DATE: April 8, 2014
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky
Broward Cultural Division
BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward Cultural Division is seeking to commission multiple professional artists or artist teams to design and implement nine or more murals in celebration of Broward County's centennial, Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community. Broward artists will be selected for the project through a unique partnership among Broward Cultural Division, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Community Foundation of Broward. The murals will be located in prominent outdoor locations throughout the county. Artist selection will be based on the merit of artist's design as well as their community engagement proposal. The application deadline is May 4 at 11:59 p.m.
Broward 100 will commemorate the centennial with bold, innovative art and performance projects that attract visitors and bring Broward residents together using our arts, sports and recreation venues, natural attractions and incredible diversity to creatively bridge, bond and build their communities. The yearlong celebration will be framed by four distinct cornerstones of community engagement: VisualEYES, Inside Out Broward, Calendar 100 and a culminating event. The goal of
Broward 100 Mural Project, a component of VisualEYES, is to create murals that are located in all sectors of the community, that are a tribute to Broward County, and for the visual arts to be recognized as essential to a strong community.
The County will be solely responsible for selecting the eligible artists or artist’s teams and assigning the selected artist to a mural location.
Professional artists residing in Broward County for a minimum of 12 months and have proof of residence are eligible to apply. Artist teams may also apply and one member of the team must be a Broward County resident. The selected artists will be responsible for creating and implementing a community engagement plan. Prior to designing the mural, the artist will meet with the community to creatively identify or initiate dialog around community issues. The city will be responsible for helping the artist organize the necessary community dialogues and meetings. The community engagement activities will influence the style and content of the artist’s work. Selected artists may be required to participate in community engagement and technical training programs specific to this project and provided by Broward County.
Mural designs will be reflective of the community, the neighborhood, their concerns and identity. The mural will be an independent work of art and does not need to represent the image of the entire city. The artist will be responsible for obtaining prior written approval and related release to incorporate a portrait of any living person into the mural. The artwork may be applied, sprayed or painted on the wall using high quality paints.
To view a full version of the Call to Artists, as well as more details about the location criteria, visit the Cultural Division website.
About Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community
'Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community' is a yearlong, community-wide celebration beginning in October 2014. Broward 100 will commemorate Broward County’s centennial with bold, innovative art and performance projects that attract visitors and bring Broward residents together using our arts, sports and recreation venues, natural attractions and incredible diversity to creatively bridge, bond and build their communities. The celebration will be steeped in historical perspective and more importantly, will look toward the future. 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 U.S. providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations. Broward County has more than 1.7 million residents, 13.1 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 6,523 arts-related businesses employing 23,497 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 about the Broward Cultural Division, call 954-357-7457, visit Broward.org/Arts, “like us” on Facebook.com and “follow us” on Twitter.com/BrowardArts. For more information about Broward 100, email Broward100@broward.org.