Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward Film Commission at the CVB
As the result of action by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, the Broward Film Commission is now a part of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau. It joins many film offices throughout the U.S. that fall under the CVB marketing umbrella.
New Television Series The Glades Films in Broward
In more film-related news, the Broward County Film Commission announced that Pembroke Park and Broward County would be the shooting base for The Glades, Fox Television Studios’ new one-hour drama series to air on A&E. The series was created by Clifton Campbell (White Collar), who is executive-producing along with Gary Randall (Saving Grace).
According to the Film Commission, “The Glades is a drama about a sly Chicago cop who gets the ax after his former captain – who wrongfully believes the cop had an affair with his wife – shoots him. The windfall allows the cop to relocate to a slower-paced small town in Florida, where the sun shines, the golf is plentiful and the crime less ubiquitous…so he thinks.”
Children’s Book, Art Exhibition Help Promote Literacy
South Florida children’s author Dani Lynn and Hollywood Beach artist Jacklyn Laflamme have a mission − to inspire children’s literacy by capturing youngsters’ imaginations. The duo recently began to realize their goals at the Broward County Main Library through a month-long exhibition focused on Lynn’s first book, Will and The Magical Forest, from “The Fairy Tale Project” series.
Laflamme illustrated the book with her whimsical, brilliantly colored paintings. During the exhibition, she and Lynn worked with groups of children to teach them about the process of making a book. Will and The Magical Forest tells the story of Will and Grandpa Otus as they journey on a mystical path and encounter amazing creatures. Laflamme’s 20-inch by 16-in acrylic paintings on canvas were exhibited on the wall of Gallery 6 at the Broward County Main Library so that children could follow the adventures in a large format in addition to the book.
Children have incredible imaginations,” said Laflamme. “They are so uninhibited, and their minds overflow with creativity. Our goal is to create an environment for them to experience art and literature. It is a chance to see the process of literature and art merging together.”
Added Lynn, ”Fairy Tales do come true, as evidenced by watching all the characters that I created for the books come to life in Laflamme’s fun and whimsical paintings. As we create ‘The Fairy Tale Project,’ it is a joy to be a part of the process and see how it can encourage children to read.”
The Broward Cultural Division awarded Laflamme an individual artist’s grant to help fund the project. Originally from Montreal and now a resident of Hollywood Beach, Laflamme participated in two grant-funded projects: the ”Doing Business As…Artist Entrepreneurs” Exhibition at Gallery 6 as well as The Mural Project/Children’s Workshops, where she created a lasting mural at the Richard C. Sullivan Library in Wilton Manors.
The exhibition will be on display through August at the Lighthouse Center for the Arts in Tequesta, Fla.
Classical South Florida to Acquire WXEL Radio
The Barry University Board of Trustees approved the sale of WXEL-FM by its subsidiary, Barry Telecommunications, to Classical South Florida (CSF). Barry Telecommunications will continue to hold the WXEL-TV license. WXEL-FM, a public radio station transmitting on 90.7 FM, serves audiences in Palm Beach County, northern Broward County and the Treasure Coast. Barry University has owned both WXEL radio and TV since August 1997, when the Miami Shores university came forward and rescued the stations by erasing a $2 million debt.
Fort Lauderdale-based Classical South Florida, the largest listener-supporter broadcaster of classical music from the Palm Beaches through Miami-Dade County and into the Keys, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public radio organization dedicated to broadcasting classical music. It is broadcast on WKCP 89.7 FM Miami, and on a low-power repeater at 101.9 FM West Palm Beach.
“We are very excited about joining forces with WXEL,” said Classical South Florida General Manager Doug Evans. “Under our stewardship, the station will continue to serve Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. The combination will enable CSF to extend the reach and enhance the quality of public radio programming throughout South Florida. Our strengths and expertise will help to ensure that this pairing will be a true success. Classical South Florida has a deep respect and great appreciation for the devoted public radio listeners throughout the region.”
Classical South Florida will pay Barry University $3.85 million cash for the WXEL-FM license. Proceeds will be used to support the academic mission of the university, as well as to continue supporting and operating WXEL Television. The university does not expect to profit from this transaction, only to recoup its investment. The agreement between CSF and Barry University for the transfer of WXEL’s radio license is subject to approval by the Board of Education of the State of Florida. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission must approve the transaction after a period of public comment.
Shortly before the WXEL announcement, Classical South Florida revealed that it had received a $1 million gift from Dr. Sanford L. and Delores Ziff in the name of the Dr. Sanford L. Ziff Family Foundation. As an incentive to help to build financial support for the station, the Ziff Family Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar all new or increased membership contributions to CSF through the Ziff Classical Music Community Challenge.
Broward Organizations Named Knight Arts Finalists
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has named two Broward-based organizations as finalists in the third round of an annual contest that aims to bring South Florida’s diverse community together through the arts.
In total, 41 Knight Arts Challenge finalists were picked from a wide-ranging field of applicants with a broad spectrum of ideas. Knight Foundation will announce the winners of the matching arts grants in the fall. Descriptions of all the finalists’ projects are available at www.KnightArts.org.
“Our applications this year show a depth of quality and creativity that was no doubt inspired by the winning projects of the first two years of the challenge,” said Dennis Scholl, Knight’s Miami program director and vice president/arts. “The momentum this contest has created for the arts will continue to nurture our diverse cultural community and enrich the lives of South Floridians.”
