Council Honors Rosa de la Cruz for Bringing Art, Culture to the Key
Written by: Kelly Josephsen

The Village Council honored a Key Biscayne resident who has used her passion for and knowledge of the art world to make the community a richer, more vibrant place to live.

Mayor Frank Caplan read a proclamation to Rosa de la Cruz, a longtime member of the local Art in Public Places Board and well-known face on the South Florida and international art scene, at a Tuesday, July 2, Council meeting.

Caplan, noting he saw firsthand de la Cruz's dedication to the arts when he served with her on the Art Board before he was elected Mayor, remarked, "I know how easy it is to give up on high standards and accept B-minus efforts, but Rosa can't do that. Rosa does not have mediocrity in her vocabulary, and we are richer for it."

de la Cruz proclamation
Caplan said it was an honor to write and read the proclamation to de la Cruz. "Work to create and improve upon and disseminate the rich cultural experience is important," he said. "The difficulty of creating public outreach and trying to stimulate the interest of other people who may not participate in the kind of events our Art in Public Places Board presents is not easy to do."

Fortunately for the Key, Caplan said, de la Cruz works using the motto that, "if you do it well, it will be well received" - and she's been doing that on behalf of the island for years, not only with the Art Board, but on her own: the de la Cruz Collection modern art gallery recently worked with the Village and the Key Biscayne Community Foundation to sponsor a free series of public presentations, which the Mayor noted was very well done and well attended.

With all that in mind, Caplan read a proclamation to de la Cruz, noting the city has been "lifted by her passion, background and discernment" and she sponsors and advances cultural and educational programs. All of that makes Key Biscayne a fuller, better place to live, he remarked:

"An enriching cultural life animates life for residents and visitors."
For her part, de la Cruz said she has no plans to stop advocating for the arts on the Key - there is another presentation planned for August, and she hopes the entire community will get involved.

She thanked the Council for their efforts as well, noting the growth of the arts on Key Biscayne is certainly not a one-woman show: "This has been a joint effort. This couldn't have been done without all of us here," de la Cruz said. "I really want to thank everybody here, because I think everybody is really trying to make an effort for the arts in Key Biscayne."