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 October is Arts and Humanities Month Join a National Initiative!


"The arts and humanities have also helped fuel our economy as well as our souls. Across our country, men and women in the nonprofit and for profit arts industries bring arts and cultural activities to our communities, contributing tens of billions of dollars to our economy each year. Today, arts workers are revitalizing neighborhoods, attracting new visitors, and fostering growth in places that have gone too long without it."
~Presidential Proclamation-National Arts and Humanities Month

Broward Cultural Division joins hundreds of arts organizations and communities nationally this month in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM), with an exhibit at the Broward County Government Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Arts organizations and communities are asked to recognize the many ways that arts and cultural performances enhance lives. More than 400 NAHM events are happening across the United States, so join in by attending the theater or other cultural events, taking a ceramics or dance class, or singing songs with your kids. Join in to this coast to coast collective recognition!

Every year, in honor of NAHM, Broward County celebrates with a unique event in October. This year, arts and humanities will be showcased by a unique exhibit, in partnership with Americans for the Arts. Visit the downtown Government Center during the month of October to show your support. During the month, there will be various displays of signage and education materials, videos and banners displaying the many ways that the arts and humanities affect our lives. There will also be performances by local artists and cultural organizations, during the lunch hour, Noon - 1:00 pm, during the week of October 10 - 14, 2011, organized by the Broward Cultural Division, as our show of support.

There are various additional ways to Get Involved. From hosting a Creative Conversation or arts center open house to securing a mayoral proclamation or better newspaper coverage of the arts, people in every community across the United States can celebrate NAHM by helping recognize the contributions of cultural organizations in their region.

Ideas for Community Events

  • Host a Creative Conversation in your communityAsk local businesses,
  • libraries and schools to host special NAHM events, such as open mic nights, poetry readings or talent shows.
  • Suggest that local art venues, such as museums and theatres, give "behind-the-scenes" tours and interviews for families and students.
  • Organize a parade, art festival, "battle of the bands," talent show or art auction that showcases local talent.
  • You can even raffle off local art, literature or tickets at the big event!
  • Conduct a series of training workshops for local artists on marketing, portfolio development and publicity.
  • Develop and present an award for the outstanding arts organization in your community.
  • Create a community photo album.
  • Invite local residents to donate old photographs and take new ones throughout the month.
  • Invite local government officials to any events that you plan.

Ways Individuals Can Celebrate

  • Attend local arts events like museum exhibits, local plays, festivals or outdoor concerts.
  • If you have kids, make it a family outing!
  • Take a class in creative writing, dance, painting or whatever strikes your fancy.
  • Perform publically and/or donate your artwork, literature and/or teaching skills to a community center.
  • Use your blog or website to post NAHM Web stickers or posts about your favorite art experiences.
  • Unveil a new project, product or service during NAHM.
  • Make a video about what the arts mean to you and post it on YouTube (and send us the link).
  • Enjoy the arts with your family and friends. Sing, play music, read a book, dance or draw together.
  • Be an advocate. Write to your Member of Congress, letting him/her how important
  • arts and arts education funding is to you, your family and your community.

Visit the Americans for the Arts website to see a listing of events in your area. Take time during NAHM to volunteer and serve in your community. Broward Cultural Division invites you to post your arts volunteer stories on the NAHM website at


 An Event to Remember! Broward County Honors Arts Teacher of the Year Julia Perlowski


L-R: Grace Kewl-Durfey; Roberta Young, Mary A. Becht,
Julia Perlowski, Amy Ostrau, Damien Huttenhoff & Nora Rupert

L-R: Grace Kewl-Durfey; Roberta Young, Mary A. Becht,
Julia Perlowski, Amy Ostrau, Damien Huttenhoff & Nora Rupert

The Cultural Foundation of Broward, through the generous support of BankAtlantic and AutoNation, is proud to present the Broward Cultural Division's 26th annual Arts Teacher of the Year event to recognize Julia Perlowski's excellence in arts education. Legendary broadcaster Tony Segreto will be the Master of Ceremonies on Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6:00 p.m., at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. The event will feature the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble and performances by Perlowski's theater students.

