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Bank of America Charitable Foundation, 2011 Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Grant Deadline June 1, 2011

Katrina W. Wright, Bank of America
Senior Vice President, Broward Market
Manager Global Corporate Social Responsibility
Katrina W. Wright, Bank of America

Senior Vice President, Broward Market
Manager Global Corporate Social Responsibility

Broward County Cultural Division wishes to thank Bank of America and Nonprofit Finance Fund, for the successful meeting, “Non Profit Revenue Realities and Capital Requirements in Changing Times,” with keynote presentation by Kristin Giantris, Vice President Eastern Region, Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) held in May at the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum. More than one hundred of the area’s board leadership, executive directors, chief financial officers and managers attended this program and discussed the important financial realities their organizations face, with an outlook towards improving the financial health of the sector overall.

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation Neighborhood Excellence Initiative offers nonprofits across the country opportunities to combine this leadership development with mission-based funding through a Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Grant that addresses critical needs and aims to strengthen the economic and social health of communities within which they serve. The Application Deadline is Wednesday, June 1, 2011.

Since 2004, through Neighborhood Excellence Initiative, Bank of America has invested more than $130 million in nonprofit organizations across the country and provided nearly 600 organizations, including more than $2.7 million right here in Broward County. By combining leadership development with mission-based funding to organizations and addressing critical needs across the country, Bank of America hopes to strengthen the economic and social health of the communities served.

The Neighborhood Excellence Initiative is divided into three categories of awards:

Neighborhood Builders® – Provides $200,000 in general operating support grant funding and leadership training over two years to two neighborhood non-profit organizations working to promote vibrant neighborhoods.
Local Heroes
- Recognizes and honors five community heroes per year; recipients are able to direct a $5,000 contribution to an eligible non-profit of their choice.
Student Leaders® - Recognizes five exemplary junior or senior high school students with a passion for community service. Each student participates in an eight-week paid summer internship with a community-based organization, as well as a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. (Student Leader application deadline for 2011 has passed)

To learn more about the program and for details on the application process, visit Bank of America's Website HERE

For questions, please contact Erin Sutherland

Lauderhill Arts Center (LAC) Resident Artist is Chosen for an International Exhibition in Europe


Bibliotheca Alexandrina International Biennale for Miniature Graphics has selected two works from Lauderhill Arts Center resident artist, Liliana Gerardi for its permanent collection. The Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria Library) is located in the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt and its annual international exhibit for miniature art features printmaking consists of artworks from all over the world, in its most ancient to most avant-garde forms.

Gerardi, one of the original artists-in-residence at the LAC, was born in Argentina. She earned a Bachelor Degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Nacional De Cuyo with a Major in Printmaking. Since moving to the United States in 2000, Gerardi has demonstrated a strong commitment to spread engraving techniques in the South Florida area. She conducts classes at the LAC in printmaking and volunteers in teaching printmaking at Parkway Middle School in Lauderhill. Since 1990, she has participated in exhibitions in Argentina, Mexico, Panama, Brazil, Spain, Belgium, France, The United Kingdom and Japan.

Gerardi’s printmaking and other works of art are on exhibit at the Lauderhill Arts Center, located at 5450 NW 19th Street in Lauderhill. The LAC and the Lauderhill Art, Culture, and Tourism Board will host the Opening Reception of the Juried Group Exhibition of Small Works on Saturday, June 4th, 2011, from 6 pm until 10 pm at the LAC. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy! Call 954-714-1534 for more information.


International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) Honors Nine Legends from the World of Aquatics

L- R: Bruce Wigo, CEO ISHOF, Trina Robinsion, NBC
& Prince Albert II of Monaco

L- R: Bruce Wigo, CEO ISHOF, Trina Robinsion, NBC
& Prince Albert II of Monaco

The International Swimming Hall of Fame (ISHOF) honored nine legends from the world of Aquatics at the Annual Honoree Induction Ceremony held in May. This prestigious program is the feature for the Annual ISHOF Honors Weekend in Fort Lauderdale, along with the AT&T USA Diving Grand Prix, a Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) event featuring the world’s greatest Olympic divers at the hall pool.

The 2011 Honorees hailed from seven different nations: Australia, Great Britain, Hungary, Japan, Monaco, Serbia and the USA and included Gold Medallion recipient, HSH Albert II, of Monaco, Honor Swimmers Ian Thorpe of Australia and Lenny Krayzelburg of the USA, Synchronized swimmer Miya Tachibana of Japan , water polo guard Aleksandar Sostar of Yugoslavia and Serbia’s Olympic, Open Water swimmer Michael Read, of Great Britain, Honor Coach Denes Kemeny of Hungry, Pioneer Re Calcaterra of the US, Honor Contributor Australian Thomas Hoad. Lewis Gordon Pugh of Great Britain received ISHOF’s Presidential Award and Pedro Adrega of Portugal was honored with the Al Schoenfield Media Award.

