A community only has one opportunity to celebrate its centennial, so it’s only fitting that Broward County is pulling out all the stops. As you will see throughout this edition of Cultural Quarterly, the arts are integrally woven into the fabric of Broward 100 –Celebrating the Art of Community. Everywhere you turn, artists, cultural organizations and perhaps even your own friends and neighbors are contributing their imagination and creativity to this yearlong observance.
To cite just a few of the most recent milestones:
Through the VisualEYES Broward 100 Mural Project, 10 artists have been selected to create unique murals in virtually every corner of the County. Community engagement workshops are ensuring that each mural will reflect the distinctive nature of its surrounding neighborhoods and residents.
The comprehensive Calendar 100 now lists more than 400 sanctioned events that are part of the Broward 100 celebration.
Inside Out photo shoots and pastings (displays) are taking place everywhere you turn – from the Coral Springs Museum of Art and the Urban League of Broward County to Westfield Mall and the Southwest Regional Library. The faces of Broward County continue to entertain and enlighten us.
Meanwhile, plans are beginning to take shape for the exciting grand finale of the Broward 100 celebration – Duende. Scheduled for Oct. 1-3, the festivities are expected to include a performance at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, a Friday night music club and restaurant event with performances throughout, a sunrise ceremony and many interactive family events.
We encourage you to visit broward100.org as well as our own Cultural Division website at www.broward.org/arts any time for news and updates. You’ll also find Broward 100 on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube, so there are numerous ways to keep abreast of the latest happenings.
Just as Broward 100 is multifaceted, the work of the Broward Cultural Division continues on many fronts. We’re helping to call attention to nearly 100 of the County’s museums, art galleries, historic sites, cultural venues and science and technology exploration centers through our Museum & Gallery Guide, a popular directory that was recently reprinted.
And we’re making an effort to ensure that people are talking about the arts by presenting the Broward Arts Journalism Program with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. The initiative, which includes a partnership with the Society of Professional Journalists Florida Pro Chapter, incorporates a series of workshops featuring national and local media representatives. It’s all designed to explore innovative methods in local arts coverage for everyone from veteran professional journalists to self-taught writers who are eager to learn.
As always, there’s much to celebrate in the Broward County cultural community – and many reasons to be proud of what we all accomplish on a daily basis. Thanks for your interest and continuing participation in the arts. CQ