This year's honoree, Julia Perlowski, believes in the power of human interaction and using the arts as a tool for teaching civic engagement. Interested in relationships between characters and their human relations, she is committed to bringing this into life and into the classroom through drama and music. Also to be honored is Christopher Dorsey, director of the Dillard Center for the Arts Jazz Ensemble, for his leadership of the 2011 Essentially Ellington High School Jazz Competition at Lincoln Center in New York City in June, and winning first place in the competition.

A native of South Florida, Tony Segreto's track record speaks volumes of his enthusiasm and commitment to the charitable causes of the South Florida community. "Broward County's Arts Teacher of the Year's program for excellence in arts education is something that I am very honored to MC, for it is a program that enhances the potential of the next generation as well as the expands the future audiences and appreciation in the arts," says Segreto.

Jarett Levan of the Cultural Foundation of Broward announced the Private Partners who have given their support for this year's event: Partners; Berger Singerman; David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation, Inc.; Fran and Scott Mulcahy; Great American Farms; Kopelowitz, Ostrow, Ferguson, Weiselberg, Keechl; LSN Partners; LXR Luxury Resorts & Hotels; LiveNation; Nova Southeastern University; Publix Super Markets Charities, Inc.; RSM McGladrey, Sun-Sentinel; Stiles. Public Partners: The Broward County Board of County Commissioners; Broward Cultural Council; Broward Center for the Performing Arts; The School Board of Broward County, FL.

Please RSVP HERE for the 2011 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year recognition event. For more information, contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869.


 Cultural Investment Program Grant Application Workshop

 A grant application workshop for the Cultural Investment Program (aka General Operating Program) will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Library, Bienes Conference Room, Sixth Floor, 100 S. Andrews Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

The purpose of this grant program is to assist eligible Broward-based, not-for-profit cultural organizations, that have been operational in their cultural disciplines for a minimum of two years immediately preceding the date of application, in meeting general operating expenses associated with the presentation and/or production of a regular season of exhibitions, programs, events or performances open to the general public in Broward County. The workshop will also cover submission of online grant applications.

In addition,
Sheri Brown, vice president, grants and initiatives of the Community Foundation of Broward, will provide a presentation on the launch of the Foundation’s new Art of Community Funding Initiative.

There is no fee for the workshop, and interested persons may CLICK HERE to register online. For additional information, or to schedule an appointment, contact Adriane Clarke, 954-357-7530.


  Florida Grand Opera Appoints Managing Director and New Technical Director


Kevin Mynatt
Managing Director & Director of Production
Florida Grand Opera

Kevin Mynatt
Managing Director & Director of Production
Florida Grand Opera

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) recently announced the appointment of a new Managing Director, Kevin G. Mynatt, who concurrently serves as the company’s Director of Production. FGO also welcomes Erin Turner in the role of Technical Director.

As Managing Director, Mynatt will oversee all day-to-day operations for the company. Mynatt looks forward to continuing to keep one foot in production, holding titles simultaneously. No stranger to dual roles, he held two production titles in tandem at Opera Omaha and Chautauqua Opera.

Florida Grand Opera also extends a warm welcome to its new Technical Director, Erin Turner. From coordinating set design and lighting to scheduling meetings, Turner ensures that all technical aspects of each production are carried out in a timely fashion. Turner most recently served as Production Manager for Cape Playhouse during the 2011 summer season, which encompassed the production of six shows.



Museum of Discovery and Science Announces Grand Opening of New EcoDisocver Center

The Museum of Discovery and Science will hold the grand opening of a major expansion of the Museum on November 11, 2011. The new 34,000-sq.ft. EcoDiscovery Center, which more than doubles the Museum’s current exhibit and program space, offers more dynamic hands-on explorations. Museum members will be the first to explore the new center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m. at which time the general public will be invited inside the new wing.

