It’s summer! Temperatures are rising - and so is the level of enthusiasm around the Broward Cultural Division as we continue to commemorate Broward County’s centennial through the multifaceted Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community.
We have numerous reasons to be excited.
n The first mural in the VisualEYES Broward 100 Mural Project has been completed by artist Bill Savarese. The 800-square-foot artwork, which can be found in the Amman Building at Port Everglades, features a nautical theme.
n Duende - Broward 100’s concluding celebration on Oct. 2-4 - continues to take shape. The widely diverse event will include something for everyone, including family activities, a sunrise event, an outdoor concert, simulcasts, pop-up artists along the Himarshee area of Second Street and nightlife until the wee hours of the morning both Friday and Saturday.
n Broadway Director and Cirque Dreams Founder Neil Goldberg and Broward 100 have announced "WE..." The Passion & Rhythm of the People. This one-of-a-kind, Broward County production - part of the County’s weekend-long grand finale centennial celebration, Duende - will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 3, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
"WE..." is a show illuminating Broward County’s culture, talent and diversity with awe-inspiring performances, spectacular theatrics and stunning visuals. EARL BOSWORTH Director, Broward Cultural Division
n Renowned celebrity artists will be joined on stage by a cast of more than 100 brilliantly talented South Florida musicians, dancers, poets, choirs, athletes and creative variety acts celebrating the community "WE" call home.
We encourage you to visit broward100. org as well as our Cultural Division website at broward.org/arts any time for news and updates. You can also keep up with the latest Broward 100 happenings on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
In other exciting Cultural Division news, we are delighted that ArtsEd Forever! - known originally as the Arts Teachers of the Year Program - will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2015.
Designed to spotlight outstanding contributions to arts education by educators, government officials, nonprofit organizations, businesses and individuals in our community, ArtsEd Forever! helps to reinforce the positive impact that the arts have on our children - both now and in the future. You can learn more about the most recent honorees on page 26 in this edition of Cultural Quarterly.
In another forward-looking development, we're planning to update the Cultural Division's online grants management system to GIFTS Online 5.2 later this year. According to our grants administrator, James Shermer, the Division's grantmaking will gain greater capacity for more collaborative relationships with its awardees through this significant upgrade to a fully cloudbased system. The update will assist with further streamlining the funding processes and assist the Division in effectively managing eligibility requests, artist calls and proposals for different funding programs. It will also help with tracking awardees' program requirements, project reporting and contract compliance.
Finally, if we may be allowed a bit of self-promotion, we are extremely proud to tell you that the publication you are reading - our Cultural Quarterly flipbook received a Best of Class award in the NACIO 2015 Awards of Excellence competition. NACIO - the National Association of County Information Officers - sponsors the annual competition to recognize outstanding public relations and public information work being done in counties across the nation.
The Division won a total of seven 2015 Awards of Excellence, which includes Cultural Quarterly. Thank you for your continuing interest in and support of arts and culture in Broward County. CQ