DATE: January 6, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky
Broward Cultural Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward Cultural Division and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau are proud to announce a unique partnership with the Community Foundation of Broward -- co-sponsor of Broward County’s Centennial celebration in 2015. With a $400,000 grant from the Foundation, the Broward County agencies will structure a 12-month celebration, Broward 100 -- Celebrating the Art of Community, with numerous events and activities that utilize the arts to strengthen communities and build unity. This grant is the first of its kind for these organizations and will focus on the power of art to bridge, bond and build communities.
“Broward County is a unique and wonderful place to live and visit," said County Administrator Bertha Henry. “Our diversity makes us a microcosm of our nation and world, and our Centennial offers us an opportunity to celebrate our history and our diversity, and strengthen our community by reaching out to connect with, understand and appreciate the art and culture of all our friends and neighbors."
Every element of County government will play a role in the celebration, said Henry, including Broward County's Port Everglades, Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Parks and Recreation, Libraries and Transportation agencies.
The Centennial celebration will launch in October 2014 and culminate in October 2015, and is expected to unite the entire County through a series of preplanned and sanctioned events. The four cornerstones of Broward 100 include:
• Inside Out, a visual arts project working with internationally renowned artist JR, that encourages communities to reflect their diversity in large-scale portraits that are exhibited in public forums, such as in murals and video projection;
• A series of new public artworks that will create a legacy for the Centennial and pay tribute to Broward's past, present and future;
• A yearlong program of Centennial events offered through County agencies, municipalities and community partners, which will be centrally located on a comprehensive, online Broward 100 calendar;
• A large-scale culminating event in October 2015, incorporating creative minds, that will launch an ongoing annual signature event in Broward appealing to the global community.
“Our richly diverse community has much to celebrate on its 100 birthday, and what better way to do that than through the universal language of art,” said Linda Carter, Foundation President/CEO. “As Broward grows it becomes harder for all of us to stay connected with each other. Art builds bridges between groups, bonds people and communities and secures new partnerships in positive ways.”
The grant is part of the Foundation’s Art of Community Initiative to nurture civic engagement by bringing diverse residents, sectors and organizations together using the arts, which ties seamlessly into the focus of Broward's Centennial celebration.
Broward County is seeking additional sponsors for Centennial activities. Sponsor funds will be used to fund programming, marketing, professional fees and production costs associated with a series of events, exhibits and programs. Varying levels of sponsorship are available. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, email Broward100@broward.org.
About Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community
Broward 100: Celebrating the Art of Community is a yearlong, community-wide celebration of Broward County, Florida's Centennial, beginning in October 2014. Broward 100 will commemorate, through a celebration of arts, Broward County's culture, creativity, history, heritage and beauty, and encourage new connections that further enhance diversity and strengthen community. For more information, email Broward100@broward.org.
About the Broward Cultural Division
Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the United States providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations. Broward County has more than 1.8 million residents, 13.1 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 7,773 arts-related businesses employing 26,755 people, 575 not-for-profit cultural organizations and 31 cities, some of which operate their own arts councils and public art programs. For more information, call 954-357-7457, visit Broward.org/Arts, “like us” on Facebook.com and “follow us” on Twitter.com/BrowardArts.
About the Community Foundation of Broward
Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward's mission is to provide leadership on community solutions, and foster philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. A public nonprofit organization with more than 450 charitable Funds and agency endowments representing $160 million, it has distributed $60 million to support community solutions over the past 29 years. As a community leader, it convenes citizens around critical issues, and builds the capacity of the nonprofit sector to respond to these issues. For more information about the Community Foundation of Broward, visit cfbroward.org or call 954-761-9503.
About the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau
From the seagrass to the sawgrass, Greater Fort Lauderdale boasts more than 34,000 lodging accommodations at a variety of hotels, luxury spa resorts and Superior Small Lodgings reflecting a "beach chic" vibe. Visitors enjoy 23 miles of Blue Wave certified beaches, discover 300-plus miles of inland waterways that run from the Intracoastal Waterway to the Everglades, dine at thousands of restaurants and eateries, get immersed in a thriving arts and culture scene and indulge in top shopping. For more information, contact the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (800) 22-SUNNY or visit sunny.org.
Follow Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at Twitter.com/visitlauderdale, Facebook.com/visitlauderdale, Pinterest.com/visitlauderdale and Foursquare.com/visitlauderdale. To have Greater Fort Lauderdale in the palm of your hand, download the free iPhone apps Defrost Your Swimsuit and ‘Fork' Lauderdale, and Mild to Wild the LGBT mobile site at sunny.org/apps.