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Young at Art Museum Receives Highest Honor with National Accreditation from the American Association of Museums

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Young At Art Museum stands alone in the state of Florida as the only children’s museum to achieve accreditation by the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition to be bestowed on a museum. Young At Art also is one of only six children's museums in the nation to receive this accreditation.

Of America’s estimated 17,500 museums, only 779 or 4.5 percent are accredited, and this elite group includes such well-known institutions as The Smithsonian, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Field Museum in Chicago and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and of the 779 accredited nationally, 49 are in the state of Florida; and; Young at Art is the fourth museum in Broward County to be accredited with this honor, following the Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale, the Museum of Discovery and Science and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens

The AAM accreditation comes as Young At Art celebrates the topping off its new $21 million, 55,000 square-foot, LEED-certified Museum and Broward County Library under construction along the I-595 corridor in Davie, just east of Flamingo Road. Completion is scheduled for spring 2012.

According to the AAM, Young At Art was noted for its steady, smart and strategic approach to expanding its service to the public, developing model art programs for children and families and creating strong school and community partnerships. The public-private partnership with the county is exemplary and a national model for working with local government.

The new Young At Art Museum will be the epicenter of cultural arts education for families and feature four permanent galleries: GreenScapes, CultureScapes, WonderScapes and ArtScapes. The YAA Institute Studios will offer painting/drawing, ceramics, printmaking, digital photography, 4D video design and a preschool curriculum. In addition to a 10,000 square-foot Broward County Library, the new Museum will house a National Traveling Exhibition Gallery, Presentation Theater, Teen Center and Recording Studio, Museum Gift Shop, Creative Café and a preschool classroom to accommodate 22 children. The Young At Art Museum and Broward County Library will officially open to the public in May 2012.

For more information, visit Young At Art Museum's website. 


Five New Members Appointed to Broward Cultural Council

L- R: Gregory Reed, Tracy M. Roloff, Wilhel Dorothene Kelley-Hoilett, 
Karen Beard & Jarett Levan
(Council members are listed in chronological order by appointment)

L- R: Gregory Reed, Tracy M. Roloff, Wilhel Dorothene Kelley-Hoilett,
Karen Beard & Jarett Levan
(Council members are listed in chronological order by appointment)

Broward Cultural Council (BCC) recently appointed new members: Gregory Reed, Photographer and Independent Filmmaker , appointed by Commissioner Barbara Sharief; Tracy M. Roloff - Director of Development, Fort Lauderdale's Children's Theatre, appointed by Commissioner Chip LaMarca; Wilhel Dorothene Kelly-Hoilett, Branch Manager, Granger Industrial Supply, appointed by Commissioner Barbara Sharief; Karen Beard, CEO, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, serves on the Council as Chair of the Cultural Executive Committee and, Jarett Levan, President/CEO, BankAtlantic appointed by Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance.

The 24-member, Broward Cultural Council, created in 1980, is an advisory board of the Broward County Commission. The Council is dedicated to enhancing the community through the development of the arts. As the central coordinating agency for the arts, it serves as liaison between cultural organizations, government agencies and the private sector.

For more details on each council member, please Click HERE or visit the web site of the Broward Cultural Division at www.broward.org/arts, and click on About Us.


South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibit Opens Wed, May 25, 2011

2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Exhibition presents recent works by the recipients of the 2010 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship. Opening on

Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU,
10975 SW 17 Street,
Miami, FL 33199

This event is free and open to the public.

The artists on view in this exhibit are Cooper, Michael Genovese, Francie Bishop Good, Nolan Haan, Sibel Kocabasi, Beatriz Monteavaro, Glexis Novoa, Jonathan Rockford, Bert Rodriguez, Friends With You, The TM Sisters, and Tonietta Walters. An alliance of the local arts agencies of Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, the Consortium assists artists through direct grants awarded solely on the basis of creative excellence. This exhibit is an essential feature of the fellowship program and enables artists to be shown in a flagship visual arts institution of the region.

For more information about the South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowship, Click HERE.


How Nonprofits Finance Change

Nonprofit Finance Fund

Bank of America Charitable Foundation and Nonprofit Finance Fund, in partnership with The Broward County Cultural Division present: Non Profit Revenue Realities and Capital Requirements in Changing Times a keynote presentation by Kristin Giantris, Vice President Eastern Region, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF), followed by an open question and answer session. The program will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, from 9 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at, the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum, 300 Gulf Stream Way in Dania Beach.

