November 21, 2008
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Nov. 21, 2008 Newsletter Archive
In this issue: Micro Credit Clinic , Jaco Pastorius Park Opening , Soul of Gershwin Tickets , Creative Economy Networking

Artist As An Entrepreneur Institute's Artist Micro Credit & Business Plan Clinic

Artist as Entrepreneur InstituteBroward Cultural Division will hold an Artist Micro Credit and Business Plan Clinic during the 2008 Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI), on Saturday, December 6, 2008 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm). All AEI alumni and area artists are invited to attend this clinic and workshop, which will be beneficial to all eligible artists.

The AEI is an artist-focused course of study designed to assist artists of all disciplines, by cultivating and advancing their business skills. The Business Plan Clinic guides participants through preparation of a simple business plan - an essential tool for any artist. In addition, they learn how to effectively work with lenders to obtain financial support through the Artist Micro Credit Program.

The workshop will be facilitated by Rafael Cruz with the Small Business Development Center/Florida Atlantic University and Cheryl Cook with the South Florida Regional Planning Council. Participants will also have the opportunity to network with past alumni of the AEI Institute and other Micro Credit Program recipients.

Attendance is highly recommended for Broward-based artists and alumni of the Artists as an Entrepreneur Institute. There is no fee for this workshop .   For additional information, contact James Shermer, grants administrator, Broward Cultural Division at 954-357-7502.

Click HERE to RSVP for this Workshop


Oakland Park to Cut Ribbon for Opening of Jaco Pastorius

Bass PlayerOn December 1, 2008 , City officials and other dignitaries will cut the ribbon for the grand opening of Jaco Pastorius Park at 4000 North Dixie Highway.

December 1st, is the birthday of this well-known legendary namesake. Jaco Pastorius, who grew up near Oakland Park City Hall, showcased what would soon become extraordinary musical talents at Northeast High School. More than 20 years after his untimely death, he is still considered by many in the music industry to be the world’s best bass guitarist and has performed around the globe with other jazz legends, including Herbie Hancock, Joni Mitchell and the group Weather Report.

The ceremony will be followed by a free “Jazz on the Green” concert, featuring several of the artists who performed with Jaco Pastorius – a “who’s who” of South Florida jazz. Songstress Toni Bishop, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Thomas, Jeff Carswell and Randy Bernsen are among the artists tentatively scheduled to perform.

For information on the grand opening of Jaco Pastorius Park or the free jazz concert, please call the city’s Parks and Leisure Services office at 954-630-4500.

Buy Two Tickets and Get Two Tickets Free

Parker PlayhouseA special “Family and Friends” offer is available for the final weekend of The Soul of Gershwin – The Musical Journey of an American Klezmer, with music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin; additional lyrics from Porgy and Bess, by DuBose Heyward, at the Parker Playhouse, 707 NE 8th Street, Fort Lauderdale.

In this final weekend, there are still great seats available for $16 - $65. Evening Performances Saturday 8:00 pm, and Matinees Saturday at 2:00 pm. The last 2 performances will be held on Sunday, November 23, 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Call the Box Office – 954-462-0222; or visit the Parker Playhouse website.

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Building a Creative Economy: A Networking Event

Creative EconomyOn November 20th 2008 • RMS Networks
900 SE 3rd Ave.  3rd Floor  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
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As a member of the Creative Community your talent and vision play a role in strengthening our local and state economy. Join us for a discussion with a panel of experts leading the charge for the making of a "Creative Economy" in Broward county and learn how you and your business can help fuel the local economy!

Submit questions about building a Creative Economy in advance at
Networking 6:00 – 6:45 pm • Program 6:45 – 7:45 pm
Admission:  $10 members/ $15 non-member
Bring a canned good for the Cooperative Feeding Program and save $5 off admission

Elizabeth Wentworth Vice President of the Broward Alliance and Film Commissioner for Broward County
Mike Greene President, Video Dynamics Corporation
Devin Avery Founding President, South Florida Economic Foundation
Don Giancoli CRA Director, City of Lauderhill
Jason Kates CEO, RMS Networks

A first edition, signed copy of The Rise of the Creative Class by Richard Florida will be raffled at the event. The proceeds from the event raffle will be donated to Cooperative Feeding. Companies wishing to donate additional items to be raffled should contact Johanna Wright-Vines (561.544.6335 or

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