June 26, 2012
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The Arts Mean Business in Broward County!

In June, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, Americans for the Arts, released Arts and Economic Prosperity IV, a national study that included 182 communities - representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia. This study shows that Broward County's arts and culture industry grew by 50 percent in the period from 2005 - 2010, generating $230 million in economic activity.

Broward County's nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $230 million in local economic activity, a number that is comprised of $103 million in direct spending by nonprofit organizations and $127 million in event-related spending by audiences. This total number supports 6,402 full-time-equivalent jobs, generates $157 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $21.9 million in local and state government revenue. The study also confirms that an arts and cultural visitor spends an average of $34.60 in audience participation, while a resident spends an average of $21.63. This highlights the importance of the cultural tourist.

"An example of event-related spending works like this: A couple purchases two tickets to the opera. They pay a babysitter to watch their children. They drive to a local restaurant and buy dinner. Then they drive to the theater and pay to park, and during intermission they purchase a beverage. The average expenditure is $26 on arts and culture events and this does not include the price of admission," says Mary A. Becht, Director, Broward Cultural Division.

Broward County Cultural Division's portfolio of services includes: county-wide public information; community cultural planning; financial and marketing incentives; capacity-building technical assistance for artists and cultural organizations; micro-credit program and artist fellowships; pre-development and investment in cultural facilities (ArtServe's arts incubator, ArtsParks and Artist Lofts); arts education; urban design and county facility enhancement through the Public Art & Design Program.

Click here to download Broward County's Arts & Economic Prosperity IV study. Click here to download a summary report.

Business for the Arts in Broward Teams Up
with Americans for the Arts

Business for the Arts of Broward (BFA) is pleased to announce that it has become a member of the national organization, Americans for the Arts, and an affiliate of Business Committee for the Arts (BCA). As a member, Business for the Arts of Broward is now able to provide the latest news and “Best Practices” from these national organizations to businesses and the arts and cultural community in Broward.

Business for the Arts of Broward (formerly The Cultural Foundation of Broward) is a not-for-profit 501c3. The mission of the organization is to engage business and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of the County’s arts and cultural community as well as to recognize the connection between cultural vitality, creative success, and economic development. For more information, please visit their Facebook page.

Americans for the Arts is the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education for more than 150,000 members and stakeholders. The Business Committee for the Arts (BCA) provides businesses of all sizes with the services and resources necessary to develop partnerships with the arts and encourages, inspires, and stimulates businesses to support the arts in the workplace, in education, and in the community.

Community Foundation of Broward Promotes
an Increased Sense of Community Through the Arts

The Community Foundation of Broward has announced the first grants as part of its $2.5 million Art of Community initiative. Coral Springs Museum of Art, H.O.M.E.S. Inc., and Palms Community Action Coalition will share $157,000 to support three unique projects to bring residents closer together through common efforts to address issues of public concern through arts.

Each of the three projects will create stronger bonds between residents to reduce the community isolation and fragmentation that results from living in a county as large and diverse as Broward.

The Coral Springs Museum of Art will receive $67,000 for its Citizens Inspired by Art project for a modern day "barn-raising" to bring the community together. Residents representing the diverse cultures of the city will be involved in the design and painting of a graphic on the water tower in Mullins Park celebrating the community’s diversity. The artists selected with the project are Anna Marie Gross, John Hong Nam, Al Razza, Julian Acosta, and Janet Gold. George Gadson, still TBC.

H.O.M.E.S. Inc. will receive a $15,000 grant for the 13th Street "Outdoor Gallery" Project which will bring residents together to beautify, connect, and revitalize their community through art. Residents from the 13th Street Corridor will work with artists to design and paint three large-scale outdoor art pieces in their neighborhood. The artistis selected with the project are Lorraine Maxwell, Jacklyn Laflamme and Glen Mayo.

Modeled on a nationally-recognized program, the Palms Community Action Coalition’s Creative Expressions Art Program will receive $75,000. This program will engage youth by challenging their creativity and equipping them with confidence-building media production and marketing skills, while promoting higher education and employability. The artist selected with the project is John Battle.
Classical South Florida
Begins Broadcasting on 88.7 FM

Classical South Florida (CSF), a nonprofit listener-supported public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music, has begun airing its programming in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida on WNPS 88.7FM. CSF acquired the local frequency earlier this year.

The CSF program schedule will include broadcasts of nationally renowned programs such as Performance Today, SymphonyCast and live performances from The Metropolitan Opera, as well as Florida favorites such as Backstage with the New World Symphony. More information on programming and the CSF organization is available online at ClassicalSouthFlorida.org.
Museum Director Barbara O'Keefe
Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbara O'Keefe
Barbara O'Keefe

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale presented Coral Springs Museum of Art Executive Director Barbara O’Keefe with its “Lifetime Achievement” Award at its “Spring for the Arts” event in May.

O’Keefe received the award for her ongoing support of the arts. O’Keefe has been dedicated to the advancement and education of the arts throughout South Florida. Under her direction, programming has grown to multiple class offerings such as Art Classes in an Art Museum, Artist in Residence Program, Sculpture Garden, Family FunDays, professional artist workshops, master classes, and most recently the Saturday Chautauqua Series. In September of 2006, the Museum opened 3,500 square feet of new classroom space including a dedicated clay studio with 10 potter’s wheels to meet the continuing growth and need for educational art classes for adults and children.

O’Keefe has been the executive director of the Coral Springs Museum of Art since its opening exhibition in February 1997. Over the years, it has exhibited national, international and Florida artists, served 2,500 students annually in a variety of art classes, and developed programs for senior and minority youth and much more. For more information on the Museum, visit the Museum's website.
Irvin Lippman Retires as Director of
Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale
Irvin Lippman
Irvin Lippman
After serving as the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale's executive director for the past nine years, Irvin Lippman has announced his retirement.

During his tenure, Lippman orchestrated the opening of the AutoNation Academy of Art and Design; significantly advanced the awareness of the museum's William Glackens, CoBrA and Latin American art collections; and hosted hundreds of thousands of visitors to cultural events and exhibitions such as Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, Offering of the Angels: Old Master Paintings and Tapestries from the Uffizi Gallery, The Quilts of Gee's Bend, American Chronicles: The Art of Norman Rockwell, and the newly unveiled SHARK exhibition, which is currently on view. His retirement will be effective June 30th.

Certainly one of the major additions to Nova Southeastern University in recent years is the merger with the Museum of Art. Irvin Lippman has helped shape the museum as a creative extension of the university. We are grateful for his extraordinary tenure as executive director, and his contribution to art and culture in our community.

William "Bill" Stanton, who brings a wealth of experience managing large properties for various international hotel brands, and currently serves on various cultural and non-profit boards, will serve in the position of interim executive director of the Museum of Art. Stanton served as a member of the museum's board of governors.

This E-News is distributed by Broward Cultural Division.
If you have questions, contact Jody Leshinsky 954-357-7463.



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