March 14, 2012
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March 14, 2012
New Leaders
for the Broward Cultural Council

l-r: Tracy Roloff, Deborah Kerr
& Diane Weinbrum
l-r: Tracy Roloff, Deborah Kerr
& Diane Weinbrum
Members of the Broward Cultural Council (BCC) are pleased to welcome new officers. Deborah Kerr, appointed by Mayor John E. Rodstrom, Jr., has been elected as the new Chair; Diane Weinbrum, appointed by Commissioner Lois Wexler, has been named 1st Vice-Chair; and Tracy Nichols Roloff, appointed by Commissioner Chip LaMarca, has been named 2nd Vice-Chair. Other members of the executive committee are Karen Beard, Cultural Executive Committee Chair; and at-large members, Linda Houston- Jones and Amy Ostrau.

One of Kerr’s first priorities was to appoint chairs to a number of committees for leadership roles to meet specific goals of the Broward Cultural Council. The council committee chairs are: Estelle Loewenstein, Advocacy; Amy Ostrau, Arts Education; William Stanton, Cultural Tourism; Diane Weinbrum, Planning; Bonnie Barnett, Public Art & Design; Darran Blake, Public Relations; Benjamin Williams, Creative Economy; and Dr. Margaret Armand, Cultural Diplomacy.

In the year ahead, Kerr and the BCC members will concentrate their efforts on the implementation of CreativeBROWARD 2020 – A Plan for Cultural and Economic Development and the recently adopted Cultural Tourism Plan. “In these challenging times, our strength in diversity and our creative economy are assets to encourage a thriving business and tourist industry through innovation and imagination.”

These committees go hand in hand with specific CreativeBROWARD 2020 recommendations. The 2012 council goals are as follows; Update the arts education incentive program guidelines for FY 2013; Obtain County Commission approval for a cultural diplomacy policy and program; Increase the value of the arts through a public relations campaign – “Faces of the Arts in Broward"; Establish a contractual cultural tourism coordinator; Establish a pool of pre-qualified artists for use when the direct selection method for public art is employed; and Evaluate the economic impact of public art in Broward County.

Appointed by the Broward County Commission, this 24-member advisory board, the Broward Cultural Council, is dedicated to enhancing the community through the development of the arts. As the central coordinating agency for the arts since 1979, it serves as liaison between cultural organizations, government agencies and the private sector.

City Arts Advisory Board Meeting
to be Held in Lauderhill

Rendering of Proposed Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
Rendering of Proposed Lauderhill Performing Arts Center
Broward Cultural Division invites City Arts Advisory Board Members and Municipal Administrators to a meeting on Thursday, March 29, 2012. The meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. at Lauderhill City Hall, 5581 West Oakland Park Blvd. in the City of Lauderhill. The meeting is also open to any interested members of the public. Click Here to RSVP.

The purpose of this meeting is to network and share information among municipal administrators and city arts advisory boards, public art boards and arts-related staff. It is an opportunity to report at a roundtable discussion about what arts and cultural activities have taken place in individual cities during the past year and what is planned for 2012 and beyond. The agenda will include: a Welcome by Broward County Commissioner District 9, Dale V.C. Holness; a Cultural Division Update by Mary A. Becht, director, Broward Cultural Division; an Overview of Cultural Programs in Lauderhill by Desorae Giles-Smith, assistant city manager, City of Lauderhill and Funding Opportunities for Municipalities by James Shermer, grants administrator, Broward Cultural Division. Visit Broward Cultural Division website for the Full Agenda.

Attendees are asked to come prepared with: A description of the composition of your advisory board; The type of cultural services your city offers; New cultural initiatives; One city marketing idea that you can share with your colleagues; Any suggestion of a service or a program that your colleagues or Broward Cultural Division might be able to provide, and please bring handouts to share with your colleagues.

The Municipal Arts Advisory Boards/Arts Councils group has been formed between the Broward Cultural Council and the municipalities to establish greater cooperation and partnership and to share all that has been achieved in local arts development over the past year.

For further information, contact Jody Horne-Leshinsky at 954-357-7463. Click Here to RSVP.

