December 5, 2008
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Dec 5, 2008 Newsletter Archive
In this issue:   Mini Grant Workshop , Miramar Artspark Opening , Knight Foundation Recipients , Cultural Holiday Gifts , New Video Artwork at Airport

Mini-Grant Program Application Workshops

Mini Grant Workshop Art
Broward County Commission’s Cultural Division invites interested participants from the community to a Mini-Grant Program grant application workshop offered TWICE on Monday, January 5, 2009 for Broward-based individual artists , and TWICE on Tuesday, January 6, 2009, for not-for-profit organizations , in the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. The workshops will be offered at 11:00 a.m., and 6:00 p.m. in the Bienes Ceremonial Room on each day.

The purpose of the Mini-Grant Program is to assist eligible Broward County not-for-profit cultural organizations with annual operating revenues of less than $100,000; and eligible Broward-based practicing professional artists, to fund small, but complete, cultural projects for which applicants have not received grant monies through any other Cultural Division program.

Not-for-profit cultural organizations may apply for up to $5,000 per award on a funds available basis. AND; Individual Broward-based practicing professional artists may apply for up to $2,000 per award/per year on a funds available basis.

The next Mini-Grant Program application deadline is February 10, 2009 for projects implemented between May 1 and September 30, 2009.

For more information, please call Adriane Clarke, grants specialist, 954-357-7530.

Click Here to RSVP for the Mini Grant Program Application Workshops

Miramar Cultural Center/ArtSpark Opens December 6, 2008

Allison Sky's Artwork, 'Vanishing View' located at The Miramar Cultural Center/Artspark (various views)
Allison Sky's Artwork, 'Vanishing View' located at The Miramar Cultural Center/Artspark (various views)

Members of the Broward community are cordially invited to the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark, 2400 Civic Center Place in Miramar (Southeast corner of the Flamingo Road/Red Road connector and Miramar Boulevard - north of Miramar Pkwy., east of Red Road, west of Hiatus Road, south of Miramar Blvd.) on Saturday, December 6, at 4:00 p.m.

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.

The event is free and open to the public and is part of day-long series of events that include a Holiday illumination tree lighting ceremony by City of Miramar officials. The public will also have an opportunity to view a live show as well as purchase tickets, from 3pm to 9pm at the Cultural Center Box Office, to some of the exciting upcoming shows and events slated for 2009.

Don’t miss this historic cultural event!

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3 Broward County Arts Organizations Are Recipients of Knight Foundation Awards

James L. Knight Arts PartnershipThe John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami will endow 31 carefully-selected art organizations across South Florida, with $8 million in grant money to support specific art projects. From an applicant group of 1,643, 31 recipients were chosen, three of whom are from Broward County. This contest is part of a five-year, $40 million Knight Arts Partnership program that included $20 million in leadership endowments for the Miami Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the New World Symphony.

The three Broward art organizations to receive this award are Young at Art Children’s Museum in Davie, who will receive $500,000 for help toward a project that instills an appreciation for art in children from babies to teens; Gold Coast Jazz Society, who will receive $18,000 to help fund a program for students of all ages and skill levels to perform with veteran jazz musicians and Classical South Florida, $250,000, for the development of South Florida’s only classical radio station.

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Holiday Gifts At The Cultural Information Center!
Holiday Must Haves ArtworkThe Broward County Cultural Division invites residents and visitors to the Cultural Information Center (CIC), first floor, Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, to browse an eclectic selection of gift ideas for friends, family and visitors for the holiday season. Precious and unique cultural representations of South Florida are great gifts for the holiday season!

Located in the heart of the arts and entertainment district in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the CIC offers a selection of cultural merchandise including hats, t-shirts, and ornaments. The gift shop also offers signature merchandise from arts organizations:  calendars; umbrellas; books; posters; CDs and free gift wrapping too.

This cultural gift shop is designed to serve the public by sharing cultural information through a variety of formats including; Cultural Concierge’s dispensing personalized information; an electronic calendar listing the current week’s events; a brochure rack for cultural organizations’ season guides and brochures.

While at the Main Library, take some time to visit ArtServe’s Gallery and Gift shop on the Second Floor of the Main Library, just inside the main entrance, to view and purchase artwork from many of Broward County’s local artists.

Proceeds from items purchased are returned to the artists and arts organizations in Broward County. Give the gift that gives back; support the arts!

For more information call 954-357-7979 or go to

Video Artwork Installed at Lee Wagener Gallery
Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport

Tree Rain artworkTree Rain has been installed as a permanent artwork at the new Lee Wagener Gallery in Terminal 2, by Broward-based artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov.

The media artwork, Tree-Rain (2007-08), is one of a series of recent works based on the massive Birch State Park banyan tree in Fort Lauderdale. “As a bilingual (American and Russian) couple, we often search for connections and common roots of our two diverse languages and incorporate literature, poetry, and text into our works,” say the artists.  Tree-Rain was inspired by Russian symbolist poet, Andrei Bely’s, 1922, Glossolalia.  Through a study of linguistics and a theory of the universe’s origins based on sound, it is structured on the repetition of roots, words, and sounds in many different languages. Latin and Cyrillic letters rain down, as moving text, forming words in English: mama, home, womb; in Russian: dom (home); in Hebrew: yom (day). 

Scherer and Ouporov are a collaborative team who met while studying at the renowned Moscow Surikov State Academy Art Institute—one of Russia’s two institutions of higher arts education and part of the Russian Academy of Arts established in 1757 by Peter the Great.  They have received national and international recognition for their collaborative works.

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art and Design project manager at 954-357-8542 or e-mail


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