Local finalists include the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, which seeks to engage South Florida in new contemporary art ideas and national trends by hosting an ongoing discussion series featuring outside arts experts, and Funding Arts Broward!, which proposes to cultivate new arts audiences in Broward County through a Knight New Work award for cutting-edge visual and performing arts projects. Florida Grand Opera, which offers performances at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, also was named a finalist for its proposal to continue cultivating new audiences for opera by offering discount tickets to winners and entrants in this spring’s Knight-supported drawing for free tickets to Carmen.
This is the third year of the Knight Arts Challenge, which offers $20 million in matching grant money to the best ideas in the South Florida arts over five years. Applicants must follow only three rules: the ideas must be about art, the project must take place in or benefit South Florida and the project must find funding to match Knight’s commitment.
Miami artist Purvis Young, who attracted international attention through his use of found objects and recycled materials to create "Outsider Art" (also referred to as "Urban Expressionism") died in April 2010. The art world first became aware of Young in the early 1970s, when he was painting murals in Miami’s Overtown neighborhood.
"To know Purvis was to love him" Lisa Tenaglia, owner of Fort Lauderdale’s New River Fine Art, said in The Miami Herald. "He will be missed but his spirit lives on in his artistic legacy.”
Public collections that own examples of Young’s art include the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, the Bass Museum of Art in Miami, the American Folk Art Museum in New York, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. More information about Purvis Young and his work is available at www.purvisyoung.com.
Arthur Stone, long-time owner and CEO of Buning the Florist and the founder of the Fort Lauderdale Antique Car Museum, died in February 2010. He established the museum to provide a home for his extensive collection of Packard automobiles, which he began assembling in the mid-1940s. He also sought to show the progress and development of skills in American engineering in the 18,000-square-foot facility, which is a reproduction of a 1920s Packard showroom.
According to the museum’s website, the Packard was considered to be the Rolls Royce of American automobiles. The collection represents Stone's continuing love for this unique motorcar. "It's the great American love story! Americans have had an incredible love affair with their cars," Stone said. "This museum is a place for everyone to revisit that."
The museum also includes a gallery dedicated to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and several special collections of automobile memorabilia.
- Fort Lauderdale artist Francie Bishop Good received the First Place Award for her photograph “Tulip” in the “Texas National 2010” art exhibition presented by the Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art. The photo is from Good’s series Mothers and Children. “My work is about contrasts,” she writes on her website (www.franciebishopgood.com). “This series juxtaposes the innocence of the children against the somewhat rough and tough facade that the mothers wear like badges.” Two dozen photos from the series, including “Tulip,” can be seen on the site along with numerous other examples of Good’s award-winning work.
- The 34th Annual Carbonell Awards focused positive attention on Broward County’s cultural scene. Barbara Bradshaw won the award for Best Actress in a Play for her role in Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them at Mosaic Theatre, while Elena Maria Garcia received the Best Supporting Actress in a Play Carbonell for her appearance in City Theatre’s Summer Shorts: Signature Shorts. In addition, the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts was presented to Robert M. Heuer, general director of Florida Grand Opera, who is celebrating his 25th anniversary with the company.
- The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) has selected Fort Lauderdale’s Stonewall Library Museum Archive as an Organizational Ally. The new partnership with the NGLCC recognizes Stonewall's national educational appeal to corporate America and its commitment to preserve Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual or Transgender (GLBT) history through its archive and museum. The NGLCC represents more than 1.4 million businesses and entrepreneurs. Through its collections, programs and services, Stonewall Library & Archives documents, explores and honors the GLBT past while striving to inform, inspire and engage this and the next generation of our community's leaders.
- Kathy Bradley Deanhas joined Young At Art Children’s Museum as director of operations and visitor services. She will oversee the daily operation of the museum, including community relations, staff and volunteer operations, reception and implementation of safety and other policies and procedures to ensure the highest quality experience for guests. Prior to joining Young At Art, Dean was the chief director of court services for the Broward County Clerk of Courts, where she supervised more than 400 employees. Her tenure with Broward County government spans 35 years.
- Broward Cultural Council Member Margaret Mitchell Armand received “The Spirit of Justice” Award from Latin Americans United Inc. in recognition of her strong leadership in the community as well as her commitment and support of a forum on “Haiti, Riches, Sovereignty and Mobilizing Earthquake Relief with Human Rights, Healing and Dignity” at the African American Cultural Center and Research Library in Fort Lauderdale in March. Armand, a Plantation resident, is a Haitian-born art collector who has dedicated herself to the promotion and sponsorship of Haitian art and culture for many years.
- Dillard Center for the Arts student Patrick Bartley – the recipient of two Gold Coast Jazz Society scholarships − participated in the 2010 Grammy Jazz Ensembles program in Los Angeles. The talented alto saxophonist performed in the Grammy Jazz Band during a week of activities leading up to the 52nd annual GRAMMY Awards. "These young people play with their peers as well as with GRAMMY-nominated and GRAMMY-winning artists during a once-in-a-lifetime GRAMMY Week experience," said GRAMMY Foundation and Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow. “This program truly underscores the GRAMMY Foundation's mission to foster the next generation of music and its makers."
- Another member of the Dillard Center for Arts family who’s making news is 2005 graduate Jason Derulo (Desrouleaux), who appeared on The Ellen Degeneres Show earlier this year to perform his new hit song "In My Head.” He is also starring in the MTV movie "Turn the Beat Around.” According to the very proud Bruce Brown, Dillard’s artistic director, Derulo appeared as Coalhouse in the school’s production of Ragtime at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.