Broward Cultural Division Director
Photo by Jonathan D. Marcus
With the official launch of Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community - in the history books, it’s safe to say that it’s all that we’d hoped it would be - and more!
Presented in collaboration with Broward County and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau with a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, Broward 100 is a yearlong series of events and activities commemorating Broward County’s culture, history, heritage and beauty.
Broward 100 kicked off in grand style with The Block Party for Higher Education on October 16. Organized in collaboration with Broward College, Florida Atlantic University and Nova Southeastern University, this festive celebration attracted throngs of people to art exhibitions, live music and performances, live graffiti painting, family activities and more excitement along Las Olas Boulevard. Congratulations are in order for all involved!
On a broader scale, the response to all of the diverse components of the Broward 100 celebration has been exceptionally strong.
More than 30 groups have come forward to express their interest in participating in the Inside Out Broward participatory global, public art project. In addition to the Miramar installation launched this past spring, the City of Pembroke Pines is installing its Inside Out photos on the Pembroke Pines Teen Center’s façade and Broward College, in collaboration with Florida Atlantic University, unveiled approximately 400 photos for their Inside Out project on the façade of their downtown tower during Broward 100 @ The Block Party.
Calendar 100 now includes listings of more than 200 sanctioned events. A weekly e-mail is being sent to anyone who subscribes to the service so that they can learn about all these outstanding opportunities to celebrate art, culture and history.
The Art of Community Programming Committee will be announcing the Broward 100 Mural Project locations across the entire county and has chosen 10 mural artists for the project. We look forward to seeing these wonderful new works of art begin to appear in highly visible public places in the months ahead.
We are extremely proud to announce that the name Duende has been chosen for the Broward 100 grand finale, which is scheduled for October 2-4, 2015.
Duende (art); du•en•de noun\ dü-’en-(.)dā\ a quality of passion and inspiration; a spirit; having soul, a heightened state of emotion, expression and authenticity
In the spirit of celebrating creativity, Duende will bring together the diverse talent that can be found in Broward through a countywide finale. Thousands of people will come together to cap off the yearlong observance of Broward County’s 100th birthday through art, culture, history and entertainment. Duende will also launch an annual signature event to showcase the talent of Broward County, create global connections and set the stage for the next 100 years.
Broward 100 is truly an example of collaboration at its best. In addition to the primary sponsors and the numerous other organizations that are working so closely together, the Broward Cultural Division and the CVB have joined forces to promote cultural tourism on a national scale. As we expected, Broward 100 gives us a unique platform that we are using effectively to highlight all that is great about Broward County - and to attract visitors from across the nation and around the world to join us for our centennial celebration.
We encourage you to enjoy everything that Broward 100 has to offer. We encourage you to visit broward100.org as well as our own Cultural Division website any time for the latest updates. Enjoy! CQ
No matter what happens on the funding scene, we can be assured that the next year will be an exceptionally exciting one for Broward County’s arts and cultural community.
We urge you to participate fully in the countless opportunities that are available to you.
We look forward to celebrating Broward 100
with an artistic flourish.