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Two New Members Join Broward Cultural Council
The Broward Cultural Council recently welcomed Linda Houston Jones and Georgia D. Nwamaka-Robinson as members.

Jones, founder and president of Ashanti Cultural Arts, a not-for-profit organization that provides cultural arts, literacy, wellness and after-school programs to Broward County, was appointed by Commissioner Kristin Jacobs. Robinson, an attorney and founder of a number of not-for-profit organizations, was appointed by Commissioner Ilene Lieberman.

The Broward Cultural Council, created in 1977, is a 23-member advisory board of the Broward County Commission. The council is dedicated to enhancing the cultural environment of Broward County through the development of the arts.

More information : Linda Houston Jones | Georgia D. Nwamaka-Robinson, Esquire

National Arts and Humanities Month, October 2009
There’s more to celebrate in October than just Columbus Day and Halloween! In fact, thousands of arts organizations and communities across the nation will observe National Arts and Humanities Month throughout the month.

Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts and national coordinator of Arts and Humanities month, says, “Everyone recognizes the creative and cultural value of the arts and humanities. National Arts and Humanities Month offers us a chance to celebrate the often overlooked economic, educational, and civic engagement values that the arts impart in our daily lives.”

The country’s largest annual collective celebration of the arts and humanities, National Arts and Humanities Month, is coordinated by Americans for the Arts - the national organization working to empower communities with the resources and support necessary to provide access to all of the arts for all of the people.

Broward County Cultural Division is celebrating National Arts and Humanities Month. In addition to the Division’s Natural Forces: Broward County Public Art & Design ’06 – ’09 exhibit which continues at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood until November 1; the 2009 Broward County Arts Teacher of the Year Award Ceremony will be held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on October 21.

More information : Americans for the Arts | National Arts & Humanities Month

Arts Consultants Chosen for Broward County’s 2020 Community Cultural Plan
The Cultural+Planning Group has been selected for an 18-month consulting assignment to develop Broward County’s 2020 Community Cultural Plan. This 10-year strategic plan will encompass diversity and will produce three component plans focused on the creative economy, cultural tourism, and public art and design.

The 2020 Community Cultural Plan will incorporate a comprehensive needs assessment, vision, draft legislation, policy framework, recommendations, strategies, funding requirements, funding sources, evaluation instruments and benchmarks. The planning process will be supported by prominent volunteer leaders in the community. A Steering Committee is chaired by Jarett Levan, president of BankAtlantic.

The Cultural+Planning Group works with leading government arts agencies, philanthropic foundations, and arts and cultural organizations to strengthen them and their communities. Its client roster includes the California Community Foundation; Kentucky Arts Council, National Endowment for the Arts and Association of Performing Arts Presenters, to name just a few. A number of local consultants also will assist with the project.

David Plettner and Jerry Allen, principals of The Cultural+Planning Group, each have more than 25 years of experience in the nonprofit arts and cultural sector. Plettner was a senior management consultant at ARTS Inc. in Los Angeles for six years. He is the chair of Americans for the Arts’ Cultural Planning Interest Area. Allen’s career includes stints as executive director of the King County Arts Commission in Seattle and director of cultural affairs for the City of Dallas.

More information : Broward County Cultural Div