Supporting innovative local visual and performing artists.
Broward Cultural Division’s Artist Innovation grant provides direct funds to professional and established artists of all disciplines for new and experimental art projects.
Selected artists are required to produce an event that is free and accessible for the community. Learn more about the 2023 selected grant recipients and their projects below.
Awards are provided in partnership with the Community Foundation of Broward. To learn more about the Artist Innovation grant and the upcoming cycle application workshops and deadline, visit Broward.org/Arts/Funding.
Tara Chadwick is an internationally-recognized curator and interdisciplinary artist interested in developing and sharing her knowledge of Indigenous history through transformative dance and visual art installations integrated with live sound, imagery, movement and spoken word. Her lively research, presentations, and lectures have received attention in numerous local, national and international digital and print media outlets.
An interactive multimedia performance installation using the art of dance to heighten public awareness of the role all humans play in the Greater Florida Everglades Bioregion ecosystem. Attendees will have an opportunity to engage in Mesoamerican danza while being immersed in the patterns, rhythms, beauty, and relevance of this traditional Indigenous style of drumming, dance, and storytelling. The project will be presented at Miramar Multiservice Complex and Sunset Lakes Community Center on April 20, 2023.
Darius V. Daughtry fell in love with words at the age of six and began writing and drawing his own comic books. While the pictures left a little to be desired, being able to paint pictures with words was a passion that soon began to blossom. He has been marrying the pen to the paper ever since.
After graduating from the University of Florida, Darius floundered around in corporate America until he answered a call to teach. He spent 10 years as a Broward County public-school teacher, where he devoted his energy to being the impactful male role model he never saw in his classrooms as student.
A full-length theatrical production of reimagining of selected works of William Shakespeare told through Hip-Hop, spoken word and modern recitation. Two public performances public in Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach will be presented and recorded via streaming formats as well as a podcast.
Timothy Mark Davis is an independent film producer, director, and writer. In the past four years he has produced seven short films and four feature films, directed two short films and one feature film, and acted in over 10 feature and short films. His feature film, Pompano Boy, which was filmed entirely in Broward County, played at the Heartland International Film Festival and the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival where it received the Broward Audience Award. He hosted a hometown screening for Pompano Boy on December 6, 2021 at Savor Cinema where 100 patrons attended.
A narrative feature film blending theatre and film into a cinematic venture. Storyline: In the midst of a pandemic a group of theatre artists who don’t know how to make a film try to create a film to save their company from financial collapse. A divorce, affair, past and present secrets, and new betrayals may be the virus that ends their company before a global pandemic does. A public screening will take place at Savor Cinema.
Luke Jenkins works primarily in wood, creating functional art such as furniture and lighting, as well as sculpture and carved reliefs. His current work integrates digital fabrication processes such as CNC routing and laser cutting as determining factors in the design of work. He graduated with a master’s degree in Sustainable Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven, the Netherlands, a program with an emphasis on sustainable design and humanitarian thinking. His BFA in Furniture Design from the Rhode Island School of Design focused on making and materiality.
A research-based project experimenting with thermally modified wood and transforming it into small and full-scale sculptures/furniture as tests. Benches will be installed within a publicly accessible, outdoor location in MASS District.
KX2 is a Hollywood, FL-based artist collaboration creating mathematically-inspired sculpture merging metal and painting. From a distance the work is bold and geometric, yet up close the viewer is engaged by textural hand-sanded metal and multi-layered paintings. By exploring geometry, symmetry and connection, the work aims to create a moment of pause, inviting the viewer to escape the stresses of the day and find a space to achieve balance. In the most recent work, themes related to environmental issues are presented with the hope to raise an awareness of the fragility of natural ecosystems. Since 2007 KX2’s work has been featured in notable galleries and museums around the world. KX2 was invited to represent the United States at the 2008 Beijing Biennale at the National Art Museum of China. The work can be found in numerous private, corporate and public art collections throughout North America.
A two-part project focusing on environmental conditions of South Florida. Part One is an art installation that reflects data gathering of areas in Broward County that experienced boil water alerts throughout 2022. The artwork consists of 365 repurposed faucet fixtures inset with resin that “flows” out of each spout. The sculpted resin “water” is either clear or colored based upon the number of days in 2022 when boil water orders were in place in Broward County. Part Two is comprised of larger scale works with both lighting and sound as an extension of the artist’s Obstruction series. Opening reception will take place on April 14th,2023 at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center.
