June 6, 2012
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Dedication Ceremony to be Held
for New Artwork, "I Love You"

Broward County Commission Cultural Division’s Public Art and Design Program will hold a Dedication Ceremony for the new public artwork, I LOVE YOU, located at Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library, 751 SW 121 Ave. in Davie. The celebration will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Click HERE to RSVP for this event.

Artists Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt created an outdoor, open-air room; a unique multi-purpose area where children and their families can read, create art, picnic and enjoy the library’s popular storytelling program. This outdoor studio can be used for landscape drawing, inspired by art, artists and nature. In addition to the 10 ft. tall alphabet letters that spell the phrase “I LOVE YOU,” five brightly-colored, flower-shaped benches provide seating to create an area of nature, love and story. The benches are placed in an arc facing the I LOVE YOU sculpture to afford ample seating for storyteller and audience in the 44 ft. diameter circular room.

The artists, who have been called by one critic, “architects of hope,” envisioned the seating/story-telling area as an iconic space -a secret garden where imagination and creativity can take flight. “Like Alice in Wonderland, who changes scale to transform through dreams, her perception of reality, I LOVE YOU provides physical evidence of the fantastic as part of daily life,” say the artists.

Musician Walter Halil will greet guests as they arrive from 9:30 a.m.; and the ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m., followed by a ribbon-cutting. Guests are then invited to join professional storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar; and at 11:00 a.m. artists Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt will present To Learn with Love, a free hands-on art activity in the Young At Art Institute. At noon, the Broward County Library staff will present a free African Drumming Circle event to kick off their Summer Reading Program. There is no admission cost.

Click HERE to RSVP for this event.

Partial Restoration of Florida's Investment
in Arts and Cultural Resources

The 2012-2013 Florida budget has been signed into law by the Governor, providing $8.4 million ($5 million Cultural and Museum Grants and $3.4 million in capital cultural facilities) for the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. The budget has been in steady decline from its 2006-2007 appropriation of $34.4 million. For 17 cultural organizations in Broward County, this has translated into a welcome restoration from $147,000 this year to $407,000 for the year beginning July 1, 2012.

The restored funds may be linked to a recent National Governors Association Report that strategizes how arts, culture and design assist states with economic growth, as they touch the economy at crucial leverage points including innovation, entrepreneurship, employment and revitalization. It also sites that arts and culture and design strategy, coupled with other methods can provide states with a competitive edge in five important ways: 1. Provide a fast-growth, dynamic industry cluster; 2. Help mature industries become more competitive; 3. Provide the critical ingredients for innovative places; 4. Catalyze community revitalization; and 5. Deliver a better-prepared workforce.

The 17 Broward County cultural organizations impacted by the restoration of funds are:

  • Young At Art Museum
  • Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra
  • Museum of Discovery and Science
  • Symphony of the Americas
  • Museum of Art │Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University
  • Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
  • Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
  • Broward County Film Society
  • Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre
  • All Florida Youth Orchestra
  • Fort Lauderdale Historical Society
  • Mosaic Theatre
  • Old Davie School Historical Museum
  • The Stranahan House
  • Stonewall Library & Archives
  • Broward County Cultural Division
  • Performing Arts Center Authority

These 17 organizations represent a large section of the not- for-profit creative industries in Broward County. The creative industries are comprised of for profit and nonprofit 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. Arts and culture also nourish the human spirit and contribute to the quality of life in our community.

A Fun Evening of Art and Music!

More than 100 people attended and many stood in line, waiting for an original autographed poster at a recent event at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL), hosted by Broward County Aviation Department. Art and Jazz at the Rental Car Center (RCC) spotlighted a poster-signing to celebrate the new Public Art & Design art wrap for the buses servicing the RCC. The posters, created by Broward Cultural Division, depict a new artwork by Pompano Beach artist Dwight Hoffman, Giant Aquarium with a Fishing Pier.

The event was held in celebration of National Travel and Tourism Week at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport RCC, and was intended to thank everyone for using the Airport, by providing a relaxing environment filled with music and art, and a chance to experience the work of some of Broward County's celebrated artists.

This high traffic area of airport travelers, integrated artwork (Mangrove Islands- multi-floor public artwork in RCC) and individual visual and musical artists came alive in this one evening, as art and transportation blended into a potpourri of festivity. A good time was had by all!

"I enjoyed the event at the Airport last Thursday and applaud you on your ingenuity."

~Judi Stanich,
Deerfield Beach, Cultural Committee Chair

Photo Caption
l-r: Christina Roldan, Jacklyn LaFlamme, Brooke Trace, Jeremiah Jenner, Isaac Allen Sandy, Nzingah Oniwosan, Tammy Seymour, Louis Louissaint, John Bowen, Dwight Hoffman and David Muir.
Public Art at Broward County Libraries
Now Available with QR Codes

"Color And Rhythm, A Visual Orchestration"
by Artist Yaacov Agam
Broward County Main Library
"Color And Rhythm, A Visual Orchestration"
by Artist Yaacov Agam
Broward County Main Library

Broward Cultural Division, in partnership with Broward County Libraries Division, announces the installation of QR (Quick Response) codes on interior artworks located at the libraries around the County. This new feature offers visitors and art connoisseurs the convenience of immediate access to detailed information on each of the public art projects.

Visitors may enjoy details on a wide variety of artworks, from a sculptural installation that depicts the 3,000 year history of the written word in Libros at Northwest Regional Library, to a complete integrated circular space with intricately-designed wall panels and terrazzo floor designed with wavy lines of different colors to commemorate the Middle Passage route of slave ships from West Africa across the Atlantic Ocean to America in The Harrambe Room, at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.

With any of several QR Code reader apps on their smartphone, library visitors are able to scan the QR code on the artwork and be taken directly to the Public Art & Design Tour on the Broward County website. For ease and accessibility, look for the sign next to each artwork that gives the name and QR Code; scan it and click.

To see all of the Broward County Public Art, log on to Broward Cultural Division website, and take the virtual tour, or Click Here.
Cultural Treasures in Your Back Yard
June is Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM)!
Broward Attractions and Museums Month (BAMM) kicked off onJune 1. Discover 16 local museums, unique attractions and cultural centers for the price of one membership. During the month of June members of any one of the 16 cultural institutions in Broward County, and South Palm Beach County, receive free general admission to all participating venues.


Let the adventure begin. Discover what awaits you right outside your door. Each attraction or museum offers an experience for all ages. Enjoy some local, national and international exhibits at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale; or spend an evening enjoying a movie at Cinema Paradiso; explore the historic house and grounds at Bonnet House Museum & Gardens; learn all about fish at IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame or trek out and celebrate Seminole Indian Traditions at Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. and so much more.

Current and new members of these museums and attractions will receive free entry with proof of membership. Special events may not be included. Experience diverse cultural treasures in Broward County and Boca Raton.

Participating institutions include:

African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
Art and Culture Center of Hollywood
Boca Raton Children's Museum
Boca Raton Historical Society
Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Classical South Florida - 89.7 & 101.9 FM
Cinema Paradiso
Fort Lauderdale History Center
Historic Stranahan House Museum
IGFA - Fishing Hall of Fame & Museum
International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale - Nova Southeastern University
Old Davie School Historical Museum
Old Dillard School Historical Museum
Plantation Historical Museum
Seminole Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum

For more information on BAMM; please visit www.BAMMinfo.org or call Mary Birch-Hanson at 954-364-5205.
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If you have questions, contact Jody Leshinsky 954-357-7463.