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The City of Pompano Beach is looking to commission an artist for a work for hire bronze bust. The bust will be placed in the Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center Courtyard, 353 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. The bust must include a pedestal. The selected artist will be required to fabricate and install the artwork.
THEME & REQUIREMENTS
The City of Pompano Beach is looking to commission an artist for a work for hire bronze bust. The bust will be placed in the Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center Courtyard and must include a pedestal. A plaque, provided by the Pompano Beach Historical Society must be placed on the pedestal. The theme for the artwork is the late Hazel K. Armbrister. The artist will ensure that the design will be code compliant and can stand up to South Florida weather conditions and wind load requirements. Reference images of Mrs. Armbrister included in “View Site Details” link along with site location.
Background on Hazel K. Armbrister:
Mrs. Armbrister came to Pompano Beach in the early 1950's and set to work. She was a farmworker, an educator, and a historian. She was named City Historian by the Pompano Beach City Commission in 2017 and was instrumental in saving the Ali Building as well as founding Rock Road Restoration Historical Group, Inc.
Mrs. Armbrister was born in the small north Florida town of Perry. She moved to Pompano Beach, and lived in Liberty Park neighborhood for over 60 years.
Married to David C. Armbrister for 27 years until his death. He encouraged her to complete her education. She attended Miami Dade Community College and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of South Florida (USF) and went on to get her Master’s degree at Miami-Dade College. She taught school in Miami-Dade and Broward counties for 31 years, helping to educate several generations of children.
Mrs. Armbrister was a force in Pompano Beach. She was involved with the community and received many awards for her endeavors. She was recognized as a Broward County Pioneer and was inducted into the Broward County’s Women’s Hall of Fame in 2001, as well as the Senior Hall of Fame. She is a founding member of the Florida Black Democratic Caucus and the Gwen Cherry Woman’s Political Caucus. She has belonged to both the Pompano Beach Woman’s Club and the Pompano Beach Historical Society, and also, the Pompano Beach Centennial History Committee.
Mrs. Armbrister was a tireless advocate for both women’s and black rights her entire adult life. In the 1960’s she took part in the protest against segregated beaches in Fort Lauderdale known as the “Wade-In”.
Mrs. Armbrister was named ‘Pompano Beach City Historian’ in 2017. During this time, she was a current and past member of the City’s Historic Preservation Committee and Chairperson of the City’s Cultural Arts Committee. Additionally, she was founder and President of the Rock Road Restoration Historical Group, which is housed in the Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center; a building she fought to save and restore. It is now designated a Registered Local Historic Landmark of Pompano Beach.
Hazel was an active member of St. Nicholas Episcopal Church, and a dedicated mother to her children. She knew that each life has a purpose, and that hers was about services to others through educating, generating awareness and sharing passions. Our community has been made a better place through her courage and dedication, and we will miss her passionate voice.
A plaque will be provided by the Pompano Beach Historical Society and must be installed by the artist on the pedestal of the bust. The plaque will read:
HAZEL K. ARMBRISTER
September 6, 1931 to March 16, 2021
The Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center Courtyard
In remembrance of Mrs. Hazel K. Armbrister, and her lifetime of accomplishments, the Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center Courtyard, has been named in her honor. She was a farmworker, an educator, and a historian. She was named City Historian by the Pompano Beach City Commission in 2017 and was instrumental in saving the Ali Building as well as founding Rock Road Restoration Historical Group, Inc. (There will be a QR code taking visitors to a website with more information on Mrs. Armbrister.)
The location for the bust is the Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center Courtyard, 353 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. See “View Site Details” link for images of location.
ARTWORK PURCHASE BUDGET
The purchase budget established for the project is $49,400.00. The price will include all insurance, taxes, fees, permits, delivery, and installation. Applicants must submit a detailed line item budget.
Contact: Laura Atria, Public Art Program Manager
Phone: 954-545-7800, Ext. 3813
BACKGROUND ON POMPANO BEACH
Pompano Beach is a city located in Broward County along the southeast coast of the Atlantic Ocean, just north of Ft. Lauderdale. The nearby Hillsboro Inlet forms part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. In 2013, the City adopted the Pompano Beach Cultural Arts Master Plan (Note: it was updated in 2021). The plan supported cultural arts for the Public Beach Cultural Center, the Bailey Contemporary Arts Center, the Historic Ali Cultural Arts Center and the Pompano Beach Amphitheater. The Cultural Arts Master Plan sets as an objective public art projects at all cultural facilities. The Public Art Master Plan proposes public art at a majority of facilities.
BACKGROUND ON POMPANO BEACH PUBLIC ART PROGRAM
In 2012, the Pompano Beach City Commission adopted a public art ordinance to “enhance the aesthetic and cultural value of the city by including works of art on public properties within the city.” The City Commission seeks “benefits of public art that are both aesthetic and economic.” For more information on what is planned over the next ten year period, please refer to the Public Art Masterplan that is located at http://pbpublicart.com/
Artist must submit the following as part of the application:
2. Artist Statement
3. Examples of past bronze artworks (minimum 3, maximum 5)
The project is open to all professional artists nationwide. Artists are NOT eligible if they are immediate family or business partners of members of the Public Art Committee or program staff.