October 20, 2010
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Join A National Initiative... October is Arts and Humanities Month

National Arts & Humanities Month -October 2010

Broward Cultural Division joins hundreds of arts organizations and communities this month in celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM). Arts organizations and communities are asked to recognize the many ways that arts and cultural performances enhance lives. More than 400 NAHM events are happening across the United States this month, so join in by attending the theater or other cultural events, taking a ceramics or dance class, or singing songs with your kids. Join in!

Every year, in honor of NAHM, Broward County celebrates with a unique event in October. The Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year is Broward Cultural Division's annual celebration that recognizes the most outstanding arts teacher in Broward County schools. This year will mark 25 years of this remarkable program - it’s a Silver Anniversary! The event is free and open to the public.

Also, in a groundbreaking show of support, 19 cities within Broward County responded to an invitation to participate in a city-by-city National Arts and Humanities Month proclamation, in honor of this national initiave. The proclamations will be on exhibition at the Broward County Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave. in downtown Fort Lauderdale, through November. The cities are: Coconut Creek, Coral Springs, Dania Beach, Deerfield Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Hillsboro Beach, Hollywood, Lauderdale Lakes, Lauderhill, Miramar, Oakland Park, Parkland, Pembroke Pines, Pompano Beach, Southwest Ranches, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston and Wilton Manors

There are various other ways to Get Involved. Visit the Americans for the Arts website to see a listing of events in your area. Take time during NAHM to volunteer and serve in your community. Broward Cultural Division invites you to post your arts volunteer stories on the NAHM website at www.serve.artsusa.org.

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


Broward County has Phenomenal Arts Teachers -It's Time to Celebrate!

Broward Cultural Division invites everyone to a prestigious award ceremony - the 2010 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 6:00 p.m., in the Amaturo Theater at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, 201 SW 5th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. This year’s honored recipient is Neil Jenkins, band director, J.P. Taravella High School.

Neil Jenkins has been a band director since 1968. He holds a Master of Arts in Education (music) and a Bachelor of Arts in Education (Music) from the University of South Florida in Tampa and is certified in Music Education, K - 12.

Jenkins was recognized earlier this week, with a proclamation at the County Commission meeting, designating Wednesday, October 20, 2010 as Neil Jenkins Day in Broward County.

The Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Award was created by the Broward County Cultural Division in 1985 to annually recognize the most outstanding arts teacher in Broward County schools. Teachers, whose primary assignment is in an arts discipline, including dance, drama, music, visual arts and media arts, are eligible to apply or be nominated. In addition to the ceremony and reception at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, the winner receives a cash stipend, a scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, a Tiffany crystal apple, an inscribed brick on Riverwalk, and an assortment of gifts from cultural organizations and businesses.

Please RSVP here for the 2010 Broward County Art Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony.

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

The Arts Teacher of the Year has been made possible by Broward County Board of County Commissioners' Broward Cultural Council; Broward Center for the Performing Arts and The School Board of Broward County, FL; and

THE CULTURAL FOUNDATION OF BROWARD through the generous support of Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education and Human Services, LXR Luxury Resorts and Hotels Fort Lauderdale Collection, Hyatt Regency Pier Sixty-Six, Bahia Mar Beach Resort, The Mulcahy Family Scott and Fran Mulcahy, The Prestige Club, Florida Marlins Community Foundation, Michael Bassichis, Publix Super Markets Charities, and DeMeo Young McGrath PA


Broward Cultural Division Presents "A Social Media Art Bootcamp"

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Broward Cultural Division, MiamiArtExchange.com and ArtServe invite artists of all disciplines, gallery owners and creative entrepreneurs to a full-day workshop. Social Media Art BootCamp for Artists will be held at ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd in Fort Lauderdale, on Saturday, October 30, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The fee for the workshop is $25.

