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October 2, 2015
Funding Arts Broward Elects New Officers
Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) recently elected a new team of officers to begin the 2015-2016 arts funding year. The new leaders are Elaine Blattner, FAB! President; Jayne Mills, FAB! Vice President; Carolyn Lee, FAB! Secretary; and Cindy Kashdin, FAB! Treasurer.
Building on the past 12 years of success and entrepreneurship, Funding Arts Broward aims to continue into another decade of strong support for the arts, through the business community and dedicated residents, who believe the arts to be a vital source for quality of life.
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July 23, 2015
SunSentinel Newspaper – Society Section
In the Know
Funding Arts Broward
Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) recently announced 25 grants awarded this year to a diverse representation of arts and cultural organizations in the county. The grants, totaling $195,300, were presented at FAB!’s annual event at Tower Club.
“We are proud to be able to make this ongoing monetary commitment to help maintain a wide variety of arts in Broward County,” said Elaine Blattner, recently elected FAB! president. “Our mission is to enrich Broward County’s arts community by funding high-quality, Broward-based visual and performing art programming”.
The 2015 recipient organizations include Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood; ArtServe; Association of Performing Arts of India; Brazilian Voices; Broward Performing Arts Foundation; Chameleon Musicians; City Theatre; Coral Springs Museum of Art; Dinginn; Fantasy Theatre Factory; Florida Youth Orchestra; Florida’s Singing Sons; Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre; Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida; Girls’ Club Foundation; Gold Coast Jazz Society; Inside Out Theatre Co.; Miami City Ballet; NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale; Old Dillard Foundation; Seraphic Fire; South Florida Symphony Orchestra; Symphony of the Americas; and The Girl Choir of South Florida; and Young at Art Museum.
Since 2004, FAB! has awarded more than $2 million to more than 30 area arts organizations. For more information, call 954-353-7673 or visit fundingartsbroward.org.
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Wednesday, June 17
Funding Arts Broward Awards 25 Grants to Local Arts & Cultural Organizations
Funding Arts Broward recently announced 25 grants which it will be awarding in 2015 to a diverse representation of arts and cultural organizations in the county. The awards, totaling $195,300, were presented at FAB!’s annual event at the Tower Club.
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June 17, 2015
Funding Arts Broward Awards 25 Grants to Local Arts & Cultural Organizations
Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) recently announced 25 grants which it will be awarding in 2015 to a diverse representation of arts and cultural organizations in the county. The awards, totaling $195,300, were presented at FAB!’s annual event at the Tower Club.
“We are proud to be able to make this ongoing monetary commitment to help maintain a wide variety of arts in Broward County,” said Elaine Blattner, recently elected FAB! President. Since 2003, FAB! has awarded more than two million dollars to more than 30 area arts organizations.
“Our mission is to enrich Broward County’s arts community by funding high quality, Broward-based visual and performing art programming,” she explained. “Since all of our activities are coordinated by volunteers who share a common belief that art and culture transcend individual differences in our society, they make an annual donation which helps support our common goals.”
The 2015 recipient organizations and their funded projects include:
–Arts and Culture Center of Hollywood – Gonzalo Fuenmayor: Papare Series, $10,000
–ArtServe – ARTrepreneurs Short Play Festival, $10,000
–Association of Performing Arts of India – Celestial Sound of Sitar, $4,000
–Brazilian Voices – Brazilian Voices “From Brazil to the World,” $5,000
–Broward Performing Arts Foundation – Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, $11,700
–Chameleon Musician – Virtuoso Vibrations, $4,500
–City Theatre – 21st Annual Summer Shorts: America’s Short Play Festival, $4,000
–Coral Springs Museum of Art – Sandra Muss Artist Exhibition, $7,000
–Dinginn – Dinggin’s Holiday Musicals, $1,000
–Fantasy Theatre Factory – Touring Theatre Outreach for Youth & Community Audiences, $7,800
–Florida Youth Orchestra – Spotlight Family Concert 2016, $7,500
–Florida’s Singing Sons – Music for Family and Friends, $,6,400
–Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre – Cinderella, $7,000
–Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida – Season Six Concert Series, $6,000
–Girls’ Club Foundation – Connecting Artists and Audiences, $7,500
–Gold Coast Jazz Society – 2016 Winter Season of Jazz, $7,500
–Inside Out Theatre Company – The Who’s “Tommy,” $4,500
–Miami City Ballet – Paul Taylor‘s Sunset, $12,000
–NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale – Bellisima: Italy and High Fashion 1945-68 from Maxxi Rome, $11,700
–Old Dillard Foundation – 2016 Cannonball Jazz Series, $4,500
–Seraphic Fire – 2016 Broward County Season, $11,000
–South Florida Symphony Orchestra – The Power, the Drama and the Joy, $7,250
–Symphony of the Americas – Symphony of the Americas Classics Events, $11,000
–The Girl Choir of South Florida – Harmony and Discord, $7,500
–Young at Art Museum – 2016 YAA Artist Collaborative, $11,700
Blattner added, “Every year, we look to supplement a wide array of community programs to keep the arts vibrant in the face of any cuts in government funding. FAB! is proud to make a difference for area residents of diverse ages, interests and cultures.”
