Unfortunately, the appearance of Wilton Manors hasn’t always lived up to the personality of Wilton Manors.

By an always growing number of metrics, we rank highly on the nation’s list of cities of diversity. Our residents and businesses are a case study on the creativity and culture that thrives in a diverse community.

As a newly elected public servant, I have received more than a few emails about our city’s public art and cultural #epicfails. From the lack of a public art policy to our less than properly fabulous holiday Christmas tree and Menorah, we haven’t yet shown just how vibrant, creatively alive and thriving our community really is.

Like some of the outrageously loud, beautiful and exciting public art installations you’ll now find along Wilton Drive, I’m here to say “Wilton is finally becoming Wilton!” You don’t have to simply take my word on it, though, because the progress our city made at its January 26, 2020 commission meeting is solid proof.

The City of Wilton Manors owes a debt of gratitude to the many individuals and organizations within our colorful community that pushed hard to get the city to take the next right step in truly welcoming public art on city property. At our most recent commission meeting, we passed a formal resolution solidifying our relationship with Wilton Manors Entertainment Group that will result in temporary public art installations in our parks. This important milestone would not have been possible if it weren’t for the ongoing efforts and commitment of individuals like Mike Sansevero and organizations like WMEG and Wilton Art.

Mike Sansevero, Wilton Art, the Wilton Collective, Wilton Manors Entertainment Group and countless of our residents have pressed hard to beautify our city and create eye-catching art installations — mostly on private property so far.

It is my hope that this formal relationship with WMEG will be the first of many. Like most of my fellow Commissioners, I support the creation of a public art or cultural affairs committee whose focus might include the evaluation of public art projects for our city.

I hope you will show your support for public art in our city by posting your local art selfies online. While you’re at it, be sure to check out some of our local theatres — I’ll see you there!

P.S. When can we start talking about making next holiday season’s display in Flippen park the most amazing ever?

- Chris Caputo,

Wilton Manors City Commissioner