Message from the Mayor
The arts represent an important component of Broward County’s economic vitality. According to the most recent Creative Industries Report from Americans for the Arts, , Broward County is home to 5,635 arts-related businesses that employ 21,833 people. These arts-centric businesses play an important role in building and sustaining economic vibrancy. They employ a creative workforce, spend money locally, generate government revenue and are a cornerstone of tourism and economic development.”
We can find continuing evidence of this phenomenon at work throughout our county – and you can read about it in this edition of Cultural Quarterly.
You’ll see that two of our community’s leading cultural organizations have launched very exciting multimillion-dollar projects. In downtown Fort Lauderdale, the Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale broke ground for its new EcoDiscovery Center, which will give visitors a truly interactive Florida experience. Several miles away in Davie, another groundbreaking celebrated the start of construction of Young At Art’s new LEED Certified children’s museum and, in partnership with Broward County Libraries, a new Broward County Children’s Reading Center.
Both of these projects create much needed jobs in the construction industry, and when the facilities open in the fall of 2011 they’ll attract more tourists as well as local residents. The economic, cultural and educational impact is immeasurable.
On a smaller scale, but no less important, are projects like Studio 18 in the Pines in Pembroke Pines which provide working studios for artists and FAT Village (Flagler Arts & Technology) a new cultural community in downtown Fort Lauderdale which holds monthly events on the fourth Saturday of each month. Through different approaches, both projects seek to create a cultural critical mass that benefits artists, neighborhoods, businesses and, ultimately, all of us.
All of this is good news – and we’re proud to say that it’s going on right here in Broward County.