One Day of Service
Two Points of Impact
Occasionally all the right components fall into place and the power of thought, patience and passion culminate in experiences worth celebrating. During this year’s MLK day of service, Cadence celebrated meaningful projects in two separate locations of Broward County. Our team spent this national holiday taking the call to action seriously by doubling the impact for our community with two service projects that promoted inclusion, education, connection and exploration.
In partnership with Unconventional, an artist collective based in Miami, we set out to bring the community together to help create the visual portion of an extensive multi-sensory mural for the Trail. Over 150 volunteers came out to leave their mark on this new Trail Stop on the west wall of the Lighthouse of Broward using the Unconventional’s perfected “paint-by-numbers” system. MAIN COURSE was funded by the Community Foundation of Broward’s Art of Community Grant, BBX Capital, Broward College MLK Day of Service grant, Ocean Land Investments and community donations. Community members of all ages, with sight and without, painted alongside artist Ernesto Maranje delivering our community a delicious taste of socially impactful art.
Through an active partnership with HandsOn Broward, volunteers worked directly with our design team to kick-off the first community service project for an outdoor classroom initiative, STREAMscapes. STREAMscapes incorporates the vital academic elements of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) while also integrating the Arts for imaginative problem-solving and an often-overlooked, but equally essential, learning component: Reflection. In 2017, HandsOn Broward commissioned Cadence to develop a Campus Master Plan for the outdoor classroom and hands-on learning program. McNicol Middle School was selected as the inaugural Broward County Public School to become home of the first STREAMscapes reality. The Hollywood, FL Middle Magnet and STEM school is home to 807 students, ranging from 6th to 8th grade. With the generous support of the Florida Panthers, Cadence provided planting design construction documents and on-site leadership assisting with the volunteer work day. The Panthers’ January 15th work day was yet another step toward transforming .75 acres of barren campus land into a STREAMscape of outdoor learning.