Broward County Chosen for 2013 National Award for County Arts Leadership

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DATE: July 26, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Kimberly Maroe, Public Information Manager
Broward County Board of County Commissioners
PHONE: 954-357-8053

The 2013 National Award for County Arts Leadership was presented to the Broward County Board of County Commissioners at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., this week. This is the second time Broward County has been chosen for this prestigious national award and Broward is the only county in Florida to ever receive the award.

Commissioners Martin David Kiar and Chip LaMarca accepted the award on behalf of the Board.

“The Broward County Board of County Commissioners is very inspired to be the recipient of this prestigious award,” says Commissioner Kiar. “We feel honored and humbled that our passion and work in the arts and cultural development of our community is recognized, and more importantly, paying off.”

“At a time when the arts have been closely scrutinized, along with all the other assets of communities across America, it is reassuring to know that good work, in the right places, can have measurable results — through this award,” said Commissioner LaMarca. “The nurturing of arts and culture is good work in the right places, and with Broward County centrally-located in the South Florida arena, we look both north and south to share our ideas and gain expertise from our regional counterparts to continue to build in unity and quality of life.”

The Broward Commission is a strong leader in using the arts to promote the County and stimulate its economy. “Broward County’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $230 million in local economic activity, resulting in a return on investment of nearly $22 million in local and state revenue,” said Broward Commissioner Sue Gunzburger, who is also a member of the Broward Cultural Council.

The Broward Cultural Division developed their 10-year community cultural plan called CreativeBROWARD 2020, a plan for cultural and economic development. The plan examines the cultural tapestry of Broward County through its diversity, and connects specifically to the creative economy, cultural tourism, and public art and design. After 18 months of research, 49 key recommendations emerged resulting in a shared community vision derived directly from the residents of Broward County.

“Broward County has dedicated leaders with an exemplary record of supporting the arts,” said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Their continued efforts to expand the value proposition of the arts and culture are a testament to their understanding of the vital role the arts play in building community.”

The National Award for County Arts Leadership honors an elected county board or individual leader who has significantly advanced the arts in the communities they serve. Americans for the Arts is the nation’s leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education, the organization presented the award in in conjunction with the National Association of Counties.

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Broward County Commissioners Chip LaMarca and Martin David Kiar accept 2013 National Award for County Arts Leadership. From left: Jay Dick, Americans for the Arts; Commissioner LaMarca; Linda Langston, National Association of Counties; and Commissioner Kiar.
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