April 26, 2013
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April 26, 2013
In This Issue:

Florida Power & Light Leads the Way in 2013 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year

New Family Arts & Transit Guide Published for Broward County

Participate in Broward's First Ever, Slow Art Day - April 27, 2012

Artist Tom De Vita's The Locals Featured at FLL

BCD and City Of Sunrise Host Arts Advisory Board Meeting

Artists Repurpose Pianos for Public Plan in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

National Philanthropy Day 2013 Nominations

Florida Power & Light Leads the Way in
2013 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year
Broward Cultural Division and Business for the Arts of Broward announce Florida Power & Light Company as this year's title sponsor for the 2013 Broward County Arts Teachers of the Year event. Business for the Arts of Broward board members Alan Levy, CEO Great American Farms and Juliet Murphy Roulhac, Regional Manager, FP& L Co. have also been named as Honorary Chairs.

This year, Broward County's public, private and charter school principals and teachers are invited to nominate arts teachers for this Honor of Excellence. Also for the first time, there will be one Arts Teacher of the Year award in each of four categories - dance, music, theater and visual arts, and the four winners will not be announced until the night of the event on November 6, 2013, at Broward Center for the Performing Arts. There will be performance and exhibit showcases from the best students in Broward County, in a variety of program formats, on a night that celebrates Arts Excellence!

For 27 years the Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Program, in partnership with The School Board of Broward County, FL, has showcased the artistic excellence of students and faculty in Broward County schools, by honoring outstanding arts teachers for their contribution and dedication to arts in the classroom. This year, the application deadline is May 31, 2013 and arts teachers may also submit applications.

This year's event will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2013 at 6 p.m. at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, in Fort Lauderdale. Please RSVP HERE.
Family Arts & Transit Guide Combines Arts Programming,
Venues and Transit Routes in Broward County

Broward Cultural Division and Broward County Transit have partnered for the third time, to bring residents a comprehensive Family Arts & Transit Guide. With a new name and a new look, the Family Arts & Transit Guide has been welcomed within the Broward community for its simplicity, clarity and crucial listings of information.

One of the many services offered by the Cultural Division to the more than 575 not-for-profit cultural organizations and resident families, the guide is a listing of organizations that offer arts programming for families, by name, location, phone number, website, and the transit route to get there.

A map is provided, plotting bus routes and major thoroughfares, as well as cultural venues that offer family arts programming. It is easy to read, as it is divided into color-coded quadrants. Organizations and cities not shown on the map operate at multiple facilities or do not have a fixed address. The guide is clear and compact for convenient storage in your handbag or desk drawer, for fast and easy access when planning a family event. Please visit the Broward Cultural Division website to view the map.

Guides are distributed to public, private and charter elementary schools, and are also available at the following locations:

  • Cultural Organizations (such as the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery & Science, Fort Lauderdale's Children's Theatre and Young at Art Museum)
  • Broward County Libraries
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Government Center
  • City Halls

Call the Broward County Cultural Division at 954-357-7457, for a printed copy of the guide.

For bus route schedules and information, call customer service at 954-357-8400, or www.broward.org/bct.

Call Broward Cultural Division at 954-357-7457, to request quantities of the Family Arts & Transit Guide.

Three Florida Public Art Programs
to Host Slow Art Day Events

Broward County is one of three Florida-based public art programs that will host Slow Art Day events on April 27, for the first time ever. Slow Art Day is a worldwide event in which people look at a few selected works of art slowly and then get together to discuss what they have seen. More than 267 Slow Art Day events will take place worldwide, many of them at Florida art museums, galleries and public art venues.

Cultural organizations in Broward participating in this worldwide initiative are: Broward Cultural Division's Public Art & Design Program, which will host an event at ArtServe; BC/NR Regional Library; Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale; Gallery 2014; F.A.T. Village Art Walk; and the Dania Beach Paul DeMaio Branch Library. Visit the Broward Cultural Division website for further details, descriptions, times and locations for all these events on Saturday April 27, and come and join in the fun.

Other Florida public art programs hosting Slow Art Day events include Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs and St. Lucie County Art in Public Places. All three, including Broward County's Public Art & Design Program are members of the Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP). FAPAP was established in 1998 to facilitate discussion about public art issues and support the profession in Florida. Cultural Division Public Art & Design Administrator, Leslie Fordham, when exploring the Slow Art Day website, noticed that there was a gap - that most Slow Art Day venues were museums and galleries. Fordham decided to host a Slow Art Day event in Fort Lauderdale where participants will look at public art slowly and encouraged fellow FAPAP members to do the same.

Slow Art Day is a global all-volunteer event with a simple mission; to help more people discover the joy of looking at art. The Slow Art Day website advises hosts to invite their friends, colleagues, board members, elected officials and residents to visit a museum or gallery to look at a few selected works of art for five to ten minutes each and then, as a group, discuss their experience. Simple by design, the goal is to focus on the art and the art of seeing. Florida is renowned for its beaches and theme parks, so many people will be amazed to learn that there are more than 70 public art programs in the state; from Key West to Tallahassee. Public art can be found in Florida parks, city streets, college campuses, libraries, government buildings, airports and cruise ship terminals throughout the state. Public Art may take the form of exciting landmark sculptures, artist-designed parks, whimsical water features, fascinating light displays or special public art events.

"Phil Terry, founder of Slow Art Day says “when people look at art slowly, they make discoveries.” It’s easy to take part in Slow Art Day, just visit the website and locate an event, sign up and then meet at the public art venue. No special knowledge of art is needed and there is no cost to participate in a public art Slow Art Day event!

