June 10, 2010
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In this issue: Creative Industries, Arts Job Saved, Young At Art Museum, Grant Award

Growth Reported in Small Businesses That Create & Distribut the Arts

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Today, Broward County is home to more than 5,600 arts-related businesses—that employ 21,833 people—an increase of 4 percent over 2009 employees in the creative, as documented by Dun and Bradstreet, the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the U.S. Americans for the Arts released the 2010 Creative Industries Report which offers a research-based approach to understanding the scope and economic importance of the arts.

In the last four years, during the great recession, the number of arts-related businesses has grown by 36 percent, and the number of employees has increased by 17 percent. These numbers are even more compelling in light of the loss of many jobs and local businesses. From these statistics, it is clear that the creative industry is a growing segment of the local economy and supports a global trend that will continue as this knowledge-based economy expands.

Additionally, there is compelling new evidence that the priorities of CEOs' of major national corporations are changing in important ways. According to a new survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM's Institute for Business Value, CEOs identify "creativity" as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future. “Until now creativity has generally been viewed as fuel for the engines of research or product development, not the essential leadership asset that must permeate an enterprise,” reports Frank Kern, in What Chief Executives Really Want, May 2010, BusinessWeek.com online magazine.

The creative industries are comprised of businesses that create or distribute the arts, including: museums and collections; performing arts; visual arts/photography; film, radio and TV; design and publishing; arts schools and services. These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy: they employ people, purchase goods and services locally, generate government revenue and are a cornerstone of tourism. They also nourish the human spirit.

Nationally, there are more than 650,000 businesses in the U.S. involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ more than 2.9 million people.

For more information, contact Jody Horne-Leshinsky at 954-357-7463.

One More Art Job Saved!

Fort Lauderdale Historical Society's Christopher Barfield

Broward Cultural Division distributed economic recovery funds to 17 arts organizations including The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, which protected a position through which Christopher Barfield carefully manages, researches, preserves, curates and exhibits the largest collection of historical archives in Broward County. This position was previously slated for elimination due to financial cut backs.

Christopher Barfield brings a wealth of knowledge to this position with a B.A. in history from the University of Florida and an M.F.A. in Museum Studies from George Washington University. He is responsible for more than 250,000 still images relating to the history of Broward County as well as the notable collections of postcards and slides.

The Society’s three-dimensional collections include a variety of artifacts reflecting the life of local residents, from furnishings and clothing to agricultural implements. Some of the most treasured items are the Seminole artifacts and World War II uniforms and insignia. All this and more, continually preserved through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and a national American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

Through this economic stimulus package, Broward County’s Cultural Division received a $250,000 grant, and in turn, re-granted the funds through an ARRA Lifeline application process. These funds were specifically directed to restore jobs in the arts.

For further information on the list of grantees, or this program, visit the Broward Cultural Division website; or contact Jim Shermer 954-357-7502.

Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for New Young At Art Museum and Reading Center

Young At Art MuseumIn early June, Young At Art in partnership with Broward County Libraries and Broward County Board of County Commissioners held a Groundbreaking Ceremony to celebrate the milestone of construction commencing on the New Young at Art Museum and Broward County Children’s Reading Center.

The event was held at the construction site for the new Reading Center, which will be built on more than 11 acres of land in the Town of Davie. A public artwork commissioned by Broward County Board of County Commissioners will be integrated into the design of the interior and/or exterior space of the library/museum; and designed by public artists Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt.

The 55,000 square-foot Center will be composed of approximately 10,000 SF reading center, 42,000 SF museum and instructional areas with approximately 3,000 SF of shared space. The synergy of a museum, library and art park will create a sense of community and shared experience. The new cultural arts complex will have a seamless flow of programming, integrating and expanding artistic and academic literacy and doing what Young At Art has done without equal in South Florida -- providing authentic, meaningful arts and multicultural experiences that engage children and adults on pathways to lifelong learning.

For more information on this project, please contact Kathleen Margoles at 954-357-8011.

Broward Cultural Division Receives Access to Artistic Excellence Grant Award

National Endowment for the Arts logoBroward County Board of County Commissioners’ Broward Cultural Division recently received a grant award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The “Access to Artistic Excellence” award of $42,000 is to support the design and implementation of a series of specialized professional development programs and workshop services entitled, Broward Cultural Division Investing in Leadership Series.

In partnership with ArtServe, Inc, NEA supported workshops included: Jeff Trabucco, Director of Network Licensing, Artsopolis Marketing Partnership; Creating Your Own Success: An Investment for Artists workshop with Jackie Battenfield; Marketing for the Independent Artist: How to Advance Your Career and Build Your Business with Deborah Obalil; and A Strategy for Culture in the Age of Infinite Choice, with ArtsJournal's founder and editor Doug McLennan. Upcoming programs include workshops with the Nonprofit Finance Fund, and the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute. The Division will be working with other community funders to continue to present additional workshops through June 2011.

Access to Artistic Excellence encourages and supports artistic creativity, preserves diverse cultural heritage, and makes the arts more widely available in communities throughout the country. Particularly relevant at this time are projects that demonstrate innovation by generating new forms of art making, new directions in the field, and/or innovative uses of creative resources.

These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. The NEA recognizes that many of the most effective projects encompass both artistic excellence and enhanced access. Investment in the creative industries is critical to develop a committed, well-informed and cultural workforce.

For further information on this grant award or the upcoming programs to be hosted, contact Jim Shermer 954-357-7502.



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