- The new 55,000-square-foot, LEED-certified Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library is an arts education complex that includes a 10,000-square-foot library with 30,000 items and 23 public use computers.
- The Little Green Library and Environmental Center in Fort Lauderdale is a “micro-library” which focuses on green techniques and sustainability.
- Parks and Recreation’s YouTube site received a Meritorious Award in Computer Media from National Association of County Information Officers.
- The Lee Wagener Art Gallery located in Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, regularly hosts exhibitions of Broward-based artists for the benefit of residents and the traveling public.
Broward County residents and visitors are able to engage in a rich variety of arts and culture, recreational, leisure, education and learning opportunities.
Art and Culture
Broward’s art and culture industry is estimated to generate up to $230 million in economic activity, support more than 6,400 jobs, generate $157 million in household income, and deliver $21.9 million in local and state government revenue.
In 2012, Business for the Arts of Broward (BFAB) was formed, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) that engages businesses and business leaders in advocacy and education about the importance of a vibrant art and cultural community. Broward County’s Cultural Division is partnering with BFAB to launch power2give, an online fundraising platform that allows nonprofit cultural organizations to post fundable projects. BFAB will match the cultural organization’s fundraising efforts up to $10,000.
The Arts Education Incentive Program was renamed Community Arts Education Partnerships, reflecting a shift in focus for the Cultural Division from grants programs to incentive programs. The new program focuses on providing arts education experiences to youth and adults in artistically underserved communities through partnerships and collaboration with community-based organizations. The Division also received a $40,000 grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for the Creative Artist Advancement Program.
Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute returned to South Florida. This four-day program, offered by Cultural Division, the Community Partnership for the Art and Culture and ArtServe, Inc., helps individual artists strengthen their business skills.
Broward County’s Public Art and Design Program completed several unique projects including a new public artwork, I LOVE YOU located at the Young At Art Museum/Broward County Library; Cruising School, a grouping of shimmering fish suspended among crystal bubbles and waves at Port Everglades’ Cruise Terminal 18, and Aquaria, a stainless steel sculpture on the ceiling of the sky bridges at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
Broward County has 244 public artworks, 54 of which are located at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). Quick Response (QR) codes, which have become a popular way for people to access information from a mobile device, such as a smartphone, were installed on 80 interior and exterior artworks located at FLL and County parks and libraries, providing art enthusiasts with instant online access to details on a wide variety of public artworks.
Looking ahead to Broward County’s 100th birthday in 2015, the Cultural Tourism Committee hired a consultant to craft a plan for cultural tourism that includes ideas for a centennial celebration and signature event.