The City of Boynton Beach received the Silver Circle Award (2nd Place) from the City-County Communications & Marketing Association (3CMA) in its Savvy Award Competition (Communications & Marketing Tools: Printed Publications Category) for its 2018 calendar. More than 700 entries were submitted. Entries were judged on problem and opportunity statements, intended goals and outcomes, documentation of achievements, use of outside resources, and budget. 3CMA is the nation’s premiere network of government communicators with a membership of over 1,000.
About the Calendar
In 2017, the City of Boynton Beach was the first municipality in Palm Beach County to become an Autism Friendly City by Florida Atlantic University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. In the same year, the City developed and offered successful intern and volunteer programs for students on the autism spectrum and included businesses owned and operated by those with autism in its community events.
At an Artists with Autism Exhibit, City staff met a brilliant and creative 26-year old artist named Brandon and immediately commissioned him to paint 18 original art pieces for the calendar. The calendar’s design was inspired by one of Dr. Seuss’ most popular quotes “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” On the City’s social media outlets, followers were asked to submit their “favorite place” to go in Boynton Beach. The top 13 places were selected and painted by Brandon. The inside top cover introduces the City’s autism partnerships, the artist, facts about autism, and the City’s recent accomplishments to be autism-friendly. The bottom half included photos of elected officials at their favorite place in Boynton Beach. Critical information included dates of public meetings, community events, traditional, and religious holidays. At the top of each month are additional Dr. Seuss quotes that were specifically chosen to accompany the artists’ rendering of a favorite place in Boynton Beach. An extension tear-off tab was designed for the back cover and included a departmental phone directory, as well as the City’s public and private partnerships, social media icons, and the ADA Coordinator’s phone number. The City’s vision, mission, and strategic initiatives appear on the back cover.
At the January 16, 2018 City Commission Meeting, the artist presented each elected official with his or her original painting (framed) of them at their favorite place. After attending the meeting, a local quilter created a handmade quilt, with each of the 12 month’s paintings and presented it to the artist.