Public Artwork Completed
AQUARIA by Artist Larry Kirkland

Aquaria, by artist Larry Kirkland
Aquaria, by artist Larry Kirkland

Artist Larry Kirkland designed AQUARIA for installation on the ceilings of two sky bridges connecting the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center to the adjacent parking garage. The artwork transforms the utilitarian corridors into an unforgettable experience for Convention Center visitors. AQUARIA consists of countless stainless steel fish scale shapes mounted within the curved ceiling coffers to reflect artificial and natural light, as well as an ever- changing LED lighting display. The best time to view the artwork is at night when the LED lighting illuminates the metal fish scales with a wide array of beautiful color palettes, suggesting the vast variety of colorful fish that inhabit area waters.

“Fort Lauderdale, built between the Atlantic Ocean and the Everglades, threaded with miles of canals and lagoons, is a water city,” says Kirkland. “The iconic fountain in front of the Convention Center of a leaping sailfish celebrates the famed game fish of the region. Inside the Convention Center the carpet is a swirl of ocean fish and marine mammals. AQUARIA builds upon this theme in the two sky bridges that are main entries to the Convention Center.”

Port Everglades Cruise Ship
Terminal Renovation Projects

Three local artists have been selected to design, fabricate and install functionally-integrated artworks for three cruise ship terminals that are under renovation at Port Everglades.

Carlos Alves, from Miami, will design the ceramic and steel artwork that will line the highly-visible walls of the elevator core for Terminal 26; Mark Fuller from West Pam Beach will create a mobile of suspended fish sculptures that visually move in the desired direction of the passenger traffic flow within Terminal 19; and Xavier Cortada, also from Miami, will design monumental scale starfish to be suspended from grids attached to the ceiling in Terminal 2’s main waiting room. Cortada is also creating a glass and ceramic mural with a pelican sculpture that will engage embarking passengers.

These terminals (T-2, T-19 and T-26) will serve embarking cruise ship passengers; and it is intended that these art projects will have a functional aspect such as wayfinding within the terminal, and help to promote tourism by improving the cruise passenger experience.

Broward Cultural Division
Wins Silver ADDY Award
Broward Cultural Division won a Silver ADDY® award for the graphic design and production of the 2011 Arts Teacher of the Year Invitation. Broward County’s Arts Teacher of the Year program and its recognition ceremony, is a tribute to excellence in arts education in the County. The Division’s creative team is led by Community Development Director Jody-Horne Leshinsky; it includes Jose Luis Amador, Jr., ArtServe (graphics), Samantha Rojas, Swan Communications, Inc. (writing), and Vena Paylo, web design.

Since 2004, Broward Cultural Division has received a gold ADDY and seven Silver ADDY awards from the American Advertising Federation of Fort Lauderdale, plus one silver ADDY from the American Advertising Federation 4th District (regional awards).

The ADDY® Awards—often referred to as the Grammys of the South Florida advertising industry—honor excellence in advertising and cultivates the highest creative standards. Each fall the competition begins at the local level with the 210 AAF member clubs around the country. Entries must first be submitted in a local competition to be eligible for the ADDY® process. The local winners proceed to 14 regional competitions, and those winners proceed to the national finals. With 60,000 entries, the ADDY® Awards are the nation’s largest advertising competition.

The Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Program was created by the Cultural Division in 1985; and is sponsored by the Cultural Foundation of Broward to annually recognize the importance of arts education 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.

Young At Art Museum Grand Opening
On Saturday May 5, from noon to 6 p.m; and Sunday May 6, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Young At Art Museum welcomes you to the grand opening of the spectacular new Museum and Broward County Library. Featuring a multicultural theme, there will be food, live performances and art activities representing nations from around the world, as well as guest appearances by artists whose works will be a permanent feature in the new Museum. Price: $14 per person; $12 for seniors and children; $11 for Broward County residents.

Young At Art Museum is located at 751 SW 121 Ave. in Davie. Visit the Website:, for more information or call 954-424-0085.
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If you have questions, contact Jody Leshinsky 954-357-7463.