Cultural Quarterly
Spring/Summer 2009
Volume XXII, Number 2
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  National Arts Education Role
  Jack Deinhardt &, Judy Drucker Honored
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Creative Industries Continue to Grow
Americans for the Arts’ 2009 Creative Industries Report shows that Broward County is home to 5,660 arts-related businesses − reflecting an increase of 900 small entrepreneurial businesses over 2008. In total, these businesses employ almost 21,000 people and created an additional 400 jobs in the last year, as documented by Dun and Bradstreet.

From these statistics, it is clear that the creative businesses are a growing segment of the local economy and support a global trend that will continue as the knowledge-based economy expands.  “Over the last five years, we have been encouraged to see the number of new arts-related businesses growing, with a 21-percent increase this year, in the height of an economic downturn.  It is a positive outlook for our changing economic base,” said Mary A. Becht, Broward Cultural Division director.

The creative industries comprise businesses that create or distribute the arts, including museums and collections; performing arts; visual arts/photography; film, radio and TV; design and publishing; arts schools and 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 in the United States involved in the creation or distribution of the arts that employ more than 2.5 million people. Growth of the businesses that comprise the creative industries is greater than the increase among 14.3 million other businesses tracked by Dun and Bradstreet.

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Three Broward County Artists Win South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowships
Three Broward County artists − Colby Katz, Samantha Salzinger and Nancy Spielman – are recipients of the 2009 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship (SFCC) Award for Visual and Media Artists.  It is the second time that Katz (2004) and Salzinger (2000) have received this honor.

Samantha Salzinger, Nancy Spielman and Colby Katz

The winners were selected from a group of more than 300 applicants during a two-tier panel process that includes the participation of regional and national art experts. The regional panel included Peter Boswell, Miami Art Museum; Rina Carvajal, adjunct curator, Miami Art Museum; Lou Anne Colodny, 2008 SFCC Fellowship winner, Broward County; Rod Faulds, Florida Atlantic University; Irvin Lippman, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Nova Southeastern University; and Wendy Wischer, 2008 SFCC Fellowship Recipient, Miami-Dade County.

The regional panel forwarded their recommendations to the national panel, which was composed of Amanda Cruz, program director, United States Artists; Linda Dubler, curator of media arts, High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Odili Donald Odita, visual artist, Philadelphia; and Gilbert Vicario, associate curator, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. All four national judges participated in the final recommendations. An exhibition featuring the works of the artists will be presented at the University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s School of the Arts in Boca Raton from September 18 through October 30, 2009.  An opening reception is scheduled for September 17 from 7-9 p.m.

To read more about the artists and see their work, visit

The South Florida Cultural Consortium, an alliance of the local arts agencies of Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade and Monroe counties, assists visual and media artists through cash awards solely on the basis of creative excellence to foster artistic development and encourage career advancement.  Formed in 1985, the Consortium operates under an inter-local government agreement to coordinate projects and share resources for the growth of South Florida cultural activities, organizations and artists. It provides regional cultural planning, new project development, statewide cultural marketing, information sharing, regional arts education training and support for ethnic and rural audience development.

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Moretti, Encore Awards Honor Cultural Leaders

Barbara O’Keefe receiving Moretti Award

The Cultural Foundation of Broward named Barbara O’Keefe and the Coral Springs Museum of Art as the winner of the coveted 2009 Moretti Award for Artistic Achievement in cultural excellence; while ArtServe named the Broward Cultural Division’s grants administrator, Jim Shermer, as the “Arts Administrator of the Year” at the 20th annual ArtServe Encore Awards program.

Also receiving Encore Awards for outstanding dedication and support of the Broward County arts and cultural community were:

  • Timothy Leistner − Individual Leadership Award
  • The Seminole Tribe of Florida − Business Leadership Award
  • Honorable Kristin Jacobs − Government Leadership Award
  • Hispanic Unity of Florida, United Way of Broward County, Nadine Floyd and Janie Casoria − Arts Collaboration Award
  • Francie Bishop Good − Artist of the Year for Community Impact
  • The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation − 20/20 Visionary Award
  • Broward County Libraries Division − Special Recognition Award as outstanding partner and 35 years of service

The winner from each category received an original piece of artwork created for the event by the 2008 Encore Artist of the Year, Timothy Leistner. The winners were chosen by a panel of judges including Edith Gooden-Thompson, chair of the Broward Cultural Council; Chris Tiedje of the Sun-Sentinel; Mark Budwig of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce; Carey McKearnan of JES Publishing; and Pam Dearden of Gold Coast Jazz Society.

For more information about the Moretti Award for Artistic Achievement, please visit the Broward Cultural Division website at

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Robin Gart Joins Broward Cultural Council
The Broward Cultural Council recently welcomed Robin Gart as its newest member.  She was appointed by Commissioner John E. Rodstrom, Jr.  Created in 1977, the Cultural Council is a 23-member advisory board to the Broward County Commission that is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Broward County through the development of the arts.

