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Broward County Welcomes New Members to Cultural Council

The Broward Cultural Council welcomes four new members to its board: Heather Brinkworth, appointed by the School Board of Broward County; Ebonni Bryant, appointed by Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs; Caryl Fantel, appointed by Broward County Commissioner Stacy Ritter; and Town of Davie Vice Mayor Caryl Hattan, appointed by the Broward League of Cities.

From the top: Caryl Fantel, Caryl Hattan, Ebonni Bryant, Heather Brinkworth.

Born and raised in Broward County, Heather Brinkworth is a third-generation Broward County resident and a proud alumna and educator in the County’s school system. With deep roots in the community, she is honored to have been appointed to the School Board of Broward County representing the students, staff and school communities of District 3.

Town of Davie Vice Mayor Caryl Hattan grew up in New York. Now retired, she was an educator for 34 years in South Florida and has taught, elementary through high school students. She was elected to the Town Council in March 2010 and, in the same year, inducted into the Broward County Women’s Hall of Fame for her efforts towards empowering women to serve in public service.

Ebonni Bryant’s mission is to radically move people and ideas in ways that change how they see themselves, their institutions and communities. She believes in working in the individual communities that we each hold dear and also in expanding into communities beyond, sharing ideas and business initiatives.

Caryl Ginsburg Fantel is a music director, pianist, private music instructor and audition coach. She is familiar to audiences throughout South Florida, having lived here for 18 years and performed at most of the professional theaters and large 7 performing arts venues in the region, often alongside her husband, drummer Roy Fantel. She leads professional a cappella singing groups and a senior adult choir and is the music director for South Florida’s annual Carbonell Awards. CQ

Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) Awards $191,000 to Arts Organizations

With help of grants from Funding Arts Broward (FAB!), 25 arts projects are being brought to life for the 2014-2015 season. The recipients include four new FAB! grantees: Brazilian Voices, Chameleon Musicians, the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida and the Pablo Malco Foundation.

The most recent 25 awards will give South Florida one more opportunity to see Alvin Ailey - Back in Broward at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, another exposure of Puccini’s Madame Butterfly though Florida Grand Opera and Seraphic Fire’s Broward Spring Season. These are just a few of the opportunities that Broward residents and visitors can count on thanks to smart arts supporters who collaborate, give and enhance our community. 

View 2014-15 recipients and how to apply for 2016 >

VISIT FLORIDA Awards $5,000 Tourism Grant to

Art and Culture Center of Hollywood

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood has received a $5,000 tourism grant from VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official source for travel planning.

"These funds will be used for ‘New Art, Old Building,’ a new marketing initiative created by the center to attract visitors from outside Broward County to its 2014-15 gallery exhibition season and its circa-1924 building, and also to spread the word about other nearby cultural offerings." says Joy Satterlee, executive director of the center.

VISIT FLORIDA, a private/public partnership, is Enterprise Florida’s day-to-day operating corporation for tourism.


Japan Kingdom of Characters - Opening

Japan : Kingdom of Characters

The Consul General of Japan in Miami, Shinji Nagashima, attended an exhibition at Young At Art Museum, JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters.

As Hello Kitty! celebrates its 40th anniversary, Young At Art Museum hosted this international traveling exhibition, which was organized by the Japan Foundation and Consulate General of Japan in Miami. The exhibition was on view through Sept. 7

For information about current exhibitions, call 954-424-0085 or visit


What’s Old is New:
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens Opens New Breakers Avenue Entrance

Hotel guests and residents on the south side of Bonnet House Museum & Gardens now have an easier way to access the historic estate. In June, Bonnet House reopened its historic south entrance.

The new pedestrian entrance opening onto Breakers Avenue is the first phase of other improvements to the property that will eventually include an educational amphitheater and an archaeological exhibit interpreting the property’s Tequesta Indian shell midden.

Prior to the construction of the Sunrise Boulevard Intracoastal bridge and the improvement of A1A, the south entrance was the only access point for Bonnet House. Frederic and Evelyn Bartlett, the owners of Bonnet House, blocked the entrance in the late 1940s as development to the south began to encroach on their much-valued privacy.

For locals, the new entrance will make the 35-acre greenspace surrounding Bonnet House much more accessible for recreation purposes. The museum is planning to launch an annual gardens pass program that will offer unlimited grounds admission during normal operating hours. CQ

Bonnet House is open Tuesday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The estate is closed Mondays, New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Visit the Bonnet House website for more information.

Historical Society Welcomes New Executive Director Patricia Zeiler

Patricia Coyle ZeilerThe Fort Lauderdale Historical Society welcomed Patricia Coyle Zeiler as its new Executive Director.

