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2014 Annual Planning Forum
Gets the Year Off to a Good Start

The Broward Cultural Council convened a well-attended 2014 Annual Planning Forum earlier this year. Members of the community were invited to the arts and cultural ideas exchange - and more than 100 artists, local arts supporters, elected officials, arts organization executives and members of the business and arts community participated.

Jarett Levan, Commissioner Sue Gunzburger, and Earl Bosworth
"We wanted to start the year with a positive and inspiring message, involve the community and stir up excitement for Broward County’s arts and cultural progress," says Cultural Division Director Earl Bosworth."

A wine and cheese reception in the art gallery with the DCA String Quartet from the Dillard Center for the Arts set the stage for the presentations that followed in the auditorium. The evening closed with a special performance by local dancer and choreographer Pablo Malco.

Broward County District 6 Commissioner Sue Gunzburger highlighted the significant economic impact of the arts both nationally and locally, while Immediate Past Chair Deborah Kerr talked about public art installations at Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport in 2013, which continue the development of international relations through tourism and trade.

 PABLO MALCO, Director of the Pablo Malco Foundation in performance.

PABLO MALCO, Director of the Pablo Malco Foundation presents a solo dance / rap performance.

Current Chair Diane Weinbrum spoke about collaborations between the School Board of Broward County and other agencies designed to secure the arts in core curriculum in County schools. Bosworth shared a PowerPoint presentation on the County’s 100th anniversary,
Broward 100: The Art of Community, and characterized the partnership with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau as groundbreaking.

"The centennial is a perfect unified project for this partnership to thrive," he said. "And along with our Community Foundation of Broward co-sponsors, we have a triumvirate of culture, tourism and business."

The 24 members of the Broward Cultural Council, who are appointed by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, recommend County cultural policy, arts and culture incentives, and public art.

This event, which was hosted by ArtServe and sponsored by Business for the Arts of Broward, turned out to be a first in attendance, exuberance and involvement for Broward Cultural Council’s Annual Planning Forum.

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 Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute Returns to South Florida Changing the Way that Artists do Business

Brochure Cover - the 2014 Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute.

Broward Cultural Division, the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC) and ArtServe announce the return of the very successful Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) for South Florida artists. The program, to be presented on four Saturdays in June, will be held at ArtServe, 1350 E. Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

Artists working in all media are encouraged to attend - including, but not limited to, sculptors, illustrators, metalworkers, writers, dancers, jewelers, musicians, performers, media/ filmmakers, photographers, crafts, designers and all interdisciplinary artists.

AEI is a course of study designed to assist individual artists by cultivating and advancing their business skills and helping them to strengthen their operating infrastructure and expand their business. To date, more than 400 South Florida artists have graduated from the Institute; many have exceptional success stories to tell. AEI will be offered as 20 classes convening during full-day sessions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on June 7, 14 and 21 and a Business Plan Clinic and Workshop on June 28 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Registrants will receive an AEI course book, an indispensable resource for artists. Developed by CPAC, the course book features exercises and readings to prepare for each session. It is tailored to the specific needs of artist entrepreneurs.

The Business Plan Clinic’s topics, "Working Effectively with Lenders" and "Developing a Brand," will guide participants through preparation of a simple business plan - an essential tool for any artist. In addition, participants will learn how to work effectively with lenders to obtain financial support.

Participation costs $100 and includes light refreshments and free parking. You can RSVP online.For more information, contact Adriane Clarke at 954-357-7530.

View the Artist as an Entrepreneur webpage for more information about the course and its history.


And the Winners Are...

The Fourth Annual PNC Non-Profit Academy Awards

4th Annual PNC AwardsThree Broward County arts and cultural nonprofit organizations were honored at the Fourth Annual PNC Non-Profit Academy Awards in early March.

Nonprofit Arts: ArtServe, incorporated in 1989 as one of the six original arts incubators in the United States and now billed as South Florida's premier arts incubator. It develops events and programs to help artists turn art into business while also bringing arts to the community.

Nonprofit Leader: Patricia Zeiler, who heads the Downtown Fort Lauderdale Transportation Management Association, known as Sun Trolley. She has turned around finances at the public transportation program by securing grants, ads, corporate sponsorships and other funds.

Community Choice Award: The Girl Choir of South Florida, selected through online votes.

Hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino and sponsored by many local businesses, including PNC Bank, Publix and Consolidated Credit, the event pays tribute to the great work of many nonprofits in Broward County.

Each award winner and finalist receives a cash award for their organization.


Estelle Loewenstein Recognized during 2014 Women’s History Month

EstelleLoewensteinWhen the Commission on the Status of Women honored Broward County’s "Unsung Heroes" Advocates for Women, Broward Cultural Council member Estelle Loewenstein was one of them.

Community Activist Estelle Loewenstein has been a participant in many facets of Broward County’s growth and development. Her career, which was concentrated in healthcare, influenced her concern for social issues and humanitarian causes. She has served on the boards of many organizations, such as the Jewish Family Service and Jewish Federation Women’s Division. She has served as a chair of the Broward County Commission’s Cultural Council, as a liaison to Business for the Arts and as a member of the Broward County Film Society Board.

