March 3, 2010
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March 3, 2010 Newsletter Archive
In this issue: Jubilee Dance Theatre, Artist Workshop, Chuck Close, Nashville Music Mogul, Carbonell Awards

CBS Focuses on Jubilee Dance Theatre and Lucticia Welters

two women and one manIn February, CBS 4’s Focus on South Florida, aired an interview with Jubilee Theatre’s founder and creative artistic director Luctricia Welters in honor of Black History Month.

Welters discusses the new dance studio opened in January 2009 in the City of Lauderhill, with the specific goal of making dance and dreams easily available to a community otherwise under-served in the cultural arts.

Jubilee Dance Theatre takes dancers from ages three through ninety-three. Classes begin in Ballet Basics for toddlers, then go on to Junior Jubilees Children’s Dance Ensemble, through the apprenticeship program, and finally to the esteemed and professional Jubilee Dance Company. The students are pushed through an elevating channel of workshops, classes and performances, with eyes set toward the professional stage.

View The Interview.

For further information call Luctricia Welters, at 954-817-0664; e-mail: Jubilee Dance Theatre

Marketing For The Independent Artist

How To Advance Your Career and Build Your Business

Deborah ObalilBroward Cultural Division and ArtServe invite artists, gallery owners and creative entrepreneurs to a full-day workshop with Marketing Strategist Deborah Obalil . Marketing for the Independent Artist: How to Advance Your Career and Build Your Business will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m . at ArtServe Inc., 1350 East Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.

This workshop will encourage artists to take control of their own marketing by learning what it can and can't do for their careers. Participants will learn how to define targets and objectives based on overall career goals, how to construct a solid marketing strategy based on those objectives and how to make it a success. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their work and/or existing promotional materials for hands-on exercises and critiques aimed at improving their branding, messaging and overall marketing before the end of the workshop.

Presenter Deborah Obalil has fifteen years experience as an arts marketer and organizational development specialist, with experience at both the staff and consulting levels in writing and implementing detailed strategic plans, marketing plans and development plans.

Seating is limited; register early. The fee for the Saturday workshop is $25 (8:30 a.m. check-in is encouraged); and includes light refreshments and free parking; lunch NOT included.

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

RSVP for this Event.

For more information, please call Adriane Clarke, grants specialist, 954-357-7530.

Chuck Close Joins Obana's Art Advisors

Chuck ClosePresident Obama may be proposing funding cuts for culture in his bleak 2011 budget, but he's once again signaled an enlightened approach to the arts by appointing New York painter Chuck Close to his Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. As one of the most visible American artists today, Close has long been a passionate promoter of artist rights and the arts generally. But of late, his signature issue has been the promotion of a cause that could dramatically alter the way that art makes its way into public collections.

For years, artists have been discouraged from directly donating art to museums because of an ill-conceived tax code that doesn't let them claim deductions on the market value of a work, only the materials used to make it - in his case the couple hundred dollars used to buy paint and canvas, rather than the $5 million or so that priciest paintings can sell for. Collectors who buy work and watch it skyrocket in price, on the other hand, can claim generous deductions on the full market value when giving away the art. Two long-pending pieces of legislation, the "Artists' Contribution to American Heritage Act of 2005" in the House and "Artist-Museum Partnership Act" in the Senate, would allow artists to claim comparable benefits.

Obama's appointment of Close could signal an openness to this legislation, which he supported as a senator. Others appointed to the president's humanities committee this month include San Francisco philanthropist Pamela Joyner; Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jhumpa Lahiri; Ken Solomon, chairman of the Ovation TV cable network; BET co-founder Sheila Johnson; and Los Angles music business lawyer Fred Goldring.

Nashville Music Mogul Receives Key To The City of Fort Lauderdale

Nashville Music MogulArtServe is serving up some excellence and adding new partnerships and talent to its menu. In keeping with the new era brought in by President Earl Bosworth, Nashville music mogul Justin Peters paid a visit to ArtServe and the Greater Fort Lauderdale area, marking the beginning of exciting and innovative partnerships, which are set to bring the 20-year old nonprofit into the next decade.

Recently, the arts' budget cuts have prompted most to seek other funding sources. ArtServe President Earl Bosworth, who is a published songwriter with Peters' Platinum Planet Music, Inc., is leading by example. Bosworth believes that bringing Justin Peters to the table will elevate the organization to a new level of professionalism and credibility, especially in the creation of new music programs and services for children and the community. "Justin is all about giving back to the community, especially with music. He knows how it can change lives. When he heard I had been appointed to lead ArtServe, he booked the first flight out of Nashville to see what we were all about, and to see how he could help."

Peters met with the Cith of Fort Lauderdale Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom to discuss his plans with the non-profit, and emphasized the importance of the arts to the local economy. Commissioner Rodstrom, a supporter of the arts, graciously presented Justin with a key to the City of Fort Lauderdale.

Nominations Announced For Annual Carbonell Awards

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2009 could go down as the year of the musical with seven of the top 10 nominated shows edging out the edgier dramas for the 34th Annual Carbonell Awards nominations, celebrating the best shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Neal Hecker (WPBT uVu) will be on the "red carpet" interviewing everyone as they enter the theater!

South Florida's answer to the Tony Awards and a highlight of each arts season, the Carbonell Awards pay tribute to the very best theatrical productions on local stages and features the area's top entertainers and theater insiders as they step out from behind their roles in an unforgettable behind-the-scenes celebration.

Les Miserables at Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables led the pack with a dozen nominations. Broadsword at Miami's Mad Cat Theatre Company and Why Torture is Wrong and the People Who Love Them at Plantation's Mosaic Theatre tied with five nods each as the most recognized plays for the annual honors to be held on Monday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale

Nominations encompass the entire length of South Florida with 13 companies receiving nods and 33 of the 75 eligible shows that opened in 2009 being recognized. Nominations were distributed among the tri-county area with 38 for Palm Beach, 37 for Miami-Dade and 25 for Broward.

Tickets are $25 with $20 tickets available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 19 through the Broward Center’s box office by calling 954-462-0222 or visiting

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