Kandy G. Lopez-Moreno was born in New Jersey and moved with her family to Miami. She received her BFA and BS degrees from the University of South Florida concentrating in Painting and in Marketing and Management. She received her MFA degree with a concentration in Painting from Florida Atlantic University. She has taught at Florida Atlantic University, Daytona State College, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Arts at the Halmos College of Art & Sciences at Nova Southeastern University. As a visual artist, Lopez represents individuals within poor communities in the U.S. These portraits help her, as a female Afro-Dominican American, come to terms with the way she, too, has to adopt and perform identities of survival.
An exhibition of a new body of work made of stained-glass portraits of people of color, specifically from the Dominican Republic. The work will introduce a contemporary view of an ancient technique and focuses on American issues of race, gentrification, immigration, and defense mechanisms. The project will take place at Bailey Contemporary Arts in Pompano Beach.
Jacoub Reyes hosts independent workshops and collaborative projects in the Greater Miami community. He is currently the Artistic Director for the City of Boynton Beach’s Quantum Eco-Park and Artist-in-Residence at American Landmark. Reyes is a recipient of the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant, The Puffin Foundation, The Pew Collective Grant, Allies in Arts Grant, Artist Relief Grant, Immerse Artist Grant, Awesome Grant, Southern Graphics International Grant, and J.R. Hopes Scholarship. His work is held in several public and private collections, including MassArt, Morgan Conservatory, University of Central Florida, Frontera Galeria Urbana, The City of Orlando’s Public Art Collection, The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Permanent Art Collection, MDPLS Zine Library, The Vasari Project, and Hoopsnake Press. He has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally.
An interactive performance using traditional papercut puppets to tell the story of nine-year-old Angel’s growing up in Union City, New Jersey. From a folkloric lens, the project introduces the audience to Angel’s encounter with the story of mainland Puerto Ricans, migration, religion, and slavery through a shadow puppetry performance. The project may take place at the Main Library in Fort Lauderdale.
Anthony Torres is a writer, performer, and the Executive Director of Combat Hippies, an ensemble of Puerto Rican military veteran performing artists. Torres is currently a National Endowment for the Humanities Veteran Fellow, a 2022 National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) Leadership Fellow, and a 2021 Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow (CAF).
A 45-minute site-specific performance piece that explores the traumatic pain and emotional suffering of war veterans of color. Reintegration ceremonies after war are customary for many native and indigenous communities and typically involves a cleansing ritual, in which the returning warrior frees themselves, both literally and metaphorically, of the moral and ethical injuries stemming from participating and witnessing combat related trauma.
Brandon Walsh primarily writes about escape from and immersion in bodies and geographies. His work reflects the primal ecstasy of movement and environment. Reckoning with escape in a form that is not escapist, his poetry is about breaking from the very real confines of the corporeal and cultural while remaining rooted in the flesh. With images as the most important element of his work,
he composes things to expose the absurdity that dictates our lives–specifically the gross environmental, spiritual, and emotional abuses of consumption and capitalism, and the unnatural power structures that dictate much of our engagement with the world.
A poetry film/performance based on an interconnected poetry narrative about a caravan of disparate vagabonds contending with the aftermath of climate and economic disaster. The project is a collaboration between a Broward-based cinematographer, composer, musicians, and poet. For this project, the poet serves as the speaker and guide on a journey through a mundane apocalyptic landscape, with mixed imagery, video, and an original score. The project will take place at Savor Cinema on May 13, 2023.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Nicole Yarling has called South Florida home for over forty years. She has just completed a 20-years on the faculty of Florida Memorial University. She is currently a full-time lecturer at the Frost School of Music. A violinist, vocalist, composer, mentor, and curator, she has received numerous awards for her talent, passion, and dedication to young people. The Jazz Journalists of America acknowledged her efforts with the Jazz Hero Award in 2015. In 2016, she was inducted into the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame. In 2020 she was honored as a top African American Educator in South Florida.
An interactive, multimedia performance exploring African American contributions to American culture, specifically from African American Fiddlers, banjo playing, and square dance callers. The project includes a live interactive performance of original music, dance performance, and an exhibition/presentation of the history of Black Fiddlers. The performance will take place at The Circuit Arts and Event Space in Sistrunk.
The Community Foundation of Broward, founded in 1984, helps individuals, families and businesses create personalized charitable Funds that support game-changing philanthropy. As a grantmaking public charity, we provide leadership to find solutions to issues that matter most to Broward County residents. Through endowment, they work to build permanent philanthropic resources that tackle Broward’s challenges today and forever.
Support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward:
Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund
Louise and Rudi Dill Charitable Fund
Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund