July 17, 2009
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In this issue: Economic Recovery, Mary Becht receives Innovation Award, New Council Members, 2020 Cultural Plan, Summer Cultural Quarterly, FREE Admission to Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

Economic Recovery Funds for the Arts!

NEAThe Broward Cultural Division will receive a grant of $250,000 for salary assistance from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), through President Obama’s economic stimulus package — American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). The Division was one of only 17 communities in the U.S. to receive the $250,000 award.

Eligible arts organizations will have the opportunity to apply for funds to support the preservation of jobs that are threatened by declines in funding during the current economic downturn. “This is a direct example of funds being channeled to retain jobs of cultural workers in Broward County and stimulate the economy,” says County Administrator Bertha Henry.

Nationally, the amount, which totals $29.78 million, is allocated among 633 arts groups in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and several territories. Of those 633, twelve are located in Florida, including the Broward County Cultural Division. 

Even before President Barack Obama signed the ARRA into law on February 17, County staff was mobilized to respond. A Broward County Stimulus Grants Coordination Office, www.broward.org/recovery, has been established for the purpose of centralizing the identification, development, review, approval and tracking for grants and contracts resulting from ARRA. It is staffed by Linda Ross, stimulus grants coordinator. The website is a useful tool for grant information.

Eligibility requirements will be available for Broward Cultural Division’s grantees in the Cultural Diversity, General Operating and Major Cultural Institution grant programs. Applications and guidelines will be available online at the Cultural Division website in early August 2009.

Young at Art Children’s Museum and the Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre are also approved to receive a grant through the Florida Arts Recovery Program, in the amount of $25,000 each, from The Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Florida Grand Opera and Miami City Ballet were awarded a $50,000 grant each through the the National Endowment for the Arts.

Please visit the Broward Cultural Division website at www.broward.org/arts for more information.

Click here to view a complete listing of NEA grant recipients.

Cultural Division Leader Honored at U.S. Urban Arts Federation Meeting in Seattle

Mary BechtBroward County Cultural Division Director Mary A. Becht received the Americans For the Arts’ United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF) Ray Hanley Innovation Awardat a private event in June. A coalition of leaders from the country’s 60 largest cities, USUAF established the award in 2007 to honor both Hanley and others who make outstanding individual contributions to arts and culture in American communities.

This award is the fourth annual award of recognition to be received by Becht and the Broward County Commission's Cultural Division in the past decade including, the First Annual Arts and Culture Award from National Association of Counties (NACo) in 1990; Arts Administrator of the Year Award from Arts Management News Service of Columbia College, Chicago in 2002 and Public Leadership in the Arts Award from NACo in 2004.

The USUAF selection committee highlighted Becht's achievement over her career and recognized her work in advancing public art, cultural facility development, the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute, and other program innovations that have served as a model for her peers around the country.

Broward Cultural Council Welcomes Two New Members

BCC MembersThe Broward Cultural Council recently welcomed Linda Houston Jones and Georgia D. Nwamaka-Robinson, Esq. to its arts advisory board.

Jones, founder and president of Ashanti Cultural Arts, Inc. a not-for-profit organization that provides cultural arts, literacy, wellness and after school programs to Broward County, was appointed by Commissioner Kristin Jacobs and Robinson, an attorney and founder of many not-for-profit organizations, was appointed by Commissioner Ilene Lieberman.

The Broward Cultural Council, created in 1977, is a 23-member advisory board of the Broward County Commission. The Council is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Broward County through the development of the arts.

Arts Consultants Chosen for Broward County's 2020 Community Cultural Plan
2020 Cultural PlanThe Cultural+Planning Group, LLC has been selected for consulting on an 18-month project − Broward County's 2020 Community Cultural Plan .This, uniquely 'Broward' 10-year strategic plan will focus on the Creative Economy, Cultural Tourism, and Public Art & Design.

Through public Town Hall meetings held in several cities, focus group meetings, telephone and online surveys, the arts consultants will gather public input which will be incorporated into the 2020 Community Cultural Plan'srecommendations. The Plan will serve as Broward Cultural Division's blueprint for the next decade.

The 2020 Community Cultural Planwill provide a comprehensive needs-assessment, vision, draft legislation, policy framework, recommendations, strategies, funding requirements, funding sources, evaluation instruments and benchmarks.

Visit the 2020 Community Cultural Plan’s homepage, to find out how to participate in this critical and creative planning process. You will also find a calendar of upcoming meetings, minutes of past meetings, consultant bios and plan description.

Summer Cultural Quarterly Now Available Online

Cultural Quarterly -Summer 2009

Read about Broward's artists, history, culture, art news, art success stories, family fun and so much more! Click on the most comprehensive cultural calendar in South Florida on this website.

Join the Celebration! Cultural Groups Observe Milestone Anniversaries
Historic Annie Beck House -- A Tribute to a Time Gone By
For Anastasia Clark the Poetry Never Stops
Nancy Spielman Doggedly Pursuing Her Art
And much more . . .



Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum Say "This One's On Us" to Florida Residents

Ah Tah Thi Ki Museum The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum of the Seminole Tribe of Florida is pleased to announce it has joined the effort to promote local Florida tourism and reward “stay-cationers” opting to travel in their own backyards this summer. The Museum will offer FREE admission to Florida residents throughout the months of July and August.

Florida residents of all ages are invited to take advantage of this promotion. Children may be accompanied by parents, teachers or caretakers who provide proof of Florida residency. All adults will be asked to provide a Florida driver’s license or a Florida state-issued identification in order to take advantage of this limited offer.  

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Support the Arts -- Purchase a State of the Arts License Plate
Purchase of this specialty license plate will support Broward County arts, please visit your local auto tag agency.