|Definition of an "ArtsPark"|
An 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.
Centered in the heart of Hollywood's Young Circle, the ArtsPark celebrated a mid-March opening with concerts, youth activities, a laser show, and the unveiling of a Romero Britto sculpture. The festivities were encompassed by, renowned Japanese artist, Ritsuko Taho’s creative Water/Dream Wave sculptures and harmonious events at the sacred Baobab tree.
Since opening, the public has rediscovered this renovated regional park and is enjoying evening concerts, an interactive play-area and special events which are now being programmed by the City of Hollywood, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts and the CRA Downtown District.
Internationally-known artist Ritsuko Taho's artwork, Millennium Springs, has transformed the Young Circle park into a regional, interactive ArtsPark where Broward County residents and visitors can partake in arts and cultural activities in the day and night. Young Circle ArtsPark, a 10-acre park in the heart of Downtown Hollywood, is located at Hollywood Boulevard and US-1.
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This project is funded in part by Broward County through the Broward County Board of County Commissioners with proceeds from the 2000 Broward County Safe Parks & Land Preservation Bond Issue.
The 2000 Safe Parks and Land Preservation Bond included a $5 million budget to construct a cultural center in a park. To leverage additional dollars for this cultural center, the County issued a Request for Letter of Interest (RLI) to municipalities to match that amount. In a competitive process, the City of Hollywood was awarded the ArtsPark funding to transform Young Circle Park.
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. An ArtsPark will also be built (in conjunction with a new library) in the new 110-acre Central Regional Park Cultural Center and Library. Discussions are underway for joint funding of the cultural center between Broward County and the City of Lauderhill.
The cultural centers are envisioned as a cultural community center providing free or low-cost arts services and would include classroom space, exhibit space, theaters, and sculpture gardens.
Parks & Recreation Department, City of Hollywood, 1405 South 28th Avenue, Hollywood, FL 33020
Chuck O. Ellis, Director of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts
Karl Chuck, Program and Events Manager