May 22, 2009
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In this issue: Public Art, Cultural Gifts, AEI, B.A.M.M., Arts Meeting, Arts Teacher of the Year

Artist Cheryl Foster Designs Artwork for Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center

 Cheryl Foster

Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design Program commissioned artist Cheryl Foster to create a permanent, original and innovative outdoor artwork for the new new Edgar P. Mills Multi-Purpose Center at 900 N.W. 31st Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

The artwork proposal, "Wish Vessels" envisions life-sized, colorful and fanciful sculptures placed in the proposed landscaping around the site and building entrances.

Multimedia artist, Cheryl Foster was born in Washington, D.C. Like a chameleon, this Howard University graduate’s medium is forever changing. The only constant is her passion for her craft. Specializing in large scale, public art, Foster works nationally with art councils, architects, developers and individuals, to design, fabricate and install imaginative projects. Be it sensitive portraiture in stained glass or abstract tile mosaic, LED illuminated waterjet cut metal structures, or realistic sculptures, she feels the “vision” dictates its medium.

Cheryl Foster is also commissioned to design the artwork for the Roosevelt Gardens Park Project in the park along NW 11th Street in Fort Lauderdale. She is presently working with the community on the design of the project.

Broward Center Features ArtServe Artisans Offering Patrons Show-Stopping Gifts


For nearly two decades, both the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and ArtServe have nurtured local artists and cultural organizations throughout the community. Now the Broward Center is taking another step in providing an economic boost to these artists by promoting the jewelry, textiles and hand-crafted items of these unique ArtServe artisans in the Center’s SunTrust Gift Emporium. The Gift Emporium, located in the Horvitz Lobby of the Broward Center’s Au Rene Theater, is open prior to performances and during intermissions.

A national model for other arts organizations, ArtServe provides low-cost, shared office space with other nonprofit organizations, each with at least one cultural component. Through private and public funding, ArtServe has developed a series of programs aimed at strengthening and assisting local artists and nonprofit cultural groups to attain their artistic goals and enhance their missions.

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located within the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.

Artist as an Entrpreneur Institue Returns to South Florida


The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) for South Florida artists will be presented on four Saturdays in June 2009 at ArtServe, Inc., 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale thanks to a partnership with Broward Cultural Division, The Community Parnership for Arts and Culture (CPAP) and ArtServe, Inc.

The AEI is an artist-focused course of study designed to assist all artists, of all disciplines, by cultivating and advancing their business skills. AEI will be offered as 18 classes convening during full-day sessions (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) on June 6, 13 & 20, and a Business Plan Clinic and Workshop on June 27, 2009 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm).

Participation costs $100 and includes light refreshments and free parking. For more information about the Artists as an Entreprenuer Institute contact Broward Cultural Division’s Grants Administrator James Shermer at 954-357-7502 or Click Here .

Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM)

June 2009 will be a month of incredible cultural experiences for many, thanks to the collaborative effort of 17 attractions, museums, and cultural destinations located in Broward County and Boca Raton. During Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM), members of any of the 17 institutions will enjoy reciprocal membership to the other venues free of charge.

BAMM’s theme, JOIN ONE, EXPERIENCE THEM ALL, encourages more visitation and membership at each organization.

Both current and new members of the 17 museums and attractions will receive free entry with proof of membership. Special events may not be included. institutions include:

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center 
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Children’s Museum of Boca Raton
Cinema Paradiso
Coral Springs Museum of Art
Flamingo Gardens
Fort Lauderdale History Center
IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame
International Swimming Hall of Fame
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University
My Jewish Discovery Place Children’s Museum
Old Davie School Historical Museum
Old Dillard Museum
Plantation Historical Museum
Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum
Stranahan House

Leading Arts and Culture Through the Recession

LeadershipAs a follow up to the February panel discussion Leading Arts and Culture through the Recession , it was decided to hold quarterly social networking meetings for cultural executives to get together after hours and talk in a more casual atmosphere about the state of the arts and update each other on how we can continue in these economic times.

Gregory von Hausch and Hal Axler have graciously offered Cinema Paradiso as the location for the next quarterly social on Tuesday, June 2 at 5:30 p.m.

Come and join in the discussion under the tent and at 7:30 p.m. After the social, stick around for a complimentary screening of the award-winning drama by first-time director Rob Margolies, Lifelines.

Susan Anderson Selected as the 2009 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year


In a show of great emotion and surprise, Susan Anderson received the outstanding news that she had been selected as Broward County’s 24th Arts Teacher of the Year . In the school auditorium full of her students, family and friends, as well as members of the School Board of Broward County, FL and Broward Cultural Division staff, she accepted. A ceremony to recognize this award will be held on Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 6:00 p.m., at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Susan Anderson holds a bachelor of fine arts in education/ceramics from Florida Atlantic University; is a studio art major from the School of Visual Arts in New York City; and is board certified in Early Adolescence through Young Adult Art with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She has taught at J.P. Taravella High School for more than 15 years and has worked as a summer instructor with art programs at both the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University and the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

The Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Award was created by the Broward County Cultural Division in 1985 to annually recognize a most outstanding arts teacher in Broward County schools.

For further information, contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869.  

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