For further information on FAB! and additional details on these projects, visit the fundingartsbroward.org, or call 954-53-7673.
FAB!’s mission is to enrich the Broward County arts community by funding high quality Broward-based visual and performing arts programming. All FAB! activities are coordinated by volunteers who each make an annual donation; and share a common belief that art and culture in contemporary society transcends our individual differences and unite us in celebration of the human spirit.
Photo Credit: Kelly Coulson
February 9 2015
Photo Flash: Funding Arts Broward Rings in 2015 at NSU Museum of Art
In January Funding Arts Broward members joined three well-known artists for a celebratory New Year’s luncheon. In the dramatic exhibition event space at NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale, the photographs of three groundbreaking painters, Francis Picabia, Julian Schnabel & J.F. Willumsen, connected in the Museum’s latest visual art show Café Dolly, silently hosted the room full of FAB! members. Throughout the lunch, a number of speakers highlighted the phenomenal success of a Funding Arts Broward and Knight Foundation three-year partnership -the FAB!/Knight New WorkAwards.
December 7, 2014
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South Florida Social
November 20, 2014, Sun Sentinel Society Section
Fall 2014, Cultural Quarterly Fine Arts Magazine
September 7, 2014, Sun Sentinel, article by Larry Schwingel
CORAL SPRINGS, Fl. – The Coral Springs Museum of Art, The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood and Nova Southeastern University’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale recently received the Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) / Knight New Work Projects Awards totaling $90,000.
The Coral Springs Museum of Art received $50,000 for its CSMART Digital Art Lab and Symposium; The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood was the recipient of $20,000 for the exhibition “Dave Muller: Too Old to Rock ‘n Roll with Three Day Weekend;” and Nova Southeastern’s Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale received $20,000 for the exhibition “Research and Development: Concerning Belonging.”
According to Jayne W. Mills, vice president of funding for FAB!, applications were reviewed by leading local figures in the arts, with a special focus on artistic merit and originality. Acute attention was given to projects that were new, innovative and helped raise the organization’s activities to another level.
The digital lab at the Coral Springs Museum of Art is forward thinking. “Change is inevitable in the electronic art world, and creative coding is an educational tool that is as important as learning how to read for the next generation in school today,” said Bryan W. Knicely, the museum’s executive director. “Classes and programs combine learning essential skills with art, and as artists progress through animation, digital painting, motion graphics and more, they are learning the skills of coding which are the outcomes. Those outcomes are essential for future employment opportunities.”
April 20, 2014, The Forum for Non-Profits, WSBR-740am, WWNN-1470am and WHSR-980am
FAB! on the Radio
Host of The Forum for Non-Profits, Cara Zimmerman talks with Funding Arts Broward President Drazia Rubenstein about the origins of FAB!, the importance of the arts and what FAB! has accomplished in its short 10-year history. Brian Nicely, executive director of longtime FAB! grant recipient Coral Springs Museum of Art joins the discussion and talks about the application process and the impact FAB! grant awards have had on the museum’s progressive programming.
December 11, 2013, Sun Sentinel, Broward County Society Scene
Funding Arts Broward will begin the New Year by hosting their “Winter Luncheon and Program” on Jan. 13 at the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale. Inspired by the museum’s “Spirit of Cobra” international art exhibit, invitations will include artwork from Corneille’s 1948 oil on canvas, titled “Ville d’Ete” which means “summer city” in French.
The organization will celebrate granting more than $2 million to local arts programs such as Miami City Ballet, Fort Lauderdale Children’s Theatre, and the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood.
“It’s so hard to believe we’ve been able to support local arts programs for 10 years already,” said FAB! President Drazia Rubenstein. “Without the generosity of our individual and corporate members, and friends, we would never have been able to assist more than 30 arts organizations in the community to the tune of $2 million over the past decade…
Pictured: Philip Neal, left, and Michelle Howland-Sorrentino. Photo by Kara Starzyk.
