February 12, 2010
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February 12, 2010 Newsletter Archive
In this issue: Executive Committee. Natural Forces Exhibit, Cappy Pillon, Larry Kirkland, Entrance Vestibules at FLL, Historical Commission, Love of the Arts  

Broward Cultural Council Elects New Executive Committee

New B.C.C. Executive CommitteeThe Broward Cultural Council (BCC) recently elected new members to its Executive Committee. Appointed to the BCC by Vice Mayor Sue Gunzburger, Estelle Loewenstein from the City of Hollywood will now serve as the Chair . From the City of Fort Lauderdale, Arthur Crispino is appointed by Mayor Ken Keechl and Deborah Kerr is appointed by Commissioner John Rodstrom. They now begin their first terms as 1st and 2nd Vice Chairs, respectively. Amy Ostrau and Dr. Claire Crawford also begin new roles as Members-at-Large ; while Janet Erlick continues to represent the Cultural Executives as their elected Chair ; and Edith Gooden-Thompson resumes as Immediate Past Chair on the executive committee. At right: New B.C.C. Executive Committee 

The 23-member, Broward Cultural Council, created in 1979, is an advisory board of the Broward County Commission. The Council is dedicated to enhancing the community through the development of the arts. As the central coordinating agency for the arts, it serves as liaison between cultural organizations, government agencies and the private sector.

Please visit the website of the Broward Cultural Division. 

Natural Forces Exhibit Travels To Coral Springs

Natural ForcesEveryone in Broward County is invited to the exhibition, Natural Forces: Broward County Public Art & Design, which will run from March 4 – April 24, 2010 at the Coral Springs Museum of Art , 2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065. There will be an opening reception on Thursday, March 4, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m .

Natural Forces will showcase recent works of art within Broward County and is an extensive mixture of collaborative ideas with earth’s natural elements at its center. The result is a culmination of creative minds focused on the future and bringing awareness through art. The various artworks capture natural phenomenon such as the light on water at sunset (Alison Sky’s Vanishing View ) in the dynamic of the constantly changing sky; the refraction of color through glass that forms waves in a harmonious combination of light and shadow (Christopher Janney’s Shadow Boxing ); or words engraved into stone as a metaphor for the library which functions to help one ‘see’ in new ways (Steve Gillman & Katherine Keefer’s Written Words ), to name of a few of the artistic elements and stories at work in this multi-dimensional exhibition.

This exhibition is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information on this exhibition, contact the Coral Springs Museum of Art at 954-340-5000; or Jody Leshinsky at 954-357-7463; or visit the Broward Cultural Division website.

Brass Baritone Cappy Pillon Sings At Naturalization Ceremony

Cappy Pillon

Brass Baritone Cappy Pillon will sing the National Anthem at a United States of America - Naturalization Ceremony to be held at the Federal Building, 299 E. Broward Blvd., Courtroom B (2nd Floor) in Fort Lauderdale, at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 19, 2010.

Actor, singer, Brass Baritone Cappy Pillon brings numerous years of entertainment experience both national and international media and diverse involvement in both radio and television, sporting events and commercial genres.

Broward Cultural Division works with the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida to enhance these Naturalization Ceremonies and showcase the local talent of Broward County.

For more information on this program, please call Jody Leshinsky at 954-357-7463.

Larry Kirkland Designs Artwork For Pedestrian Bridges At Port Everglades Convention Center

Artist Mock Up of the ArtworkArtist Larry Kirkland is designing, fabricating and installing an artwork in the ceilings of the two pedestrian skybridges connecting the Convention Center with the garage, in order to transform these utilitarian corridors into a dynamic experience evoking a memorable "Sense of Place."

Playing off of the sailfish fountain visible beyond the skybridges, the artwork will clad the vaulted ceilings with shimmering sculptural fish scales illuminated with constantly changing colored LED lights.

Larry Kirkland has collaborated with design professionals and community leaders to create the meaningful places throughout the world. In the U.S., recent commissioned artworks included installations at Penn Station, NYC; the American Red Cross Headquarters and the National Academics of Science, both in Washington, DC. Internationally, his installations include the Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Kensai International Airport, Osaka, Japan and several of Royal Caribbean International’s mega cruise ships, including the new Oasis of the Seas.

For more information on this project, contact Claire Garrett at 954-357-7236.

