March 18, 2010
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In this issue: Saving Jobs, David Cutler, Winter CQ, Creative Industries, Director Becht Featured, Children's book promoting literacy, Jason Derulo on Ellen show.

Two More Arts Jobs Preserved! South Florida Choral Arts Inc. Play On! 

NEA to the Rescue

Broward Cultural Division distributed federal stimulus grant funds to South Florida Chorale Arts, Inc, which directly affected two local professionals in performances that had previously been slated for elimination due to financial cut backs. Above Photo: Arts Administrator Bradley Bush and   Piano Accompanist Emanuel Schvartzman.

For Administrator Bradley Bush and Piano Accompanist Emanuel Schvartzman and the South Florida Choral Arts, Inc. the show went on, thanks to a stimulus grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

These two arts professionals will assist and participate in the presentations of the annual Fall, Choral Festival, Holiday and Spring Concerts as well as various Outreach performances throughout the year. The mission of South Florida Choral Arts, Inc. is “to build community through quality musical performances that promote a world that accepts and values diversity.”

This is another example of the Recovery Act funding awarded to 16 Broward County cultural organizations. Through the economic stimulus package, the County’s Cultural Division received a $250,000 award, and in turn, re-granted the funds through a Broward/ NEA/ ARRA Lifeline application process and saved 47 jobs in the arts.

For further information on the list of grantees, or this program contact Jim Shermer 954-357-7502; e-mail:

The SAVVY Musician's Author David Cutler Presents "Embracing Entrepreneurship" 

David Cutler

Broward Cultural Division, Broward College, and ArtServe invite musicians, dancers, actors, performing artists, and creative entrepreneurs to a full-day workshop with David Cutler , one of the leading voices on arts careers and entrepreneurship training. The workshop, Embracing Entrepreneurship: How a Creative Approach Can Transform Your Art, Build New Audiences & Make You Successful, will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Broward College- Central Campus, Building 4- Performing Arts, Room 104, 3501 SW Davie Road, in Davie.

This professional development program is devoted to helping all performing artists achieve greater professional success, create opportunities, build an "empire," market powerfully, and engage new audiences.

David Cutler's new book The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living, & Making a Difference , was heralded by Jeffrey Zeigler of the Kronos Quartet as "Hands down, the most valuable resource available for aspiring musicians." Dr. Cutler balances a varied career as a jazz and classical composer, pianist, arranger, educator, conductor, collaborator, concert producer, author, blogger and consultant.

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 is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

2010 Winter Issue Of Cultural Quarterly Now Available Online 
Cultural Quarterly Cover
In this issue . . .

Left of Center   Colby Katz reveals the world others don’t see
NEA to the Rescue   A lifeline thrown to Broward County saves 47 arts jobs
Edwidge Danticat   The many possibilities of an award-winning author
Michelle Guarino  Finds focus in Artist as an Entrepreneur Program
Lovewell Institute Channels Chaos in the Name of Creativity  South Florida's Guide to the Arts!  Get There . . . Never Miss a Thing


Were You Included In These Numbers? 
 Creative Industries

Broward Cultural Division is encouraging all individual artists and arts organizations to obtain their very own free Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) number , to ensure that they, or the company, are accurately coded as an arts organization or artist.

Americans for the Arts conducts an annual research initiative, Creative Industries, that uses D&B data to document the number of arts-related businesses and employees in any geographical region or political jurisdiction. This report is updated annually in March. You can order the report at this link:

If you do not have a D&B number you are not represented in the data and this analysis suggests a vast under-representation of non-profit arts organizations and artists. So SIGN UP AND BE COUNTED! The process is free and takes only minutes to complete.

To find your DUNS number, please go to

If you do not have a DUNS number, you can get one for free by either calling 1-800-234-3867 or registering online at

Mary A. Becht to be Featured on Comcast Newsmakers 

Mary Becht

Broward Cultural Division Director Mary Becht will be featured on a television segment by Comcast Newsmakers during the month of March, in which she will discuss the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), instituted by the Obama Administration in February 2009, and which allowed funds to be awarded to the Broward Cultural Division through the National Endowment of the Arts. These funds were then further awarded to 16 arts organizations in Broward County, saving 47 jobs that had previously been slated for elimination.

Comcast Subscribers may tune in to view this five-minute interview as it rotates with other stories, at :25 and :55 after every hour on CNN Headline News - COMCAST Channel 29 , during April; and join host Spero Canton as he investigates topics that have a direct impact on our community.

New Children's Book And Art Exhibition Helps to Promote Literacy 

Will and the Magical Forest

Children’s author Dani Lynn and artist Jacklyn Laflamme have a goal to inspire children in literacy by capturing their imaginations.

Lynn’s first book, Will and The Magical Forest , from The Fairy Tale Project series, debuts March 31 and runs through April 30 at The Broward County Main Library. Laflamme has illustrated the book with her whimsical, brilliantly colored paintings. During the month-long exhibition, the duo will work with groups of children, teaching them about the process of making a book.

Timothy Leistner, Ed.D., will be reading an excerpt from the book at the opening reception on Wednesday, March 31, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Dr. Leistner serves as an adjunct professor at Florida Atlantic University, instructing courses in Children’s Literature and Language Arts. He is the co-author of the book, Exploring Language Arts through Literature : Birth-Grade 8 (Kendall-Hunt Publishing Group).

Author Dani Lynn is a native of South Florida. She teaches workshops in metaphysics through Chi Garden, Inc. The series of books in The Fairy Tale Project were written in honor of Dani’s friend Will Whitner.

The events are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Part of the proceeds from the book sales will go to the SPCA Kinjuu Wildlife Sanctuary.

The Broward County Main Library is located at 100 South Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301 For information, contact Dani Lynn at (800) 725-7708 or Jacklyn Laflamme at (954) 297-4387.  America’s literacy rate is 19th in the world, behind Russia and Cuba, and 77% of Florida’s 4th graders are reading below proficiency. Get the children involved!

One Of Broward County's Own Heads to the Big Time 
 Jason Derulo

2005 Dillard Center for the Arts' Graduate Jason Derulo (Desrouleaux) appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show on an afternoon in March 2010, performing his new hit, In My Head . He is also starring in the new MTV movie, Turn the Beat Around.

For those who saw Dillard Center for the Arts’ production of "Ragtime" at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Jason was Coalhouse.




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