January 18, 2012
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January 18, 2011
United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF)
Convenes Winter Meeting in Fort Lauderdale

Map of Cities with 
nation's top local arts agencies
Map of Cities with
nation's top local arts agencies

Broward County provides warm hospitality in hosting a national event.

From January 18–20, chief executives from the nation’s top local arts agencies (LAAs) will convene the 2012 Winter Meeting of the United States Urban Arts Federation (USUAF), to discuss important issues in our nation’s future, and to enjoy and explore the cultural treasures of Broward County.

Twice a year, these executives meet to discuss arts and cultural trends, policy and business practices, as well as the social, educational and economic impact of the arts in their regions, and the future of urban arts in America. This is the second time in five years that they have chosen Fort Lauderdale as the backdrop of this meeting.

This year’s focus will be to set goals for USUAF in concert with Americans for the Arts. With Broward Cultural Division Director Mary A. Becht as the Vice President of USUAF, Broward County is proud to host this very important event.

The meeting will be spearheaded by the USUAF executive committee and the agenda will incorporate highlights in arts and cultural redevelopment in Broward County, facilitated through tours of historic and new landmarks. Among the sites to be included are the Sistrunk Boulevard corridor, Old Dillard Museum and Flagler Arts and Technology (F.A.T.) Village; the West Side School and Sailboat Bend Artist’s Lofts; public art; and the Riverwalk Arts and Entertainment District. Such landmark cultural establishments as the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Nova Southeastern University's Museum of Art │Fort Lauderdale, the Historic Center and Museum of Discovery and Science; the campus at African-American Research Library and Cultural Center; Delevoe Park; and the newly developing Urban League Headquarters, will also be included. A discussion of new trends in philanthropy will include Community Foundation of Broward’s newest arts initiative, the Art of Community Challenge.

Director of Design, National Endowment for the Arts
Jason Schupbach to Visit Broward County

The Cultural Foundation of Broward, Inc., Broward Cultural Division, Florida Atlantic University- Broward, and Nova Southeastern University, Museum of Art │ Fort Lauderdale, are pleased to welcome Jason Schupbach, Director of Design with National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), to visit Broward County and share vital information for the design development of the Broward community, at two venues on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

There will be two opportunities for the public to learn about exciting new funding opportunities. The first presentation will be from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Florida Atlantic University in Broward - Board of Trustees Room HEC 1110 AB – FAU/BC Higher Education Complex building, 111 East Las Olas Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale; and the second from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. at the NSU, Museum of Art │Fort Lauderdale, Auditorium, One East Las Olas Blvd. Kim Cook, Arts and Culture Program Manager with Nonprofit Finance Fund, will speak about creative placemaking models at this evening program, as well. Cook has extensive experience working in both corporate and nonprofit management capacities, particularly within arts and cultural organizations.

Schupbach will share information from the NEA beneficial to the Broward community, including research and publications on the topics of design, creative economy and creative placemaking, and information on the Endowment’s new Our Town and Design Arts funding programs. A key to the success of creative placemaking involves the arts in partnership with committed governmental leadership and the philanthropic sector.

Topics will include: Design “thinking” – approaches to systems and innovation that utilize design principles; creative cities/regions and economic development; new perspectives on “placemaking” and indicators of cultural vibrancy; and collaborating government with agencies – projects that reflect the goals of the interagency work of the NEA.

The NEA grant deadline for the creative placemaking initiative: Our Town is March 1, 2012, so this is a very opportune time for these presentations.

Jason Schupbach became director of design at the National Endowment for the Arts in May 2010. Prior to the NEA, Schupbach held the first-in-the-nation position of creative economy industry director for the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. From 2004 to 2008, he was director of ArtistLink, an organization that creates a stable environment for Massachusetts artists as they seek workspace and housing. Schupbach's experience also includes serving as national artist space initiative consultant for Leveraging Investments in Creativity and as capital projects manager and staff urban planner/designer for New York City's Department of Cultural Affairs.

For more information, please call Adriane Clarke, grants specialist, 954-357-7530, or the FAU Office of Community Relations at 954-762-5300 or communityrelations@fau.edu. The lecture programs are free. However, seating is limited To RSVP, click here for FAU; and click here for MOA.
An Invitation
Regional Arts Advocacy Briefing
The Broward Community is invited to a Regional Arts Advocacy Briefing on Federal and State Elections and Legislation on January 26, 2012, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, in the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., 6th Floor, Fort Lauderdale.

Nina Ozlu Tunceli, Executive Director of the Americans for the Arts Action Fund, will present along with Chairman of the Board of Americans for the Arts Ken Fergeson, and Sherron Long, President of the Florida Cultural Alliance.

This unique event will allow Florida voters who support the arts, arts education, and the creative economy to learn how they can infuse the arts into the 2012 election cycle.

