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About Laura Atria

Laura Atria is the Public Art Program Manager for the City of Pompano Beach and a member of Broward County’s Port Everglades Artist Selection Panel. She is also contracted with the Town of Davie to create their Ten Year Public Art Master Plan. Ms. Atria was one of the lead panelists at the 2019 Florida Professionals of Public Art (FAPAP) Conference. In addition, in February 2016, she was one of the presenters for a statewide arts Convening Culture Conference at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. In 2015, she served on the Broward County Artist Selection Panel. Ms. Atria graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a dual degree: a BFA in Studio Art and a BA in Art History. She has been specializing in Public Art for twelve years, including being the Public Art Administrator and Consultant for the City of Coral Springs for eleven years, and working in Public Art Administration for Palm Beach County and the City of Tamarac. She wrote the Five Year Public Art Master Plan for the City of Coral Springs as well as revised its Public Art Guidelines. This is the second time Ms. Atria has written a Master Plan for that City. In 2012, Ms. Atria worked with the Coral Springs Museum of Art to receive a Community Foundation of Broward Grant. In 2016, along with the Pompano Beach Development Services Department, she was awarded the Florida Planning and Zoning Outstanding Study/Plan for the City’s Ten Year Public Art Master Plan. She also worked with Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department and CRA to receive a $100,000 National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) Grant in 2017. In 2018, she was part of the department team awarded a one-million-dollar Bloomberg Philanthropies Grant for the City of Coral Springs’ Public Art Challenge. Most recently, in 2020, Ms. Atria worked with Pompano Beach’s Cultural Affairs Department to receive a Community Foundation of Broward Art of Community Grant for the City’s Public Art Program. 

In addition to her arts administration training, Ms. Atria is a professional artist based in South Florida. She was awarded a Broward Cultural Division Artists Support Grant in 2021 for her studio work in oil painting. In 2020, she was commissioned by President Joe Biden to create three banner murals for his South Florida Presidential Campaign. She currently has four commissioned murals located in the Florida Keys, many murals throughout the state of Florida, and was commissioned by Broward County’s Cultural Division to complete a mural at Port Everglades. As a professional artist and a program manager, Ms. Atria brings academic and hands-on knowledge in addition to familiarity of artistic theory, principles, and materials to the projects she encounters.

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