Social Media Art BootCamp is a workshop that focuses on artists to develop new skills to improve: self-marketing; provide publication, exhibition and event information; create new conversational opportunities with customers, and looks at technology as a creative tool. Social channels have increasingly become a vital part of many successful individual’s and organization’s communication strategies. Savvy artists need to become aware, and utilize these current marketing tools because both the broadcast and print media landscape has changed so dramatically. Social media is all about creating and sharing information, and becoming part of the community and increasing one’s effectiveness in the marketplace. Social Media Art BootCamp is a user-friendly, and a user-created, workshop designed to provide a course of action for novices and seasoned users.

Offering panels and presentations, the workshop will feature the following leading figures working at the intersection of art and social media Onajide Shabaka, president of Miamiartexchange.com; Maria de los Angeles – blogger; Davide di Cillo, a moblie application developer and web designer; Alex de Carvalho, social media expert; Chris Tiedje, graphic designer, Sun Sentinel; Patrick Barbanes, Branding Online; and Tina La Porta, artist.

Participation costs $25 and includes light refreshments and free parking. Click here to Register online; or visit www.broward.org/arts and click on ‘Events’. You may also contact Broward Cultural Division’s Grants Administrator James Shermer at 954-357-7502.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts


Artist, Rosanna Saccoccio Featured at Lee Wagener Gallery in FLL Airport

Lee Wagener Gallery

The Broward County Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program recently opened Colorscapes, an exhibition by artist Rosanna Saccoccio, at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The exhibition, in the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, located at Terminal 2 Departure Level, will run for three months and consists of nine individual acrylic paintings on canvas.

Rosanna Saccoccio has been making art in her studio in the Third Avenue Art District in downtown Fort Lauderdale for more than 30 years. She hails creatively from the New York City Garment District where she worked as a fabric designer. Saccoccio has shown her art nationally and is now exhibited in many private and public collections, including the prestigious Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Brooklyn Museum. The artist says her greatest pleasure "is to share my interpretations of life with others. After 30 years as a printmaker, I have put my tools away and have returned to painting on canvas. "I work on a number of canvases at one time, shifting back and forth, creating a rhythm of space and color while having a dialogue with my work," says Saccoccio. "It's not my intention to copy nature or to represent landscapes, but through color and form, my intent is to express the emotion inspired by nature."

The Lee Wagener Art Gallery offers Broward County artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent, high-traffic area in Terminal 2 that is accessible to the public. Artists are selected through the Public Art & Design Program and exhibits are changed every three months. A portion of the gallery is devoted to the exhibition of video artworks from Broward County's permanent art collection. At present, Tree-Rain, by Broward-based artists Suzanne Scherer and Pavel Ouporov, is installed as the permanent video artwork.

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art & Design project manager


CreativeBROWARD 2020

CreativeBROWARD 2020

In 2008, national arts consultants The Cultural+Plannng Group, LLC were contracted by Broward County Commission’s Cultural Council to research, assess and recommend a community cultural plan for Broward County for the next ten years. It would take 18-months and engage more than 1,000 community members and the dedication of hundreds of volunteer Broward County business people, artists, architects, cultural leaders and residents, to develop CreativeBROWARD 2020: A Plan for Cultural & Economic Development in Broward County. This intrinsic planning process, assisted by prominent volunteer leaders in the community, was led locally by a Steering Committee chaired by Jarett Levan, President and CEO of BankAtlantic—Levan’s involvement sending a clear message that the intersection of arts and business is a good place to plan.

David Plettner-Saunders and Jerry Allen, principals of The Cultural + Planning Group, each have more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arts and cultural sector. Through more than 30 meetings with focus groups, town hall and individual forums; more than 750 citizens interviewed by telephone and more than 350 residents responding to online surveys, today Broward’s 10-year strategic plan reflects a diverse population and includes three component plans focused on the Creative Economy, Cultural Tourism, and Public Art & Design.

To view the Executive Summary or the full plan including the 49 recommnendations made by the CreativeBROWARD 2020, Click Here.

To take a Survey that tells the Broward Cultural Council how you would prioritize the 49 Recommendations in the plan, Click Here.


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