April 12, 2010
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In this issue: Barnes&Nobel Event, Municipal Meeting , Museum & Gallery Guide, Lee Wagener Call to Artists, More Arts Jobs Saved 

It's National 'Turn Off The TV' Week April 19-25, 2010

Pop Up Gallery ArtOn Thursday, April 22 from 6pm-8pm, Friday, April 23rd, from 6pm-8pm and Saturday, April 24, 2010, 11am-1:00pm Barnes &  Noble and the Cultural Foundation of Broward will host a Teaching Artists Showcase at the Barnes & Noble at 2051 North Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.

The teaching artists represent various cultural organizations throughout Broward County including individual artists who will showcase their creativity.

Proceeds will help to fund Arts Education Programming supported by the Cultural Foundation of Broward. When making your purchase at Barnes & Noble during this event, please tell the cashier to enter this code: 10189439 in order for the Cultural Foundation of Broward to receive the proceeds.

On Saturday, April 24th, there will also be a Pop-Up Art Gallery from 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. featuring various local artists in Broward County—Lori Pratico, LeeAnna Yater, Jeremiah Jenner, Patricia Calamari, Louis Davis, Nzingah, David Aaron Mack, the Arts for the Future Scholarship Winner and ArtServe.

Join us at 6:00 p.m. as the recipient of the
Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year 2010 is announced!

Municipal Advisory Boards/Arts Council Meeting Friday, April 20, 2010

Municipal Arts CouncilBroward Cultural Division is partnering with the City of Fort Lauderdale to present the Municipal Advisory Boards/Arts Councils Meeting on Friday, April 30 at 8:30 a.m.

The purpose of this meeting is a networking and information sharing meeting for municipal administrators and their arts advisory boards, public art boards and arts-related staff. It is an opportunity to report in a roundtable discussion what arts and cultural activities have taken place in each of the 31 cities during the past year and what is planned for 2010.

For more information contact Jody Leshinsky at 954-357-7463 or Jleshinsky@roward.org.

Broward Cultural Division Wins Silver Addy Award

Museum and Gallery Guide CoverBroward County Commission’s Cultural Division won a Silver ADDY® award for the production of the Broward County Museum and Gallery Guide - a listing of galleries, museums and artist studios located throughout Broward County.

Sponsored by the American Advertising Federation of Fort Lauderdale, the ADDY® Awards—often referred to as the Grammys of the South Florida advertising industry—honor excellence in advertising and cultivate the highest creative standards. Each Fall the competition begins at the local level with the 210 AAF member clubs around the country. Entries must first be submitted in a local competition to be eligible for the ADDY® process. The local winners proceed to 14 regional competitions, and those winners proceed to the national finals. With 60,000 entries, the ADDY® Awards are the nation’s largest advertising competition.

The Cultural Division’s creative team is led by Community Development Director Jody Horne-Leshinsky. Other contributors include Jose Amador - ArtServe (graphics), Samantha Rojas - Swan Communications, Inc. (writing) and Vena Paylo and Roshunda Parker, arts assistants (research). This sterling brochure also received much accolades from the arts and cultural community for its graphics and functional use.

South Florida 'Call To Artists' For Lee Wagener Gallery

Lee Wagener Art Gallery logo

Broward Cultural Division‘s Public Art and Design Program invites professional Broward County artists to apply for rotating exhibition opportunities at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport’s Lee Wagener Art Gallery located in Terminal 2 - Departures Level. The deadline for submissions is June 16, 2010.

This gallery program offers Broward County artists an excellent opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent, high-traffic area in Terminal 2 of the airport (Departures Level) accessible to the general public. Artworks demonstrating high artistic quality that appeal to and are appropriate for a diverse audience are encouraged. Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $500 upon the conclusion of their exhibition.

The gallery space is 16 ft. x 30 ft. in size. Ceiling height is approximately 10 ft. Artists selected for the Lee Wagener Art Gallery will be required to provide artworks for one (1) exhibition for 18 running feet of wall space on both sides of the gallery, for a total of 36 feet of wall space. Each exhibition will run for approximately four (4) months. Exhibition announcements will be posted on the Cultural Division’s award-winning website.

Please visit Broward Cultural Division’s website for more information on the Public Art & Design Program or contact Christina Roldan, at 954-357-8542. 

One More Art Job Preserved! ArtServe Brings Creative Energy to the Community

Jobs SavedBroward Cultural Division distributed economic recovery funds to 16 arts organizations including ArtServe Inc. This enabled ArtServe to continue Bryon Swart's employment, whose position was previously slated for elimination due to financial cut backs. ArtServe is one of South Florida's premier arts organization committed to creating and nurturing cultural experiences in the community. To date, forty-seven arts jobs in Broward County were retained through this program.

For Byron Swart, this provides a renewed opportunity to serve the community in a field in which he is passionate, thanks to the stimulus grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and President Obama’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Originally a professional ballroom dancer born in South Africa, Swart has long been convinced in the knowledge of what the arts and culture can bring to a community, to the artists, and overall to the economy.

Through the economic stimulus package, the County’s Cultural Division received a $250,000 award, and in turn, re-granted the funds through an ARRA Lifeline application process. These funds were specifically directed to restore jobs in the arts. ARRA recognizes that the non-profit arts industry is an important sector of the economy.

In 2010, Swart will launch a new exhibit (InSIDE)/OUT! – Art as Healing Therapy that will reflect on the value of the arts in positively shaping the lives of all individuals and show how this value transcends into one of the largest segments in our population – people with disabilities.

To view a complete list of grantees, or this program, visit the Broward Cultural Division website.

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