Broward Cultural Division Director
Photo by Jonathan D. Marcus
As we draw closer and closer to Broward County’s 100th anniversary, our vibrant arts and cultural community has many reasons to celebrate.
Prominent among them is the fact that the County’s 100th anniversary observance will have art and culture at its very core. This October, the Broward Cultural Division will launch Broward 100 – Celebrating the Art of Community – a yearlong series of events and activities commemorating the County’s culture, history, heritage and beauty.
Presented in collaboration with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau with a generous grant from the Community Foundation of Broward, Broward 100 truly will offer something for everyone. As you will read elsewhere in this edition of Cultural Quarterly, the components of the project include four distinct cornerstones of engagement:
- VisualEYES – a series of new public artworks in strategic locations throughout the County
- Calendar 100 – a comprehensive listing of events related to the Centennial
- Inside Out Broward – the local incarnation of a global participatory art project
- Grand Finale - A large-scale public event in October 2015 that’s designed to bring the entire community together to cap off the celebration
Residents and visitors alike will be able to participate in the Broward 100 celebration in numerous ways. We will continue to bring you details in Cultural Quarterly. We also invite you to visit our website at www.broward.org/arts as well as the new website dedicated to the celebration - broward100.org.
"We can be assured that the next year will be an exceptionally exciting one for Broward County as we use the arts to bridge, bond and build the community."
EARL BOSWORTH Director, Broward Cultural Division
As we mark Broward County’s centennial, we are making a conscious effort to look to the future at the same time that we are paying tribute to the past. In this vein, we are pleased to note that the future of funding for our local arts and cultural programs is looking somewhat brighter than in previous years.
In large measure, this optimistic outlook can be attributed to the recent actions of the Florida Legislature, which recommended a total of nearly $43.3 million in funding for arts and culture programs in the 2014-2015 state budget. This represents full funding for all five of the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs’ grants programs and a potential return to a level of state appropriations not seen for more than eight years.
We are also anticipating a small increase in arts and cultural funding from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners for fiscal year 2015.
Meanwhile, at the Federal level, President Obama proposed just over $146 million in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts in his 2015 budget request – the same level of funding in the current year’s budget. While we always hope for year-over-year increases, level funding still sends an important message about the value of the arts.
No matter what happens on the funding scene, we can be assured that the next year will be an exceptionally exciting one for Broward County’s arts and cultural community. We urge you to participate fully in the countless opportunities that are available to you. We look forward to celebrating Broward 100 with an artistic flourish.