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CulturalQuarterlySPRING 2007 Volume XX, Number 2
A B R O W A R D C O U N T Y B O A R D O F C O U N T Y C O M M I S S I O N E R S P U B L I C AT I O N
I N S I D E Brazilian Voices Rise in SongCurtain Call Playhouse Takes a BowMaking Beautiful Art Together
Cultures on the Rise in Northwest Broward
Broward County Main Library 100 S. Andrews Ave. in Downtown Fort Lauderdale
Cultural Heritage landmarks
have been installed as part
of a count down toward 100
landmarks in place by Broward
Countys 100th Anniversary in
The four installed landmarks
are Wray Botanical Collection
at Flamingo Gardens; Pine
Island Ridge at Tree Tops Park;
Tequesta Indian Village at
Peace Mound Park and Ely
Educational Museum at the
Blanche & Joseph Ely House.
Artist Alicia Bellini-Sobchak was
commissioned to design the
markers that will be used to
identify and honor important
cultural and historic sites.
Currently, there are more
than 120 historic sites located
throughout Broward County.
To obtain a Cultural Heritage
Landmark in your city, or for
additional information, please
contact Grace Kewl-Durfey,
public art and design project
manager at 954-357-7869, or
Christopher Eck, Administrator,
Broward County Historical
Commission at 954-765-4671.
Cultural Quarterly is published four times a year by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners Cultural Division, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301; phone (954) 357-7457. Address correction requested: send address changes to Cultural Quarterly,c/o Cultural Division, and enclose address label from last issue. The Broward County Board of County Commissioners does not necessarily agree with individual opinions expressed herein, nor is it responsible for the facts presented by the authors. This public document was promulgated at a cost of $20,680 or $1.034 per copy, including postage, to promote the arts. This publication was funded in part by the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. For advertising ratesand specifications, contact The Rubin Communications Group at (561) 251-8075. Broward Countyis an equal opportunity employer and provider of services.
Departments2 ArtNews / Update on Browards Cultural Community3 Mayors Message / Mayor Josephus Eggelletion Jr.7 Committee Member Profile / George Bolge and Plop Art 9 History / The Seaboard Air Line Railway Station18 Calendar of Events / Spring is Blooming with Culture 26 Family Fun / Best Bets for the Younger Set28 Attractions / Your Guide to Great Things to See and Do
On the Cover Yoshin Ogata's new sculpture, Mindscape, carved from a 25,000-pound blockof red travertine marble, stands in front of the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
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Cultural QuarterlyBroward County Board ofCounty Commissioners
Ilene Lieberman, District 1Kristin D. Jacobs, District 2Stacy Ritter, District 3Ken Keechl, District 4Lois Wexler, Vice Mayor, District 5Sue Gunzburger, District 6John E. Rodstrom, Jr., District 7Diana Wasserman-Rubin, District 8Josephus Eggelletion Jr., Mayor, District 9
Broward Cultural CouncilAnthony Abbate, ChairEdith Gooden-Thompson, 1st Vice ChairJack Latona, 2nd Vice Chair
Margaret Mitchell Armand Estelle LoewensteinBonnie Barnett Anna Toms McDanielMichael Bassichis Charlotte E. RodstromDarran Blake Richard Jay SimonRose Marie Cossick Beverly Bard StracherDr. Claire Crawford Diana Wasserman-Arthur Crispino Rubin, CommissionerPatrick J. Flynn Diane WeinbrumTeresa Hall Benjamin J. WilliamsRobbie S. Kurland Pamela Wilson
Public Art and Design CommitteeBonnie Barnett, ChairTeen Woon, AIA, Vice ChairGeorge S. BolgeLou Anne ColodnyRebecca ConableIrvin M. LippmanDr. Jaap Vos
Broward Cultural Division Mary A. Becht, Director
Earl F. Bosworth, Assistant Director
Jody Horne-Leshinsky,Cultural Quarterly Administrator
Cultural QuarterlyProduced by The Rubin Communications GroupLeon M. Rubin, Editorial Director
In You Wendo Design Wendy Meyer, Design Director
The Cultural Division, along with the Cultural Information Center, would like to thank all of our Cultural Concierges for the assistance and information they provide for the public. With their assistance, we have been able to provide, maintain, update and distribute information of thelocal artistic attractions and events within BrowardCounty. Without our volunteers assistance, our Cultural Information Center would not be able to operate at the level of excellence that it does. Their continuing support is a cornerstone to the availability of cultural awareness.
www.broward.org/arts Arts Line 800-249-ARTSCultural Quarterly is available in large type and
on audiocassette by calling (954) 357-7457.