To learn more about Broward County's Public Art & Design Program, visit the Broward Cultural Division website.
Artist Tom De Vita's The Locals Featured
at Fort Lauderdale -Hollywood International Airport
Lee Wagener Art Gallery at 
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Lee Wagener Art Gallery at
Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
Acclaimed Artist Tom De Vita's artwork is currently on display at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).The series of paintings entitled The Locals, is located at the Lee Wagener Art Gallery, Terminal 2, Departures Level; and will run through July 1, 2013. Inspired by the wonderful and eclectic characters that he has met since moving to South Florida, De Vita feels the exhibition is an exploration into the personalities and the symbols that define these people.

"The Locals reveals a truth that lies beyond the visible surface of the person’s image and resembles them in a more poetic way," says De Vita. "I want to embrace the 'sea of visual noise,' that is so inherent to our contemporary way of seeing, while preserving my conviction towards painting in the grand tradition of figuration."

Tom De Vita is a New York City native, and an academically trained artist. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, from St. John's University, New York, and his Master of Fine Arts from Miami International University of Art & Design, with a full-paid tuition grant. He maintained studios in New York, and Miami Beach and now has one at Studio 18, in Pembroke Pines. His life has been devoted to developing paintings, portraits, illustrations, and murals for numerous businesses, residences, and private collectors. He exhibits locally and nationally, and is currently a professor of art at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, Barry University, and Broward College, teaching painting, drawing, and design. He also conducts private lessons at his studio, imparting his passion of art onto others. For more information please visit his website.

The Lee Wagener Art Gallery, supported by Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program and the Broward County Aviation Department, offers Broward artists an opportunity to exhibit their work in a prominent, high traffic area. Artists are selected through the Public Art & Design Program. Exhibits are changed every three months.
Broward Cultural Division and City of Sunrise
Host Arts Advisory Board Meeting
Sunrise Civic Center
Sunrise Civic Center

Broward Cultural Division invites Municipal Arts Advisory Board, Public Art Committee Members, Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) Staff and Municipal Administrators to a meeting on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at Sunrise Civic Center, 10610 W. Oakland Park Blvd., in Sunrise. The meeting is also opened to any interested members of the public.

The purpose of this meeting is to network and share 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 2013 and beyond.

The agenda will include: a Welcome by Cultural Division Director Earl Bosworth; a Welcome to the City of Sunrise by Alan Cohen, City Manager; and Overview of Cultural Programs in the City of Sunrise by Beth Zickar, Leisure Services Director, City of Sunrise and other topical subjects such as State and Federal Advocacy and the new Creative Artist Advancement Program recently launched by the Cultural Division.

For further information, contact Jody Horne-Leshinsky at 954-357-7463; RSVP online.

Artists Repurpose Pianos for
Public Play in Downtown Fort Lauderdale

The City of Fort Lauderdale and Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale have partnered with Cadence, a downtown based Landscape Architecture and Urban Design firm to collaborate on a public art and music installation.

2013 Play Your City will be held Saturday April 27 during F.A.T. Village Art Walk from 7pm-11pm and Sunday April 28th in the Riverwalk Pavilion amid the Sunday Arts vendors from 11am-2pm. The double header launch event will feature the brigade of pianos all in one venue for the public to view before they are dispersed throughout Downtown Fort Lauderdale. A map of the piano's traveling schedule will be on display and featured artists will be on hand for attending visitors to meet. The public will also have a hand in deciding the final location of each of these pianos. A ballot of various locations downtown will be provided for visitors to choose the top destinations for each piano to make its final home.

"Encouraging citizens to spontaneously connect through viewing artists' pianos and promoting impromptu public interaction around music, the piano becomes the catalyst for activating space and engaging the community in the underutilized public landscapes we have around downtown Fort Lauderdale." said Rebecca Bradley Co-Founder of Cadence. "Seeing these pianos move around downtown and seeing what transpires around them will be exciting to watch" said Genia Duncan-Ellis, President and CEO of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale. She continues, "Adding them to the mix of activities we already have in place along Fort Lauderdale's Riverwalk seemed a natural fit, this is just the type of year-round activity the Riverwalk strives to provide for residents and visitors alike."

Play Your City will feature repurposed pianos by artists Brian Buzzella, Luzalma Gonzalez, Richard Vergez and two by MoAFL Art Academy Students. The Play your City brigade of pianos will be in various locations around Downtown for a 3-month period.

To learn more about this project or to volunteer for the launch events, please follow the movement on Facebook and Instagram #FTLplayyourcity.

National Philanthropy Day (NPD)
2013 Nominations

This year marks the 26th Anniversary of National Philanthropy Day for the Broward/Fort Lauderdale Chapter. National Philanthropy Day provides us the opportunity to recognize those members of our community who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to leadership in philanthropy and volunteerism at the annual Luncheon and Awards Ceremony.

Submit your nomination today

The Fort Lauderdale/Broward Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) is accepting nominations for its 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day® Awards, a nationally recognized event. The Awards recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy - and those people active in the philanthropic community - have made to our lives and our community here in Broward County. The general public is invited to join in the celebration by nominating outstanding Broward philanthropists and organizations in the following categories:

-Volunteer Fundraiser
-Fundraising Executive
-Philanthropic Foundation
-Philanthropic Corporation
-Youth in Philanthropy

The deadline for nominations to be considered is Monday, May 6th at 5:00pm. Awardees will be announced in June. Nomination forms and guidelines can be accessed online.

Award winners will be honored at the 26th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon at the Signature Grand on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at the Signature Grand, Davie. For more information on National Philanthropy Day, contact event co-chairs Debbie Levine, (954) 420-5030 and Diane Smith (954) 484-7117.