Compassionate St. Augustine Takes Home Grant for Children’s Project and Statewide Historic Preservation Award for Obelisk Art 450

Compassionate St. Augustine
May 16, 2016

Award-winning Obelisk Art 450 Final Wrap-Up Released

The St. Johns Cultural Council has selected Compassionate St. Augustine for a $500 State of the Arts grant for Compassion Through the Eyes of Children 3. This is a continuing version of Compassionate St. Augustine’s award-winning children’s program that will take place at the St. Johns County Youth Academy, a residential facility for boys 14-18 who are required to stay in the care of the Department of Juvenile Justice for an extended time. 

The grant will be awarded at a ceremony to be held this Monday, May 16 at 6 pm at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum located at 48 Sevilla Street. 

Friday evening, May 13, the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation presented an award for Outstanding Recognition in Preservation Education/Media to Compassionate St. Augustine for the Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion public art project and Compassion Through the Eyes of Children. Jenny Wolfe, the City of St. Augustine’s Historic Preservation and Special Projects Planner, accepted the award on behalf of nonprofit Compassionate St. Augustine.

The award, given by the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation to the Obelisk Art 450 Tour of Compassion and Compassion Through the Eyes of Children, recognizes outstanding heritage education programs, including books, brochures, curriculum, DVDs, websites, interactive media and other publications that deal with historic preservation or local history.

“Receiving recognition like this from our local cultural agency and the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation is incredibly meaningful to an organization like Compassionate St. Augustine,” said vice president of the nonprofit Ann Roark, “we are made up of passionate volunteers, and this confirms we are moving forward in the right direction -- we are truly honored.”

Obelisk Art 450 began as a commemoration of the founding of St. Augustine, Florida and grew to become a meaningful citywide celebration of culture, artists, the golden rule and historic remembrance around the values of democracy, freedom, human rights and compassion. Compassionate St. Augustine has completed a final look back and “wrap-up” of the project, found on the organizations website: (scroll down to view video). Highlights include:

·       9,448 people had direct involvement and/or were immediately impacted by Obelisk Art 450.

·       Including in-kind donations, $494,800 was contributed by 77 sponsors, friends and partners.

·       Obelisk Art 450 had an audience of over 3.6 million people for a cost of $0.12 per person.

·       55,745 print brochures were distributed to 300 locations.

·       The City of St. Augustine presented the Wards Creek Elementary School obelisk to King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain during their visit to St. Augustine for the 450th on Friday, September 18, 2015.

·       A memorable international arts and culture exchange took place between St. Augustine and her Sister City, Aviles, Spain – the first Compassionate Sister Cities worldwide.

The mission of Compassionate St. Augustine is to inspire, influence and grow a culture of compassion through awareness, advocacy and action.