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Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium
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 Cultural Industries Symposium - poster artwork by Jose Ramirez
A Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium: The Future of the Latin American, Caribbean, & South Florida Economies

Friday, May 20, 2016 @ 9 a.m.


Broward College
A. Hugh Adams Central Campus
3501 S.W. Davie Road
Davie, FL 33314
Fine Arts Theatre (Building 6)


Earlier this year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced that the Broward Cultural Division is one of 21 local arts agencies nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The award will support the convening of: A Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium: The Future of the Latin American, Caribbean, & South Florida Economies.

Latin America and the Caribbean are now in the midst of an impressive phase of influence and cultural innovation. Some $640 billion was the value of the world’s exports of creative goods and services in 2011 of which $87 billion, or 14 percent, originated in the Americas, according to data compiled by Oxford Economics. (link).
The meeting will be a unique convening of cultural economists from the hemisphere, academics, and global experts in the creative economy and creative cities, to examine the contribution of creativity as a key element of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the impact to the arts economy of South Florida.
The program in May 2016 will build upon the earlier work done by the Division in the spring of 2014, where thanks to the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Cultural, Solidarity and Creativity Affairs Division, and with the assistance from the faculty with the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (CLALS) and Arts Management Program at American University, and the University of Miami ’s Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries, the Division presented IDB report: ‘The Orange Economy’ to our South Florida community (a report on the creative and cultural economy of this hemisphere written by IDB officials Felipe Buitrago and Iván Duque Márquez).
The Division will collaborate again on this project with the Inter-American Development Bank, American University (CLALS), and will partner this year with Broward College and the University of Florida to present the Symposium during the University of Florida's Brazilian Music Institute (May 16-20, 2016) at Broward College's Central Campus.

The immense wealth of talent, intellectual property, and of course, cultural heritage of the Latin American and Caribbean regions will make this Symposium an important meeting.

This project is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts

About Art Works
Art Works grants support the creation of art, public engagement with art, lifelong learning in the arts, and enhancement of the livability of communities through the arts. The NEA received 1,474 eligible applications under the Art Works category, requesting more than $75 million in funding. Of those applications, 919 are recommended for grants for a total of $26.6 million. For a complete listing of projects recommended for Art Works grant support, please visit the NEA website at Follow the conversation about this and other NEA-funded projects on Twitter at #NEAFall2014

About Brazilian Music Institute (BMI)
A collaboration between the University of Florida School of Music and Broward College, which brings together outstanding artists for a weeklong event designed to extend the experience and expand the possibilities of learning and performing Brazilian music. The Brazilian Music Institute will conclude on May 20 with a culminating concert, Felicidade: Happiness Brazilian Style, at Broward College's Bailey Hall. Thanks in part to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, BMI will expand its reach and impact through a partnership with Broward College to bring BMI to South Florida.

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Speaker Bios

Robert Albro Arlene Davila Loida Pretiz Trinidad Zaldivar
Marielle Barrow Ana Carla Fonseca Andrew Taylor
Hugo Cancio Anahi Moyano Larrea Ximena Varela

Associate Research Professor
Center for Latin American and Latino Studies

Trained in sociocultural anthropology, Dr. Robert Albro has maintained a long-term ethnographic focus on urban and indigenous politics in Bolivia. He is also an expert on Latin American social and indigenous movements. In addition, Dr. Albro researches and regularly writes about domestic and international cultural policy frameworks, including formulations of cultural rights, cultural diplomacy, and intersections between cultural knowledge, security and technology. Additional information about Dr. Albro’s work can be found at


Consultant, Strategic Planning, Arts & Cultural Policy, Data Collection & Analysis

Barrow is a strategic planning and cultural policy consultant and internal auditor skilled in data collection and analysis. The Trinidad & Tobago national residing in the US, is a Fulbright Scholar, Visiting Scholar at Columbia University and recipient of a 2014 top ten innovators award by the Inter-American Development Bank for her work as president and founder of the non-profit, Caribbean InTransit. As founder and Editor-in-Chief of Caribbean InTransit, a peer-reviewed journal of Caribbean arts, she has produced Volume 1 with a second volume upcoming in conjunction with her Editorial Team and Board. She is a Consultant at HGM Management & Technologies Inc. working on compliance and quality assurance toward improved governance within organizations. Having worked within for profit and non-profit enterprises on systems enhancement, man-agerial efficacy and organizational change, Barrow has gained invaluable insight into the tactical maneuvers necessary to correct shortfalls, toward alignment with internal standards and strategic goals.

