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The Mockingbird Trail 

 Mockingbird Trail logo
 Valeria Yamamoto with Cadence co-founders Gage Couch and Rebecca Bradley.
Valeria Yamamoto with Cadence co-founders Gage Couch and Rebecca Bradley.
 Sculptor Valeria Yamamoto
Funded by the Community Foundation of Broward, Sculptor - Valeria Yamamoto and the Art of Community Ensemble brings Fort Lauderdale's Flagler Village neighborhood its first exploration-based project and an opportunity for the public to engage in the process of place-making.

Emerging as a creative ground for residents and business owners to experiment with an engaged community, the "village" is truly flourishing. Building on that neighborhood atmosphere, the project- the ensemble team (Girls' Club, Cadence - Landscape Architects, Sculptor - Valeria Yamamoto, and Flagler Garden) will bring their unique strengths together to develop an urban art trail for the community. The ensemble was awarded a $20,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Broward as part of the 2014 Art of Community: The Engagement Challenge Fund. Each member of the ensemble values well-designed green space, accessibility to public art and fostering community involvement.

Mockingbird Trailis an exploration-based project that will utilize the state bird as the project's figurehead. The Northern Mockingbird is a familiar bird to residents and an avid urban dweller. This urban art trail will reexamine the way we connect with native wildlife, flora and each other in a thriving downtown environment.

Yamamoto brings her sculpting experience to the project and was selected by the ensemble due to a portfolio of work that exemplifies a strong fusion of forms between the animal and plant kingdoms. She currently has public works installed in Miami Beach, FL, Hilton Head, SC and Tampa, FL. Yamamoto will work specifically to develop a concept for the series of sculptural pieces that will appear along the urban trail, while landscape architects Cadence, will develop the trail route and map graphics working in tandem with Yamamoto to develop site specific locations for her pieces. Cadence and Yamamoto will conduct three public workshops over the course of eight months to include community members in this unique process.

The artists and designers will work directly with community members to listen to their input, inform of research findings and share a behind the scenes look into the design process. "Public art and design plays a tremendously important role in the growth of a neighborhood. It can define an attitude, creating a memorable experience that is intrinsically tied to the location and its cultural/economical success," says Girls' Club's, Sarah Michelle Rupert.

In the Spring of 2015, upon completion of the design phase, the ensemble will kickstart a fundraising campaign for a $20,000.00 match to the grant awarded. Funds raised will be utilized for the fabrication and installation costs of the sculptures and trail elements.

10 Artists Named in Broward County's 100th Anniversary Celebration's VisualEYES

A select group of renowned South Florida artists is set to create 10 public artworks as part of Broward 100   Celebrating the Art of Community's VisualEYES cornerstone project.

The commissioned artists will create a collection of murals across the County. The artist lineup with their matched locations are: 

Visaul Eyes ArtistsDistrict 1   Alex Vahan
District 2   Carla Rowe and Addonis Parker
District 3   Ruben Ubiera
District 4   Elio Mercado
District 5   Luis Valle
District 6   Eduardo Mendieta
District 7   Andrew Reid
District 8   Gary Moore
District 9   Nathan Delinois
Port Everglades   Bill Savarese

What's unique about this project is that it goes beyond beautifying public spaces. The artists will conduct community engagement workshops where they will work closely with residents to understand the social issues and flavor of the surrounding neighborhoods. The artists will integrate this thoughtful feedback into the design process, creating street art that will speak to the community with authenticity while paying tribute to the County's 100th birthday.

Artists and location matches were selected by the Broward Cultural Council through its Art of Community Programming Committee. This Broward 100 project is slated to roll out in early 2015, and will take place throughout the Centennial year. For further information visit

VisualEYES is one of four cornerstone components of a countywide, yearlong celebration. VisualEYES aims to build new social bonds through visual art initiatives. This Broward 100 cornerstone will engage artists, galleries, museums and local organizations, bringing them together to showcase community-driven visual artworks.

