship opportunities are available to help offset the cost of the project.  Please contact the Naples Art Association for details.

The Naples Art Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, founded in 1954 by local artists. Its mission is to educate and promote visual arts in Southwest Florida. Through its programs, the Naples Art Association is dedicated to serving individual artists of all ages and skill levels, along their creative journeys. The NAA operates The von Liebig Art Center, located at 585 Park Street in downtown Naples. It’s open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays in season. For more information, please call 239-262-6517, visit http://naplesart.org/, like us on Facebook at http://facebook.com/vonliebigartcenter or follow Twitter at http://twitter.com/vonliebigart.

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