The area’s board leadership, executive directors, chief financial officers and managers are invited to attend this program hosted by Bank of America. This event will bring audience participants together to discuss the important financial realities their organizations face, with an outlook towards improving the financial health of the sector overall.

Ms. Giantris will share forward-thinking insights and guidance on asking the right questions and developing practices to help nonprofits secure capital to support change and innovation. She will explore topics including self-sufficiency, diversity of funding, revenue risk, how growth and scale can be successfully financed and how nonprofits can effectively communicate their financial story to prospective funders.

There is no fee to attend this workshop; seating is limited.
RSVP is required. Continental breakfast is provided.

here to RSVP online to this event or visit the Broward Cultural Division website at www.broward.org/arts; contact Adriane Clarke, grants management specialist, at 954-357-7530 for more information.


Broward Attractions & Museums Month (BAMM) JUNE 2011

Broward Attractions & Museums Month (BAMM) JUNE 2011

June 2011 will be an exciting month of incredible cultural experiences for you!

Thanks to 17 cultural organizations who offer attractions, museums, and cultural destinations located in Broward County and Boca Raton and their staff for their cooperation and great work During Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM.), BAMM's theme, JOIN ONE, EXPERIENCE THEM ALL, encourages more visitation and membership at each organization.

Both current and new members of the participating museums and attractions will receive free entry with proof of membership. Special events may not be included.

Participating Organizations in 2011 include:

African American Research Library & Cultural Center
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Boca Raton Historical Society & Museum
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Cinema Paradiso
Classical South Florida 89.7 FM
Flamingo Gardens
Fort Lauderdale History Center
Historic Stranahan House Museum
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum
Museum of Art - Fort Lauderdale Nova Southeastern University
Old Davie School Historical Museum
Old Dillard Museum
Plantation Historical Museum
Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
The Children's Museum - Boca Raton
Young At Art Museum

For more information on BAMM please call Mary Birch-Hanson at 954-364-5205, or visit their website.


Broward Arts Connection

Broward Arts Connection

A newly formed alliance for Broward-based cultural organizations – Broward Arts Connection – will be meeting on May 24, 2011 at the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre located on the east side of the Galleria Mall on Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale.

Broward Arts Connection is for you if you want to network with your colleagues, hear about the state of the arts in Broward County, share news about your organization and learn about upcoming opportunities to collaborate. Broward County Cultural Division grantees are strongly urged to attend these meetings.

Janet Erlick, Executive Artistic Director of the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre is the Chair of the Broward Arts Connection.

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP. There is no charge to attend.

The Brown Bag Lunch Meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. with networking; and lunch and the business meeting will begin at Noon.


David Spangler, Ph.D. to Receive Florida Youth Orchestra's 21st Annual Leavitt Award for Dedication to the Arts

David Spangler, Ph.D.

David Spangler, Ph.D.

David Spangler, Ph.D., founder and president of Lovewell Institute for the Creative Arts, and program professor of The Abraham Fischler School of Education's Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Arts, based at Nova Southeastern University, will be honored on May 15, 2011, with the prestigious Joseph Leavitt Award for Dedication to the Arts presented by Florida Youth Orchestra (FYO).

A 21-year tradition, the FYO award is a tribute to Joseph Leavitt, founder of the former Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Each year, the award is given to an outstanding individual in the community who enhances the cultural climate of South Florida.

The FYO awards ceremony is a highlight of its annual Celebration Concert and Banquet hosted at Signature Grand in Fort Lauderdale on Sunday, May 15, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Nearly all of FYO's orchestras and smaller musician groupings will participate in a concert of traditional and modern classical music.

Howard Leavitt, son of the late Joseph Leavitt, will present the prestigious award to Dr. Spangler. Former winners include renowned conductor James Judd (former music director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra), Irvin Lippman (Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art), Jim and Jan Moran (J.M. Family Enterprises), and Dr. Benjamin Williams (chair, Broward County School Board).

A gala affair, the FYO's Celebration Concert and banquet draws some 800 guests from the arts, education, and business communities as well as supporters, families, and friends of the 400-member Florida Youth Orchestra.

Ticket prices include concert, banquet luncheon, and awards ceremony. For tickets and more information: call 954-962-5666 or email fyomusic@gmail.com.


