January 2, 2009
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January 2, 2009 Newsletter Archive   
In this issue: Stanley Zamor, George Gadson Creates Ornament, Broward Cultural Council, Cultural Council Goals for 2009, Museum of Science & Discovery Accreditation  

Cultural Leader Stanley Zamor Appointed ArtServe Board of Directors

Stanley Zamor
Emerging Cultural Leader Stanley Zamo r was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of ArtServe. This Broward Cultural Council program aims to cultivate Broward County’s next generation by focusing attention on people who have the will and desire to enhance cultural leadership skills. In July 2008, fifteen recruits were selected to this two-year program.

The Broward-based program targets professionals between 21 and 40 years of age, who have an interest and desire to advance the mission of the Cultural Council. Over a two year period, participants are provided leadership development to increase their understanding of the ways that cultural organizations build community, enhance quality of life and contribute to the business economy. Participants who successfully complete the program become eligible to receive recommendation for volunteer leadership positions within cultural organizations and councils.

Stanley Zamor was born in Queens New York and moved to South Florida in the late 1980’s.

While in High School Mr. Zamor was a percussionist and traveled internationally & domestically with the Nova High School Symphonic Band. He is a Florida Supreme Court Certified Civil Mediator and Qualified Arbitrator.

He holds several degrees from Nova Southeastern University which include a Bachelor of Science degree in legal studies, a Master of Science degree in Conflict Resolution and Analysis from the School of Humanities and Social Science (where he focused on conflict resolution, interpersonal communication and organizational behavior) and is a Ph.D. candidate in the same discipline.

For more information on this Emerging Cultural Leaders Program. Contact Grace Kewl-Durfey, at 954-357-7869.

S. Florida Artist George Gadson Creates Ornament for 2008 White House Christmas Tree

Geoge Gadson ornamentThis year, Laura Bush asked members of Congress to identify local artists to decorate ornaments for the 20 foot Fraser fir tree in the White House. The theme was  “A Red, White and Blue Christmas”. Each of the 370 plus ornaments were designed to characterize the unique patriotic spirit of the artist’s state, district, or territory. This was the first year that outside artists were asked to decorate the ornaments. 

George Gadson, renowned South Florida sculptor and Cultural Foundation of Broward member ,  received a call from United States Congressman Alcee Hastings' office of Florida’s 23rd Congressional District, inviting him to do an ornament for this year’s White House Christmas Tree. Gadson’s design of the nine-inch ball included two palm trees sculpted from miniature US flags. The palm fronds of the trees were decorated with red, blue and silver miniature bells that served as ornaments. The state of Florida was outlined in blue glitter and filled with sliver glass beads, and the 23rd Congressional District, represented by Congressman Alcee Hastings, was highlighted in red glitter. The word ‘Florida’ prominently flanked both sides of the ornament.

On December 2nd, Gadson accompanied by his 78 year old mother, Annie Gadson, attended the Holiday Open House reception at the White House, attended by more than 600 guests.

For additional information about George Gadson and his work, visit www.georgegadsonstudios.com.

Art, Culture and the Business

headerThe Broward Cultural Division is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Broward County through the development of the arts.

Established in 1980 by the Broward County Commission, the Council is the central coordinating agency for the arts, serving as liaison between cultural organizations, government agencies and the private sector. The 21-member Council recommends programs and the distribution of government and private resources for the visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, museums and festivals.

Broward Cultural Council Enters
2009 with a Distinguished Board of Business Leaders

  Chair – Edith Gooden-Thompson
1st Vice Chair – Estelle Loewenstein
2nd Vice Chair – Arthur Crispino

Rose Marie A. Cossick
Amy Ostrau
Anthony Abbate
Margaret Mitchell Armand
Bonnie Barnett
Michael Bassichis
Rose Bechard-Butman
Dr. Claire Crawford
Janet Erlick
Patrick Flyn
Commissioner Suzanne Gunzburger
Deborah Kerr
Roslyn S. Kurland
Vice Mayor Charlotte Rodstrom
Alice Zendel Simon
Diane Weinbrum
Benjamin Williams

Mary A. Becht – Broward Cultural Division Director

View Bios of each of the Council Members.

2009 Broward Cultural Council Goals

BCCDEach January the Broward Cultural Division adopts a list of goals following a December public workshop. The goals are from the Community Cultural Plan 2010-the council's ten-year plan. Sub Committees of the council are formed to establish objectives, strategies and budgets to meet the goals.

The goals for 2009 are as follows:

Support County Goal #7 - Cultural Amenities and Recreation: Something for Everyone

Complete the needs assessment for the Community Cultural Plan 2020, focused onCultural Diversity with component plans for Cultural Tourism, Creative Economy, and Public Art

Advocate to require one full credit of fine arts in Middle Schools (2.2                                    

Develop a list of alternative mechanisms/ sources to increase funding for
arts and culture including tourist tax. (6.7)

Obtain Administrative Code approval for a global cultural policy

Obtain commitment of two local businesses for a Workplace Giving Program (6.2)         

Develop a public relations campaign to advance the image of arts & culture with emphasis on minority media to encourage participation and support (4.1) (4.4)

Create a Broward Artists Hall of Fame

Ensure cultural facility needs in future County bond issues

Advocate for the inclusion of cultural facilities and historic preservation as
Eligible items for funding in the Redevelopment Capital program

Museum of Discovery and Science is Awarded Re-Accreditation by the American Association of Museums

MODSIn December, the Museum of Discovery and Science received official re-accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest recognition of a museums commitment to accountability and public service, professional standards, and excellence in education.

The notice of award was accompanied by a glowing report from the visiting peer review assessment team.  The letter stated that MODS is "a well run institution that strives to increase its impact and further its mission. You have creative programs and commendable outreach." 


Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all the Best for a Great Holiday and Happy New Year!

Happy Holidays from the Cultural Division


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