As a consultant Ms. Barrow has conducted stakeholder meetings in nine Caribbean countries in developing an Action Plan for the Film sector for the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. She has led workshops on Strategic Planning with lead in Vision & Mission Development for a Law School under Premier Quality Services Ltd. and most recently was selected by the President of George Mason University to participate with a select group of 30 in charting the strategic direction for the university for the next 20 years. Barrow has also worked for the worldwide chain, Hilton Hotels on a strategic planning team to revamp organizational culture and as President of her non-profit, Caribbean InTransit.

Ms. Barrow is trained in ethnographic data collection and has designed documentation systems for the Will to Adorn Smith-sonian Folklife Festival program which is centered on the African-American population. She has developed workshops on Entrepreneurship and most recently on the Lean Canvas method of business development for the Growing Leaders Foun-dation Festival in Trinidad & Tobago. Based on her outstanding reputation, Ms. Barrow was selected to serve as keynote speaker and workshop leader, at Broward Arts Journalism Alliance Program hosted by Cultural Division Broward County, Florida in collaboration with Goldring School at Syracuse University.

Marielle is a social entrepreneur, visual artist and Fulbright Scholar who is currently a Cultural Studies PhD candidate at George Mason University, Virginia and a Visiting Scholar at Columbia University, New York. Marielle graduated with a BSc in Hospitality Management (joint degree program) from The University of the West Indies, and the University of Technology in Jamaica (Hons.) and earned a Postgraduate Diploma in Arts & Cultural Enterprise Management and an MPhil in Cultural Studies at The University of the West Indies, St. Augustine, Trinidad with High Commendation. Marielle is currently com-pleting her first co-edited anthology entitled “Global Archipelago: Art, Location and the Caribbean”.

As a social entrepreneur she established Caribbean Arts Village Ltd to create a nexus for Caribbean artists in the region. The company hosted, trained and promoted musicians and visual artists at its base, The Centre for the Arts, in Port of Spain, from 2006 to 2007. Marielle launched Caribbean InTransit, a mechanism for social development through the arts in 2011. As a non-profit entity in the US and the Caribbean, Caribbean Intransit provides a creative meeting place for persons to share and develop their thought-provoking ideas and works within a community of cultural producers, students, scholars, activists, and entrepreneurs via scholarly publication, a newsletter, arts for social change workshops, symposia, online events and festivals.



A native-born Cuban, Hugo Cancio is an internationally renowned expert on the Cuban business environment and culture, and is an active proponent of Cuba’s reconciliation and economic growth. As the President and CEO of Fuego Enterprises since 1997, Mr. Cancio has built a substantial diversified holdings company with operations in media and entertainment as well as travel and telecommunications. Among his many accomplishments is the monthly publication of OnCuba, the first Cuba-focused bi-lingual magazine with national distribution in the U.S. Mr. Cancio’s Cuba Business Development Group has offered strategic and business solutions for opportunities in Cuba and the Caribbean basin markets since 2009.

Born in Havana, Cuba, Mr. Cancio immigrated to the US in 1980 during the Mariel Boatlift. Mr. Cancio is the proud father of three daughters and while he resides in Miami, he maintains strong personal and business connections throughout Cuba and shuttles frequently to Havana.

Mr. Cancio currently serves as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fuego Enterprises, Chairman of the Hugo Cancio Foundation, and as Editor-in-Chief of OnCuba Magazine, ARTOnCuba and OnCuba Real Estate. He has been featured in prestigious publications around the world, including The New Yorker Magazine, Internationale, France 24, CNN, MSNBC, NBC Today Show, and many others.



A Professor of Anthropology and American Studies at New York University whose research spans urban ethnography, the political economy of culture and media, creative economies and consumption, immigration and geographies of inequality and race. In particular, my work has focused on the ethnographic study of the local, national and global dynamics of Puerto Rican and contemporary Latino/Latin American cultural politics. Foremost, I am committed to producing ethnographically rich and politically engaged interdisciplinary work. Current News / Projects Updated March 2014 This past year I’ve been busy editing two collaborative projects: an interdisciplinary volume on the current state of Latino/a media industries, Latin@ Media Now: On Production, Circulation and Politics, co-edited with Yeidy Rivero and due out from NYU Press in fall 2014, and a “Vital Subjects” dossier on “Latinos and the Immigration debate” with American Anthropologist that will come out March 2014. Additionally, thanks to a research grant from the Provostial Research Fund, I continued my current ethnographic research on the intersections between urban planning, “new middle class identities” and shopping mall cultures in Latin America focusing in particular on the case of Colombia. I also continued to present talks on my last book Culture Works: Space, Value and Mobility Across the neoliberal Americas, the highlight of which was a week-long stay at Arizona State University as Scholar in Residence in their School of Transborder Studies. I was also busy organizing a series of events for Latina/o Studies, including a panel on the state of Latina/o Contemporary Art and a conference on “Critical Latin@ Urbanisms.” I will be on leave this Spring and the Fall 2014 working on a book on shopping mall cultures in Latin America and starting a collaborative project with my colleague Helena Hansen on ethnic marketing and pharmaceutical companies.



