Supporting the Arts: Broward Cultural Division Seat at the Table Discussion

Lousy weather did not stop me or some of the regions arts movers and shakers from attending the “Seat at the Table (for the future of Broward Arts)” at the Broward Cultural Division this evening.   In attendance were people from the visual arts, theater arts, filmmakers, dancers, musicians, teachers, arts organization chairs, curators, collectors, an art appraiser and  other arts disciplines – all of us united by our serious concerns for the future of the arts in the county.

The origin of this event was based from the exchange of ideas at an earlier event that took place last month: “Art, Culture and the Creative Economy in Ft. Lauderdale” Panel Discussion at Pipeline Workspaces. 

While there was no official agenda, there was a considerable amount of sharing of information that made 2 hours fly by.  At the start we were given large index cards with instructions to draw or write what our vision or mission for the future of the arts in Broward is. These we learned would be complied for a future slideshow as part of the branding for moving those visions forward.

Then we learned about the Creation Station Lab,  covered a brief overview of advocacy techniques, and did get to discuss a couple of  the visions attendees had for the future of the arts in the region.

Robert Anstett, Coordinator for Digital Initiatives for Broward County Libraries
Grace Kewl-Durfey, Broward Cultural Division Arts Administrator
Broward Arts Connection Framework

Afterwards, there was time for some quick networking where I got to exchange information with several amazing creators and found out about a great monthly event in Historic Sistrunk from writer/director educator Darius Daughtry ,  and  about her upcoming film about domestic violence and  her dating web series from actress/producer Sandra Justice :

Art Prevails Projects Presents Saturday Sessions
Bae Night

 

Upcoming Film “loving Till It Hurts”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For sure, I’m looking forward to the next Seat at the Table Discussion session and to being more involved in the Broward County local arts scene.

Special thanks to artist + writer Kristin M Beck of Art Buzz Studio for telling me about this great event!

Art Basel Miami Beach 2016 Week – Post-Election Funk Casts a Shadow on the Hottest Art Fair Week of the Year

After a particularly nasty and grueling U.S. election season complete with shocking outcome, I have to admit my usual Art Basel – Miami Beach Week excitement had been smushed a few notches.

As the invites rolled in, I found myself confronting a post-election malaise. I wondered if I should just take a pass this year from the many fabulous contemporary art and design world events and Netflix binge instead, sequestering myself in a dark room hoping that this all was a bad dream.

I am so very glad I did not go down the path of least movement but instead ventured out to commiserate with fellow attendees, exhibitors, designers, curators, artists and journalists at the temporary crossroads of the best in contemporary art and collectible design.

Wherever I went, no matter the happening, event or exhibition, I had the best conversations with complete strangers or people who “knew” me from my social media channels but hadn’t met me in person yet.  I took tons of photos and  some videos (not as much as I would have liked). 

While I did not get to see everything I wanted to see, I did see a lot, so stay tuned for upcoming posts! 

 

 

 

Favorite Artist Spotlight: Alex Kuhn

2016 was a banner year for me in meeting and getting to know artists from a wide variety of different genres including but not limited to film-making, performance art, music, multi-media art, painting,  graphic arts and fashion.  So, I’ve decided that it’s about darn time that I do posts about them and share why I love their works.  First up in my Favorite Artist Spotlight is Philadelphia based artist Alex Kuhn,  who’s amazing art practice centers on nature-related works and pyrography. Continue reading “Favorite Artist Spotlight: Alex Kuhn”