December 7, 2009
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December 7, 2009 Newsletter Archive
In this issue: Jubilee Dance Theatre on WLRN, Knight Foundation grants, KW Symphony in Broward, Gold Coast Jazz Society Interview, New face of Cultural Quarterly

WLRN & Jubilee Dance Theatre Team Up For Passion On The Air!

Jubilee Dance TheatreLuctricia Welters and Jubilee Dance Theatre will be an inspirational segment of WLRN's weekly series ArtStreet, broadcasting on PBS Channel 17, on Monday, December 14, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Members of the Broward community and the media are invited to attend the premiere of Dancing Through Life (working title), produced by the Emmy award-winning Debra Hall-Greene, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, at 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. There will be a short opening presentation by Junior Jubilee Children's Dance Ensemble at 7:00 p.m.

The segment tells the story of Jubilee Dance Theater and its founding artistic director Luctricia Welters , who in January, opened operations in the City of Lauderhill. The dance studio holds for Welters a very specific purpose-to make dance and dreams easily available to a community otherwise underserved in the cultural arts. Simple - but not easy. Prior to this move, for seven years, Jubilee had been a cultural nomad, working in the schools and within the parameters of several outreach programs.

The ArtStreet segment will be aired again on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

For further information call Luctricia Welters, at 954-817-0664; e-mail: Jubilee Dance Theatre 

Knight Foundation Awards Infuse South Florida's Art Scene With $3.7 Million

Knight FoundationEmerging from 1,562 applications, 20 recipients were awarded $3.7 million in the 2009 Knight Arts Challenge, a community-wide contest by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to find the best ideas for the South Florida arts.

The contest is part of Knight Foundation's five-year, $40 million Knight Arts initiative, conceived to add to the impact of the arts on South Florida's community.

Broward County Winners are:

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival - $70,000
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will celebrate global cultures and foster dialogue in South Florida through a free film and community discussion series called Around the World in 80 Nights.

Florida Grand Opera - $200,000
"Opera FREE-FOR-ALL" aims to identify and cultivate a new audience for opera by holding a drawing for free tickets to a 2010 performance of Carmen.

Girls' Club - $10,000
This grant will nurture the career of Miami artist Frances Trombly by supporting an exhibit at Girls' Club, an alternative gallery space dedicated to contemporary female artists.

Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation - $15,000
In order to increase appreciation for the literary arts in South Florida, the Hannah Kahn Poetry Foundation will launch an author reading series.

Miami City Ballet, Inc. - $900,000
This grant will showcase Miami City Ballet and the region's cultural significance by providing orchestral accompaniment during the 2010-13 repertory seasons.

Contact: Marc Fest, 305-908-2677; or visit the Knight Foundation for further information.

Broward County Welcomes The Key West Symphony

Key West Symphony Orchestra logoIn its 12 th season, the Key West Symphony Orchestra has moved to Broward County, and is now part of the classical series of performances throughout the year. From their new home in the Josephine S. Leiser Opera Center, at 221 SW 3 rd Avenue in downtown Fort Lauderdale, they prepare for future performances.

On December 17, 2009, January 16 and April 23, 2010, Broward classical music enthusiasts will welcome the Key West Symphony and its line up of concerts at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

The Key West Symphony Orchestra made its debut at the Tennessee Williams Theatre on Friday, December 11, 1998. The ensemble has presented concerts and educational programming in its community and is led by founder and music director Sebrina Maria Alfonso who has appeared as guest conductor with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, National Orchestra of Cuba, San Jose Symphony, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, Charleston Symphony, Prague Radio Symphony and Orchestra de Rús in Sienna, Italy, among others.

For more information, contact Jacqueline Lorber at 954-522-8455, or click HERE for the Symphony Website.

WXEL Interviews Mary Becht, Pamela Dearden & Eric Allison
 Goldcoast Jass Society

WXEL Radio's (90.7 FM) Stephen Goldstein interviewed Broward Cultural Division’s Director Mary A. Becht and Gold Coast Jazz Society’ s - Executive Director Pamella Dearden and their Music Director/Jazz Musician Eric Allison, on a segment that aired on Sunday, December 6, 2009.

Noteworthy topics included the history of the Gold Coast Jazz Society, the economic impact of the arts on Broward County and how the Gold Coast Jazz Society has contributed to the impact of the arts. Also - why the Gold Coast Jazz Society is important to the developing cultural arts portfolio in Broward County.

Becht talks about Jazz as an American art form that needs to be preserved and underscores the significance of Gold Coast Jazz Society’s role in this preservation through their various programs. Dearden gives details about the operations and programming of Gold Coast Jazz.

Cultural Quarterly Has a New Look!

Cultural Quarterly CoverCultural Quarterly is an online magazine with a new look. This 21 year-old, cultural arts literary leader is now more graphically inviting and easily accessible.

Read about Broward's artists, history, culture, art news, art success stories, family fun and so much more! Click on the most comprehensive cultural calendar in South Florida, to plan a weekend of family activities.

The year was 1988 and the first issue of Cultural Quarterly was published, featuring the Picasso Exhibit at the Museum of Art and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. Informing the population on arts, culture, history and attractions, Cultural Quarterly grew to a distribution of 20,000 readers became the home of the most comprehensive cultural calendar in the County, and key to tourism in the area.

Stories included the likes of James Judd, Edward Villella, Duane Hanson and the many national and international public artists in the public art and design program. It also featured guest writers from the Americans for the Arts, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and has won many awards including National Association of County Information Officers, International Association of Business Communicators and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Advertising Federation awards.

Visit HERE to have a look!

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