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The Cultural Foundation of Broward has announced the winners in the first ever Faces of the Arts in Broward Challenge.

“The entries we received for Faces of the Arts in Broward illustrates just how much the arts impact our lives,” said Jarett Levan, Cultural Foundation of Broward chair. “Congratulations to all who entered.”

The following winners have submitted the best stories of how the arts have impacted their lives.

winners of the faces of the arts challengeFaces of the Arts in Broward Winners

·         Anastasia Clark of Miramar, essay with a poem called Lucky Monkey at Bonnet House which was inspired by a Bonnet House visit with her daughter and granddaughter.

·         Audrey R. Gregg of Pompano Beach, essay about how moved she was listening to artist Greg Burns at the Pompano Beach Library.

·         Timothy Leistner of Dania Beach, essay about the annual student art exhibition “Behind Our Eyes” with artwork from children with cerebral palsy.

·         Anna Maria Ukleja of Weston, essay about a Florida Youth Orchestra concert at Bailey Concert Hall. She was inspired to become a volunteer for FYO and to enroll in piano lessons.

·         Georgeta Fondos of Deerfield Beach, essay and photo about how the Broward Cultural Division has helped her become known on the local art arena and get in touch with dozens of artists and art-related business people. This led her to apply for and ultimately receive the bid for a public art project.

·         Frances Rappy of Fort Lauderdale, essay about attending the Third Avenue Artist Walk and how it motivated her to take up art again since having not painted or drawn after a near-fatal auto accident in 1983 and a lumpectomy and radiation treatment in 2008.

·         Danny Sepler of Fort Lauderdale, essay about how the Gold Coast Jazz Society provides him with a free opportunity to play music with professionals and peers from other schools.

·         Jill Slaughter of Pembroke Pines, essay about how applying for and receiving gallery space at Studio 18 in the Pines for emerging and mid-career artists in Pembroke Pines has kept her dream alive.

·         Charmain Yobbi of Pembroke Pines, essay about her time spent at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.

 Four of the winners of faces of the arts in broward

 (L to R) Charmain Yobbi, Jill Slaughter,
Anastasia Clark, Timothy Leistner

Designed to promote and stimulate public awareness and appreciation of the arts in Broward County, Faces of the Arts in Broward Challenge entries were judged on content, development/organization, relevance to theme and creativity/originality.  Each of the nine winners was presented with four tickets to a cultural event.  Among the organizations that donated prizes for the winners were the City of Sunrise, Fort Lauderdale Children's Theatre, Gold Coast Jazz, Miami City Ballet, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Museum of Discovery and Science and the Association of the Performing Arts of India.

Participants were asked to submit a video, a photograph or an essay of their experience at a cultural event or organization in Broward County that has moved or changed their life in a positive way.

Judging was conducted by the Public Relations  Committee of the Broward Cultural Council. To view the winning entries visit

Honorable Mention was awarded to: Jarvis Butler of Fort Lauderdale for a video; Scott Garrett of Weston for an essay; Grecia Garrett of Weston for an essay and photo; Cynthia Drucker of Fort Lauderdale for an essay and photo; and Brandon Drucker of Fort Lauderdale for a photo.


Express Yourself:
The Faces of the Arts Challenge
By Corinne Guillen
Flanagan High School

Although this year's The Faces of the Arts Challenge is now over, it is an opportunity for teens to submit videos, essays or even a photo of how they have been impacted by the arts. The challenge will continue next year, so stay tuned for upcoming deadlines.

Whether it was a performance you saw − or were in personally − or a painting that caught your eye, this challenge gives students the chance to voice their experiences.

Art is important for today’s youth. It gives a chance for freedom of expression.

This challenge is a great way to not only showcase talent, but see the effects art has made on this generation.

With three options for submission, entrants have an open gateway to explore the different aspects of art in their lives.

The You Tube video option lets you film a quick 30-second video. Not only can teens use words, they can use sounds and pictures to express the way art has impacted their lives.

The JPEG Image option calls for you to send in a picture. This option not only gives insight on your talent, but allows you to display how you use the gifts you were given.

The last option for submission is an essay. I particularly like this option because I find myself more capable of expressing who I am through writing. When you’re given an open opportunity to write about something that means a lot to you, you are able to show your feelings in your writing.

I have found that art has transformed me.

Music has allowed me to discover my true passion for singing. I may not be the best illustrator, or even the best journalist, but through the medium of sound, I’ve found where I’m supposed to be.

If you were to ask any artist what it is about art they love so much, I’m sure you would get plenty of answers − but somehow they would all mean the same thing.

When you’re passionate about something, it doesn’t matter what it takes to get where you need to be, or how long it takes.

Even if the task before you seems impossible, the desire you have to succeed is far greater than any obstacle you face.

The Faces of the Arts Challenge is a phenomenal way to do what you love and be rewarded for it.

It’s easy to enter and a great door to a future in the art world.

 I give two thumbs to this challenge, and recommend everyone who has been impacted by the arts in Broward County to enter next year.

 For complete details about the Faces of the Arts Challenge, visit

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