Opening ceremony and public art unveiling at the Wilson and Juanita Mann Health Center

The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County invites you to the opening ceremony and public art unveiling at the Wilson and Juanita Mann Health Center on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 Located at 2520 NW 75th Street, Miami, Florida at 10:00 a.m. RSVP:

The Wilson and Juanita Mann Health Center promotes a holistic approach to medicine through health promotion and disease prevention, improving a patient’s quality of life through early diagnosis and treatment. The focus is on the most prevalent diseases in the community, including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, STDs, and others. A Women’s, Infants & Children (WIC) clinic also provides services to a large portion of the community.

Miami artist, Stephanie Jaffe, created the public art installation, entitled “Grow Your Health”. Jaffe was commissioned by the Florida Art in State Buildings Program to design, create & install two mosaic bas-relief artworks on the facade of this new facility. Using bright colors and enduring materials, these mosaic artworks combine natural but stylized forms with playful images of people exercising. Their design reflects the Liberty City Clinic’s efforts to promote healthy living and its movement to create community food gardens. The mosaic materials include glass, reclaimed china, and hand-formed glazed ceramic flowers applied to concrete board.

Originally from New York, Stephanie Jaffe’s studio practice and artwork subject matter evolved after her move to Miami in the early 1990’s. The region’s bright hues and sub-tropical climate made mosaics the optimal medium as she began to create larger works of art with a more enduring presence. Many of Jaffe’s distinctive artworks are permanently installed throughout Florida. Her recent artwork entitled, “V is for Veterans” located in front of Town Hall in Miami Lakes, Florida was included in the 2014 public Art Year in Review by the Florida Association of Pubic Art Professionals. Her studio is located at The Bakehouse Art Complex in Miami. For more information please visit

Florida’s Art in State Buildings Program

The Art in State Buildings (ASB) Program acquires artwork for new public facilities built with state funds. The program requires that up to .5% of the construction appropriation be set aside to acquire artwork for permanent display in, on or around the facility.

Since the program began in 1979, more than 1,000 works of art have been purchased or commissioned for Florida public spaces. You’ll find them in nearly every Florida County, in locations such as state office buildings, Department of Transportation complexes, Department of Health facilities, courthouses, throughout state university and college campuses.

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Miami Lakes will unveil statue that honors military veterans

By Katie Lepri
This Thursday, Miami Lakes will unveil a 10-foot memorial statue in front of Town Hall to honor local military veterans.

“If it weren’t for our vets, who protected our freedoms on a daily basis, we wouldn’t have this town,” said Vice Mayor Manny Cid. He added that the memorial will serve as a “vital reminder” for the community to honor those who served.

The “V is for Veterans” memorial artwork is the first public art project to be built for the two-story Town Hall, which opened in April 2013.

“The letter ‘v’ is for veterans, but it can be for victory or valor,” said artist Stephanie Jaffe Werner, who designed the sculpture.

The $60,000 project honors all five branches of the U.S. military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Each side of the memorial’s pentagonal base contains a ceramic seal and military creed for each branch, arranged clockwise around the sculpture in order of the branch’s date of inception. The Army sits in front, under the gleaming red, white and blue mosaic tile that covers the sculpture.

A number of commemorative bricks that make up the pathway to the memorial, which were bought by town residents to help with costs for the project, will also be revealed at Thursday’s event. Bricks in the memorial will honor various community veterans, including the grandfather of Cid’s wife, Melissa, who served in World War II.

The memorial was commissioned after a county ordinance allocated 1.5 percent of the Town Hall’s construction costs to be put toward public art. The art was chosen by a professional advisory committee and the Miami Lakes Veterans Committee, which brought their recommendation to the Town Council for approval.

The Veterans Committee followed guidelines of the Miami Dade Art in Public Places program to choose the artist for the memorial.

Roughly $5,000 remains for Miami Lakes to spend in their incorporation of public art at Town Hall.

The ceremony, organized by the Miami Lakes Veterans Committee, will be at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday in front of Town Hall, 6601 Main St.

For more information about the event, contact Clarisell De Cardenas at or 305-364-6100.



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Bakehouse Art Complex 2014

V is for Veterans was featured in the Bakehouse 2014 video

New Veterans Memorial Unveiling Ceremony at Miami Lakes Town Hall on Sept. 4

Miami Lakes, FL – The public is cordially invited to attend the unveiling of the new Veterans Memorial in front of Miami Lakes Town Hall, 6601 Main Street, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Veterans Memorial unveiling press release

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