April 10, 2009
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April 10, 2009 Newsletter Archive
In this issue: ArtServe, Carbonell Awards, FLCT, Call to Artists, Cultural Executives Meeting 4-22-09, Meet the Artist 

Arts Calendar With Ed Bell & Jody Leshinsky

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ArtServe Turns 20 and Receives State Recognition Award

ArtServeIn 2009, ArtServe will celebrate 20 years of shining in the arts community! The year-long celebration will include special recognitions at the annual ArtServe Encore Awards luncheon, the unveiling of the Friends of ArtServe program, a 20/20 gallery exhibit and a new partnership with the Greater Ft. Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce, and ArtServe’s newest initiative, ArtsCalendar.com: South Florida’s Ultimate Guide to the Arts, will launch new segments and partnerships to promote South Florida as a cultural destination.

Also, earlier this year, ArtServe was honored with the 2009 Florida Arts Recognition Award presented to them by the Secretary of State, Kurt S. Browning, Governor Charlie Crist and the Florida Arts Council. This award recognizes those dedicated to the best principles of artistic development and arts management in the State of Florida.

Mosaic Theatre and Richard J. Simon Win Multiple Carbonell Awards

Richard SimonBroward Cultural Division would like to congratulate Richard J. Simon and Mosaic Theater, for winning multiple Carbonell Awards this month for the production of The Seafarer and other productions. Simon personally won the Best Director award; while The Seafarer won prestigious ranking with the Best Production of a Play Award.

This is a remarkable achievement for both theater and director, both so young in the industry; and particularly for such a region-wide acknowledgement of talent and artistry.


  • Best Production of a Play (award to producing organization):
    Mosaic Theater for The Seafarer
  • Best Director/Play: Richard J. Simon, The Seafarer
  • Best Actor/Play: Gregg Weiner, The Seafarer
  • Best Supporting Actor/Play: Dennis Creaghan, The Seafarer
  • Best Supporting Actress/Play: Kim Morgan Dean, A Body of Water
  • Best Scenic Design: Sean Mcclelland, The Seafarer

The annual Carbonell Awards ceremony is designed to raise scholarships for students in the tri-county area to study at accredited colleges and universities for careers in the visual and performing arts, and in journalism.

Creative Leasing Offers a Win-Win for Local Arts Organization and Regional Mall
FLCTThe Galleria at Fort Lauderdale has leased more than 12,000 square feet to the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre (FLCT), which teaches the art of life through the magic of theatre.

FLCT, which eventually plans to build its own stand alone theatre on Andrews Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale, signed a lease to hold its year-round program for children, ages 3 ½ to 18.

The new space will allow FLCT to offer new programs, including those that teach children about theatre while parents shop. The organization plans to begin offering mommy and me classes, adult classes and Saturday morning story time.

For more information call: 954-763-6882.

Public Art and Design Issues South Florida 'Call to Artists'

Animal Garden -Ravitz

South Florida graphic artists are called to create and produce a package of artistic design services for the Animal Care Facility Project in Davie. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2009.

This graphic artwork will serve to link the new Davie facility with the existing Pompano Beach facility, and brand the Animal Care Division in a positive way that supports its mission of promoting pet adoptions.

The Animal Care and Regulation Division provides shelter for stray animals, initial care for injured strays, animal adoption, license enforcement, spay/neuter programs for indigent pet owners and the return of lost pets to their owners.

For more details on this Call to Artist, visit the Broward Cultural Division Website, or contact: Claire Garrett, Broward Cultural Division Public Art and Design project manager at 954-357-7236.

Cultural Executives Committee Wednesday, April 22, 2009

CEC MeetingBroward Cultural Division will host a Cultural Executives Committee (CEC) meeting on Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, 1650 Harrison St. in Hollywood, 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

A Brown Bag Network Lunch begins at 11:30 am and the Business Agenda will run from Noon to 1:00 p.m. CEC Chair Janet Erlick will call the meeting to order.

The Cultural Executives Committee meetings are designed to keep directors and other arts leaders of not-for-profit arts institutions and artists, informed about important issues and opportunities within the cultural arts community. The CEC is comprised of the executive directors of the Broward-based not-for-profit cultural organizations and artists; they meet four times a year to discuss and inform on a wide-range of subjects.

Arrive early to network and eat your brown bag lunch from 11:30 a.m. to Noon.

For further information, contact Vena Paylo at 954-357-6023.   RSVP HERE 

Artists 'Meet and Greet' at Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

wischer_wendy'Meet and Greet’ with artists Wendy Wischer, Mary Lou Siefker, Suzanne Scherer, and Pavel Ouporov, Thursday, April 23, Noon to 1:00 p.m.
at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Terminal 2, Departure level.

Wendy Wischer will also be signing posters of her artwork, Parallel, presently wrapping the buses in the Rental Car Center’s shuttle fleet that transports passengers between the airport’s terminals and the rental car facility.

Parallel is a temporary art project using graphic design and hi-tech printed vinyl to wrap the airport’s shuttle buses. Wendy Wischer creates conceptually-based work in a variety of media ranging from photography to sculptural objects, to site-specific installations, video and public works.

Mary Lou Siefker’s artwork, Journey Through Life with Paint, is displayed in the newly opened Lee Wagener Art Gallery. For this temporary exhibition, Siefker says, "these ‘images,’ or ‘people shapes,’ emerge from the vibrant, teeming surfaces I create through the thick application of acrylic paint mixed with other media.”

Tree-Rain by Broward-based artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov has also been installed at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery. This video artwork is one of a series of recent works based on the massive Birch State Park banyan tree in Fort Lauderdale, and inspired by Russian symbolist poet, Andrei Bely’s, 1922, Glossolalia.

Parking for the event is free. Attendees must bring their parking tickets to the gallery for validation.

For more information on this event, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art Design project manager at 954-357-8542. 

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