Three Broward County Artists Receive South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Awards

(From left) Richard LaBarbera; Jillian Mayer and Ben Morey

Three Broward County artists have been named as recipients of the 2014 South Florida Cultural Consortium Visual and Media Artists Fellowships.

Photographed above are Richard LaBarbera ($15,000), photography; Jillian Mayer ($15,000), video; and Ben Morey ($15,000), mixed media were recently selected to receive these esteemed, five-county artist fellowships. This year's selections came from a record-breaking group of more than 310 applicants. In total, 13 fellowships were awarded in Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Martin counties.

The recipients were selected during a two-tier panel process which included the participation of regional and national arts experts. The 2014 regional panel, whose selections are conducted anonymously and based solely on the evaluation of the artists' work as evidenced by samples submitted, included Adler Guerrier, 2013 SFCC Fellowship recipient; Maria Elena Ortiz, curatorial assistant, Perez Art Museum Miami; Marisa Pascucci, curator of 20th century and contemporary art, Boca Museum of Art; Jane Hart, curator, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (Broward); Christina Pettersson, 2012 SFCC Fellowship recipient; and Amanda Sanfilippo, curator/director of development, Locust Projects.

The submissions selected by the regional panel were forwarded for final adjudication and selection to the national panel composed of Jarrett Earnest, art historian, writer and co-director of the 1:1 arts space in New York; Tumelo Mosaka, contemporary art curator at the Krannert Art Museum in Champaign-Urbana, Ill.; and Cassie Thornton, artist from Oakland, Calif.
A juried exhibition featuring the works of the 13 South Florida regional recipients was presented at the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship for Visual and Media Artists is a cooperative project funded in part with the support of the boards of County Commissioners of Broward, Miami-Dade, Martin and Monroe counties and the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.
Visit the Broward Cultural Division website for additional information on the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Broward County recipients.  



Four Broward County Recipients Succeed in Knights Art Challenge

Knight Arts Challenge

Fort Lauderdale's FATVillage Projects Contemporary Art Space

From the heart of South Miami-Dade to the streets of Stiltsville, Miami and Key West, 47 ideas will bring the arts into communities across South Florida with $2.29 million from the Knight Arts Challenge
and four of them are in Broward County.

A program of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the challenge funds the best ideas for bringing South Florida together through the arts.

The 2014 winners are mainly small arts organizations, collectives and individual artists. Their diverse ideas range from launching an artist-in-residency program over the water at Stiltsville, setting traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Afro-Cuban poetry and presenting a play based on the stories of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.

All of the winners answered a question posed by the Knight Foundation: What’s your best idea for the arts?

With challenge funding, the 2014 Broward County winners are:

Cultural Mash-up Mixes Indian Dance with Afro-Caribbean Poetry
Ranjana Warier

Award: $35,000
To celebrate Miami’s many cultures, Davie dancer Ranjana Warier will collaborate with prominent Miami poet Adrian Castro for a project that sets traditional Indian dance to the rhythms of Castro’s Afro-Caribbean verse. Together they will portray how two seemingly disparate cultures are both about human beings’ needs to express themselves and to tell stories. This project culminates with performances in Miami-Dade and Broward counties during National Poetry Month in April.

Fort Lauderdale Arts Space Provides Home for Experimental Work
FAT Village Arts District

Award: $80,000
To promote cutting-edge contemporary art by expanding the reach of Fort Lauderdale’s FATVillage Projects Contemporary Art Space, which provides a home for artists to create and present experimental work.

Super Bowl of Poetry Coming to Broward
Jason Taylor Foundation

Award: $50,000
To bring the “Super Bowl of poetry” to Broward County through a friendly poetry competition that unites South Florida students through spoken word.

Brazilian Music Institute Heads to Broward
University of Florida, College of Fine Arts, School of Music

Award: $75,000
To showcase Brazilian culture by supporting the University of Florida’s Brazilian Music Institute, to be presented in South Florida at Broward College and at the Ralph R. Bailey Concert Hall in Davie.

