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Community Arts Education Partnesrships Incentive Program

his Project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts

Broward County Cultural Division invited artists and creatives, community and cultural workers to learn techniques for engaging community in creative ways. 

This experiential and interactive program focused on techniques for cultivating good partners and partnerships, conducting focus groups and interviews, mapping exercises, leading meetings, story circles and facilitating dialogues. The workshop aimed to discover arts power that can be harnessed to help groups of residents and stakeholders imagine better, more meaningful projects.

Creative Cultural Community Roundtable

After an 18-month journey through community redevelopment, urban planning, public art and design, civic engagement, diverse dialogues and individual artist grant projects, the National Endowment for the Arts' funded Creative Artist Advancement Program draws to a close.

Artists and cultural workers, community redevelopment practitioners, planners and equity advocates seeking to foray further in the public community development realm will not want to miss these events, on Wednesday, September 17.

Two closing events will take place;

Creative Cultural Community Roundtable 10:30AM – 12PM
Creative Artists in Community Redevelopment Areas 5:30PM 
ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. 

Both activities will feature Caron Atlas, executive director of Arts & Democracy, a nationally-recognized organization which supports the cross fertilization of culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. Atlas also cofounded and co-directs the Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group (NOCD-NY), a citywide alliance to revitalize New York City; and teaches at Pratt Institute’s Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development.  

Ways to catalyze transformative change through the arts will be highlighted and discussed at both presentations. Anyone with specific questions about effective ways that cities and citizens have cross-pollinated arts and culture and community and economic development to boost neighborhood sustainability, are strongly encouraged to attend the Creative Cultural Community Roundtable.

At the evening session, Creative Artists in Community Redevelopment Areas, led by Caron Atlas, CAAP grantees Valerie Amor; Sherryl Muriente; Deborah Wolford and Susan Wood will present the unique ways in which they endeavored to advance their work in community redevelopment areas in the cities of Dania Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderdale Lakes, Oakland Park and Pompano Beach.

There is no fee for these events; please RSVP online; and bring a bag lunch.

Caron Atlas

Caron Atlas is director of Arts & Democracy, which supports the cross fertilization of culture, participatory democracy, and social justice. She also co-directs NOCD-NY, the Naturally Occurring Cultural District Working Group and teaches at Pratt Institute's Programs for Sustainable Planning and Development.

Previously she worked at Appalshop, the Appalachian media center, and was the founding director of the American Festival Project, a national alliance of artists working for community change. She has also worked with National Voice, Animating Democracy, Pratt Center for Community Development, Urban Institute, Network of Ensemble Theaters, and been a foundation consultant. Atlas is co-editor of Bridge Conversations and Critical Perspectives, and contributor to Beyond Zuccotti Park,Toward a 21st City for All, and the Cultural Blueprint for New York City.

She is on the district and steering committees for participatory budgeting in New York City and has been engaged in relief and recovery work following Hurricane Sandy. Atlas was a Warren Weaver Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation and is an alumni of Coro's Leadership New York. She received her BA and MA from the University of Chicago.

Valerie AmourValerie J. Amor

Valerie J. Amor, public artist, is focused on community engagement regarding issues of environmental, economic and social justice and equality providing a voice to those sometimes overlooked. Her most recent project, 'A Railroad Runs Through It', is focused on the past, present and future impacts of the FEC railroad, All Aboard Florida and related Transit Oriented Development on blighted urban cores, CRA districts.  Community ideas for public art and placemaking, generated through extensive workshops,  will provide four cities opportunities for way finding and for the community to find a way to tell their story. 

Receiving CIP, CAAP and CAEP grants, partially funded by the Broward County Cultural Council and the National Endowment for the Arts,; Valerie, LEED AP BD+C,  is the Visionary Founder of Drawing Conclusions, a multi-disciplinary, community focused architectural firm engaged in cutting edge sustainable, climate change design and the Owner/Principal Broker of Eco Logical R.E. + Community Builder focused on sustainable real estate development.    

Deborah WolfordDeborah Wolford

Fine art photographer, Deborah Wolford grew up in South Florida.  She explored the outdoors riding her horses in the natural areas and sand dunes, accompanied by her dogs.  It was during these rides that
she developed an avid interest in wildlife and the nature surrounding her.