As an advocate for historic preservation, Loewenstein is a founder and coordinator of the Hollywood Historical Society Home Tour, a board member of the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation, and serves on the City of Hollywood Historic Preservation Board. She also finds time to volunteer as a political activist for candidates and issues both locally and nationally.


In Celebration of the Life of Ralph Garth Dearden

The Broward Cultural Division honors the life of Ralph Garth Dearden, whose contributions to the arts and community of Broward County will always be remembered.

Always interested in the arts as a young boy, Ralph studied piano and loved to sing. Throughout his school years he was a member of the Stranahan Singers, the FSU Men’s Glee Club, numerous church choirs and the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Chorus. His musical pursuits led him to meet Pam Dearden, executive director of the Gold Coast Jazz Society, in the choir of the Second Presbyterian Church and in 1972 they were married.

Throughout their married life they continued the joy of singing together in various church choirs, including many years in the Cathedral Choir of First Presbyterian Church, the Fort Lauderdale Symphony Chorus and the Master Chorale of South Florida.

Ralph’s early work career included managing a Chinese restaurant, running a floral business, working as an auditor at Pompano Harness Track and serving as a deputy clerk for the Broward County Circuit Court. In the early 1970s, Ralph began his tenure in the family’s paint manufacturing business, D&B Paint Manufacturing Company, which he continued to operate until the business closed in the late 1990s. He later worked in the marketing and property management departments of Rausch, Weaver, Norfleet, Kurtz and Company, until his retirement.

Ralph Dearden will be greatly missed by all members of the Broward Cultural Council and the staff of the Broward Cultural Division.


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In order to ensure that every cultural event that takes place in Broward County is on the site, we are enlisting your help.

Please make sure to send your arts-related events as soon as you have them scheduled. If you plan your events a year in advance, send them! If you plan your events six months in advance, send them!

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Fort Lauderdale Warehouses could be Next Hot Spot
By Larry Barszewski, Sun Sentinel

A 30-year-old warehouse district on the fringe of downtown is on track to become the city’s next hot spot.

Progresso Triangle District

Some envision it as a version of Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, with trendy cafes, galleries and boutiques occupying the dated buildings near the railroad tracks between Sistrunk and Sunrise boulevards.

The transformation is just waiting to take off, says area art gallery owner Larry Clemons, but is dependent upon reduced parking requirements to make it practical for new businesses to open.

"The synergy for this area is such a no-brainer," Clemons said. "What I’m talking about is a true village, where on the weekend, everybody goes."

The city agrees and has given initial approval to reduced parking in the area east and south of the tracks. It is expected to extend the rules into the triangle area bordered by Andrews Avenue, Sunrise and the tracks.

Progresso Triangle Planning
Already some seeds of change have sprouted. There’s the FAT Village Arts District along the tracks west of Andrews near Sistrunk, and the Laser Wolf craft beer bar in the vintage 1920s train station at the tracks and Northeast Third Avenue.

The new businesses would serve the Flagler Village community to the south and the hundreds of new apartments now under construction there. And they would benefit from the planned nearby stops for the Wave electric streetcar, the All Aboard Florida rail between Miami and Orlando, and the proposed Tri-Rail Coastal Link. Mayor Jack Seiler said "this is an area that’s crying out for some sort of relief."

He and commissioners said they are receptive to the proposed changes, which would create opportunity for property owners who are ready to get on board with the idea. The changes can’t come fast enough for Clemons, who already has a tentative contract with the owner of the Whole Enchilada Mexican restaurant to open a café and bar in Gallery 721, which used to be a dry cleaners.

The area is perfect for David Cardaci, whose Whole Enchilada restaurant is just a few blocks to the east on Federal Highway. He said he’s also considering a brew pub for another nearby spot.

"I think it’s a really hip, cool, up-and-coming area in Fort Lauderdale," Cardaci said. He sees Flagler Village as "where the cool kids play," with monthly rents in the $1,500 to $3,000 range. "There’s definitely a lot of young professionals in the area," he said.

Progresso Plaza. One of the few remaining large commercial buildings from the 1925-1926 "Boom" in Fort Lauderdale.

Not all the businesses in the area plan to change, even if a reduced parking-space requirement takes effect. Tony Curatolo owns seven properties in the triangle area and said business is fine the way it is now. "I have no problem renting them," Curatolo said. "I have automobile dealers, airplane part dealers. I have a bit of everything."

Angela Absolon, co-owner of the ABS Exotic Repair auto shop at Andrews and the tracks, said the change can only help the area. "Even if we decide we want to stay in our current use, we would like the area around us to improve because it has such great potential," she said. "It seems as if we’re the abyss, and we have all the ingredients not to be the abyss." At the Laser Wolf craft beer bar, co-owner Chris Bellus watches the Flagler Village developments under construction and waits. "Most of the stuff isn’t really done yet, so we haven’t seen a huge impact yet," Bellus said. "It’s cool to see people walking down Andrews … You see the progress and you’re hopeful it’s going to bring a lot more business to the area."

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