February 3, 2012
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February 3, 2012
Mayor of the City of Pembroke Pines Receives U.S. Conference of Mayors Public Leadership in the Arts Award
Frank Ortis, Mayor of Pembroke Pines
Frank Ortis, Mayor of Pembroke Pines

Frank Ortis, Mayor of the City of Pembroke Pines received the U.S. Conference of Mayors Public Leadership in the Arts Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s meeting in Washington, D.C. in January.

The awards honor elected officials and artists who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the advancement of the arts. Americans for the Arts and The United States Conference of Mayors have jointly presented the awards annually since 1997.

Recognizing that the arts were the key to Pembroke Pines' vitality, Mayor Frank Ortis made it his mission to build arts and cultural resources into the city. His efforts include visionary initiatives to invest in much-needed infrastructure, including theater, classroom and studio space, as well as increasing opportunities for residents of all ages to enjoy and participate in the arts. He has been instrumental in the establishment of arts resources in Pembroke Pines, including Studio 18. This 11,000 square foot creative re-use facility was transformed from a dilapidated state hospital laundry into an arts center that offers arts classes and showcases
contemporary art. Each year, the city underwrites nine free outdoor jazz performances that feature local jazz musicians. It also hosts the Pembroke Pines Arts Festival, an annual, two-day, outdoor arts celebration that features the work of nearly 100 artists and attracts more than 15,000 visitors each year.

"This award verifies the strong arts and culture commitment of Pembroke Pines," states Mayor Ortis. "In our municipality, the arts and culture are an essential part of our citizen's everyday lives. On behalf of the citizens of Pembroke Pines, it is an honor to receive this award."

Katharine DeShaw, Executive Director USA Projects
Microphilanthropy for Artists, visits Broward County

Artists, gallery owners and creative entrepreneurs are invited to hear Katharine DeShaw, executive director of United States Artists, at a closing forum for Doing Business As…Artist Entrepreneurs, DBA 2012, on February 22, 2012, 5 – 7:30 p.m; and at other locations throughout the county. D.B.A 2012 features 10 South Florida artists who are graduates of the Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI). This fourth annual exhibition is located at gallery six, in the Broward County Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. Click HERE to RSVP.

United States Artists (USA) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to investing in America's finest artists and to illuminating the value of artists to society. With a funding success rate of 75 percent, USA Projects has raised more than $1.84 million in funded projects thanks to the pledges of more than 12,800 unique donors, who have helped hundreds of artists realize original projects with funding goals ranging from $2,500 to $50,000. Learn more at www.unitedstatesartists.org.

Doing Business As… is founded by member artists LeeAnna Yater, Virginia Fifield, and Jacklyn Laflamme, who have had much success in four years of networking and exhibiting Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute graduates and their work. The exhibition runs through February 22, 2012, and promises outstanding artwork from well-known local artists such as Louis Davis, Nolan Haan, Michael D. Harris, Henning Haupt, Debra Kaszovitz, Amelia Monroe, Elle Schorr, Bonnie Shapiro, all AEI graduates. JoAnn Nava and Frank Crowley, both accomplished artists and AEI graduates are both curators and exhibitors in this year’s show.

The exhibit hours are Monday, Thursday and Friday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday and Wednesday: Noon to 8 p.m. For more info, please visit: www.artistsdoingbusinessas.com. The events and exhibition are free and open to the public. Click Here for Calendar Listing.

Katharine DeShaw will also speak at the following venues during her three-day Broward County visit:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
6:00PM- 7:00PM
Lauderhill Arts Center,
5450 NW19th Street in Lauderhill,
FL 33313 (Central Broward)
Lecture/talk with question and answer

Wednesday, February 22, 2012
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
1101 Poinciana Drive Pembroke Pines, FL 33025
bring your own lunch talk with question and answer

Thursday, February 23, 2012
12:00 PM- 1:00PM
The Girls’ Club
117 NE 2nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Bring your own lunch talk with question and answer
Light refreshments provided by Girls Club

Thursday, February 23, 2012
6:30PM- 8:00PM
Coral Springs Museum of Art
(Northwest Broward)
2855 Coral Springs Drive, Coral Springs, FL 33065
In conjunction with the South Florida Artists Association, Inc. Artist “Meet-up.”
Lecture/talk with question and answer

For more information, please call Adriane Clarke, grants specialist, 954-357-7530

Broward County Public Art & Design Program
Announces Nine More Cultural Heritage Landmarks

Artists Alicia Bellini-Sobchak was commissioned to design a prototype landmark for the Broward Cultural Heritage Landmark Program, a collaboration between Broward County Cultural Division and Broward Historical Commission. The landmarker identifies and honors important cultural and historic sites. Currently there are more than 120 historic sites mapped throughout Broward County.

In 2006, the first four installed landmarks were Wray Botanical Collection – Flamingo Gardens; Pine Island Ridge – Tree Tops Park; Tequesta Indian Village – Peace Mound Park and Ely Educational Museum – Blanche & Joseph Ely House.

Recently nine additional markers included: Bonnet House, Snow-Reed Swing Bridge and West Side School in Fort Lauderdale, and Curci House, in Hallandale Beach. Five more were: Hammerstein House in Hollywood; Sample McDougald House in Pompano Beach; Richardson Historic Park in Wilton Manors; Coral Springs Covered Bridge and Doris Davis Foreman Wilderness Preserve in Parkland; taking the total number installed to 13.

The artist conducted extensive research into the history and culture of Broward County from antiquity to present day, working with Broward County Historical Commission; local historians and educators; Archaeologist Dr. Bob Carr, an expert in Florida archaeology; and individuals from the sites where the prototypes are installed. The Cultural Heritage Landmark Project has a challenge to have 10 markers installed each year in order to have 100 landmarks in place by the County’s 100th birthday in 2015. Cities are encouraged to become a part of this unifying program

Carbonell Announces Nominees for 2011 Awards

Recently, the 2011 Carbonell Award Nominations were announced. Broward County was very well represented by a number of theaters: 11 nominations to Broward Stage Door, including Best Director in a Musical; Mosaic Theater received five nominations, including Best Actress in a Play, Best Ensemble and Best Director in a Play; Promethean Theater received five; Infinite Abyss received three; and Women's Theater Project received two nominations.

The winners will be announced at the Carbonell Awards ceremony to be held on Monday, April 2, 2012, at 7:30 p.m. in the Amaturo Theater, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located at 201 S.W. 5th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale.

South Florida's answer to the Tony Awards and a highlight of each arts season, the Carbonell Awards pay tribute to the very best theatrical productions on local stages and features the area's top entertainers and theater insiders as they step out from behind their roles in an unforgettable behind-the-scenes celebration.

The annual Carbonell Awards ceremony is designed to raise scholarships for students in the tri-county area to study at accredited colleges and universities for careers in the visual and performing arts, and in journalism. Along with New York's Drama Desk and Chicago's Joseph Jefferson Awards, the Carbonell Awards are among the nation's senior regional arts awards and predate others including Washington, D.C.'s Helen Hayes and Philadelphia's Barrymore Awards.

Libraries Division Awarded Big Read Grant
from National Endowment for the Arts

Florida Center for the Book at Broward County Library will launch its Big Read program in celebration of Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God with a special kick-off event on Wednesday, February 8 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale.

The Big Read kick-off event will feature a lecture, “Zora Neale Hurston’s Florida Dust Tracks,” by Dr. Heather D. Russell, Associate Professor of English, Florida International University. Free copies of Their Eyes Were Watching God and Reader’s Guides will be available at the event while supplies last. Light refreshments will be served.

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents the Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Broward County is one of 75 communities nationwide participating in the Big Read in 2011-2012.
Broward Cultural Council Member Margaret Mitchell Armand
Visits Cameroon on Cultural Mission

Prime Minister of Cameroon, Mr. Philom� Yang &
Margaret Mitchell Armand
Prime Minister of Cameroon, Mr. Philomé Yang &
Margaret Mitchell Armand

Broward County Cultural Council member, Dr. Margaret Mitchell Armand, traveled to Cameroon. The travel was arranged with the support of the Government of Cameroon and the United States Embassy in collaboration with the African Ancestry Program and Ark Jammer's (Act of Random Kindness) Ancestry Reconnection Program.

Armand's maternal African ancestry DNA search lead her to Cameroon and the ethnic group of Bamileke.

The visit included some historically significant events, including a welcome reception by the Prime Minister of Cameroon, Mr. Philemon Yang; a reception by the U.S. Ambassador in Cameroon; a street naming ceremony, land-title delivery, the Bimbia Healing Music Festival that brought together artists and cultural icons from across the world.

Also - a visit with several traditional healers, a reception by the Lamidat of Garoua, Cameroon; his majesty Alim Garga Hayatou with traditional dancers and a special rituals presentation including visits of traditional healers – and a celebration to reconnect Cameroonians from America and Haiti, introducing them to the rich culture, tradition, and art of their ancestral home, Cameroon.

Coral Springs Identical Triplets String and Piano Virtuosi Join
Coral Springs Sy Sugar POPS Symphony Orchestra

Lubben Triplets
Lubben Triplets
The Coral Springs Center for the Arts announces world-class string and piano virtuosi, triplets Tom, Josh and Mike Lubben, South Florida's unusual local talent, to appear with the Sy Sugar POPS Symphony Orchestra, January 8, 2012.

These 17-year-old triplets were musicians before anything else. They loved listening to older brother Joseph play since the age of three. They started formal musical studies at age five with Russian-American violinist and pianist, Leana Strouse, first violin then piano at age six. Mike continued to focus on the violin, Tom on the violin and the viola and Josh on the violin and cello. They are profoundly talented on string and piano.

Triplets, Tom, Josh and Mike are passionate performers and enjoy performance and competitions. They have won first place awards from the National Federation of Music Regional and State competitions, which honor exceptionally talented young musicians. They are an inspiration to us all.

Their teacher, Russian-American violinist and pianist, Leana Strouse, was born in Moscow and received a Bachelor of Music degree in Violin and Piano from the Belgrade Music College. She also has a Master's Degree in Teaching and Performing from the Kiev State Conservatory. She is the proud teacher of the Lubben triplets.

These rising stars are not to be missed!

Visit the Coral Springs Center for the Arts web site at www.coralspringscenterforthearts.com
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