Visitors can take a ride on the Everglades Airboat Adventure, experience hurricane force winds in the Storm Center, dig for fossils alongside a giant prehistoric megalodon, get close to a confrontation between a saber-toothed cat and an Imperial mammoth, learn about protecting and conserving the Everglades and Florida’s natural resources, and follow the natural path water takes through Florida. Visitors can explore the physical principles of water while enjoying the playful antics of North American river otters in their two-story indoor/outdoor habitat. The new wing also features the Mangurian Foundation Lifelong Learning Center with four labs and the 100-seat Keller Science Theater with comfortable seating and technical features to support lectures, exciting science demonstrations, and presentations by community partners.

The Museum of Discovery and Science is at 401 SW Second Street, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33312. For more information call 954.467.MODS (6637) or visit their website at


Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharp from THIRTEEN's Great Performances

THIRTEEN’s Great Performancesputs the spotlight on one of America’s finest dance companies in Miami City Ballet Dances Balanchine & Tharpon Friday, October 28 at 9 p.m. ET. The program will air as part of the PBS Arts Fall Festival.

This program – a trio of signature works by the renowned choreographers -- will showcase the company’s critically-acclaimed performances of Balanchine’s “Square Dance” (music by Antonio Vivaldi and Arcangelo Corelli) and “Western Symphony” (music by Hershy Kay) and Tharp’s “The Golden Section” (music composed and performed by David Byrne).

Great Performancesis a production of THIRTEEN in association with WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media providers. For nearly 50 years, WNET has been producing and broadcasting national and local arts programming to the New York community.

From their home base in Miami Beach (and utilizing four performing venues in South Florida including Broward Center for the Performing Arts), Miami City Ballet– under the leadership of Artistic Director Edward Villella, celebrated its 25th Anniversary Season in 2010-11. More than 88 ballets are featured in its repertory, works created by a roster of world-class choreographers including George Balanchine, Jerome Robbins, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, Frederick Ashton, Anthony Tudor and John Cranko as well as such 19th century classics as “Giselle,” “Coppelia” and “Don Quixote.”

Villella is America's most celebrated male ballet dancer. The artistry and versatility he exhibited during his long career with New York City Ballet (1957 to 1975), and in concert appearances across the United States and Europe and on television, did much to popularize the role of the male in dance. He is associated with many of the greatest roles in the New York City Ballet repertory and has been a leading advocate for the arts in America. In 1985, Villella became the founding artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, which has won worldwide acclaim under his direction.

In January 2009, Villella brought the Company to Manhattan’s City Center for its New York City debut, resulting in standing ovations and rave reviews. This summer, the company held its debut season at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris to great acclaim.The Miami Herald reported that the company was rewarded with “regular standing (even screaming) ovations from sold-out audiences filling the 2,500-seat theater.”

Pompano Drum Circle Integrates Drum Archetypes From Around the World

Artist Bill Buchen (far right) 
and Transit Center Construction Workers
(under construction)

Artist Bill Buchen (far right)
and Transit Center Construction Workers
(under construction)

The artwork, Pompano Drum Circle, has recently been installed in the Northeast Transit Center Project, located on a two-acre campus near the southwest corner of Dixie Highway and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., in Pompano Beach, and is scheduled to open this winter.

Artists Bill and Mary Buchen (SonArc, Inc.) aimed to connect the community through the universal language of rhythmic percussion. Sited on a paved circle, a grouping of five sculptural instruments invites communal music-making while passing time waiting for the bus. These drums have been introduced into American popular music by Sergio Mendez, Gloria Estefan and Carlos Santana, among many others and draws on the traditions of the United States, Brazil, Africa and the Caribbean.

Visit Broward Cultural Division's Public Art Tour, to view some more of the public artwork around the County.


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