April 6, 2012
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In this issue:

Mary A. Becht Receives
Howard Kleinberg Award

Mary A. Becht, Director
Broward Cultural Division
Mary A. Becht, Director
Broward Cultural Division

This year's recipient of the Howard Kleinberg Award is Mary A. Becht, director, Broward Cultural Division. It is awarded as special recognition for contributions to the health and development of the arts in South Florida. The award ceremony was held on Monday, April 2, 2012, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

Mary A. Becht who has served as director of the Broward Cultural Division since 1984, has been a pioneer of a long list of arts and cultural milestones. She has grown the Broward Cultural Division into a nationally-recognized local arts agency that is used as a model for many of the more than 5,000 local arts agencies throughout the United States.

CLICK HERE to see Presentation and Acceptance Speech.

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Established in 2000, the award is named after Howard Kleinberg, long-time editor of The Miami News, historian, and author of numerous articles and books on the social and cultural history of Miami and South Florida.

Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute
Returns to South Florida

The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) will be presented on four Saturdays in June 2012, at ArtServe, Inc., 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

Presented by the Broward Cultural Division, the AEI is a course of study designed to assist artists of all disciplines (visual, musicians, writers, media, theater, performing arts) by cultivating and advancing their business skills, by strengthening their operating infrastructure and expanding their businesses. The course has been refreshed this year with a new format, and new modules. To date, 300 South Florida artists have graduated from the Institute. AEI will be offered as 20 classes convening during full-day sessions (9:00 am – 6:00 pm) on June 2, 9, 16, 2012 and a Business Plan Clinic and Workshop on June 23, 2012 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm).

The Business Plan Clinic guides participants through preparation of a simple business plan, an essential tool for any artist. In addition, participants will learn how to work effectively with lenders to obtain financial support through the Artist Micro Credit Program, a community-based revolving loan program, designed to assist Broward-based practicing, professional and emerging artists.

Participation costs $100 and includes light refreshments and free parking. Click HERE to register online or contact Adriane Clarke, at 954-357-7530 for more information.

The AEI is made possible by the collaboration of Broward Cultural Division, The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAP) and Artserve. Inc.

Call to Broward Artists
Rotating Exhibition Opportunities at Lee Wagener Art Gallery

Lee Wagener Art Gallery
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Lee Wagener Art Gallery
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Broward County artists are invited to apply for rotating exhibition opportunities at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The Lee Wagener Art Gallery is located in Terminal 2 - Departures Level. This opportunity, offered through the Public Art & Design Program, offers Broward County artists an excellent location to exhibit their work in a prominent, high-traffic area that is accessible to the public. The deadline for Call to Broward Artists is June 1, 2012.

Artworks demonstrating high artistic quality that appeal to and are appropriate for a diverse audience are encouraged. Artists selected will be required to provide artworks for one (1) exhibition for 18 running feet of wall space on both sides of the gallery, for a total of 36 feet of wall space. Each exhibition will run for three (3) months.

Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $500 upon the conclusion of their exhibition.

View full version of the Call, including the project description, eligibility, and submittal requirements (PDF)

The Broward County Public Art & Design Program established in 1976 contributes to the enhancement of the built environment through the implementation of commissioned works of art that create a sense of place, improve the visual experience for the citizens of Broward County, and advance the missions of the County departments where the projects are situated.

For more information, contact Christina Roldan, Public Art & Design project manager, 954-357-8542. Also, visit the Broward Cultural Division website, at www.broward.org/arts.

Steven Sylvester Selected as Allied Artist for
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Art Project
Broward Artist Steven Sylvester
Broward Artist Steven Sylvester
The Broward Cultural Division Public Art & Design Program has named Broward artist Steven Sylvester as the Allied Artist for Terminal 3 Terrazzo Floor Design Project at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. The artist team commissioned for the project is David M. Griggs and Scott Parsons. The Duane Hanson Allied Artist Award Program was established in 1994 to honor internationally-recognized artist Duane Hanson, who resided in this community and who was instrumental in supporting and advancing the careers of Broward artists. Allied Artists are partnered with commissioned artists based on their level of experience, artistic medium and general interests.

Terminal 3 Terrazzo Floor Design Project is a major component of the modernization and reconfiguration plan that the airport is implementing to provide passengers and visitors with a more efficient and pleasant experience. The Terrazzo Floor will cover 67,500 sq. ft. of the Departures Level of Terminal 3, and Concourses E and F. The design is based on the vastness, beauty and complexity of the environments of South Florida and uniqueness of the area’s ecosystems. It will illustrate the flow of water from fresh to salt through depiction of the Everglades biome to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east.

Steven Sylvester was selected by the commissioned artists, Griggs & Parsons, to be their Allied Artist because of his drive and appreciation for uncommon use of materials. Sylvester creates exceptional, noteworthy work. His current work-in-progress, a series of life-sized ladies dresses made from clay and wire, continues to amplify this drive as it develops into the traveling museum show for which it is slated. Sylvester became a member of Architectural Ceramic artist Peter King's StoneHaus team, where, by the side of this world-renowned artist, he worked on numerous public and private commissioned art projects, further feeding his drive for uncommon material use in addition to large scale public works.

Docents Needed

The Fort Lauderdale Historical Society is in need of docents Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and every other Sunday from about 1-4pm. If you know of anyone who would enjoy being trained as a docent, contact Ellen Ferrelli, Director of Educational Services, at 954-463-4431 ext 12 or education@fortlauderdalehistorycenter.org
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