About the International Swimming Hall of Fame & Museum

Established in 1965, the International Swimming Hall of Fame & Museum is a non-profit institution dedicated to preserving the history of swimming, inspiring and encouraging swimming for health, fitness, water safety and enshrining the heroes and heroines of the aquatic sports.

For information on the International Swimming Hall of Fame & Museum and its programs, call 954-462-6536 or visit us online at


Welcome to WLRN's Cultural Connection

The Cultural Connection is a website jointly supported by WLRN Public Radio and Television and the Theatre League of South Florida. This site provides a service to our cultural community by offering Same-Day Discount Theatre Tickets.

CLICK HERE for a listing of Theaters participating in this Connection are:

Along with Same Day Half Price Tickets, you may also visit the Cultural Connection website to read about some of the following and more:

Theatre League of South Florida
The Theatre League of South Florida is an alliance of theatrical organizations and professionals dedicated to nurturing, promoting and advocating for the growth and prestige of the South Florida theatre industry.

Cultural Connection FAQs
The answers to your questions about how Cultural Connection works. Link here to view a list of answers to frequently asked questions.

Cultural Connection E-Blast
Stay in the know with the Cultural Connection newsletter.  Make sure you keep up to date on the best shows and events in South Florida by signing up to receive the Cultural Connection Newsletter delivered to your email. 


Fort Lauderdale Centennial Legacy Mural Unveiled

Artist Charles Fazzino, art teacher
Brian Fitzgerald and students 
from Fort Lauderdale High School

Artist Charles Fazzino, art teacher
Brian Fitzgerald and students
from Fort Lauderdale High School

A giant 3D mural titled City of Fort Lauderdale Centennial Legacy Mural was unveiled at a recent ceremony at Fort Lauderdale High School (1600 Northeast Fourth Avenue). The 3D mural is mounted on an outside wall of the school, facing Northeast Fourth Avenue.

Pop Artist Charles Fazzino has been working with students at the school and art teacher Brian Fitzgerald, to create the mural, which was funded through a grant from the Broward Education Foundation. Applying multiple layers of specific objects in the mural created the 3D effect.

The students first researched the history and culture of the city and how its landscape has changed through the years. They then integrated their own personal experiences growing up in the city as they developed the design. Fazzino continued to work until the students completed the project.

Fazzino has been working with and inspiring these students through distance learning and classroom mentoring, and also “wowed” them with visits to offer tips on how to apply paint skillfully to give depth to their artwork, and really make the mural pop.


Broward Center for the Performing Arts Plans Major Renovation

This week, Sun-Sentinel reported that Broward Center for the Performing Arts is planning its first major upgrade since its opening 20 years ago in order to continue to attract Broadway shows and big-name entertainers.

The center plans to renovate its theaters as well as expand it's role in education by building an arts education center. More than 175,000 students a year now visit for classes with visiting artists, making it one of the largest free arts-in-education programs in the nation., reports Sun Sentinel. A pavilion and terraced lounge would also be constructed between the center and the New River to better link it to the Riverwalk promenade, available for corporate functions, banquets, receptions, wine tastings and community events.

About half of the $43 million price tag would be paid through private donations. Broward Center officials have recently met with local governments to discuss whether tourism and property taxes can be tapped to cover the rest of the cost.

The Broward Center draws more than 700,000 visitors a year to more than 700 events from Broadway shows like "Hair" and "Mamma Mia!" to summer theater camp for area children. It ranked among the top 10 theaters nationally last year in ticket sales.

As part of the renovation, new seating and carpeting would be installed and the light and sound systems replaced. A new corporate club would be created on the upper mezzanine in which club members would have assigned seats but could go to a private glassed-enclosed club to mingle, eat and drink during performances. The area around the theater would be transformed to encourage gatherings before and after shows.

Retractable awnings would be installed over the Peck Courtyard, where drinks and light food would be available. Landscaped terraces with a lounge would be built along the theater's south side down to the New River.

The education center would be built along the west side of the Broward Center with classroom and workshop space. It would include interactive technology so the artists and performers could work with students in classrooms around Broward County as well as children on-site.

"This is looking ahead at what the Broward Center should be for the next 10 to 20 years," said Kelley Shanley, the center's chief executive officer.


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