Broward Artists Receive Cultural Consortium Fellowships
Gold and Nathans are second-time honorees. Gold received the award previously in 1999, while Nathans first won the fellowship award in 1996.
The Broward County recipients were among 13 artists recognized by the Consortium, an alliance of the arts councils of Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Monroe and Martin counties. Also receiving awards were Marie Mennes, $15,000; Jennifer Stark, $15,000; Ivan Toth Depena, $15,000; Michelle Weinberg, $15,000; and Wendy Wischer, $15,000, from Miami-Dade County; Dianne Arrieta, $7,500 and Carol Prusa, $7,500, from Palm Beach County; and Paul Aho, $7,500, and David Pollitt, $7,500, from Martin County.
The recipients were selected during a two-tier panel process which included the participation of regional and national arts experts. Selection by the regional panel was totally anonymous, based solely on the quality of the artists' work as evidenced by digital images, slides or video/films submitted. The regional panel included Ray Azcuy, 2007 fellowship recipient from Broward County; Yolanda Sanchez, director, fine arts and cultural affairs, Miami International Airport; Charles Stainback, photography curator, Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach; Kitty Morgan, independent film maker and curator, Miami-Dade County; and Konstantia Kontaxis, motion pictures program, University of Miami.
The regional panel forwarded their recommendations to the national panel, which included Margarita Aguilar, Christie’s Latin American art specialist, New York City; Valerie Cassel Oliver, curator, Contemporary Art Museum, Houston; Bo Smith, head of film/video and concerts, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Robert Zakanitch, visual artist, Brooklyn, New York.
An exhibition featuring the works of the 13 recipients will be presented at the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale from July 13 to October 6.
Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts Open with a Flourish
The breezy, bright and blue-skied evening was punctuated with New Orleans-style crawfish boil, a resident artists’ live band and many members of the Broward community, who were pleased to be a part of this commemorative event. Guests spent the post-presentation hours walking the galleries on each floor of the building and visiting the home/studios of the resident artists, while a Sun Trolley shuttled guests back and forth from downtown Fort Lauderdale. It was unquestionably a festive occasion!
The Artspace Sailboat Bend Lofts house 37 units of affordable live/work studios for artists and their families. Artspace is also restoring the adjacent historic West Side School as the new home of the Broward County Historical Commission.
Bill Crawford’s ‘Intracoastal Waterway’ Book Draws Praise
The book offers the first comprehensive look at the construction of the Florida portion of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, which stretches from Miami to Boston. Crawford traces the roots of the waterway back to the Founding Fathers, through the history of the Canal Era and its difficult path in Congress and in Florida's young legislature as one of the early private-public partnerships, drawing upon early records and land deeds, and tracking the history of the men who made it a reality. Entertaining as well as scholarly, the book “is a tale of an inland passage for seafarers and a yarn of the men and machines that would reshape nature for human uses,” the Historical Society notes.
A Fort Lauderdale attorney for more than 30 years, Bill Crawford is past chair and a longtime member of the Broward County Historical Commission, past president and a trustee of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, historian of the Lauderdale Yacht Club and Fort Lauderdale’s 2004 Citizen of the Year for his efforts in preserving the city’s history. He has lived in Fort Lauderdale his entire life and, when not practicing law, is often found rowing his ultra-light one-man shell in and about the waterway. His wife, Dr. Claire M. Crawford, is a longtime member of the Broward Cultural Council.
Broward Theaters Capture Carbonell Honors
In addition, Melt, which won the Carbonell for Best New Work, was written by Broward County playwright Michael McKeever for New Theatre in Coral Gables, while Carbonell Awards executive director and South Florida Sun-Sentinel theater critic Jack Zink became the first two-time honoree of the George Abbott Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts.
Of the more than 100 shows that opened in 2007, 30 productions at 13 different companies were nominated for South Florida's "oldest and most prestigious arts honors, citing the best shows and performances in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties." The 2008 Broward County Carbonell Award nominees and winners are listed below:
Bonnet House Achieves AAM Prestigious Accreditation
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners proclaimed April 29, as Bonnet House Museum and Gardens Appreciation Day in honor of its impressive achievement.
Bonnet House is one of only three museums in Broward County to have earned this distinction, which requires undergoing a rigorous examination process, both internally and by its peers. The process includes a detailed site review by museum professionals. “The accreditation process has been good for us, validating our successes and our ability to overcome challenges,” said Karen Beard, chief executive officer. “This is an important milestone for us as a cultural organization. By earning accreditation, we are demonstrating our focus on continuous improvement.”
Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums, 776 are currently accredited. To earn accreditation a museum first must conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. While the time to complete the process varies by museum, it generally takes as much as three years.
Nicole M. Greggs Receives 2008 Arts Teacher of the Year Award
A National Board Certified Teacher, Greggs is a Coral Springs resident. She holds a bachelor of music, magna cum laude, in music education from the University of Miami and a master of arts in teaching from Florida Atlantic University. She has also studied abroad in vocal performance and German studies at Salzburg College, Austria. She is the founder, director and administrator of the innovative MusicMakers! Summer Camp for ages 6-14, for which she is also the curriculum and program designer and head instructor.
