Sandra Robinson and LeeAnna Yater Receive First Micro Credit Loans
The Artist Micro Credit Program is a revolving loan program created to assist with a broad range of artists’ creative endeavors, such as purchasing equipment, completing a project or taking advantage of an opportunity. Designed to assist Broward-based practicing professional artists of all disciplines in advancing their careers, these loans may help with projects that are not able to be funded from conventional sources. On a funds-available basis, the program can provide up to $5,000. A component of the program is business training provided through the Artists as an Entrepreneur Institute.
Robinson intends to use her loan to assist with the launch of Saje Robinson Collection Inc. – “Wearable Art” Designer T-shirts for women and men – located at 300 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Suite # 278 in Fort Lauderdale. She plans to create a new line of “high-end” designed t-shirts. Robinson has more than 25 years of experience in the fashion and apparel industry. She holds an associate of arts degree in fashion design from the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.
Yater will use the loan to advance her career by exhibiting her artwork at the Art Fusion Gallery and on the Art Fusion Gallery website for one year. Yater is a successful independent freelance artist who makes bold, contemporary fabric and clay artwork. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout the United States and is in private and public collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.
For additional information about the Artist Micro Credit Program, contact Cheryl Cook, economic development specialist, SFRPC, 954-985-4416; or James Shermer, grants administrator, Broward Cultural Division, 954-357-7502 or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Despite the Economic Downturn, Broward County’s
In the face of the current economic downturn, the Broward Cultural Division was pleased to learn that
the Creative Industries are a growing within our local economy. The Broward County statistics reflect a global trend suggesting that creative businesses will expand to support the knowledge-based economy. It shows that arts and culture have a much-needed place in any growing community.
The creative industries comprise museums and collections; performing arts; visual arts/photography; film, radio and TV; design and publishing; arts schools and related services. These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ people, spend money locally, generate government revenue and are a cornerstone of tourism.
Nationally, there are more than 600,000 businesses involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ more than 2.5 million people. The source for this information is Dun & Bradstreet, the most comprehensive and trusted source for business information in the U.S. Businesses that comprise the creative industries are growing at a faster pace than other companies among the 14.3 million businesses tracked by Dun and Bradstreet.
Broward County Cultural Division Wins Three National Awards
A free service of the Broward County Commission, Cultural Quarterly provides in-depth articles on the local cultural scene, featuring profiles of exceptional artists and detailed listings of events and attractions. The Culturally Speaking column is a monthly article that features Broward County cultural organizations and/or Cultural Division programs within the downtown core, while the Arts Teacher of the Year program plays a pivotal role by honoring a Broward County arts teacher annually in a gala event at Broward Center for the Performing Arts Center. The invitation and program for this event play a key role in capturing the essence and sophistication of this program.
NACIO was formed in 1966. Members strive to create a better understanding of the duties of county government and to improve the communication skills of NACIO members and all other county officials.
South Florida Joins in ‘Free Night of Theater’ Program
TLSF coordinated the October 16 event in South Florida. "The Theatre League is proud to participate in this proven program that is a nationwide effort to introduce new audiences to theater," Lasher added.
The Theatre Communications Group (TCG) – a national organization which promotes theater –conceived Free Night of Theater at its national conference in 2003 as a way to remove perceived barriers that have historically prevented audiences from attending not-for-profit theater. An estimated 80 per cent of last year’s attendees were first-time theatergoers. Recent attendance data gathered by Shugoll Research reports that over 33% of last year’s first-time theatergoers purchased tickets to another performance following their Free Night experience.
Three County Locations Listed Among Florida Trust’s
Bonnet House, Fort Lauderdale – American artist Frederic Clay Bartlett designed and built Bonnet House in the 1920s as a winter retreat for the Birch Bartlett families. His wife Evelyn Fortune Bartlett was also an artist. The home is the only home and studio of two recognized American artists with original furnishings that is open to the public. Bonnet House is a unique Florida treasure and its 35 acres of pristine barrier island ecosystem figure prominently in the City of Fort Lauderdale's Comprehensive Plan. In the past, inappropriate developments that would negatively impact Bonnet House were rejected by the city’s governing agencies, but that is beginning to change. An astonishingly high amount of intense, intrusive development is advancing closer and closer to Bonnet House, demonstrating the need for stronger protection of the historic site.
Stranahan Trading Post and Camp Site, Fort Lauderdale – The site, located next to the Stranahan House in Fort Lauderdale, was the first point of contact where the Seminole Indians and other travelers gathered to exchange goods and services. While the Stranahan House is not threatened, a 42-story condominium project is proposed for the significant archaeological site next door.
The Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, a non-profit organization with more than 1,700 members, is the statewide partner to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Its mission is to promote the preservation of Florida’s unique cultural, historical and architectural resources.
Florida Center for the Book Receives ‘Big Read’ Grant
The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss and celebrate one of 23 selections from American and world literature. The Big Read in Broward County will focus on The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Activities will take place in spring 2009.
“It is an honor to once again be a part of The Big Read,” says Robert E. Cannon, Broward County Library director. “The Big Read emphasizes the value of community literacy as well as the importance of reading for people of all ages. We welcome the opportunity to involve Broward County Library in The Big Read, as it provides yet another opportunity for our library to touch the lives of our community through books and reading.”
Recipient organizations will receive Big Read grants ranging from $2,500 to $20,000 to promote and carry out community-based reading programs featuring activities such as read-a-thons, book discussions, lectures, movie screenings and performing arts events. Participating communities also receive high-quality, free-of-charge educational materials to supplement each title, including reader’s, teacher’s and audio guides.
The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read is provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.
Fort Lauderdale sculptor Nilda Comas, who was profiled in the spring edition of Cultural Quarterly, has been elected as a Sculptor Member of the National Sculpture Society. Over the last several years, Nilda has received a bronze medal and the Agopoff Memorial prize twice from the National Sculpture Society at different exhibitions. The National Sculpture Society is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States. Leading U.S. sculptors and architects founded the NSS in the 19th century to "spread the knowledge of good sculpture.” Today, NSS continues to encourage excellence in sculpture throughout the United States. To read the profile of Nilda Comas, Click Here.