Public Art News at
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

New Exhibition at FLL

Isaac Allen Sandy’s epic, award-winning landscape, nature and contemporary exhibition, Essential Works, opened at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in January. The exhibition, at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, in Terminal 2 Departures Level, will run through April 5, 2012.

Essential Works will capture your heart and imagination at first glance. This collection conveys Sandy’s signature style, evoking the viewer’s sense of imagination and the feeling as though one might step right into scenes he creates. He incorporates the dramatic use of color, with balance, mood and light to intensify the viewer’s sense of vision, discovery and acceptance.

Isaac Allen Sandy has been privileged to exhibit at the Naples Museum of Art along with other notable artists such as Clyde Butcher and Jeremiah Jenner, and is collected throughout the United States and Canada in the public, corporate and private sectors. A part-time artist and musician, Sandy divides his time between pursuing his love of photography and his love of music along with the corporate world as an I.T. Director in the environmental engineering sector. He remains passionately engaged in mingling his love of music with the visual art form of photography.

The Lee Wagener Art Gallery, supported by Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program and the Broward County Aviation Department, offers Broward artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent, high traffic area. Artists are selected through the Public Art & Design Program. Exhibits are changed every three months. Also on view in the gallery is the public art video,Tree-Rain, a permanent artwork by Broward-based artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov.

Artworks at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Now Available with QR Codes!
Recently, QR (Quick Response) codes were installed on nearly all of the 54 artworks located at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), by the Broward Cultural Division. This new feature offers visitors and art connoisseurs the convenience of immediate access to detailed information on artworks in the collection, both in the terminals and around the airport.

With any of several QR Code Reader Apps on their Smartphone, travelers are able to scan the QR code on the artwork and be taken directly to the Public Art & Design Tour on the Broward County website. For ease and accessibility, look for the sign next to each artwork that gives the name and QR Code; scan it and click.

To see all of the Broward County Public Art, log on to Broward Cultural Division website, and take the virtual tour.

Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport is one of the fastest
growing airports in the country. It presently ranks 22nd in total passenger traffic
and 15th in terms of origin and destination passengers. With over 600 flights a day,
FLL offers non-stop service to more than 60 U.S. cities and
international service to Canada, the Bahamas, the Caribbean,
Mexico, Latin American, and Europe. In 2010, FLL served
19 million domestic and 3.5 million international travelers.

Art in the Work Place
A Cultural Foundation of Broward Initiative

Through a Cultural Foundation of Broward initiative, Art in the Workplace offers a series of workshops; a Decorative Frame Workshop offered for BankAtlantic employees; Creating a Clay Masterpiece, offered to employees of Stiles Corporation and Learn How Music is Good for the Soul, offered to employees at BGT Partners.

Decorative Frame workshop- The art of repurposing and up cycling! Judy Polstra will show employees how to turn their unused buttons, broken jewelry, and trinkets into a beautiful piece of artwork! They will be embellishing 5' x 7' photo frames with buttons, beads, jewelry, etc.

Create a Clay Masterpiece with renowned clay artist Steven Sylvester- Employees will be guided to fashion a 6' x 6' clay slab into their own three dimensional wall hanging masterpiece.

Learn How Music Is Good For the Soul- This event will feature legendary drummer Willie Stewart, a professional instructor and former member of the world renowned Reggae group, Third World. Stewart will introduce employees to all the percussion instruments from around the world and have them chanting songs from Brazil, Jamaica, and Ghana by the end of the event.

“Just as children who explore the creative sides of themselves excel in other subjects, due to the expansion of new areas of thinking –a person working in the financial industry or other non-overtly-artistic field can be challenged to explore new ways of thinking outside of the box due to creative interaction,” says Jarett Levan, President and CEO of BankAtlantic, and Chair, Cultural Foundation of Broward. “Creativity changes the way a person sees things. The net result can only expand arts appreciation and interaction in our community.”

Art & Culture Day in Tallahassee
February 8, 2012

Will you join us in Tallahassee?

Register here.

Date: You and others are needed in Tallahassee on Wednesday, February 8, to demonstrate in large numbers that arts, arts education, and culture matter to you, your community, and our state.

Time: An informational session is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon on the 22nd floor Capitol Art Gallery with Secretary of State Browning, legislators, and guest speakers who will update us on the status of legislative funding and issues that impact our industry.

Goals: Your voice is needed to help secure goals outlined in our collective

2012 Legislative Platform for Arts & Culture and the Arts for a Complete Education Legislative Platform.

Hotel: We suggest you reserve your hotel room now. We've secured a great rate of only $60.73 per night (includes tax) at the Quality Inn and Suites, 23090 North Monroe Street, Tallahassee. Call the hotel at (850) 562-2378 to reserve your room and that special rate under the Florida Cultural Alliance name.

Details & Registration: Once you register here, details and the final agenda for Arts & Culture Day will be e-mailed to you.

We look forward to seeing you in Tallahassee on February 8.
Thank you for your commitment and for speaking up
for arts, arts education, and culture.
You do make a difference.

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