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CRA hopes to turn Pleasant City into arts mecca
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Posted: 11:26 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011
Pleasant City, long known as one of the city's most downtrodden neighborhoods, is artistically trying to repair its image.
The city's Community Redevelopment Agency is re-branding a portion of Pleasant City as Lot 23, with the motto "the artful side of Pleasant City."
It begins with eight apartments that previously served as public housing. The CRA bought the property from the West Palm Beach Housing Authority and will rent the homes out to eight artists.
Area artists will be able to apply to live in the subsidized homes. They will be required to donate some time each week to the community, and CRA officials hope they'll help turn Pleasant City into an arts mecca.
"If you're a painter, we may have you work in a gallery space that we're going to be opening up," said CRA Administrator Grace Joyce. "If you're a music teacher, we'll have you go to the Pleasant City multicultural gallery or have you teach music to kids at Pleasant City Elementary School. It's a buyback into the neighborhoods."
Joyce says she expects the apartment to be filled by next summer. In addition, the CRA plans to open a restaurant across the street that will turn into a community kitchen at night, where mom-and-pop eateries can sell food in a market-like setting.
A studio space for artists also is planned. Joyce said the CRA has budgeted for about $1 million for the space. She hopes to eventually sell the properties to a private investor.
Trina Burks, who creates 3-D art along with her husband, Anthony, said Lot 23 is a long time coming.
"They've been talking about it for a while, and it's about time that West Palm Beach has this component as well," Burks said. "You see it in Delray and Lake Worth. It's something that we've even tried to start up."
Joyce said the CRA hasn't determined prices yet for the 750-square-foot, one-bedroom apartments. But she said the CRA rents out a three-bedroom house in the area for $450 a month, so the Pleasant City artists apartments could rent for significantly less.
Burks believes it could give a spark to Pleasant City.
"Between the restaurants and everything that's (on Northwood Road), it'll start becoming a place people will want to come, not just to dine but to purchase art," Burks said. "It's something that's needed to bring culture into the neighborhood and beautify the community."
While the CRA will consider anybody who applies, Joyce said she hopes to find artists who already have shown a commitment to the community.
She also is encouraging some more established artists to join the effort and mentor the younger artists who could live in Lot 23.
"You need someone who is going to be able to keep everybody on track," Joyce said. "If you have to work 10 hours of community service, you need one or two people to mentor the younger artists to make sure they do that. We're going to create this community within the community that will give back to the community."
Wednesday, November 09, 2011
Thursday, November 03, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
If I can say that I feel hopeful I would be lying....We worked very hard to get where we are at. Have helped many artists get established, businesses get ahead & people become free standing...yet I feel like overall we are standing alone. We have been doing work for everyone practically for free...yet we are behind in bills & are waiting for over $2500 from clients...I do not like being taken advantage of & I feel robbed by many I have trusted..
I pray every night that the little faith I have in people isn't swayed. Because of so many people asking & asking w/out any regard for giving...it is making it very easy for me to now say no.
We had a fundraiser for a person who really needed support...& I was so turned off that her own peers did not come out to support her...more like disgusted. Yet my connections did their best to help as best they could.
So as 2011 slowly comes to a close...I am trying to not close the year angry & bitter. But as my shoulders tense up and face grimace....I cannot promise that. My faith in mankind has wavered...my heart hardened...and the selfishness of others around me has left me cold & indifferent.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Friday, September 16, 2011
Monday, September 05, 2011
Saturday, September 03, 2011
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
10 years ago I did a very inexpensive yet smart idea that helped promote my E-bay networks' online stores. Basically they bought a space ON ME to advertise their business....I got the idea from a man who had people bid to permanently Tattoo their company on him.....I am not going that drastic
Since it is the summer, & I am constantly out & about @ events... I always wear tee shirts. We design a billboard tee & you put your business on my tee.
Honestly it worked. I had people walking up to me putting URL's & phone # into their Blackberry's right off my shirt. The shirt I have on in the pic.... every time I wore the shirt....sales would go up..20%..so wanna BUY A SPACE ON ME for your business. Cheaper than placing a $1500 in a magazine that may never get seen. ...This offer use to be $200 each
Once you buy the space & pay.. you send me either a JPG of your logo or your URL.. THAT'S IT.. the rest is up to us.
Buy a space.. buy it now!!
Saturday, July 09, 2011
Friday, July 08, 2011
Thursday, June 30, 2011
No, I am so confused.
I think about the rights and the wrongs
the choices I need to make.
My vision is very blurred.
I say one thing
but I really mean another.
I use money
to gain what I don't need.
I use metaphors to cover up the pain.
I use peopleto cover up the truth.
So now in this power struggle
I am trying to conquer;
know that I didn't use you in the fight
to protect you from the war.
© 2005 Trina Slade-Burks
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
You try to help someone avoid a mistake
They do what they want.. & chaos happens.
You devote your life to happiness
& you are around people who are totally unrealistic.
You know when you feel the anxiety
& you know the truth is beating on your door.
And you want for it to not be what you feel it is
but you know for a fact what it is.
Did I invite that negative source in?
What if I had of just said no... let's do this
instead of that
What if I had not followed my heart
and just said.. what if.
I know I wouldn't be here now
Resenting all these entities presently
in my life.
Now all the entities are crying out
& I believe that I can no longer help them.
All I can do is sob, sigh & walk away.
Shaking my head, saying to myself
that I sensed it, I knew it, I felt it.
Entities in my life
Stop living in the unrealistic world of self
once you realize that
your decisions you have chose
then maybe I can help you
get out of the rut.
Monday, June 06, 2011
Sunday, May 29, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Promoting others who I care about.. prop them, yet strangers get all the glory for what they do. What a damn slap in the face.
Understand me for a damn change
No one to talk to..cuz the truth is unacceptable to others.
Saturday, April 09, 2011
Friday, April 08, 2011
Saturday, April 02, 2011