Prior to joining the Historical Society, Zeiler served as the executive director of the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, the nonprofit organization that administers the Sun Trolley.

During her five-year tenure with Sun Trolley, Zeiler is credited with bringing in more than $1.8 million in corporate sponsorships, grants and advertising, increasing ridership from 18,000 passengers a month to an average of 40,000 passengers per month and spearheading the launch of Sun Trolley’s Tracker App, which has earned national media attention and surpassed 10,000 downloads in its first year.

Healing in the Homeland

Sir Arthur and Lady Foulkes with author Dr Margaret Mitchell Armand and Publicist Azaleta at GG Bahamas

Broward Cultural Council Member Margaret Mitchell Armand
Visits with the Governor-General of The Bahamas, H.E. Sir Arthur Foulkes

Broward Cultural Council member Margaret Mitchell Armand recently visited with the Governor-General of The Bahamas, H.E. Sir Arthur Foulkes, and his wife, Lady Joan Foulkes.

The conversation focused on Armand’s book, Healing in the Homeland-Haitian Vodou Tradition. The Governor-General congratulated Armand on her work and volunteerism in her community and Armand spoke about feeling very honored to be in their company. The Governor-General shared that his mother is from Cap-Haitien.


Broward Cultural Division Wins Three Awards from National Association of County
Information Officers

The Broward Cultural Division is the recipient of three national Awards of Excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) for information projects that exhibit expertise in communications.

For more than three decades, NACIO’s annual Awards of Excellence program has recognized the best works of county and state public information officers and communications staff. The competition honors a

variety of projects that include public relations campaigns, brochures and publications, articles and press releases, videos and internet/electronic innovations.

This year’s competition featured more than 325 entries in nine categories from large and small counties and county associations.

In order of importance, the awards are Best of Class, Superior, Excellent and Meritorious. The Division’s winning entries included:

Photo: NACIO Award Winners

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Speech Writing,
Commissioner Chip LaMarca Accepts AFTA Award
Remarks were written on behalf of Broward County Commissioner LaMarca, in order for him to accept the Americans for the
Arts Award.

Anthony Lauro Joins Team at FAT Village Center for the Arts

Photo : Anthony LauroAfter more than a decade with the NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, Anthony Lauro recently joined the FAT Village Center for the Arts. The newly opened center in the projects space at 519 NW First Ave. offers courses for adults, students in grades 1-12 and summer camps for many arts disciplines, drawing, painting, photography, textiles and more.

The FAT Village Center for the Arts is a community of professional artists and students with diverse visions, styles and disciplines that is designed to enhance creativity and inspire artistic achievement. Beginning with art and academics integrated into all aspects of learning, Lauro seems like a natural fit with his background in arts and education at the Museum of Art and beyond. He also plans to offer courses on dance and theater. 

The center is open for public tours during Saturday’s FAT Village Art Walks, beginning at 6 p.m. on the last Saturday of each month.For more information on FAT Village Center for the Arts classes and registration, call 954-716-7611 or visit


Four Broward County Finalists in Knight Arts Challenge

Four Broward County ideas were named among 75 finalists in the Knight Arts Challenge, an annual program that funds ideas that bring South Florida together through the arts.

The Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The Foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

The four Broward County finalists are:

FAT Village Arts District To promote cutting-edge contemporary art by expanding the reach of Fort Lauderdale’s FAT Village Projects Contemporary Art Space, which provides a home for artists to create and present experiential work.

Jason Taylor Foundation To bring the "Super Bowl" of poetry to Broward County schools through a friendly poetry competition that empowers and unites students through spoken word.

Miami City Ballet To spur innovation in dance by supporting Morphoses, the experimental arm of Miami City Ballet.

Classical South Florida To showcase South Florida’s array of musical groups by broadcasting a weekly series of previously recorded live performances that reflect a range of vocal and instrumental music.

A full list is available at The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation will announce the winners Dec. 1.

Business for the Arts of Broward announces new Program Coordinator Robyn Vegas

Business for the Arts of Broward (BFA) announced that Robyn Vegas has been named its new program coordinator.

"On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is a pleasure to welcome Robyn as the new program coordinator," said Jarett Levan, BFA board chair. "Robyn comes to us with more than 21 years of experience and leadership in the arts-related field and she has the skills, passion and commitment to move our organization forward.

As the program coordinator, Vegas will work with various programs including Art in the Workplace, the Arts Mean Business Breakfast series, Cultural Tours, the Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year program and

Peviously, Vegas held the position of the cultural arts coordinator for the City of Pembroke Pines


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