Now in its seventh year, the Knight Arts Challenge has only three rules for applying: 1) The idea must be about the arts, 2) The project must take place in or benefit South Florida, 3) The grant recipients must find funds to match Knight’s commitment. The best receive Knight Foundation funds.

Knight has received more than 8,900 ideas from the South Florida community since launching the challenge in 2008. In total, 241 projects have received almost $25 million in funding. More information is available at


NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale
Rebrands with New Name and Graphic Identity

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale

NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, part of Nova Southeastern University (NSU), announces a rebranding that includes a new graphic identity and a name change. The re-branding reflects the museum's enhanced accessibility, its embrace of both local and global audiences, and its relationship to Nova Southeastern University. A new website is located at

NSU Art Museum - Fort LauderdaleThe rebranding is part of an exciting phase of transformation and growth for the Art Museum that began in September 2013 with the addition of Director and Chief Curator Bonnie Clearwater, who has worked closely with the Art Museum's Board of Governors, staff, and NSU leadership to expand its reach locally and internationally with initiatives that include the development of a world-class exhibitions program, focus on education and scholarship, and enhanced community engagement.

Among the Art Museum's recent and upcoming exhibitions and programs: Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection and 20th Century Mexican Art from the Stanley and Pearl Goodman Collection (Feb. 26 - May 31 2015); Café Dolly: Picabia, Schnabel, Willumsen (Feb. 23, 2014 - Feb. 1, 2015); American Scene Photography: Martin Z. Margulies Collection (Nov. 2, 2014 - Mar. 22, 2015); and Art Collectors Perspectives lecture series in which noted art collectors share their experiences on the art of collecting.

Andrews named Executive Director of Coral Springs Museum of Art

Julia Black AndrewsThe City of Coral Springs, in conjunction with the Coral Springs Museum of Art, has named Julia Black Andrews as Executive Director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art (CSMART). Andrews joined the City of Coral Springs in 2013 as the Education and Public Programs Director at CSMART.

Andrews previously worked as a Program and Facilities Manager for ArtServe, Fort Lauderdale and was responsible for curating exhibits and program development, and daily management of the facility. She is also experienced in hospitality marketing and film productions, and has exceptional leadership abilities.

Museum and Gallery Guide Showcases Cultural Venues

A recently reprinted Museum and Gallery Guide is one of the local directories showcasing the many locations that preserve Broward County and Fort Lauderdale’s century-old history.

The brochure has had tremendous results with the public and the organizations highlighted, as it includes listings for almost 100 of the County’s museums, art galleries, historic and cultural venues and science and technology exploration centers. 

In between Fort Lauderdale’s world-famous beaches and the natural wonders of the Everglades, from seagrass to sawgrass lie some of the region’s more notable tourist destinations along with hidden gems that undoubtedly attract locals to seek aesthetic reprieve and submerge themselves in the artistic heritage of our cities and the history of our county.  Today, in Fort Lauderdale, it may not be The Louvre; instead it may be a stroll through the beachside Bonnet House Estate or an airboat ride through alligators and swamps in the Everglades. It’s the gentleness of our climate, the particular blue of the sky as the backdrop for these treasures that makes Broward County unique. These destinations and venues play a significant role in making Broward County rich with offerings - and all the culturally diverse organizations listed in this guide provide a road map to our legacy.

2015 Broward Museum and Gallery Guide

The cultural attractions include the historic Stranahan House Museum, built in classic Florida frontier design. The oldest surviving structure in Broward County, it is the original property of Fort Lauderdale’s founding father Frank Stranahan, who came to the area in 1893 to manage the ferry across the New River and operate a trading post. His wife, Ivy Cromartie Stranahan, came to serve as the area’s first schoolteacher. Together, they were pioneer settlers on the New River and began trading with the Native Americans. Their story and this building are rich with the history and legacy of Fort Lauderdale.  

