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Posted on January 26th, 2014 by

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PlatformKIDS — a public event that includes performances and a juried art exhibition of student work from grades 1 through 12. Platform KIDS, is scheduled at the Oasis Community Church, 3330 Winter Lake Road, from 5:30 – 8:00 on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.

Platform has commissioned a series of new public art installations designed by Polk county high school art students for Veteran’s Park at the Lakeland Center. Each sculpture will interpret a specific aspect of military and first-responder community service. “Honor” is the focus of the first project. Platform will unveil the sculpture on Memorial Day weekend in 2014.

In an era when our country loses so many World War II veterans every day, the Veterans Park project is part of creating a bridge between generations. Platform is integrating the “Honor” sculpture project into its annual PlatformKIDS program, and it’s challenging art teachers and students to design and create their own visions of the theme.

Platform has commissioned Tom Monaco, a well-known Lakeland artist and designer, to spearhead the design and production of the “Honor” sculpture for the Veteran’s Park site.

Monaco conducted a workshop for Polk County high school art teachers focused on creating 3D models with paper.
The teachers then began to work with students to produce their own models focusing on the theme of honor, for exhibition at PlatformKids on February 1, 2014.

This year’s theme, along with others for future years, emerged from a focus group made up of representatives of the Lakeland Veteran’s Association — led by retired veteran and City Commissioner Don Selvage, Veterans Association leaders, representatives from the City of Lakeland, and other community stakeholders.

Learn more about the “Honor” project on page 27 of the January-March 2014 issue of Art-i-facts Magazine in−
How do you sculpt “Honor”?
That’s the question Platform Art wants Polk’s young artists to tackle.
By Billy Townsend

Art-i-facts Magazine is available at Outpost 27, Polk Museum of Art, Theatre Winter Haven, The Lakeland Center, Chambers of Commerce, arts and cultural venues throughout Polk County.


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