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Explore what the Cultural Division does for Broward County's community and access links and information.  Please note that there are more links on the left-hand menu and a search function at the top right of the page. 

Click on the image to read our Cultural Division Brochure.
EarlMission Statement
Enhancing the community's cultural environment through the development of the arts.

Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the U.S., providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations. Broward County has more than 1.8 million residents, 13.4 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 6,291 arts-related businesses employing 23,498 people, 823 not-for-profit cultural organizations and 31 cities, some of which operate their own arts councils and public art programs.   

The Cultural Division:

  • Awards both project and operating grants
  • Collaborates with Broward Schools' art education
  • Commissions artists and maintains public art
  • Informs the public about cultural events

 Cultural Council Diversity Statement 

 Strategic Business Plan

FY 2014 - 2016 Strategic Business Plan (PDF)

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 CreativeBROWARD 2020 -Cultural Plan

Creative Broward Cover

The Cultural+Planning Group worked in Broward County for 18 months conducting research to craft a 10-year Community Cultural Plan that examines the cultural tapestry of Broward County through its diversity connected to Creative Economy, Cultural Tourism and Public Art and Design.

The Executive Summary, as well as the full plan with its 49 recommendations/goals (also presented as a survey) are available online.  The plan includes a needs assessment, vision, draft legislation, policy framework, recommendations, strategies, funding requirements, funding sources, evaluation instrument, and benchmarks.   Click here to view the plan.

Current Arts Related Statistics
  2015 Creative Industries Reports conducted by Americans for the Arts, based upon Dun & Bradstreet data (as of January 2015):  Broward County has 6,291 arts-related businesses and there are 23,498 arts-related jobs.

 Detailed report of the 2015 of 2015 Art-Related Businesses and Jobs statistics (PDF)

 Cultural Quarterly Online Magazine

Cultural Quarterly Online Magazine
Cultural Quarterly online, fine arts online magazine provides in-depth articles on the local, cultural scene, revealing profiles of exceptional artists and detailed listings of events and attractions.

Read the current issue 

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 Artist Services

The Cultural Division offers a variety of opportunities for artists including:

art genres


 Cooperative Marketing Program


Co-op Marketing Program

Cooperative Marketing Program, in partnership with ArtServe, offers educational workshops and assists with cooperative advertisements for not-for-profit organizations.  More...



 Public Art and Design Program

Public Art by Dan Corson, kids on lawn with lasers

Public Art & Design projects are implemented each year as well as ongoing conservation of the Broward County collection of more than 250 artworks. 

Established in 1976, the program has entered its fourth decade and includes the works of Duane Hanson, Clyde Butcher and Romero Britto to name a few.  More....

 Incentive Programs

Grant workshop

Cultural incentive programs, both project specific and general operating support, are awarded annually in varying amounts and ranges, to not-for-profit cultural organizations and artists.  Workshops are offered throughout the year to learn about these grant programs, as well as on topics of importance to the arts community.  More...


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 Arts in Education Programs

Tiffany crystal apple (award for ATOY)


The annual Arts Teacher of the Year Award is one of South Florida's premier arts education events which annually honors the teacher of a Broward County public school who has excelled in teaching the arts to students and draws standing room only audiences.  The program celebrated its 26th anniversary in 2011.  More...



 Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts

Sailboat Bend Artists Lofts

Located in the Sailboat Bend neighborhood in downtown Fort Lauderdale, 37 live/work spaces house a variety of artists who make their living from their art. Artspace Projects, Inc., a Minneapolis-based not-for-profit real estate developer worked with Broward County to develop this property which is now a thriving artist community with monthly art events.

The historic West Side School has been renovated to house the neighboring Broward County Historical Commission which houses a multipurpose space utilized by the artists for various events.  More...


Hollywood ArtsParkAn ArtsPark is a Cultural Center for the performing, visual and literary arts including classroom and workshop space, exhibit and performance space and cultural programming by professional artists with free or low cost services to the community.

The Board of County Commissioners was so impressed with the other applicants that additional funding from the Bond is now enabling the cities of Pembroke Pines and Miramar to also have ArtsParks.  Additionally, an ArtsPark will be built (in conjunction with a new library) in the new 115-acre Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill.  More...


Award Winner, Addy awardThe Cultural Division has received numerous awards including Gold and Silver awards from the Advertising Federation of Greater Fort Lauderdale (ADDY).  Also yearly Awards of Excellence from the National Association of County Implementation Offices (NACIO).  Americans for the Arts, in cooperation with the National Association of Counties (NACo) awarded the Broward County Board of County Commissioners the national award for County Arts Leadership.  More...


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