November 20, 2009
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November 20, 2009 Newsletter Archive
In this issue: Arts Teacher Awards, Mini-Grant Workshops, NEA grants, Cultulral Holidays, Norman Rockwell at Museum of Art  

Oh What a Night! Broward County Celebrates Its Arts Teachers

2009 Arts Teacher of the Year Susan Anderson

On a breezy evening that celebrated all that it means to be a Broward County Arts Teacher, S usan Anderson, visual arts teacher at J.P. Taravella High School and her arts students, came out and showed their ‘Thanks’ with artistry. The 24th annual Arts Teacher of the Year ceremony, held in October at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, included a mixed palette of entertainment. Presentations included an artwork exhibition and performances by the school’s Chamber Singers, Winds Ensemble; Brass Choir; and its dance and drama teams, with the evening’s events interspersed with many dignitaries. Photo at left: 2009 Arts Teacher of the Year Susan Anderson.

Welcomed to the event were such heavy-hitters as Superintendent of Schools James F. Notter, and School Board of Broward County members Benjamin J. Williams and Stephanie Kraft; event sponsors Fran Mulcahy; Nancy J. Olson, Florida Marlins Community Foundation; Kelley Shanley, President and CEO, Broward Center for the Performing Arts; Peter Palin, Cultural Foundation of Broward; David Spangler, Nova Southeastern University; previous Arts Teachers of the Year Lori Sessions (2005) and Mary Cavioli (2003) who emceed the event; Edith Gooden-Thompson, chair, Broward Cultural Council; Amy Ostrau, chair, Arts in Education Committee and member of Broward Cultural Council; and Mary A. Becht, director, Broward Cultural Division

The Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Award, created by Broward Cultural Division in 1985, annually recognizes the most outstanding arts teacher in Broward County’s public schools. Applicants submit a written application, audio/visual exhibits, and are observed in the classroom by members of a selection panel. In addition to the ceremony and reception at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the winner receives a cash award, a scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, a Tiffany crystal apple, an inscribed brick on Riverwalk, and an assortment of gifts from cultural organizations and businesses.

For further information, contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869.

To access applications for the Arts Teacher of the Year 2010, visit

Mini-Grant Program Application Workshops To Be Held in January 2010

For Individual Artists
Offered TWICE
Monday, January, 2010
Broward County Main Library
100 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale
11:00 a.m. and AGAIN at 6:00 p.m.
Bienes Conference Room
For Not-for-Profit Cultural Organizations
Offered TWICE
Tuesday, Janaury 5, 2010
Broward County Main Library
Bienes Conference Room
100 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale
11:00 a.m. and AGAIN at 6:00 p.m.

The Mini-Grant program is offered to assist eligible Broward-based practicing professional artists to fund small but complete cultural projects for which applicants have not received grant monies through any other Cultural Division program. The project must be an exhibition, a performance, or other arts activity. An individual Broward-based artist may apply for up to $2,000 per award on a funds-available basis.

Broward County not-for-profit cultural organizations with annual operating revenues of less than $100,000, are elligible to apply for funding for small cultural projects for which applicants have not received grant monies through any other Cultural Division program. The project must be an exhibition, a performance, or other arts activity. Mini-Grant awards for organizations are up to $5,000 per award, on a funds-available basis.

The next Mini-Grant Program application deadline for both Individual Artists and Not-for-Profit Organizations is February 1, 2010 for projects implemented between May 1 - and September 30, 2010.

There is no fee for the workshops.  For more information, please call Adriane Clarke, grants specialist, 954-357-7530.   Register for these workshops.

National Endowment for the Arts-American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

National Endowment for the Arts logo


Broward Cultural Division received a $250,000 ARRA stimulus grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and regranted the funds out to 14 cultural organizations. These funds were specifically directed to save an existing job in the art.To date, 43 jobs in the arts have been saved. 43 positions have been directly impacted by this grant.

The organizations who received these funds are:

South Florida Choral Arts, Inc. For additional information contact James Shermer, grants administrator, Broward Cultural Division, at 954-357-7502.

Color Your Holidays With The Arts!

Color Your Holidays With ArtsThe Broward County Cultural Division invites residents and visitors to the Cultural Information Center (CIC), first floor, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, to browse an eclectic selection of gift ideas for friends, family and visitors for the holiday season. Precious and unique cultural representations of South Florida are great gifts for the holiday season!

Located in the heart of the arts and entertainment district in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the CIC offers a selection of cultural merchandise including hats, t-shirts, and ornaments. The gift shop also offers signature merchandise from arts organizations:- calendars; umbrellas; books; posters; CDs and free gift wrapping too.

This cultural gift shop is designed to serve the public by sharing cultural information through a variety of formats including; Cultural Concierge’s dispensing personalized information; online ticketing event information and same -day half-price tickets (; an electronic calendar listing the current week’s events; a brochure rack for cultural organizations’ season guides and brochures.

While at the Main Library, take some time to visit ArtServe’s Gallery and Gift shop on the Second Floor of the Main Library, just inside the main entrance, to view and purchase artwork from many of Broward County’s local artists.

Proceeds from items purchased are returned to the artists and arts organizations in Broward County. Give the gift that gives back; support the arts!

Irvin Lippman on Norman Rockwell

Norman Rockwell - Museum of Art Fort LauderdaleQ & A with Museum of Art -Fort Lauderdale Executive Director's Irvin Lippman on Norman Rockwell Exhibit at the Museum November 14, 2009 - February 7, 2010

Q: In 2009, as the nation remains in the grip of an economic recession, and as financial scandals seize the headlines, the popularity of Norman Rockwell’s images are at an all time high. Can you explain why the art of Norman Rockwell is being embraced by Americans once again?

A: The debut of American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale on November 14, 2009 arrives as Americans struggle to remain positive and seek inspiration. In the November 2009 issue of Vanity Fair, which devotes a major feature on Rockwell, journalist David Kemp writes: “It has taken a while, but the nose-holding ambivalence with which educated people have been conditioned to treat Rockwell – He’s good in a corny, backward, non-art sort of way – is giving way to outright admiration.” Norman Rockwell captures a universal humanity that we intuitively understand. He paints real people and he shows real emotions. His work is inspirational. His work is beautiful. He paints about the best within all of us. Rockwell often said he painted “life as I would like it to be.” Rockwell was there before Oprah and his works will continue to have an impact far into the future.


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