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Winter 2010| Volume XXIII, Number 1
Artist Jackie Battenfield Presents Career Development Workshop for Artists
The Broward Cultural Division and ArtServe invite artists, gallery owners and creative entrepreneurs to a half-day workshop with well-known artist Jackie Battenfield. Creating Your Own Success: An Investment for Artists, a career development program for the creative community, will take place on February 20 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at ArtServe Inc., 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale. It will be the first in a series of seven technical workshops for artists to be held throughout the year.
Creating Your Own Success: An Investment for Artists will provide an overview of the fundamental skills artists need for developing and sustaining a professional life. It will introduce planning to identify individual needs and goals to develop a more rewarding and satisfying artistic practice. It will cover tips on how to promote, fund, organize and reach out to resources in the community. Included are skill-building exercises and time to address participant questions.
A popular lecturer on the challenges of sustaining a successful career in the visual arts, Jackie Battenfield is a painter and printmaker who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. She is the author of The Artist's Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love published by Da Capo Press in 2009. This comprehensive sourcebook is based on the professional practice classes that Battenfield has taught for more than 18 years in the graduate program at Columbia University, and the Professional Development Program at the Creative Capital Foundation for visual artists. She has mentored more than 2,000 artists in her career.
The Saturday morning workshop costs $25. Registration for the workshop, which includes a copy of The Artist’s Guide, is available online.
For more information, call Adriane Clarke in the Cultural Division at 954-357-7530, or e-mail her at email@example.com.
Knight Foundation Awards Infuse South Florida Arts Scene with $3.7 million
Five organizations that are either based in Broward County or serve the local community were among 20 recipients who shared $3.7 million in grants from the 2009 Knight Arts Challenge, a communitywide competition spearheaded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to find the best ideas for the South Florida arts.
The Foundation created the five-year annual competition in 2008 to help bring the South Florida community together through the arts. “When art hits home, it needs no explanation. Art can move the individual and, when it's a shared experience, can make the whole community better than it was, together,” said Alberto Ibargüen, president and CEO of Knight Foundation. “We don't prescribe what kind of art we will support. We want artists in South Florida to tell us what moves them and by supporting them, we think we move the soul of the community.”
The Knight Arts Challenge will accept applications in 2010 for the third round of its community grants cycle. Because it is a matching grant program, winners must find funding to complement Knight Foundation’s investment.
The Knight Arts Challenge 2009 winners include:
- BankAtlantic Foundation, $100,000 to expose more students to the arts by expanding a program that partners arts non-profits with schools. To do so, BankAtlantic managers from more than 30 locations across South Florida will team up with a local organization and an elementary school. Together, they will organize field trips or in-class presentations by visual and performing artists.
- Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, $70,000 to celebrate global cultures and foster dialogue in South Florida through a free film and community discussion series called “Around the World in 80 Nights.” Local groups whose country or ethnicity is represented on screen will introduce the film, facilitate a Q & A period and, whenever possible, enlighten the audience about their local community and customs.
- Florida Grand Opera, $200,000 to support “Opera FREE-FOR-ALL,” which aims to identify and cultivate a new audience for opera by holding a drawing for free tickets to a 2010 performance of Carmen. Some 2,200 tickets will be given away to the public through a chance-giveaway. Those entries not receiving free tickets will get a code entitling them to purchase a ticket to a different performance of Carmen at a discount.
- Girls’ Club, $10,000 to commission artist Frances Trombly to create an exhibit of hand-woven canvasses entitled “Paintings.” An accompanying limited edition artist’s book will be produced with hand-woven pages and a text commissioned by a recognized arts writer. The exhibit will increase Girls’ Club’s stature and the awareness of cultural offerings in Fort Lauderdale.
- Miami City Ballet, $900,000 to provide live orchestral accompaniment during the 2010-13 repertory seasons. The ballet canceled its orchestral agreement last season because of a lack of funding. Returning the orchestra to the pit will help the ballet maintain its national reputation, enhance performances and create 45 jobs for musicians.
Aquatic-Themed Mural Takes Shape at Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School
For the second year in a row, public artist Beth Ravitz has teamed up with a group of enthusiastic students to create a colorful – and participatory – mural. During the 2008-2009 school year, Ravitz led J.P. Taravella High School students through the process of creating a mosaic tile mural with an environmental theme.
This year, the fifth grade students at Nova Blanche Forman Elementary School in Davie are taking the lead in the project, which is funded by a $10,000 grant from the Broward Cultural Division. Art teacher Pam Brown submitted the grant proposal, which was written as a collaboration of learners from Kindergarten to adults. In addition to Ravitz, the grant also includes the assistance of Susan Leffert, a local artist who works with the well-known Philadelphia tile muralist Isaiah Zagar.
The mural centers on a sun, the symbol for the Nova Schools. Included are several sea creatures which are large enough to be appreciated by passers-by on Davie Road. When a viewer approaches the wall, smaller motifs and details will move the eye through the motion of the water. Students from all grade levels submitted sketches for motif concepts to be incorporated into the final design. Every student at Nova Blanche Forman will have their own ceramic tile creation featured in the mosaic mural – and all students will participate in the installation of tiles on the wall.
The mural project is expected to be completed by February 16.
Broward Theaters Honored with Silver Palm Awards
One of the highlights of last fall’s South Florida Theatre Festival was the presentation of the Theatre League of South Florida’s 2009 Silver Palm Awards, which recognize individuals and organizations for their contributions to the theater community. Recipients with Broward County connections included:
- Angie Radosh − outstanding performances, in cluding Speaking Elephant (Women's Theatre Project)
- Barbara Bradshaw − outstanding performances, including Dead Man's Cell Phone (Mosaic Theatre)
- John Archie − outstanding performances, including Radio Golf (Mosaic Theatre)
- Gregg Weiner − outstanding performances, including The Seafarer (Mosaic Theatre) and The Dumb Show (The Promethean Theatre)
- Matthew William Chizever − outstanding new talent, for his performances in Cannibal The Musical (The Promethean Theatre) and La Cage Aux Folles (Broward Stage Door Theatre)
- Margaret Ledford − outstanding direction for Cannibal The Musical, Still the River Runs, The Dumb Show and The Banality Of Love (all at The Promethean Theatre)
Acclaimed Artist Charles Mills Dies at Age 88
The South Florida arts community was saddened by the October death of Charles Norman Mills. An acclaimed African-American artist with roots in Harlem, Mills moved to Fort Lauderdale in 1985 and made a profound difference through his work, his mentoring of other artists and his service to the community. He was 88.
The recipient of the 2009 J.M. Family Enterprises African-American Achievement Award for Art and Culture, Mills had been a regular volunteer at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center in Fort Lauderdale for the past several years. He also taught at the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
In the early 1990s, Mills was commissioned by the City of Fort Lauderdale to create a mural depicting the African-American experience at the main entrance to Sistrunk Boulevard. He reportedly considered the mural, The Wall of History, to be his greatest achievement.
Just before his death, he published a biography entitled, “Romancing Harlem, a Life of Love.” It is available for purchase at the Coral Springs Museum of Art and at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.