December 8, 2013, Miami Herald
Broward Album: Northern Trust Hosts FAB!
Northern Trust Bank was the setting for a FAB! (Funding Arts Broward) party that included a stylish cocktail reception and a performance by the Parkway Middle School Jazz Ensemble. Planners has anticipated holding the party on the bank’s rooftop patio, but rain drove the festivities indoors. No one seemed to mind the change in location, though, servers delivered a steady flow of yummy hors d’oeuvres while bartenders kept glasses filled.
Later, the young musicians played for an enthusiastic audience, Among those on the scene were Ray Leightman, president of Northern Trust in Broward, and Drazia Rubenstein, president of FAB! The party was not a fundraiser.
Also pictured: Carolyn Lee, Steven Smith, Andy Guerke, James Craven, Judith Carney, Christy Lambertus, Cindy Levin, Susan Lochrie, Jerry Taylor, Nancy Bryant, Dr. Charles Kahn, Sally Robbins, Newell Holt, Susan Weeks and Kathy Guerke.
June 28, 2013, on Broadwayworld.com
This season, when you engage in Broward County arts programming and find yourself wistfully enjoying Master Chorale of South Florida as they perform Songs of War and Peace, or viewing a local production of Through the Looking Glass at Fort Lauderdale’s Children’s Theatre- remember Funding Arts Broward (FAB!). Twenty-three local arts programs have been supported through the Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) grant program for the 2013 – 2014 season.
The objective of Funding Arts Broward is to create a sustainable funding pool to provide grants to eligible Broward County arts organizations…
Read more about Funding Arts Broward Awards More Than $185,000 to Arts Organizations by fortlauderdale.broadwayworld.com
The nonprofit Funding Arts Broward announced more than $185,000 in grants to nonprofit arts groups for their 2013-14 season.
The 23 awardees in alphabetical order are:
Ars Flores Symphony Orchestra, for Concerto Competition and Winners Concert, $ 6,000; Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida, for The Rite of Spring, $6,000; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, for Augustine Woodgate: The Skin Rug Collection, $11,000; Association of Performing Arts of India, for Spiritual Sound of Violin, $5,000; Broward County Film Society, for Classic Hollywood Exposed, $3,500….
June 18, 2013, on the Knight Arts Blog
In 10 years, Funding Arts Broward has awarded $2 million to Broward County art and culture nonprofits. This video celebrates the April 2013 residency of Trey McIntyre Project at Broward Performing Arts Center, winner of the 2012-13 FAB/Knight New Work Award, which supports innovative new works that creatively engage new audiences in Broward County, Florida.
McIntyre demonstrates the creation of a dance right in front of the audience. He describes the excitement of being in Fort Lauderdale and conducting residencies with high school and college students. FAB President Drazia Rubenstein and FAB Founder Francie Bishop Good share the good news as FAB celebrates its 10th birthday!
April 2013, Vol. 10 No. 3, in Go Riverwalk Magazine
Sunday, March 11, 2012, in The Sun Sentinel, People & Places
By Jennifer Shapiro-Sacks, Special Correspondent
2012 FAB! Brochure
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May 18, 2011, in Interviews, MAEX Art Blog
By Katharine DeShaw, USA Executive Director
Background: Elle Mahoney, a dear friend of mine, moved from Minneapolis to Fort Lauderdale in 2004. A longtime arts lover, she quickly got connected to an organization called Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) and became a donor and an active member, attending arts events and activities in the community. Many arts groups were struggling with funding cuts from government and corporate sources in the early 2000s. In response, a small group of passionate individuals committed to supporting local arts organizations established FAB! in 2003. In just eight years FAB! has raised over $1.2 million and supported 30 organizations in Broward County through a competitive grant process. Recently I caught up with the founder of FAB!, Francie Bishop Good, who is also a generous supporter of United States Artists. Jodi Peck, another active member of FAB!, joined Francie and me for an illuminating conversation. Jodi chairs the board for the Trey McIntyre Project, a contemporary dance company based in Boise, ID; Trey received a USA Wynn Fellowship last December.
Kathie: What was the spark that created Funding Arts Broward (FAB!)?
Francie: I visited the Miami Art Museum in 2003 to see the Shirin Neshat exhibition and noticed that a volunteer group in Miami called Funding Arts Network (FAN http://www.fundingartsnetwork.org/) had underwritten it. I thought, “Wow! Look at what they have done!” FAN was founded by a group of lawyers in 1996 led by Debbie Hoffman. She generously gave us their template and, during many meetings, shared their experiences. Without their help, FAB! wouldn’t have happened.
2011 FAB! Brochure
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FAB! News Articles
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