Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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MONROE COUNTY

Artists must apply for projects

Artists who wish to apply for Monroe County Art in Public Places projects must first be approved through a request for qualifications application, which is due Jan. 17.

Once "qualified," an artist may apply for such projects for five years. Upcoming projects include: Conch Key and Stock Island fire stations, Marathon Government Center and possibly two small projects for the Key West International Airport and the Freeman Justice Center. Monroe County is one of over 300 Public Art programs in the nation. For more info and an application, go to www.keysarts.com/grants_more/RFQ-biannual-generalAIPP.final.2013.pdf

KEY WEST

FKCC wants input

Florida Keys Community College wants input on its new strategic plan, which will guide the institution over the next several years. Suggestions or opionions are welcome via an online forum linked on the college's homepage, at www.fkcc.edu.

It follows FKCC President Jonathan Gueverra's Keyswide "listening tour."

As one of 28 colleges in the Florida College System, FKCC must create goals and objectives that align with the four goals in the system's strategic plan, called the "Florida First" plan. The forum will remain active until Jan. 31. Comments will be moderated and should appear within 48 hours of submission, the college says.

KEY WEST

Food, wine fest soon

The fourth annual Key West Food and Wine Festival is set for Jan. 24-27.

Scheduled events showcase local chefs' culinary flair, indigenous Florida Keys ingredients, premium wines from around the world and food-related "adventures" including tasting strolls in unique Key West neighborhoods, organizers say.

It will kick off with a barefoot evening beach party at the Southernmost Beach Café, 1405 Duval St.

VIP passes are available -- they cover admission for multiple festival events, as are tickets for individual events.