About the CouncilThe Broward Cultural Council, created in 1977, is an advisory board of the Broward County Commission. The Council is dedicated to enhancing the culturalenvironment of Broward County through development of the arts.
10 Brazilian VoicesA diverse group of women comes together to preserve their culture while making beautiful music.
By Helene Foster
12 On with the Show Inspired by energetic founder Kris Coffelt, Curtain Call Playhouse celebrates 10 years of theatrical excellence.
By Susan F. Davis
Florida Department of State Glenda E. Hood, Secretary of State
Florida Arts Council Division of Cultural Affairs
This program is sponsored in part by the State of Florida. Department of State, Division
of Cultural Affairs, and the Florida Arts Council
16 Culture Thrives in Coral Springs Highlighted by its Museum of Arts 10th anniversary, the culturalscene in this northwest Browardcommunity is burgeoning.
By Leon M. Rubin
30 Celestial Visions Artists Suzanne Scherer and PavelOuporov explore lifes mysterieswith works in multiple media.
By Stephanie Krulik
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Broward County GreetsNational Arts LeadersBroward County was the focal pointof the nations arts and cultural scenein January when approximately 125arts leaders converged on our com-munity for three days of meetings.The representatives of a number ofleadership groups from Americans for the Arts participated in numerouswork sessions, attended receptionsand exhibits, and toured a number of the Countys cultural venues andpublic art installations.
We welcome this opportunity todemonstrate the depth and breadthof our cultural offerings, and thankAmericans for the Arts Chair StephenSpiess and President and CEORobert Lynch for choosing to holdthis important national meeting ofarts leaders here for the very firsttime, said Broward County Mayor
Josephus Eggelletion Jr. in welcoming the attendees. He took the opportunity to tell the arts leaders about Broward Countysextensive accomplishments and ambitious agenda for advancing the arts on a local level.
Participants in the meetings includedAmericans for the Arts board of directors as well as leaders of theUnited States Arts Federation, thePublic Art Network Council, theEmerging Leader Council and theArts Education Council. Americansfor the Arts is the leading nonprofitorganization for advancing the artsin the United States. With offices in Washington and New York, it is dedicated to representing andserving local communities and creating opportunities for everyAmerican to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts.
Cultural Consortium Awards Fellowships to Broward ArtistsFive Broward County artists areamong the recipients of 2007 SouthFlorida Cultural Consortium Fellowships for Visual and MediaArtists. They include RobertFriedman and Ray Azcuy, each ofwhom received $15,000 awards, aswell as Louis Davis and the husband-and-wife team of Suzanne Schererand Pavel Ouporov, who received$7,500 fellowships. Azcuy also received the fellowship in 2001.
The Consortium also awarded fellowships to six visual artists fromMiami-Dade County, two from PalmBeach County and two from MonroeCounty. The $15,000 fellowships are the largest such awards providedby local arts agencies in the UnitedStates. From Miami-Dade County,the recipients are Alexander Heria($15,000), Billie Grace Lynn($15,000), Maria Martinez-Caas($15,000), Theresa Diehl ($15,000),Leila A. Leder Kramer ($7,500) and Jonathan Peck ($7,500). PalmBeach County recipients are KatieDeits ($7,500) and Walter Hnatysh($7,500). In Monroe County, the recipients are Richard Haden($7,500) and Leo Gullick ($7,500).
The awardees were selected during a two-panel tiered process that included the participation of regionaland national arts experts. Selectionby the regional panel was totallyanonymous, based solely on thequality of the artists work as evidenced by slides or video/filmssubmitted. The regional panel
(From left) Robert Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts; Mary A. Becht,Director of the Broward Cultural Division; Broward Cultural Council Member
Margaret Mitchell Armand; and Mayor Josephus Eggelletion Jr.
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made its debut. The dedication ofthe spectacular light-based work bypublic artist Dan Corson wrapped up a year-long celebration of the30th anniversary of the Broward Cultural Divisions Public Art and Design Program.