Reopening The Arts In Broward 5/18

Dear Arts Community, As we enter Phase 1 of re-opening, I want to share some helpful resources to help our arts and cultural organizations navigate the process. Remember, just because businesses and venues are allowed…

Dear Arts Community,

As we enter Phase 1 of re-opening, I want to share some helpful resources to help our arts and cultural organizations navigate the process. Remember, just because businesses and venues are allowed to open according to the Executive Order, you are not required to do so. Opening your doors to guests is a decision that needs to be made by you and your board. Timing is yours to decide and should only be established when you feel comfortable that you are able to ensure the health and safety of your employees and guests while meeting state and local social distancing requirements. 

Currently, museums are able to open, per the Broward County Administrator’s Emergency Order, 20-10, effective Monday, May 18. The emergency order can be viewed HERE. The section of the order pertaining to museums can be found on page 8 with specific guidelines on page 24.

To aid businesses in re-opening, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce has created an online guide to help ensure the health and safety of your employees and guests. That guide can be found HERE.

In my discussions with many in the arts community, ensuring the safety has been the top concern, which means knowing where to purchase hand sanitizer and other PPE. The Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance has put together a helpful guide for businesses in South Florida to help you secure PPE. That guide can be found HERE.

In addition, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance has a brief survey for area businesses. It only takes a few minutes and I urge you to take it. I know we all have been asked to complete a lot of surveys, but I assure you, they are all important. You can find the survey, HERE.

We continue to monitor the situation and will communicate as we have more information. A reminder that additional resources and events are available at

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me or anyone else on the Cultural Division team. We are here to help.

Phillip Dunlap, 5/18/2020


A new survey and tracking tool 4/28

By Phillip Dunlap, Director, Broward Cultural Division, 4/28/20

Dear Grantees,

Last week, I sent the Financial Impact Tracker tool developed by our friends in Miami-Dade and adapted by Broward Cultural Division to help organizations track the monthly financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal is to be able to accurately track the financial impact on our grantees and inform our strategic decision making. The tool is fairly self-explanatory and directions are included on the first tab. Remember, you DO NOT need to send this tracking tool back to the Division, it is a tool for your internal use and to aid you in reporting the data through a monthly survey.

To that end, the Marchimpact survey is HERE. Once you have used the tracking tool to document your financial impact for March (only), please input the data into the survey and submit.

Your participation in submitting this vital information is a key component in helping us understand the true impact of COVID-19 on our arts and culture community and inform next steps.

If you have any questions about the tracking tool or impact survey, please reach out to me.

Director, Broward Cultural Division

Addressing the Arts and Culture Community in Broward County 4/23

By Phillip Dunlap, Director, Broward Cultural Division, 4/23/20

The Broward County Board of County Commissioners approved a one-time supplemental grant program to provide much-needed support to our arts organizations that you will be hearing more about it in the days to come.

I want to take a moment now, to acknowledge the important efforts of the many individuals who helped bring this critical program to fruition. Our grants and marketing teams have been working hard to iron out all the details with grant guidelines, workshops, and review processes; our County attorneys considered all the legal aspects of the program, and drafted the motion statements to the Commission as well as an expedited contracts process; and our budget office had to figure out how to access the funds in order to pay for the program.

My point is that creating a program like this is no small task and takes the efforts of many, both within and outside of the Division. Many of you also played an important role in these efforts through your engagement with County Commissioners. Your messages, emails, and calls to our elected officials let them know that this was an important issue. The constant effort keeps the arts at the forefront – all the more important since funding is not guaranteed, and if we aren’t at the table, we are on the menu. The bottom line is that our advocacy efforts cannot only take place in times of crisis, but also during the good times.

Relief Funding for Broward Arts Organizations

The relief fund that passed yesterday will provide one-time supplemental operating support for grantees that have received a CINV, CINP, or CDP grant during the FY20 fiscal year (Oct. 1, 2019-Sept. 30, 2020). Eligible grantees will be able to request between $2,500 and $20,000 for the purpose of preserving jobs that would otherwise be cut as a result of COVID-19. More information can be found on our website, by clicking HERE.

Please note that the application portal is password protected. Eligible organizations will be provided with a password to access the application. Eligibility questions can be directed to our grants administrator, Jim Shermer –  

I also encourage you to sign up for one of the application workshops, held virtually on April 24 and May 6 at 2 pm. You can sign up on our website.

Tracking the Impact of COVID-19 on Broward Organizations

In order to inform strategic decisions moving forward, we have been working to track the impact of COVID-19 on the arts and culture community in Broward, and throughout South Florida. Our friends in the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs have taken the lead on this and developed a tool to help organizations track lost revenue and additional expenses.

Please download the Financial Impact Tracker to help calculate the impact on a monthly basis. This tracking tool will be work in conjunction with a brief monthly survey where you will input the information from the tracking tool. You do not need to submit the tracking tool to the Cultural Division. It is an internal tool that enables you to easily report the impact on a monthly basis. We will send the March impact survey out soon. Your help in tracking the impact of COVID-19 on your organization is key to helping us effectively communicate its impact to our community.

Phillip Dunlap 4/23/2020