“I do what I do, because I care about students’ learning and I care about the future of our nation. Today’s students are tomorrow’s decision-makers,” says Greggs, who holds professional memberships in the Music Educators National Conference, the Florida Music Educators Association, the Florida Elementary Music Educators Association, the Florida Vocal Association and the American Choral Directors Association.
Greggs received the news about her award on April 18 while teaching a class at Plantation Park Elementary School, where she has taught for the last 17 years. Patricia Zeiler, the Broward County Cultural Division’s arts education specialist, and Principal Julie Gittelman surprised Greggs with the announcement.
The Arts Teacher of the Year Award was created by the Broward County Cultural Division in 1985 to annually recognize outstanding arts teachers in Broward County schools. In addition to the ceremony and reception at the Broward Center, the winner receives a cash stipend, a scholarship to Nova Southeastern University, a Tiffany crystal apple, an inscribed brick on Riverwalk and an assortment of gifts from cultural organizations and businesses.
Knight Foundation Grant Competition Promotes New Arts Ideas
Eight cultural organizations that either are based in or serve Broward County are among the finalists in an experimental arts contest that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation hopes will transform the South Florida community. In total, 77 finalists in the Knight Arts Partnership contest emerged from a field of 1,643 contestants. Knight Foundation will announce the winners, who stand to receive a total of $4 million in matching arts grants, in the fall.
The Broward-based finalists (and their proposed projects) include:
"Think of this contest as an experiment to connect with talent, create great art and, ultimately, transform our community," said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation. "A turnout of more than 1,600 applicants and the range of ideas represented among the 77 finalists make me optimistic that this new mechanism may actually work."
The Knight Arts Partnership contest offers the South Florida arts community $20 million in matching grant money over the next five years. There are only three rules: the ideas must be about art, the projects must take place in South Florida and the idea must find funding to match Knight's $20 million commitment. For more information, visit www.knightarts.org.
Cultural Foundation Announces 2008 Moretti Award Honorees
A master’s graduate of Southern California Institute of Architecture, Nothard is the president, founding partner and design principal of Glavovic Studios in Fort Lauderdale. She was the recipient of the A1A State Award of Excellence in 2004 and 2006, and a Fort Lauderdale Community Appearance Award, for the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale Bridge-Stair in 2006. She spent 16 years designing and teaching architecture and urban design in the United States, working in Frank Gehry’s office in Los Angeles. She also worked and taught in New York, and produced the book, Time Defines Place, The Thin Moments and Fat Moments, in Los Angeles.
Her most recent projects include Young At Art Children’s Museum and Reading Room, the architectural and site design for the ArtsPark at Young Circle, a $26-million cultural project for the City of Hollywood (for which she was specifically honored with this year’s Moretti award) and a historic restoration project and cultural skate plaza project for the City of Miami Beach.
Executive Director Myra Weaver accepted the award on behalf of the Florida Youth Orchestra. Since 1988, the orchestra has been providing high-quality classical music education for talented young musicians, ages 6-19. More than 300 members strong, the group is recognized as Florida’s premier youth orchestra. Under the direction and guidance of Music Director Thomas Sleeper, its orchestras and ensembles perform for thousands of concert-goers each year in addition to regular appearances on local and national television and radio broadcasts.
Countless alumni of the Florida Youth Orchestra have been accepted into the nation’s most prestigious colleges and conservatories, consistently receiving the most coveted awards, honors and scholarships. In addition to preparing many members for careers in music, an important goal of the Florida Youth Orchestra is to develop appreciative audiences for the future.
Encore Awards Honor Cultural Contributions
Business Leadership - The Atlantic Resort & Spa
Government Leadership - City of Tamarac
Arts Administrator - Pamella Dearden, executive director, Gold Coast Jazz Society
Arts Collaboration - ArtsUnited's ArtExplosion
Artist of the Year for Community Impact - Timothy Leistner
Each honoree received an original handmade award created by ArtServe member George Gadson. The Encore award winners were selected by a panel of judges including Broward Cultural Council Chair Edith Gooden-Thompson, Lili Tzikas, Nadine Floyd, Stacy Ostrau and Ron Woolry. The event also was highlighted by the presentation of the Moretti Award (see previous item) as well as the 2008 Star Awards, which recognize outstanding volunteers in the arts community, to John Brugos, Keith Clark, Vee Corallo, Maria Garcia, Tracy Lyons, Emily Rushin, Francisco Sheaut, Cristina Virsida and Roberta N. Young.
Seeking the Self – The Art of Jonathan Green
Tickets may be purchased for individual events or for the full festival and are available through the Cultural Foundation of Broward. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Call Patricia Zeiler at 954-357-7321 for additional information.
Master Chorale Appoints New Artistic Director
The search for a successor to Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe began shortly after Scheibe announced he would be leaving Florida at the end of the 2007-2008 school year to assume the position of chair of choral and sacred music at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music in Los Angeles.