Wolford transitioned from a career as a practicing lawyer to fine art photographer after working with internationally known animal and wildlife photographers.  She is an award winning, equine, wildlife
and nature photographer, and travels the world to photograph animals.

While horse and dogs are still her passion, she enjoys photographing animals "doing what they do" in their natural world.  For Deborah, every day is full of new experiences and surprises.  Capturing
those unexpected images on camera requires patience, but that patience is well rewarded.

Deborah is a graduate of the Florida Master Naturalist Program at University of Florida, with an advanced designation. She lives near the Everglades.   She explores them often and connects with
the animals capturing their movements and expressions surrounded by the exotic beauty of the glades.

Wolford's photography can be found internationally in public and private collections. She is a member of the Equine Photographers Network, the North American Nature Photographers Association, the Florida Bar Animal Law Committee, Women in the Visual Arts, and the Weston Art

Sherryl MurienteSherryl Muriente

Sherryl Muriente has worked as both a designer and project manager for various architectural firms. In the past, she has also collaborated with architect's Marco Casagrande and Sami Rintala from Finland, building and designing architectural/art installation work, as well as, participating as an art performer in various urban settings in both Puerto Rico and Taiwan.

Sherryl graduated from FAU's Master of Regional Planning program in 2009, for which she received the Excellence in Planning Fellowship Award. Under the fellowship, she was Dr. Kasama Polakit's Research Assistant. Providing research work under the subjects of urban design, comparative cultural contexts, quality of public urban space, and a comparative study of new and real urbanism strategies. She also published and presented West Palm Beach: From New to Real to Global Urbanism? at Corp 2008 in Austria, Vienna. The paper examined the internal structure of the WPB employment center, conceptualized as a sub-metropolitan employment center within the South Florida region.

During her last year in school, she also served as President of the Florida Atlantic Planning Society (FAPS) from 2008 to 2009. Prior to the Master's Degree, she also graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from FAU.

Currently, she has embarked in a new venture with the art group Les Jobarts, which focuses on breaking the boundaries between the disciplines of architecture, urban design, environmental art, graphic design, sculpture, and other disciplines of the built environment. The group focuses on public artwork, green alternatives, and raising awareness of people's use of public space as part of a healthy lifestyle. Some designed work includes the winning design of the Delray Affair Logo in 2010, recycled furniture pieces, bike rack sculptures, and invisible senses installation work, amongst others.

Susie Q Wood Suzie Q Wood

Suzie left a professional career in Los Angeles painting photo-realist, psychedelic and impressionist work she came to Florida to focus her creative energies on bringing Natural Awakenings, a healthy lifestyle magazine, to Broward County.

In addition to being a publishing editor, Wood produced the Expo of Heart for seven years, promoting the integrative wellness industry and included workshops, lectures, performances, artists, and a wide variety of vendors and healthy foods. Held at the Broward Convention Center, the event attracted over 2,000 people annually. Selling the Expo of Heart allowed her to pick up her brushes again.

Her current work focuses on environmental health. She exhibited and spoke about her work before a live audience just prior to the private screening of Leonardo DiCaprio's film "The Eleventh Hour". Wanting to connect with people in a more direct way through her art, Wood started sharing her canvas and created a system of producing artwork with the public. This led to a series of public and private works and recognition of the co-creative artwork as a way to give back to the community.

 She is currently working on a community public art project in NW Fort Lauderdale through a grant from the Broward County Cultural Division and the National Endowment for the Arts. Her mixed media series incorporates small pieces of discarded trash or litter. The reuse of these objects is packed with emotion, drawing the viewer on an introspective journey.

FY 2015 Funding

Application Deadline
March 1, 2014 (Saturday)| Monday, March, 3, 2014, 11:59 pm

Application Available:                        January 17, 2014

Program Application Workshop:      February 5, 2014 at 5:30 PM
Main Library – TBA   

Application Deadline:                        Monday, March 3, 2014     at 11:59 PM
                                                  The regular deadline of March 1 falls on a Saturday in 2013

Panel Review:                                  Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 2:00 PM 
Main Library – TBA   

Written Appeals Deadline:              
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 12:00pm

Appeals Workshop                           Thursday, June 5, 2014
& Council Approval: