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Child-size playhouse to make up "Global Fairy Tale Village" nonprofits and artists encouraged to apply online to participate.
West Palm Beach, Fla. (March 12, 2018) – Storytelling will again set the stage for the City of West Palm Beach’s “Summer in Paradise” campaign. Through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, the City of West Palm Beach will continue its community-engaging initiative, which supports local artists and nonprofits through the building, painting and auctioning of 12 unique, outdoor playhouses, collectively referred to as the “Global Fairy Tale Village.” Event organizers say, “home is where the heart is,” noting that this year’s theme is designed to raise awareness of affordable housing issues. Each playhouse will be assigned a local nonprofit, which will be responsible for building the child-size home, and then partnered with a local artist, who will interpret a preassigned fairy tale.
Nonprofits and artists interested in applying to participate in the “Global Fairy Tale Village” can do so through the City’s website from Monday, March 12 to Tuesday, April 10. The playhouses will be complete and on display from Thursday, June 7 through Thursday, July 26, when they will be auctioned off to support the corresponding nonprofits.
“The art of storytelling transcends all cultures,” said Mary Pinak, Community Events Manager for the City of West Palm Beach Department of Parks and Recreation. “We are pleased to build upon this theme for ‘Summer in Paradise’ this year. Through storytelling, and partnerships with local artists and nonprofits, we can connect the community and share messages of entertainment, cultural preservation, social issues like affordable housing and kindness. We were thrilled with the success of Aesop’s Tables last year and look forward to the continued evolution of ‘Summer in Paradise’ to not only provide free, family-friendly fun, but also to truly make a community impact.” 
Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County’s mission is to build simple, decent and affordable housing for low to very low-income families around the world. Currently, the nonprofit operates in 78 countries worldwide, including all the countries represented in the “Global Fairy Tale Village.” Beloved fairy tales from nine different countries will be represented on the playhouses, creating a colorful and whimsical installation on the Waterfront. Featured fairy tales include “Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox,” from North America; “The Boy and the Dragon,” from Canada; “Rapunzel,” from Germany; “Anasi, and the Turtle: Jamaican Folk Tales,” from Jamaica, as well as many others.
“Summer in Paradise” is the City of West Palm Beach’s annual celebration of summer, where the City offers free, family fun – and memories – with the waterfront as a backdrop. Deemed the Kingdom of “Storyville,” the Waterfront Commons will include the “Global Fairy Tale Village,” a “Big Storybook” photo opportunity, with a newly crafted chapter; a create your own life-size fable activity; “FlaminGO Croquet,” complete with an Alice in Wonderland theme and flamingo mallets; and “Fairy Tale Tuesday Trivia.” As is summer tradition, the City will expand its Clematis by Night offerings, booking two times the bands and extending entertainment hours to 10 p.m.
“StoryVille,” including the “Global Fairy Tale Village,” will be on display on the West Palm Beach Waterfront at 101 N. Clematis Street, West Palm Beach Florida. For more information about “Summer in Paradise,” and other Waterfront events, visit wpb.org/events, call 561-822-1515 or follow the City of West Palm Beach on Facebook @CityofWPB and on Twitter and Instagram @westpalmbch. To apply to participate in the “Global Fairytale Village,” as a nonprofit or artist, please visit wpb.org/events.
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About the City of West Palm Beach’s Summer in Paradise:
“Summer in Paradise” is a partnership between The City of West Palm Beach, the Downtown Development Authority, West Palm Beach Arts & Entertainment District, Visit Palm Beach, Northwood Village, Historic Northwest Neighborhood, the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County, and Discover the Palm Beaches to showcase West Palm Beach as an international destination full of events, activities, art, entertainment, shopping, dining and overall fun. “Summer in Paradise” collectively includes two months of events and happenings in the Northwest Neighborhood, Northwood Village and Downtown West Palm Beach from June 7 – July 26.