Habermann was among 33 applicants from throughout the U.S. Four candidates were selected as finalists and invited to audition by conducting rehearsals. “Ultimately, all four finalists were rated highly by the chorus members, but Dr. Joshua Habermann was the clear choice, and he was eager to lead our group,” says Nancy Gates-Lee, who chaired the search committee. His concert debut as artistic director will take place November 14-16, 2008, in performances of Felix Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties.
A professional tenor as well as conductor, Habermann performs regularly with the Oregon Bach Festival (Eugene) and Conspirare (Austin, Texas). He is fluent in German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish and Portuguese, and is a seasoned coach of Latin, Russian and Finnish. He is a cum laude graduate of Georgetown University and obtained his graduate education in choral conducting at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving an MM in 1995 and DMA in 1997.
Funding Arts Broward Awards Record Grant Amount
“It has been a tremendous year for FAB! as we celebrate our fifth anniversary of giving to the Broward County arts community. To see the growth – both in the amount of funding and the number of people and companies who have joined this cause – is inspiring and exhilarating all at once,” said founding chair Francie Bishop-Good.
Grant recipients include:
The group elected four new board members to three-year terms: Dr. Wendy Masi, Jessica Olefson, Jodi Peck and Sally Robbins. FAB! has 135 members who contribute a minimum of $1,000 per year to fund grants. Its corporate and foundation partners include NSU, Holland America Line, The Kresge Foundation, Florida Marlins Community Foundation, Levinson Jewelers, BankAtlantic Foundation, HI Foundation, Rothstein, Rosenfeldt and Adler law firm and Theo Folz. For more information on FAB membership and grants, go to www.fundingartsbroward.org, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 954-713-0833.
‘Dr. Laz’ Receives National Honor
Lazerson’s book, Sharing Turf, was used by Showtime as the basis of the screenplay for the movie Crown Heights, which featured Howie Mandel as Dr. Laz in the story about racial unrest in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 1991. His musical group, Dr. Laz & the CURE, plays throughout the world, bringing the important message of mutual respect, tolerance and peace. Visit www.drlaz.com for further information on his educational programs and studies, pictures and video clips of his diverse activities.
The National Teachers Hall of Fame, located in Emporia, Kan., is the only facility of its kind dedicated to recognizing career teachers, to preserving and promoting education, and to serving our country by inspiring others to enter the teaching profession. The Hall of Fame is committed to drawing the public's attention to exceptional Pre K-12 teachers through a museum, teacher resource center and recognition program which honors five of the nation's most outstanding Pre K-12 educators each year.
‘Arts for the Future’ Program Awards 61 New Scholarships
A highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2008 Community Leadership Award for Excellence/Arts in Education to Edward Villella, founding artistic director and chief executive officer of Miami City Ballet. Since its establishment eight years ago, the Arts for the Future program has awarded some $500,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students who plan to pursue careers in the arts.
Symphony of the Americas Welcomes Czech Orchestra for 2008 Summerfest
The festival lasts from July 25 to September 1, with nearly 30 performances throughout Florida and continuing with 2008 cultural exchange performances in Central America including Panama, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Mexico. Activities include performances, master classes and educational outreach, taking the masterful sounds of this great ensemble to audiences in corners of the world who have never before experienced the exhilaration of live performances of great composers.
Broward County performances include:
The Symphony of the Americas is Broward County’s only professional orchestra. Summerfest continues the tradition of annually hosting an acclaimed European string orchestra for a one-month cultural exchange residency throughout Florida with an extended tour to Central and South America, joined by selected members of the Symphony of the Americas, and funded in part by the State of Florida and the Broward Cultural Council.
With repertoire ranging from Baroque to contemporary music, the Czech Moravian Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra is renowned for its virtuosity and first-rate soloists. The orchestra appears regularly at the Music Festivals of Ceske Krumlov and Ceske Budejovice, as well as with the Austrian Mozart Academie, for which it often performs the favorite Mozart operas. For further information, please contact the Symphony of the Americas at 954-545-0088 or visit www.symphonyoftheamericas.org.
Thanks to the generosity of “Lady Jazz” and the support of the Gold Coast Jazz Society, more than $75,000 in scholarships has been awarded to 44 aspiring jazz musicians. The recipients qualified for recognition following the day-long Jeanette M. Russell Scholarship competition of live musical performances on April 12 at Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale.
Competitors were asked to choose from a list of jazz music to perform, ranging from ballads to the blues to jazz standards. A panel of judges composed of jazz musicians and music educators selected the finalists during the event, which helped to celebrate April’s Jazz Appreciation Month. The program is funded by Gold Coast Jazz Society through an endowment created by Jeanette M. Russell, nicknamed “Lady Jazz” for her passion and support of jazz music.
The winners were announced on May 15 when the Gold Coast Jazz Society hosted the Jazz Stars of Tomorrow reception and program at ArtServe in Fort Lauderdale. Broward County recipients included the following high school and college students:
Jazz Camp Scholarships
College Scholarships (Graduating Seniors)
College Scholarships (Current College Students)