When I was first invited to Cuban artist Juan T. Vázquez Martín‘s commendation at the Old City Hall in downtown Tampa, I imagined Juan receiving his award on the steps of City Hall like a Marvel superhero being given a key to the city. This is why I started to panic just a little bit when I woke to the sound of crashing thunder this morning. Luckily, Juan’s commendation was indoors, in the City Council’s chamber.
At approximately 9:15 this morning, Councilman Charlie Miranda awarded Juan Martín with a well-deserved Tampa City Council Commendation in recognition of his artistic talents. Juan graciously accepted the award, thanking those who have supported his artistic endeavors in the city of Tampa.
As a reminder, Councilman Miranda’s collection of Cuban art is still on display at the TECO public art gallery, but only until Thursday, September 3, 2015.