The Lay Of The Land 22 Entry Vestibules In Terminals 2,3, and 4

at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

Terminal 2 - Lower LevelThe first four entryway floor designs have been installed at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, for the artwork The Lay of the Land , which consists of various color variations to be represented in the 22 entry vestibules Terminals 2, 3 & 4, at the airport.

The artist, Pam Beyette, has created a series of inlays illustrating South Florida’s expansive and distinctive ecosystems from a bird’s eye view. The installations reflect the constantly changing pattern and structure of the sawgrass prairies, braided wetlands, and coastal estuaries. The artist aims to enliven the airport visitor’s experience as they walk through the vestibules onto the mosaic welcome mats with the colorful inlays particular to each terminal.

Pam Beyette has more than 30 years of combined public art, planning and artmaking experience. Many of her site specific artworks have been incorporated into schools, parks, libraries, universities, transit stations, and justice centers. Major and recent projects include lead artist for the Seattle Justice Center in Seattle, Washington; “Nature’s Filters” for the Environmental Services Laboratory in Charlotte, North Carolina; and “Arborvitae”, for Little Cedar Elementary and Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish, Washington.”

For more information on this program, call Christina Roldan, at 954-357-8542.

Opening of Broward County Historical Commission and Museum in Grand!

Former U.S. Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Dave Baber& Governor Charlie Crist

Former U.S. Congressman E. Clay Shaw, Dave Baber& Governor Charlie Crist

In early February, Broward County Historical Commission and Museum celebrated the grand opening of its new location at the site of the former West Side Grade School in the historic Sailboat Bend neighborhood. It was a clear evening with a light breeze, and more than 300 residents and officials of the Broward community and beyond, came out to show their support, enthusiasm and curiosity.

The perfect weather was matched by the involvement of the crowd, the dignitaries, and performers from the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre who led the ceremony opening with America the Beautiful. Also, the Florida Youth Orchestra performed throughout the evening. The artist’s who live, work and ‘neighbor’ the new Historical Commission in the Sailboat Bend Artist’s Lofts, opened their studios to the public, while artist kEith kimmel created an artwork on a canvas stretched out on the patio. One could only conclude that the collaboration of education, history, community and the arts is a potent mixture for festivities.

Administrator and Historic Preservation Officer David Baber introduced an A List of dignitary speakers, headed by Florida’s own Governor Charlie Crist. Following were Broward County Mayor Ken Keechl; Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, the City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler and Broward Historian Helen Landers. Nearly all of the Broward County Commissioners were in attendance including Vice Mayor Sue Gunzburger, Albert C. Jones and Lois Wexler. A number of officials of other counties and municipalities also graced the event with their presence, including City of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom, School Board Members Maureen S. Dinnen and Benjamin J. Williams; Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools James Notter and former U.S. Congressman E. Clay Shaw, to name a few.

The event would not have been possible without the generous support of the community. The Broward County Film Society provided a large core of volunteers, the City of Fort Lauderdale provided free parking, Broward County Transit provided shuttle services, Broward Cultural Division’s Cultural Information Center Cultural Concierges volunteered their services, Broward County Parks and Recreation Division provided the tent and chairs and the Public Communications Office handled all the promotion and coordination of the event.

To attend the event through Cyber Space, please visit the following links:

Part I :  http://ka.uvuvideo.org/_Broward-Historical-Museum-Grand-Opening pt1/video/908822/86294.html?b=

Part II:  http://ka.uvuvideo.org/_Broward-Historical-Museum-Grand-Opening-pt2/video/908824/86294.html?b=

Please contact Jody Leshinsky at 954-357-7463, for more information on this project.

A Love of the Arts Happy Valentine's Day!

A Love of the ArtsIn February residents and visitors to Broward County have a multitude of arts and cultural offerings; and located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale in the Broward County Main Library, is a one-stop shop that may guide lovers through world of love and world of art.

Browse a unique selection of cultural gifts at the Cultural Information Center, including hats, t-shirts, and ornaments; calendars; umbrellas; books; clothing; posters; CD’s and free gift wrapping too!

In addition, original art is available at the ArtServe Gallery and Gift Shop on the second floor of the Main Library.

Looking for Things to do this Valentine’s Season?

Never Miss a Thing…Get There!

South Florida’s Guide to Arts and Culture

For more information, call the Cultural Information Center at 954-357-7979.

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