By Kathryn Mabin, Parma Observer
Flocks of Flamingos have been sited entering the Parma area. Polish Village’s Flamingo Fever!, has created a frenzy among artists and local residents alike. Most have commented on the sense of nostalgia these creatures bring forth, like manicured lawns, children at play, and fond memories of their youth.
Deadline for the entries and designs was July 24, 2013 for the first time ever Parma Public Art Exhibit. No age or residency restrictions for the applicants prompted many to apply. Whole families have entered, making this a fun family project. Deadline for the completed flamingos is August 9, 2013. Shortly thereafter the embellished plastic flamingos will be on display at various locations throughout Parma. Co-Chairs Terri Snider and Kathy Mabin have been overwhelmed at how this event has taken flight. Many locals have called to volunteer their services to Polish Village, a community development organization, and to Friends of Parma Theater, a group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and re-purposing the Parma Theater into a multicultural arts center. Over 30 artist applications were received. Applicants are both amateur and professional artists. The applicants have received their flamingos and are in the process of completing them. Local businesses are being contacted to display them all throughout Parma. A banquet/auction will be held in October as a culmination to the event. One hundred percent of the net proceeds will benefit Polish Village, and help to fund those programs that make Polish Village a community to be proud to live in.
The City of Parma is undergoing a suburban revitalizaion with The Shoppes at Parma, new businesses entering the community, and the recently announced renovation of the old fire station on Snow Road by the Southwest Italian American Club, as well as the beautification projects ongoing all around the City. Polish Village is the downtown corridor to Parma. Support your local businesses, and make a difference in your community by volunteering.