National Perspective at Florida Public Art Professional's Conference

Florida Public Art Professionals logo

Architects, Artists, Arts Administrators, Builders, Business Owners, Community Minded People, Developers, Educators, Engineers, Environmentalists, Planners and Public Officials are invited to attend the Florida Public Art Professionals Annual Conference on May 18 - 20, 2011, in various locations throughout Palm Beach County. Keynote speaker, Liesel Fenner, director of the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network will deliver the opening address about Integrated Public Art. Liesel's national perch give her an interesting and broad perspective you won't want to miss!

The purpose of this multi-disciplinary conference is to being professionals involved in public art projects from across the state of Florida to converge in Palm Beach County and share success stories and lessons learned from their experiences in integrating public art into public and private capital construction projects, urban planning initiatives and environmental restoration projects. Through facilitated discussions, virtual tours of statewide projects implemented over the past year and in-depth tours of local projects, conference attendees will be immersed in case studies that illustrate including funding, politics and the public art process; from concept development through construction.

Click Here for Information and Conference Registration Form


Filmmaker Ken Burns Coming to South Florida

Ken Burns' Prohibition film graphic

Ken Burns' Prohibition film screening of his new series will be held on Thursday, June 9th from 6:30-8:30 p.m at the Amaturo Theatre of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale. Prohibition is a compelling saga that goes far beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation. Don't miss an opportunity to meet award-winning filmmaker, Ken Burns.

Burns will have a discussion with local experts about the topics in the film and hold a question and answer session with the audience following the screening. Be sure to dress in your best outfit from the 1920s and enjoy music from that era. RSVP for the event and get exclusive updates.

To purchase tickets and RSVP - Click HERE; or call 305-424-4025.

Prohibition, is scheduled to air on WPBT2 in fall 2011. The three-part, documentary film series, directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, tells the story of the rise, rule and fall of the 18th Amendment to the US Constitution and the entire era it encompassed.



Gallery Six Highlights Six Decades of Painting & Sculpture by Katherine "Tinker" McCauley


Sculpture by Katherine "Tinker" McCauley

During the months of May and June, Gallery Six, in the Broward County Main Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue, presents work from the 60 year career of artist Katherine Helmers “ Tinker” McCauley. Critics have called her work, “earthy, mysterious, and powerful.” An artist commissioned with Broward County's in Public Art and Design Program, McCauly has two artworks located at Broward County Governement Center West.

The exhibition, a retrospective titled
Katherine Helmers McCauley / Offerings: 1968 – 2010,
May 4th and runs through June 22, 2011.

McCauley, who passed away last fall, was a pioneer in the Fort Lauderdale art scene. She moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1950, and spent the next sixty years nurturing the arts. When the City had no regular museum, she taught art to children in a small storefront downtown. She didn't stop at the storefront. With the help of civic groups like the Junior League, she helped found the Museum of Art„ Fort Lauderdale, Art Amaze, 2 Plus 3: the Artists’ Organization, and the Third Avenue Artists’ group. She was also a member of the National Association of Women Artists and a participant in more than 60 group shows, with six one-person exhibitions in her lifetime.

McCauley pioneered in her own artwork as well. Throughout six decades of creative activity, she experimented with media and technique. She slashed canvas in the 60s, poured resin in the 70s, burnished metal in the 90s, and used a propane blowtorch to burn her works in the 2000s. After she turned 80, she began some new approaches: smashing car windows, setting off fireworks, and exploding gunpowder.

But McCauley's art was driven by ideas rather than trends. Like an archaeologist, she dug for identity. Her pieces reflect strong religious conviction and meditate on spirituality. She traced out her own quest for the spirit by exploring two key topics: nature and ancient writing. These topics appear again and again in her work, as in Sanctum, where she projects a growing tree branch out of a burned-bronze base, or in Paleo Prayer, a construction of recycled aviary wood scratched with ancient letters spelling out Aaron’s blessing from the book of Numbers.

McCauley strove to see the holiness in human growth. Her inspiration came from the growth of Fort Lauderdale, the growth of a person, the growth of a tree. She summed it up when she etched a poem, composed by her sister, into the front of a small sculpture:

The exhibition is being curated by her daughter Kathryn McCauley Morton, and both reception and exhibition are free and open to the public.

Broward County Main Library 954-357-7444

For more information, please contact, Kathryn McCauley Morton 954-523–3833


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