A founding partner of Garimpo de Soluções, a pioneering company devoted to the convergence of culture, economics and development. Public Manager (Fundação Getulio Vargas); Economist, holding a 4‐year Master cum laude in Management and undertaking a PhD in Urban Studies (University of São Paulo – to be concluded by April 2011), Carla is a founding partner of Garimpo de Soluções, a pioneering company devoted to the convergence of culture, economics and development, having private companies and public departments as major clients. She is a renowned international consultant and speaker in five languages (having spoken in 21 countries) and a curator of national and international congresses (e.g. the World Culture Forum India, in 2011). As a special advisor on the creative economy for the UN (UNDP/UNCTAD), Carla joined a number of projects, including the role of Latin America consultant for the Creative Economy Report 2008. Before setting up her own company, she led global marketing and knowledge management projects for multinational companies for 15 years (10 of which for Unilever), based in Latin America, London and Milan.



As an advisor to Costa Rica’s Ministry of Culture and Youth who has been particularly involved in that country’s efforts to stand up a new cultural satellite account, Anahí Moyano reports on the successes and challenges of that project. As also explained by Ángel Moreno for the case of Colombia, Cultural Satellite Accounts are derived directly from available national economic data, and offer an annual economic snapshot of the national cultural economy. In Costa Rica’s case, the effort to create the account was cooperative, involving the country’s central bank and its national statistical and census institute, with international assistance from the governments of Colombia and Spain, and the Organization of Ibero-American States. The overall purpose of the account as a tool and policy resource is to broaden the concept of culture as it functions as part of the economy, and to identify culture as a “driving force for development,” making clear in the process that government resources assigned to the cultural sector are investments and not expenses. For Costa Rica, initially three primary economic sectors have been incorporated into the account: the publishing, audiovisual, and publicity sectors. For each sector, the vast majority (90.9% in 2012) of cultural products are nationally produced; the number of people employed in cultural industries is steadily rising; and the total contribution of the sector to the Costa Rican economy in 2012 was 1.4% of GDP and growing, which makes these cultural sectors comparable to the combined production of banana and coffee. By 2016 it is expected that the satellite account will include up to thirteen sectors, with all using the same methodology for measurement. It is anticipated that Costa Rica’s CSA will provide greater efficiency in decision-making for this sector and among policy makers, and should help in the future construction of cultural rights legislation.



Bio forthcoming.



A faculty member of American University’s Arts Management Program in Washington, DC. An author, lecturer, researcher, and consultant on a broad range of arts management issues, Andrew specializes in business model development for cultural initiatives and reflective practice for cultural managers. Prior to joining American University in 2012, he directed the MBA in Arts Administration in the Wisconsin School of Business for over a decade.


Associate Professor, Arts Management at American University

Varela is a researcher, educator, and consultant with more than 20 years of experience in international cultural policy, management practice, marketing strategy, arts management research, and sustainable development. She has worked with and advised international organizations, national and regional governments, city agencies, as well as private and nonprofit organizations in arts funding and arts policy.


Chief Division of Cultural Affairs, Solidarity and Creativity, InterAmerican Development Bank

My job today is to harness the worlds of culture, creativity and volunteerism to infuse innovative thinking into the full spectrum of the IDB’s work. Seeking out pathbreaking creators and entrepreneurs who are disrupting sectors that are vital to development, and generating spaces and situations for where they can exchange knowledge, find inspiration and explore partnerships with IDB specialists. In my life before moving to the US, my professional career was a balance between Academia and the private sector. At age of 25 I founded and managed my own company with the vision and goals for bringing culture closer to the people and to the activities of private companies. There I produced and published books on history and art, corporate, educational and cultural institution histories, also art exhibits,and script writing. Searching for excellence in this area, and along with this activity, I graduated with a PhD in History at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile and Universitè Paris 1, Pantheon Sorbonne. After this, I started a career as university professor and researcher. This helped me to enrich both worlds with their respective ethics, languages and professional requirements, as well as to expand my professional networks. During those years, I built a network of friends and peers in the cultural field in Latin American and European countries. I also have the opportunity to travel extensively in those areas. Moving to the US and starting working at international organizations opened a tremendous possibility to my career. I joined the Organization of the American States (OAS) were I led OAS Museum fundraising and development efforts, reaching out the local community, new partners and donors with a successful donations and grant awarding record. Also, I worked in the redefinition of the museum´s mission and vision. Then I moved briefly to the World Bank to work in the Change Management Process.