20 May City Of Temple Terrace Taking Art To The Street
(City of Temple Terrace )
TEMPLE TERRACE, FL — The Temple Terrace Arts Council is taking its message about the importance of public art to the streets — literally. On Saturday, May 18, beginning at 10 a.m., the arts council and city leadership, along with resident volunteers including members of the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Council, will assist with the city’s first intersection art project at the corner of Glen Ridge and Inverness avenues.
The design, conceived by artist Ameena Khan, depicts the city’s iconic Temple orange and pays homage to the vistas afforded by the Hillsborough River. The project is almost two years in the making and has been spearheaded by Kim Straub, arts council vice president of marketing and special projects.
Straub was inspired by a 2017 intersection art project in Seminole Heights and was convinced that Temple Terrace could be the site of an even more dynamic installation. After getting the green light from City Manager Charles Stephenson, she secured support from residents Linda Garcia and George Adriaansen to sponsor the project. Straub then chose the site, began building interest in the community and sent out a call to local artists.
Born and raised in Gainesville, Ameena Khan received a bachelor of science, master of engineering and doctoral degree in environmental engineering from the University of Florida.
After working as a consultant and research scientist for several years, a move to Tampa prompted her to pursue her passion – creating art. Trading her calculator for a paintbrush, she has been exhibiting her paintings in galleries, museums and festivals since 2010.
An enthusiastic proponent of creating opportunities for others to express themselves through the arts, Khan regularly leads group art activities, encouraging participants, whether friends or strangers, to connect with one another to create something beautiful. She also has taught art in school settings and will be joining the Universal Academy of Florida this fall as its K-12 art teacher.
"Ameena Khan is an accomplished artist who approaches art in a style that is appropriate for this community," Straub said. "She understands the emotional aspects of art and projects the kind of positivity that we wanted this project to embody."
In describing the endeavor to the City Council at its May 7 meeting, City Manager Stephenson expressed hope that this will be the first of many such efforts.
"This ought to be a fun project. It’s something different and new for us. And hopefully it will encourage everyone to do more as we move on," he said.
The site for the artwork is in the heart of the city, at a three-way intersection under a canopy of oak trees located near Bonnie Brae Park. The intersection will be closed to traffic from the evening of May 17 through Monday, May 20. Khan will begin outlining her design just after sunrise on Saturday and the public is invited to help with the painting process beginning at 10 a.m.
Special paint, brushes and smocks will be provided as well as water and other refreshments.