December 13, 2011
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Arts and Culture ...Gift Ideas for the Holidays


-Small Works Sale-Original Art Holiday Gift at Studio 18 in the Pines

“Small Works Sale” Original Art Holiday Gift at Studio 18 in the Pines

Imaginative in design and impeccable in taste, the Cultural Information Center(CIC) is your one-stop shop for arts information, entertainment and cultural merchandise. Discover gifts for tots, teens and adults that are inspiring. From apparel to ornaments, and toys to books, you can find the perfect gift for the artful person on your list in this store with free gift wrapping too! Proceeds from items purchased are returned to the artists and arts organizations in Broward County. The CIC is located on the First Floor of the Main Library in Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Additionally, many of the cultural organizations in Broward County offer holiday ideas, for example, try something original for the holidays and shop at Studio 18 in the Pines at the "Small Works Sale" now through December 30.

Studio 18 in the Pines artists have been working for months, preparing original and signed artwork priced at $200 or less. This is a great opportunity for anyone shopping for the holidays to keep their hard earned dollars in the community and give the gift of original artwork, while supporting our local artists.


 Young At Art Receives Cultural Institution (CI) Designation

Broward Cultural Division recently announced Young At Art (YAA) Museum as the eighth Cultural Institution in Broward County as defined by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council.

This new designation will now include YAA in a group of Broward County’s largest cultural not-for-profit organizations. The other seven are: Bonnet House, Hollywood Art and Culture Center, Museum of Discovery and Science, NSU Museum of Art Division, Opera Guild of Fort Lauderdale, Symphony of Americas, Inc, and The Broward County Film Society.

Young At Art Museum has come a long way since its early days in 1986, when artists from the Museum Without Walls traveled South Florida, creating an awareness campaign and discovering a community need. The Broward Cultural Council made an investment through a Mini Grant, to a then, small not-for-profit organization located in the heart of Plantation. Young At Art was surrounded by families and lots of un-built space. Today, more than 25 years later, the community has grown and so has the need for their services, leading to $21 million in new construction, of a 55,000 square-foot, LEED certified Young At Art Museum in participation with Broward County Library, along the I-595 corridor in Davie, and scheduled for completion in Spring 2012. The museum is geared to be the new epicenter of art, culture and education for families featuring four permanent galleries: GreenScapes, CultureScapes, WonderScapes and ArtScapes.

This recent CI designation follows another recognition, that of national accreditation earlier this year, by the American Association of Museums (AAM). Young At Art (YAA) Museum stands alone in the state of Florida as the only children’s museum to achieve this national accreditation by the AAM, and one of only six children’s museums in the nation to receive this accreditation; and of the 17,500 museums nationally, 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. Young At Art is the fourth museum in Broward County to be accredited with this honor, following the Nova Southeastern University, Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the Museum of Discovery and Science and Bonnet House Museum and Gardens.


 Secretary of State Kurt Browning Leads Culture Builds Florida

Culture Builds Florida logo

Secretary of State Kurt Browning recently announced the launch of Culture Builds Florida, an initiative to help promote Florida's arts and cultural communities while highlighting their economic benefits.

Culture Builds Florida is a campaign to develop unified awareness for Florida’s cultural community. Led by the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the campaign will educate public about the comprehensive benefits of arts and culture to Florida.

Arts and culture make substantial contributions to livability in Florida. The cultural industry puts Floridians to work, stimulates tourism and provides accessibility to quality community services that attract skilled workers. It’s an industry that provides jobs, highlights the diversity of our communities, creates connections to our history and heritage and reminds us that Florida is a special place to live and work.

The arts and cultural industry means business. The arts and cultural industry has an annual impact of $3 billion in the state of Florida, and arts and cultural experiences contribute to a better life for Floridians and visitors to the Sunshine State. With a $5 to $1 return on investment for state dollars, arts and culture are an excellent investment. Visitors to our state and residents alike make important contributions to our economy by supporting and consuming arts and culture. And beyond the dollars and cents, the cultural industry makes for happier, healthier Floridians and visitors.

Join us to make Floridians aware that Culture Builds Florida.

Visit for more information about the campaign.


 Creative Investment Program Grant Workshops 

Two workshops for the Second Cycle of the Creative Investment Program (a.k.a. Mini Grant Program will be presented by the Broward Cultural Division.

On Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. Broward-based practicing professional artists are invited to attend this workshop, and; Not-for-Profit Cultural Organizations are invited to attend another workshop on Wednesday, January 4, 2012, at 5:30 p.m.

Both workshops take place in the Broward County Main Library, Bienes Conference Room, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, and both these sessions will review how to submit an online application, process eligibility and what may be funded.

Creative Investment awards will be decided on a funds-available basis. The next Creative Investment application deadline is February 10, 2012 for projects implemented after May 1 through September 30, 2012. There is a limited amount of funding available for this cycle.

There is no fee for the workshop. Click HERE to register. For more information, please call Adriane Clarke, grants specialist, 954-357-7530, or visit the website for program details.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts was established in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector. To join the discussion on how art works, visit the NEA at 


 In Memoriam Manuel Carbonell

Manuel Carbonell

Manuel Carbonell

With great sorrow Broward Cultural Division announces the passing away of

Founder of South Florida’s Carbonell Awards, Manuel Carbonell created these awards to recognize the best theatrical shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Along with New York’s Drama Desk and Chicago’s Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation’s senior regional arts awards and predates others including Washington, D.C.’s Helen Hayes and Philadelphia’s Barrymore Awards.

Manuel Carbonell (October 25, 1918 - November 10, 2011) was regarded as the last of the Cuban Master Sculptors. He was part of the generation of Cuban artists, which includes Wifredo Lam and Agustin Cardenas, that studied at the Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes "San Alejandro", Havana Cuba. Carbonell’s inexhaustible vision and his ever-changing style are both products of a brilliant talent and academic background. Ceaselessly searching for the essence of form and the absence of details, he struggles to provide a sense of strength, monumentality and simplicity to his work. At 92 years of age, he had continued to work in his studio.

  New Theater Website Offers Comprehensive Arts Journalism Coverage For South Florida
The December issue of Broward Cultural Division's online fine Arts Magazine, Cultural Quarterly, is now available!  A free service of the Broward Cultural Division, the Cultural Quarterly fine arts magazine, provides in-depth articles on the local, cultural scene, revealing profiles of exceptional artists and detailed listings of events and attractions. The magazine has gone green and is now fully-accessible online. 
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By Helene Foster
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David Raterman’s Thriller The River Panj Offers Unique Perspective on World Events
By Stephanie Krulik
That is the first line on the first page of author David Raterman's first emergency relief thriller, The River Panj. He observes, "Throughout literature, there have been Russian-themed thrillers, but we never had a thriller set in Afghanistan and neighboring Tajikistan on 9/11." There were only about 100 Americans in Afghanistan on 9/11. Most of them were relief workers.  Read More...

Public Art and Place = Infinite Value
By Liesel Fenner
ASLA, Public Art Program Manager, Americans for the Arts, Washington, DC
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