December 17, 2010
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Broward County Helps Its Artists Find a Way to Thrive in a New Creative Economy

The exhibition Doing Business As… Artist Entrepreneurs 2011 will be opening on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 5:00PM to 7:30 PM at gallery 6, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, and run through February 23rd, 2011.

This third annual exhibition of its kind will be featuring the outstanding artwork such Broward County noteables, as Timothy Leistner, Bonnie Orbach, Lori Pratico, Elizabeth Reed, Terre Rybovich and Jennyfer Toplak, all Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) graduates.

Liora Davis and Georgeta Fondos, both accomplished artists, educators and AEI graduates are curating and exhibiting in this year’s show. Awarded a Broward County Individual Artist Grant for this exhibition their goal is to utilize their new business skills and bring to the public a variety of high quality thought-provoking artwork.

Through the Artist as Entrepreneur Institute program of study, Broward County has helped more than 250 artists learn to build their business skills. This six-week class exposes artists to the tools and steps necessary to become successful artist entrepreneurs. Success of this program comes in the form of the annual exhibition -Doing Business as... Artist Entrepreneurs.”

There will be a special closing educational forum held at gallery 6 on February 23, 2011. Exhibiting rtists will be available to speak on their experiences and to share what they’ve learned on the importance of developing business skills concurrent with developing their artistic talent.

Exhibit hours: Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m; Tuesday and Wednesday: Noon to 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception: January 12th, 5:00-7:30 p.m; Closing Forum: February 23, 5:00-7:30 p.m.

The events and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more info, please check:


Application Workshop for Broward County's 2011 Arts Teacher of the Year Award

Broward Cultural Division invites school principals, teachers, and interested residents to attend an application workshop for the 2011 Arts Teacher of the Year Award, on Wednesday, January 19, 2011, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m, at Broward County Main Library, 6th Floor, Bienes Ceremonial Room, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale. This is a great opportunity to nominate an outstanding arts teacher in Broward County for doing a remarkable job in dedication to this field. Arts teachers may also submit applications for themselves. The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2011 5:00 p.m.

The purpose of this workshop is to assist applicants with increasing their chances of being selected and to teach them how to submit the electronic application. Examples of past winning applications will also be studied. Teachers whose primary assignment is an arts discipline including: dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts (photography, film, and video) are eligible to apply. Application Guidelines and instructions are available online on the Broward Cultural Division website at

The Arts Teacher of the Year Award honors one outstanding arts teacher each year for his/her contribution and dedication to the arts in the classroom. The chosen recipient is honored during a ceremony at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the fall, and receives a check for $2,500, a scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, a Tiffany crystal apple, an assortment of gifts from arts and cultural organizations and businesses, an inscribed brick on Riverwalk and a $500 contribution to the arts department at their school.

For more information contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869; or visit the Broward Cultural Division website at


Vatican Splendors: A Journey Through Faith and Art Comes to the Museum of Art in Fort Lauderdale in January

Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art -one of the largest collections of art, documents and historically-significant objects from the Vatican ever to tour North America arrives at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University in January 2011.

The exhibition is a spectacular presentation of paintings by artists such as Giotto and Il Guercino and sculpture by Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini, along with unique objects illustrating the Catholic Church’s impact on history and culture. The exhibition’s more than 200 objects, many of which have never been on public view, are presented in the Museum’s galleries and in specially-created environments that enhance the visitor’s understanding of both the historical as well as the artistic significance of each work. Objects include paintings, mosaics, sculpture, jewels, intricately embroidered silk vestments, uniforms of the Papal Swiss Guard, as well as an elaborately decorated gold and silver reliquary containing bone fragments of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. A highlight of the exhibition is a small stone Pietà, a relief carved by Michelangelo late in his career, which is accompanied by documents and personal objects belonging to the Renaissance master

Tickets to Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art, which include general admission to the Museum, are priced at $20 for adults, $17 for seniors and $13 for children. Museum members are able to purchase ANYTIME tickets at the special rate of $15 for adults and $11 for children age 6 through 12. Members at the Reciprocal ($150) level and above receive two free ANYTIME admissions to the exhibition.

Hours for Vatican Splendors: A Journey through Faith and Art are daily from 11 am until 6 pm, with extended hours on Thursday evenings until 8 pm. Tickets now on sale at the Museum Box Office and online at as well as by phone at 1-877-2VATICAN (1-877-282-8422). For more information visit; or call 954-525-5500.

Exhibition presented by Holy Cross Hospital in association with PNC Bank and AutoNation.



Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Welcomes Thousands of Broward County School Children to Perform

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and the Broward County Aviation Department hosted their 22nd Annual Winter Festival of Music last week.

Approximately, 1,200 children from various Broward County elementary, middle, and high schools performed throughout the airport terminals. Passengers were entertained through song and dance.

This annual event helps to make the stress of travel more enjoyable for passengers during the busy holiday season. Passengers were spotted participating by singing along and sometimes even dancing.

For further information contact, Greg Meyer, Public Information Officer, at 954-359-6116.


Gold Coast Jazz Congratulates Three Scholarship Recipients Selected for Grammy Awards Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble

William Bridges, Patrick Bartley and Christian Marerro are recent Gold Coast Jazz Society scholarship recipients, who have been selected to participate in the prestigious Grammy Jazz Ensemble, which performs as a part of the annual Grammy Awards. Students representing more than 26 cities and 12 states travel to Los Angeles to participate in this week-long Grammy adventure. Selection gives students an unparalleled opportunity to perform in front of some of music's biggest names.

As a grand finale to the event-filled week, the students in the ensembles will attend the 53rd Annual GRAMMY awards in January as guests of the Recording Academy® and will be given the opportunity to perform at the GRAMMY Celebration® after party. Bridges and Bartely attend the Dillard High School Center of the Arts and Marerro is a junior at the Dreyfoos School of the Arts in West Palm Beach.

For more information on these programs contact Pam Dearden, Executive Director, Gold Coast Jazz Society at 954-524-0805.


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