On this episode of What Boca is Saying, Katie sits down to chat with Wayne Barton, retired Boca Raton police office and founder of the Wayne Barton Study Center. An advocate for community policing, Barton took a special interest in Pearl City – Boca Raton’s oldest housing unit and currently one of the city’s most prime pieces of real estate.

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Katie's family moved to Boca Raton in 1970 where she later attended Palm Beach Community College and FAU. Katie is the Founder of HaitianArt.com, a Boca Raton company which began in 1989 as a small art studio. Works by Haiti’s artists soon became part of a revolving exhibit at City Hall as well as the Boca Raton Library and Community Center. The gallery later moved to Delray Beach and broadened its base to include works by Eastern Cuban artists and Florida Highwaymen. Today her focus is on art consulting and internet art sales. She is on the board of the A.C.T.I.O.N. Foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to foster harmony between the Caribbean community and the United States, and currently serves as the Vice President of the Riviera Civic Association.

3 COMMENTS

  1. This is so inspiring. Wayne, you are such an incredible local hero and I am so grateful for all you do. This interview is spectacular and I hope everyone in Boca watches it.

  2. I had no idea college scholarships are offered….very nice. Although it seems as though he does great work in the community, I was a little concerned about one of his statements as to the elimination of the Wayne Barton Study Center if the neighborhood completely turns over to developers. Is he worried about becomming obsolete and having to move shop? Or is he genuinely afraid to ‘lose a piece of history’? When comments like that are made, I start to question intent.

  3. Mr. Wayne Barton,

    You are a mover and shaker who has galvanized the Pearl City community! As a choreographer and dance instructor who has worked with at-risk youth for more than 25 years, I have seen how youth thrive when they are offered programs that provide support and that boost self-esteem. Thank you for all your great work!

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