Moving out of the downtown core, the guide features venues such as the Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum, which showcases the Seminole Tribe of Florida; the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, in which the Harrambe Room depicts the journey of the African slaves, which has come to be known as the “Middle Passage,” by local artist Gary Moore. Flamingo Gardens highlights the cultural heritage of South Florida through its wildlife and natural foliage; the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum features an extensive library of photos, galleries, fishing-related memorabilia, wetlands, alligators, events and education; and the South Florida Railway Museum is a one-story masonry, Mediterranean revival structure designed for both passengers and freight in 1926.  It remains essentially unchanged in structure to this day.

Museum and Gallery guides are available at your local library, Chamber of Commerce or by calling 954-357-7457 


Atlantic Hotel & Spa Partners with ArtServe to Exhibit Artwork of Local Artists

Local artists joined more than 100 guests at The Atlantic Hotel & Spa in January for a cocktail reception to premier “Feast of Colors,” an exhibition facilitated by ArtServe, an organization that features the works of celebrated and diverse local artists who have all achieved acclaim in different media, disciplines and professions.

Atlantic Hotel and Spa Partners

Artists Tin Ly, Carlos Cesar Alves, Christian Feneck and Lee Berlin pictured with Heidi Dennis of The Atlantic Hotel & Spa and Jaye Abbate of ArtServe at the Feast of Colors cocktail reception

Guests mixed and mingled with local artists Christian Feneck, an architect by trade who is now equally known for his detailed and vibrant artwork; Tin Ly, an award-winning Vietnamese artist who has made Broward his home for the past 25 years and whose paintings and sculptural works are in collections around the world; Lee Berlin, a successful business entrepreneur and long-time radio host who has recently found his passion in creating visual art; and Carlos Cesar Alves, a Brazilian-born artist who is involved in Miami’s Design District.

Jaye Abbate, president and CEO of ArtServe, introduced the artists and expressed her gratitude to The Atlantic Hotel and Spa’s general manager, Heidi Dennis, for providing the opportunity to fulfill ArtServe’s goal of showcasing local artists and creating buzz about their work.  While guests mingled with the local artists, they enjoyed hors d'oeuvres and wine provided by Beauty & the Feast Bar|Kitchen located in The Atlantic Hotel & Spa.

The exhibition, “Feast of Colors,” is scheduled to adorn the walls of the lobby through March. The partnership with ArtServe is part of The Atlantic Hotel & Spa’s ongoing support of the arts.  Every few months, the hotel displays eye-catching artwork from emerging local artists. All of the artwork exhibited in The Atlantic Hotel & Spa is available for purchase and proceeds will benefit ArtServe and the artists it represents.  ArtServe is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide programs, events, business opportunities and facilities that help local and emerging artists turn their art into business.


Broward Cultural Division's Andy Royston
Honored in 2015 International Mobile Photo Awards 

Man O'War, Adventures Done - Inset: Andy Royston

Andy Royston  is a winner of a 2015 Mobile Photography Awards - the Oscars of cellphone/iPhone photography, for his image Man-O-War, Adventures Done, which has been awarded first prize in the Nature and Wildlife Category. It was taken on Fort Lauderdale North Beach in Feb. 2014 as part of his @FtLauderdaleSun project.

Design consultant to the Broward Cultural Division, Andy Royston is an award-winning artist, photographer and designer originally from Yorkshire, England. A web, media and logo design specialist, his clients have ranged from NASCAR and Indycar heroes to the prestige design centers of Los Angeles, Houston and New York. He came to Florida after an award-winning career working for BBC Television News in London and spent a decade as creative chief of a Fort Lauderdale design agency.

The Mobile Photography Awards were founded in 2011 to recognize and celebrate the talent and imagery of the mobile photo & art communities. Over the course of four years, the Mobile Photography Awards has evolved into the world's largest annual event & competition of its kind. Since 2011, the Mobile Photography Awards has produced more than a dozen successful exhibits in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Toronto, Melbourne, San Jose and more.

Royston's two other images, including Walk of Life (Below), received honorable mentions in Waterscapes and Black and White categories.

 Walk of Life - by Andy Royston

Broward County Cultural Division
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