February 27, 2009
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February 27, 2009 Newsletter Archive    
In this issue: New Public Artwork, Robin Gart, Cultural Quarterly-Winter, Cultural Forum 3-12-09, Jack Deinhardt and Judy Drucker, 2009 African-American Achievers, Jazz Picnics in the Park

Mosaic Artwork Installed At Carver Ranches Library

Mr. Fox & Mr. Rabbit Face Off Again

The artwork, Mr. Fox & Mr. Rabbit Face Off Again , recently installed in the clerestory of the atrium of Carver Ranches Library - close to both the children's area and the general reading area. The mosaics are created for the ceremonial, meditative and emblematic study of the cultural heritage (s) of Carver Ranches community. Artists John Pitman Weber and Nina Smoot Cain, collaborated choosing symmetrical facing images of the central characters of this African-American animal fable cycle: Fox and Rabbit. These two characters match wits with each other and everyone else. They survived the Middle Passage ( refers to the forcible passage of African people from Africa to the New World, as part of the Atlantic slave trade ) and endured with the ancestors for that same reason-that they live by their ideas and resourcefulness, not by strength or power. These clever animals are found in the folk tales of every nation of the world. The framing patterns of the artwork are animated by both African and Seminole designs. 

John Pitman Weber is best known as a public artist who has also been active in the studio for more than 30 years. He has held more than two dozen solo shows, including five in New York City, and has been included in major national and international traveling exhibitions.

Nina Smoot Cain is an artist and art educator best known for her work in mosaic. She has done two previous commissions for Chicago libraries and numerous works for schools. With four solo exhibits to her name, she has been featured by many group shows.

Visit the Broward Cultural Division website for more details on the Public Art and Design Program.

Robin Gart is Appointed to Broward County's Cultural Council

Robin Gart

The Broward Cultural Council recently welcomed a new member to its board. Robin Gart was appointed by Commissioner John E. Rodstrom Jr., as the latest member to Broward County’s arts advisory board.

The Broward Cultural Council, created in 1977, is an advisory board of the Broward County Commission. The Council is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Broward County through the development of the arts.

Robin Gart has lived in Broward County for the past 12 years and is proud to say she is a native Floridian. After graduating from high school in Virginia and then college in Chicago where she received her B.A. in English from the University of Chicago, Gart moved to Miami where she graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. It was there that she met her husband of 22 years Brian. They have two children, Caitlyn and Zachary.

Upon retiring from law, Gart became a full-time civic volunteer. She has served on many committees and boards of local organization—United Way, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Entirely Entertaining Event at Bonnet House, Museum of Art Festival of Trees, Leadership Broward, Jimmy Evert Tennis Center Advisory Board, Guardian Ad Litem, and Founder of Families for the Arts at University School. Besides her avid love for the arts and education, she also enjoys cooking, traveling, motorcycling, substitute teaching and her family.

Winter 2009 Cultural Quarterly Now Available Online!

Read about Broward's artists, history, culture, art news, art success stories, family fun and so much more! Check out the most comprehensive cultural calendar in South Florida on this website.

Check out the hottest arts and cultural stories of the season including:

County Cultural Forum Held on March 12, 2009

Broward Cultural Division invited Broward residents to a FREE County Cultural Forum, on Thursday, March 12, 2009, at Hagen Park, 2020 Wilton Drive, in Wilton Manors. The award-winning County Cultural Forum took place from Noon to 1:30 p.m.

Twice a year, this forum provides the community with information about the most up-to-date services and programs of the Broward Cultural Division and other cultural opportunities for municipalities, cultural executives, artists, residents and visitors of Broward County.
Information will also be shared about arts programming in the City of Wilton Manors and includes a tour of the newly-renovated historic Richardson House.        

For other information call Jody Leshinsky, community development director at 954-357-7463.

Jack Deinhardt & Judy Drucker to be Honored for Their Contributions to the Arts
The Master Chorale of South Florida will honor Jack Deinhardt and Judy Drucker at a gala evening on Saturday, March 14, 2009, at the Signature Grand. They were chosen for the indelible imprint they have made on the arts in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties.

“We are indebted to the foresight and acumen of these arts lovers. It is in no small measure due to their leadership that we enjoy a high caliber of artistic life here in South Florida. Their efforts have also been largely instrumental in the development, status and longevity of the Master Chorale of South Florida,” says Mark W. Glickman, president of the Master Chorale.

Reservations can be made through www.masterchoraleofsouthflorida.org, or by calling the Master Chorale offices at 954-418-6232.

JM Family Enterprises Announces 2009 African-American Achievers

JM Family Enterprises, Inc. President and CEO Colin Brown today announced the 2009 African-American Achievers.  The recipients will be honored for their exceptional contributions toward enriching the quality of life in South Florida at the 17th annual African-American Achievers awards ceremony on Thursday, April 16 at 6:15 p.m. at the Broward County Convention Center. 

The 2009 African-American Achievers adult honorees and respective categories are:

  • Charles Mills – Arts and Culture
  • Jim McKinley – Business and Entrepreneurism
  • Rev. Dr. Rosalind Osgood – Community Service
  • Dr. Niara Sudarkasa – Education

Established in 1992 by Jim Moran, founder of JM Family Enterprises, Inc. (JM Family) and subsidiaries Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC (Southeast Toyota) and JM Lexus, the African-American Achievers awards program carries on the vision of Moran to recognize those who unselfishly invest their time and talents toward building a stronger community.

Jazz Picnic in the Park

On March 8, 2009 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., the third in a series of Jazz Picnics in the Park will be held at the Ilene Lieberman Botanical Gardens, in the City of Lauderhill. The event presented by Florida Medical Center, and also sponsored by the Inverrary Association, will feature Bob Folse, who features the sound of a Latin Jazz Guitarist. To hear a demo: http://www.bobfolse.com/html/music.html.

If you attend, there is some seating in the amphitheatre. However, you may wish to bring your chairs, blankets, picnic baskets (particularly something to drink), and maybe a shade umbrella. Beverages are available for purchase, and food can be ordered and delivered to the park. No cooking or grills allowed.

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Support the Arts -- Purchase a State of the Arts License Plate
Purchase of this specialty license plate will support Broward County arts, please visit your local auto tag agency.