South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Scenario I
March 30, 2011

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Broward’s diverse array of art groups will unite through an inaugural celebration during The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale’s “Spring for the Arts” from April 2 through April 30. Spearheaded by The Galleria, this month-long program will provide a platform for local arts groups to promote their organizations and will raise funds for Funding Arts Broward, which provides grants to further the arts in the community.

In support of Funding Arts Broward, Truluck’s Fort Lauderdale recently hosted a reception for the kick-off, where guests recognized Dr. Stanley and Pearl Goodman, Kelley Shanley, Joy Satterlee, Janet Erlick and Doug McCraw for their commitment to the arts in the community.

“Spring for the Arts” will commence on April 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Galleria with a one-day expo of 32 local arts organizations, which will educate mall visitors about their mission and upcoming events. Attendees will also enjoy viewing auditions for Tri-Rail’s Senior Idol with more than 90 singers ages 65 and over, a theatrical performance by the Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, a dance performance by the Jubilee Dance Theatre, and the launch of a month-long art exhibition, “Look Who’s Living in the Trees,” from Young at Art Children’s Museum. Other participating groups include: Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Broward Cultural Division, Gold Coast Jazz Society, Master Chorale of South Florida, Miramar Cultural Center, National Week of the Ocean, Next Weekend Productions and South Florida Symphony.

“The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale will provide the perfect backdrop for this first-time community effort in support of the arts,” said Melissa Milroy, marketing manager of The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale. “With decreased funding for the arts, this is the perfect opportunity to connect arts groups with the public, while raising funds that will provide more arts programming for all to enjoy.”

In addition, “Spring for the Arts” will include free performances and art exhibitions throughout April. Sponsors include: AutoNation, Piano Music Center, Bitner Goodman and Truluck’s Fort Lauderdale. Participating groups include: Ann Storck Center, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, ArtServe, ArtsUnited, Broward Dance Academy, Coral Springs Museum of Art, Florida Grand Opera, Florida Youth Orchestra, Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus, Fort Lauderdale Women’s Chorus, Gold Coast Watercolor Society, Joi Street Dance, Le P’ti Club, Life is Art, Nest of Living Arts, Nova Singers, Palms Center for the Arts, Symphony of the Americas, The Florida Special Arts Center and The Girl Choir of South Florida.

“We applaud The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale for presenting this opportunity to showcase our thriving arts scene,” said Drazia Rubenstein, president of Funding Arts Broward. “Funds raised will be distributed through grants that will directly support arts programming for everyone to enjoy.”

Also, in support of Funding Arts Broward, raffle tickets for the chance to win a 1.25-carat diamond will be available during April at The Galleria’s Guest Services. Only 200 tickets will be sold at $50 each.

The Galleria at Fort Lauderdale is open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information call 954-564-1036 or visit http://www.galleriamall-fl.com. •