The Child Protection Center Illustrates it Mission with Sidewalk Art

The Giving Coast

Pictured: Children were involved in the creation and design of many sidewalk squares for the CPC sidewalk mural project. Photo courtesy of CPC.

The Child Protection Center, Inc. (CPC) has partnered with the International Sarasota Chalk Festival’s Avenue of Art to illustrate the innocence of childhood as part of their permanent sidewalk mural installation project. The Avenue of Art stretches from Mound St. to the Burns Court area, and over 300 sidewalk squares will be on display by this Fall.

Over 50 sidewalk squares have already been transformed into an immersive walk outside of CPC at 720 S. Orange Ave. in Downtown Sarasota. The collaboration of more than fifteen artists with Avenue of Art leadership, plus countless hours of time and planning, have created a bright, interactive, and educational section that the community is invited to come see. Partners that helped bring this project to life include Easterseals Southwest Florida, Second Heart Homes, Lipstick Lex, Twinkle Toes Nanny Agency Pinellas-Sarasota, Pine View School Honor Society, and Sarasota Children’s Museum. Artists in addition to that include Beck Lane, Nicole Pleau, Annie Dong, Mandy Fulton, Kirsten Pruitt, and more.

“Quintessential aspects of sunny Sarasota are included throughout,” shares CPC , Capital Campaign Manager, Elizabeth K. Topp, who also happens to be of the talented artists participating. “There will be a sailboat under the Ringling Bridge, native Florida plants and insects, a ballerina, the Florida Highwaymen, and more. Also on display is a manatee reminding all that protecting children is everyone’s job, CPC’s mission illustrated above a pinwheel field and breathtaking butterflies and florals.”

In addition to the art on display, there will be numerous interactive pieces including an affirmation hopscotch, “I SPY,” and whimsical maze that are sure to engage anyone that walks by.

“Community members will see tiny handprints and tiny footprints, which is one of the most special parts of this journey,” says CPC’s Vice President of Philanthropy, Sheila Miller. "The Child Protection Center strategically worked with each artist and organization to illustrate the ‘innocence of childhood’ and to be a bright and immersive space to walk outside of CPC’s offices.”

Join the Child Protection Center, the artists, and our community on June 18th, 2024, anytime from 4-6:30 PM for a free event including a ribbon cutting for phase one of the project. Guests can expect beverages, interactive activities for kids, tours of CPC, a meet-and-greet with therapy dogs of PAWS, and delicious bites by The Empanada Girl food truck.

The Child Protection Center will be very happy to accept donations of art supplies for the clients in their therapy program to further embrace the healing that can be found in artistic expression. For more information on CPC or to inquire about ways to get involved, please visit them at www.cpcsarasota.org or call 941-365-1277.

Pictured: Children were involved in the creation and design of many sidewalk squares for the CPC sidewalk mural project. Photo courtesy of CPC.

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