February 2, 2011
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The Master Chorale of South Florida to Perform with Andrea Bocelli

Andrea BocelliThe Master Chorale of South Florida is pleased to once again be featured on the program with Andrea Bocelli when the celebrated Italian tenor performs at the BankAtlantic Center on February 14, 2011.

For the second time in two years, the chorus has been invited to perform in concert with Mr. Bocelli, one of the most popular classical singers of our time. The first performance in November 2009 featured the debut of Bocelli’s Christmas CD, My Christmas. The upcoming performance will debut his newest CD, Incanto.

The Valentine’s Day concert, entitled A Night for Lovers, will feature a variety of opera arias and show tunes. The Master Chorale will perform alone and with Mr. Bocelli in selections from Gounod's Faust, Verdi's Il trovatore and Handel's Messiah.

Tickets for Mr. Bocelli's only North American appearance can be purchased through Ticketmaster. 


Broward Cultural Division Receives an Award from Creative Capital

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Broward Cultural Division is one of nineteen national recipients of the 2011 Workshop Subsidy Grants from Creative Capital's Professional Development Program (PDP), made possible by the generous support of The Kresge Foundation. The Creative Capital grant will assist with funding the program for local artists:

Internet for Artists Weekend Workshop:
Using the Internet to Build Community,
Promote Your Work and Increase Administrative Effectiveness
November 4, 5 & 6

2011 at ArtServe, Inc.
presented by
faculty from Creative Capital.

Twenty-four Broward County artists will be selected through a Call to Artist application process. Interested artists can attend application information sessions in spring 2011. Dates for these information sessions will be posted on Broward Cultural Division website, www.Broward.org/arts in mid-February.

Creative Capital is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing adventurous projects in five disciplines: Emerging Fields, Film/Video, Innovative Literature, and Performing and Visual Arts.

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


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Jody Leshinsky Celebrates 30 Years with Broward County!

Jody Horne Leshinsky, Community Development Director
Broward Cultural Division’s
Community Development Director celebrated 30 years as a Broward County employee!

Jody Horne-Leshinsky is responsible for the community development leadership portfolio and is a critical liaison to other divisions, departments, municipalities, not-for-profit arts and cultural organizations and artists within the County. She is a catalyst for collaborations, entrepreneurial ventures, artistic development, outreach and public information.

A County employee since 1981, Leshinsky joined the Cultural Division in 1988. Some of her accomplishments include the Cultural Quarterly magazine; the Cultural Information Center and the Cooperative Marketing Program. She lives in Lauderhill with her husband, Joel, and two daughters, Rachel and Adina, and is pursuing photography as an art form.  


Martha Schwartz' Flying Saucer Grove Undergoes Restoration

Flying Saucer Grove, 1998 by renowned artist Martha Schwartz A three-year conservation effort on the artwork Flying Saucer Grove, 1998 by renowned artist Martha Schwartz has recently been completed. The artwork, comprised of lighting elements, seating, and a paving pattern is integrated into the two-acre plaza of BankAtlantic Center’s sports and entertainment arena in Sunrise. The restoration, executed in two stages, included: 16 light canopies (2008-09) and 14 seat-planters (2009-2011).

16 poles with a light canopy, each measuring 25 feet high experienced severe color-fading and were restored with new Fluoro-Shield (PVDF) awning fabrics and custom-matched to the original selected colors.

Additionally, daily use and extreme outdoor conditions left exposed the under-layer of the 14 colored fiberglass seat-planters -each 16 feet in diameter. During restoration, the top panels of the seat-planters were replaced with layers of new fiberglass and finished with high UV inhibitor top-coating.

Flying Saucer Grove is a significant component of the entry plaza to the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise. Home to the Florida Panthers of the NHL, BankAtlantic Center welcomes more than 2 million guests each year.

Click here for more information on Flying Saucer Grove and Martha Schwartz; or contact Conservation Manager Tin Ly; tel: 954-357-7331, for more information on the conservation effort.


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Broward Cultural Division Joins Americans for the Arts' National Economic Imact Study

Americans for the Arts logoBroward County Cultural Division announced it has joined forces with Arts and Economic Prosperity IV™. The research, which is being conducted by Americans for the Arts, American’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts, will involve two surveys; one that will evaluate the impact spending by nonprofits arts organizations and another that will evaluate the impact their audiences have on their local economies.

As one of 200 study partners across all 50 U.S. states and District of Colombia, the Broward County Cultural Division will facilitate the gathering of detailed economic and event attendance data from nonprofit arts and culture organizations located throughout Broward County. In addition, the Broward County Cultural Division will collaborate with the community’s other arts organizations to collect surveys from at least 1,200 arts and cultural attendees in Broward County during 2011.

Arts and Economic Prosperity IV™ will allow the evaluation of the impact of the recession on the employment and government revenues that are generated by the nonprofit arts industry.

In 2007, Americans for the Arts reported that Broward County’s nonprofit sector generated $153.95 million in local economic activity; a number that is comprised of $66.65 million in spending by nonprofit organizations and $87.32 million in event-related spending by audiences, this, according to the Americans for the Arts nationwide study—Arts and Economic Prosperity III.


Broward Cultural Division Joins Americans for the Arts' National Economic Imact Study

Recently, Sun Trolley expanded its current A1A and Las Olas route service on Fort Lauderdale Beach to include Mondays. The new hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and MONDAY. Sun Trolley’s A1A route is from Harbor Shops (17th Street Causeway & Cordova Road) to The Galleria Mall (Sunrise Blvd.). The Las Olas route runs from Marriott Beach Place (A1A just north of Las Olas) to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in the heart of the downtown Arts & Entertainment district.

Beach visitors and local residents simply need to wave at the trolley driver, who will stop to pick them up along either route. The two routes intersect at Beach Place, where Las Olas riders can hop on the A1A trolley heading to the Galleria Mall to the north or Harbor Shops to the south.

The Sun Trolleys are environmentally-friendly bio-diesel vehicles that offer air-conditioned comfort and cool tunes. The trolleys are wheelchair accessible and have convenient bicycle carriers to stow your bike during your trip. Many of the routes are free, or cost as little as 50 cents to ride. Select the route you’re interested in to find out the fare.

For further information, contact Patricia Zeiler; Phone: 954-761-3543.

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