Robin Gart has lived in Broward County for the past 12 years and is proud to say she is a native Floridian. After graduating from high school in Virginia and receiving her B.A. in English from the University of Chicago, she decided to head back to the warm weather.

Gart moved to Miami, where she graduated from the University of Miami School of Law. Upon retiring from law, Gart became a full-time civic volunteer. She has served on many committees and boards of local organizations, including United Way, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, Entirely Entertaining Event at Bonnet House, Museum of Art Festival of Trees, Leadership Broward, Jimmy Evert Tennis Center Advisory Board and the Guardian Ad Litem program.  She was the founder of Families for the Arts at University School.  Besides her avid love for the arts and education, she also enjoys cooking, traveling, motorcycling, substitute teaching and her family.  She and her husband of 22 years, Brian, have two children, Caitlyn and Zachary.

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Sharon Brooks
Sharon Brooks

Sharon Brooks Tapped for National Arts Education Role
Sharon Brooks, an award-winning former classroom teacher and director of education for the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, has been elected as a member of the advisory board for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Partners in Education Program.

The national initiative assists arts and cultural organizations in developing and expanding educational partnerships with their local school systems.  Brooks, who oversees all Broward Center education programs, has been a Partner in Education Team member since the program was first offered in Florida in 1993.  She will serve a three-year term on the advisory board as a volunteer and will be the liaison for the Partners in Education Program's north central area, counseling 17 teams from Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin. 

The Broward Center partners with the School Board of Broward County and the Broward County Cultural Division as participants in the Partners in Education Program to plan and present professional development opportunities for local teachers to make the arts integral to education.  In 2008, more than 900 teachers from the tri-county area participated in the Fifth Annual Arts Integration Conference, the most comprehensive arts integration conference in South Florida designed for educators.

Prior to joining the Broward Center in 2003, Brooks served within the Broward County School District for 33 years.  Her recognitions included Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year; “Woman of the Year in Fine Arts” by Women in Communications; Outstanding Elementary Teacher of America; and a Fulbright Scholars Teacher Exchange Award.

Brooks is also the co-founder of the Arts for the Future Scholarship Program, a community-wide initiative that is jointly supported by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the School Board of Broward County. 

The Fort Lauderdale resident is married to Maestro James Brooks-Bruzzese, artistic director of the Symphony of the Americas.  A graduate of Duquesne University with a music education degree, Brooks was a soloist with the St. Louis Ballet, St. Louis Municipal Opera and Broadway Road productions and choreographed 350 musical productions both nationally and abroad.

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Judy Drucker
Judy Drucker

Jack Deinhardt, Judy Drucker Honored for Contributions to the Arts
The Master Chorale of South Florida honored Jack Deinhardt and Judy Drucker earlier this year for the indelible imprint they have made on the arts in Broward and Miami-Dade counties.

“We are indebted to the foresight and acumen of these arts lovers. It is in no small measure due to their leadership that we enjoy a high caliber of artistic life here in South Florida. Their efforts have also been largely instrumental in the development, status and longevity of the Master Chorale of South Florida,” said Mark W. Glickman, president of the Master Chorale.

Ever since arriving in Fort Lauderdale in 1979, Jack Deinhardt has helped ensure the arts are welcome in Broward County. He and his wife, Libby, founded the Community Foundation of Broward to build financial support for civic projects in the community. Jack served on the board and as its treasurer for many years, and Libby acted as volunteer executive director for the Foundation’s first seven years. In addition, Deinhardt served on the board of trustees of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra for 24 years as a member, treasurer and chairman. He served on the board and finance committee for the Museum of Art for 27 years and on the board of WPBT/Channel 2 for eight years.

When the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra ceased operations in 2003 and the Florida Philharmonic Chorus reorganized as the Master Chorale of South Florida, Deinhardt graciously agreed to serve on the board of the new organization. In this role, he called upon his background as an accountant, developer, businessman, music lover and nonprofit leader to ensure that the Master Chorale’s finances were on solid footing.

Jack Deinhardt
Jack Deinhardt

Co-honoree Judy Drucker has presided over South Florida’s cultural arena for four decades, nurturing the region and increasing its visibility on the world’s cultural stage.  In more than 40 years at the helm of the Concert Association of Florida, she gained international attention as a presenter of the world’s greatest classical music orchestras and conductors, soloists, opera stars, and ballet and dance companies to audiences throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. 

The scope of Drucker’s acumen can be gauged by the quality of the artists and arts organizations she has presented — Luciano Pavarotti, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Zubin Mehta, Leonard Bernstein, Beverly Sills, Cecilia Bartoli, Yo Yo Ma, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Wynton Marsalis, Valery Gergiev, the Israel Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Kirov Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Berlin Staatskapelle, Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, Boston Pops and many others.

When she was invited to participate in the opening of the Carnival Center in Miami. In keeping with her reputation for identifying and hiring great young talent, she invited the Master Chorale of South Florida to participate in a concert performance of Verdi’s Il Trovatore − an opportunity that put the fledging chorus in the public eye and helped secure its future.

To learn more about the Master Chorale of South Florida, visit


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