May 31, 2013
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May 31, 2013
In This Issue:

Arts Mean Business Breakfast

Seraphic Fire's Latest Album is an Instant Success

Florida Grand Opera Appoints New Director of Artistic Administration

Museums Provide Free Admission to Military Personnel

New STARs Receive Hermitage Summer Residences

Arts Mean Business Breakfast
to be held on June 7, 2013

Members of the business and arts community are invited to attend an Arts Mean Business breakfast hosted by Business for the Arts of Broward on Friday, June 7, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. at the Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale.

Join the discussion on public art and the economic impact of cultural destinations, led by facilitatators Asi Cymbal, President and Owner, Cymbal Development (developer of Fort Lauderdale's Marina Lofts) and Margi Nothard, President and Design Director of Glavovic Studio.

A complimentary breakfast will be served and opening remarks begin at 8:45 a.m.

Call 954-940-6373 to register,
or email,

Seraphic Fire's
Latest Album is an Instant Success

Seraphic Fire has continued its longstanding tradition of digital success with the ensemble's latest album, Seraphic Fire, reaching No.10 on the iTunes Classical chart on the first day of its release. Released on the ensemble's own Seraphic Fire Media label exclusively to digital formats, the album is distributed by Naxos of America.

This Grammy-nominated ensemble and Broward Cultural Division grantee, Seraphic Fire contains many of the world premieres and signature works that defined the ensemble's first decade. Included are world-premiere recordings of works by Ingram Marshall, Jake Runestad, Shawn Crouch and Alvaro Bermudez, as well as a new recording of Ariel Ramirez's iconic Misa Criolla.

Speaking of the album's runaway success, Patrick Dupré Quigley, the ensemble's founder and artistic director, said, "We are overjoyed with the success of this recording. This project represents a labor of love for all involved, and we are so happy that the disc has been embraced by the greater Classical music community."
Florida Grand Opera Appoints
New Director of Artistic Administration

Julie Maykowski
Julie Maykowski

Florida Grand Opera (FGO) is proud to welcome Julie Maykowski to the team as the new Director of Artistic Administration and Head of the Young Artist Program, overseeing all aspects of the company’s music department.

A dedicated artist, teacher, and administrator, Maykowski has led a life immersed in music and is a self-professed opera and pedagogy fanatic. She has spent the last seven years in the field of development, most recently as Director of Development in Sarasota Opera and Arizona Opera. She took a deviation in her music career in 2006, just after receiving her Doctoral of Music Arts degree at the University of Kansas. In a this newly appointed role leading Kentucky Opera’s educational programming and Young Artist Program, she wrote and directed all programs and lectures as well as conducted all her own fundraising.

A lifelong educator, Maykowski worked as a teaching assistant throughout college and taught studio voice as well as served as a guest lecturer in several midwest universities. She also directed both university and professional productions, including The Consuland, The Barber of Seville, and also worked in stage management at the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Originally from Colorado, she fondly recalls first falling in love with opera when seeing a production of La traviata in high school, where she sang and played soccer. “Opera combined athleticism and music in a way that made sense to me,” she said. She now resides in Fort Lauderdale with her two schnauzers, Abe and Zeke, who are as musical as their owner

Blue Star Museums Program Provides Free Admission
to Active Duty Military Personnel and Families

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, active duty military personnel and their families are invited to attend six museums in Broward County, free of charge! National Endowment for the Arts and Blue Star Families have partnered to promote the Blue Star 2013 Museum Program to say Thank You to these dedicated men and women who are risking their lives on behalf of all Americans.

The Broward museums participating are;

Art and Cultural Center of Hollywood
Bonnet House Museum and Gardens
Coral Springs Museum of Art
Historic Stranahan House Museum
International Swimming Hall of Fame Museum
Museum of Art l Fort Lauderdale

Last summer the program was a huge success. With 1,882 museums across the country, from fine arts museums to science and nature centers to historic sites (Click here to see a list of participating museums by state), and attendance by more than 475,000 active duty military personnel and their families, Blue Star Museums has grown larger and given the gift of an outstanding museum experience to thousands of deeply appreciative military families. Blue Star Museum simultaneously strengthens both the museum and military community.

Broward County STARs Receive
Hermitage Summer Residences

Hermitage Residence
Hermitage Residence

The Hermitage Artist Retreat, along with its partner the Florida Alliance for Arts Education (FAAE), is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 State Teachers Artist Residency (STAR) program. Broward County recipients composer, Kristen Rodriguez and musician, Ramiro Malagon, are Florida arts educators who will spend four weeks of their summer vacations as artists-in-residence at the Hermitage Artist Retreat.

"This is our third summer hosting Florida artists who work during the year as arts educators," remarked Bruce E. Rodgers. "These are our only residencies that have an application process, administered by FAAE. It's open to all Florida arts teachers and we are very proud to say it’s been a very successful program, which has brought us some very talented Florida artists who also happen to be teaching our children."

Kristen Rodriguez is a media specialist for grades K-5th at West Hollywood Elementary School in Broward County. More than teacher and librarian, Rodriguez sees herself as an orator, writer, filmmaker, editor and role model who can help inspire life-long learning. Her specific area of interest is historic fiction and has already had one play presented by the Renaissance reenactment group, the Adrian Empire. Her goal over the summer is to complete a full-length play.

Ramiro Malagon teaches music in grades K-5th at Discovery Elementary in Broward County. His artistic passion includes guitar, both contemporary and classical, along with composition. He began playing at age 12, and continued with formal training at the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music. Malagon has also co-authored a book, "A Historian de la Musica de Puerto Rico" translated as "The History of Music from Puerto Rico."

The Artist in Residence retreat is from Monday, July 15th until Sunday, August 11.

A free public program has been scheduled for Friday, August 9th.
Mark your calendars to come out to Englewood, Florida,
and see where this journey takes the STARs of 2013.