As we move on from Broward 100 and Duende, it’s hard to
explain how proud I am of my staff, our partners in the private and public
sectors and our community as a whole.
Broward 100-Celebrating the Art of
Community, our year-long celebration and its culminating events at Duende,
engaged and embraced the entire county and truly showcased our talent,
creativity and diversity. A very special
thanks to our administrator, Bertha Henry, Mayor Tim Ryan and the Board of County
Commissioners, for believing in and supporting Broward 100.
It’s an honor and a privilege to work with the dedicated and
talented staff at the Cultural Division. They shared the dream and vision; jumped
into action, met challenges, broke barriers, found ways to make things happen
and executed plans with passion and poise.
When we began this project more than a year ago, we had no way of
knowing just how it would unfold. Yet with each twist and turn throughout the
journey, they made it bigger, better and more impactful than anything we’ve
done in the past. Perhaps most
importantly, in keeping with our tagline, Celebrating
the Art of Community, they used the arts to bridge, bond and build the
Each member of the team has done their part and more, making
it personal and collaborative. It is a tribute to the nature of the project -
to the nature of Broward 100 and Duende that “WE” all feel so inspired. Yes.
However, it is also a tribute to a great team!
This Fall 2015 issue of Cultural Quarterly is dedicated to
It is also dedicated to Public Art, and VisualEYES the public
art murals cornerstone of Broward 100.
In 2016, Broward County’s Public Art & Design Program
turns 40 for its Ruby anniversary, and we acknowledge and honor this program
that has grown and gained national and international respect throughout the years
of Broward County’s growth.
VisualEYES also grew into a powerful community public art collaboration
that will live long after Broward’s centennial year is complete. With one of nine
murals located in each of nine Broward County Commissioner Districts, and a
tenth at Port Everglades and with the talent of the local artists that came
forward, as well as the community involvement and the city initiatives, this
project grew from strength to strength on its own merit and heart. This issue
tells the story of each of the artists, who they are, and how they came to be
part of Broward 100. We honor them as