May 13 , 2010
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In this issue: Natural Forces , Katherine Allen at Lee Wagener Art Gallery , Job Saved by ARRA , Classical South Florida 89.7, Margaret Mitchell Armand, Knight Arts Challenge

Natural Forces Exhibition Travels to Downtown Fort Lauderdale

Natural Forces

Everyone is invited to the exhibition, Natural Forces: Broward County Public Art & Design, which will run from May 10 – June 30, 2010,at the Broward County Governmental Center,in downtown Fort Lauderdale. This traveling exhibition has visited the length and breadth of Broward County—at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood in the Eastern corridor, the Coral Springs Museum of Art in the Western corridor and now towards the downtown core in May and June 2010. At right: Alison Sky’s “Vanishing View” Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark.

Broward County Cultural Division has assembled this exhibition of recent Public Art & Design projects, using conceptual drawings, models and videos of the artworks commissioned and developed by a number of artists, working through the Broward County Public Art & Design Program.

Natural Forcesis 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 in the dynamic of the constantly changing sky (Alison Sky’s Vanishing View); 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. Many of the pieces were designed within the portfolio of a Park Bond Master Plan and Library Bond Master Plan. This exhibition is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The exhibition at the Governmental Center is a sampling of the full exhibition due to limitations on space.

For more information, contact Jody Leshinsky, Community Development Director at 954-357-7463.

Artist Katherine K. Allen to Be Featured in Lee Wagener Art Gallery

Katherine Allen

The Broward County Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program opened the exhibition Painted Garden, by artist Katherine K. Allen,at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on May 3, 2010. The exhibition in the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, located at Terminal 2, Departures Level,will run through September 1, 2010. Photo at left: Katherine Allen

Painted Gardenis a selection of works from Allen's Garden Series. These lyrical botanical abstractions are created with paint, print and stitch to bring freshness to the ancient form of landscape painting. Her goal is to create artworks that stimulate memory, evoke emotion and communicate the importance of co-existence in harmony with nature.

Katherine K. Allen is an internationally-recognized artist. Born in Brainerd, Minnesota she holds a BFA and received her MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

The Lee Wagener Art Gallery offers Broward County artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent, high-traffic area in Terminal 2, and is accessible to the general public. Artists are selected through the Public Art & Design Program and exhibits are changed every four months. The far end of the gallery has been reserved for the exhibition of video artworks from Broward County’s permanent art collection. At present, Tree-Rain, by Broward-based artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov, has been installed as the permanent video artwork.

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art and Design project manager at 954-357-8542.

Nine More Arts Jobs Saved! Gold Coast Jazz is Elementary.

Job SavedAt Left: Jazz is Elementary at
Westwood Heights Elementary School

Broward Cultural Division distributed economic recovery funds to 17 arts organizations including Gold Coast Jazz Societywhich directly affected nine local musicians participating in an arts education program - Jazz is Elementary.Free in-school performances were held at six elementary schools in Broward County in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month in April and in honor of music education for children. These presentations were previously slated for elimination due to financial cut backs.

The mission of Gold Coast Jazz Society is to perpetuate and advance the cultural art form of jazz through performances, education and outreach activities. For these nine South Florida musicians—w this means job-related continuity in artistic performances and venues. For the more than 3700 students at six Broward County Schools, it means a diversified and interactive education in jazz, music and history.

All this, thanks to a grant, from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), enacted by the Obama administration in 2009.

For further information on the list of grantees, or this program, contact Jim Shermer 954-357-7502.

Classical South Florida Acquires WXEL Radio From Barry University

Classical 89.7 South Florida logo

The Barry University Board of Trustees announced that it has approved the sale of WXEL-FM by its subsidiary, Barry Telecommunications, Inc. to Classical South Florida. Barry Telecommunications, Inc. will continue to hold the WXEL-TV license.

WXEL-FM, a public radio station transmitting on 90.7 FM, serves audiences in Palm Beach County, northern Broward County and the Treasure Coast. Classical South Florida (CSF), the largest listener-supporter broadcaster of classical music from the Palm Beaches through Miami-Dade County and into the Keys, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music.

Its offices are located in the downtown core of Fort Lauderdale’s Arts and Entertainment District, and its program schedule includes broadcasts of nationally-renowned programs such as Performance Today, SymphonyCast, Pipedreams, The Metropolitan Opera, and Saint Paul Sunday. CSF began broadcasting in South Florida in October 2007. Its program service is broadcast on WKCP 89.7 FM Miami, and on a low-power repeater at 101.9 FM West Palm Beach. CSF is a listener-supported organization affiliated with American Public Media.

WXEL-FM is an affiliate of National Public Radio (NPR), American Public Media (APM) and Public Radio International (PRI), providing a wide variety of public radio programming for the South Florida listening audience. It operates a mixed format of classical music, news, and public affairs. CSF plans to strengthen its classical music programming while continuing to provide NPR news and public affairs content to the region.

For more information, contact Classical South Florida’s Jason Hughes at 954-226 – 9771 or Barry University’s Michael Laderman at (305) 899-3189.

Broward Cultural Council Member Margaret Mitchell Armand Received a "Spirit of Justice" Award

Margaret MitchellThe Latin Americans, United Inc. awarded Margaret Mitchell Armand the “The Spirit of Justice” in recognition of strong leadership to the community, commitment and support to the Haiti Forum on Haiti, Riches, Sovereignty, and Mobilizing Earthquake Relief with Human Rights, Healing and Dignity, at the African American Culture Center and Research Library in Fort-Lauderdale, Florida in March.

Margaret Mitchell Armand is a Haitian-born art collector who has lived in Plantation, Florida since 1979. She has dedicated herself to the promotion and sponsorship of Haitian Art and Culture for many years. She feels that art is a reflection of one's emotions and as such, each piece in her private collection expresses a facet of the human spirit. Armand is a licensed psychotherapist, Supreme Court Certified family mediator and conflict resolution consultant.

Finalists Announced in Third Year of Knight Arts Challenge

John and James L Knight FoundationThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced the finalists in the third round of an annual contest that aims to bring together South Florida’s diverse community through the arts.

The 41 finalists of the Knight Arts Challenge – which include festival organizers, a recording studio, theater groups, museums and municipalities – were picked from a wide-ranging field of applicants with a broad spectrum of ideas. Descriptions of the finalists’ projects are available at Next fall, Knight Foundation will announce the winners of the matching arts grants.

This is the third year of the Knight Arts Challenge, which offers $20 million in matching grant money to the best ideas in the South Florida arts over five years. Applicants must follow only three rules: the ideas must be about art, the project must take place in or benefit South Florida and the project must find funding to match Knight’s commitment.

There are three Broward County finalists:

Funding Arts Broward!-To cultivate new arts audiences in Broward County through a Knight New Work award for cutting-edge visual and performing arts projects.

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood -To engage South Florida in new contemporary art ideas and national trends by hosting an ongoing discussion series featuring outside arts experts.

William Stewart- To celebrate African rhythms and history through percussion classes for children and community performances.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit  

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