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Broward Cultural Division to Receive Art Works Grant from National Endowment for the Arts
- A Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium - The Future of the Latin American, Caribbean and South Florida Economies -
DATE: November 12th, 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Jody Horne-Leshinsky
Broward Cultural Division 

PHONE: 954-357-7463

 The contribution of creativity is an important key element of social and economic development in the Caribbean, Latin America, and South Florida.
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. 


BROWARD COUNTY, FL - National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Jane Chu announced earlier this year that Broward Cultural Division is one of 21 local arts agencies nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Broward Cultural Division was recommended for a $15,000 award to support the convening of A Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium: The Future of the Latin American, Caribbean, & South Florida Economies. The Division will partner with the University of Florida and Broward College to present the Symposium on May 20th, 2016 during the University of Florida's Brazilian Music Institute at Broward College's Central Campus.


NEA Chairman Jane Chu said, "I'm pleased to be able to share the news of our support through Art Works including the award to the Broward Cultural Division. The arts foster value, connection, creativity and innovation for the American people and these recommended grants demonstrate those attributes and affirm that the arts are part of our everyday lives."

The program will build upon the earlier work done by the Division in the spring of 2014, continuing to collaborate with the Inter-American Development Bank's (IDB) Cultural, Solidarity and Creativity Affairs Division and the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, surrounding the IDB report: 'The Orange Economy.'

"Last year this symposium was a phenomenal success in information exchanged," says Broward Cultural Division Director Earl Bosworth. "Through the 2014 panel we gained invaluable knowledge about the creative influence of this Latin and Caribbean demographic. With South Florida's proximity to these areas, as well as its own diversity within, there seems to be a natural partnership to be explored and we are determined to continue moving it forward."

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.

For further information on the symposium, contact James Shermer at 954-357-7502.

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 1.8 million residents, 13.4 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 6,291 arts-related businesses employing 23,498 people, 823 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 the website and follow on Twitter @BrowardArts and Facebook.

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.

About Brazilian Music Institute 
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.

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