In 1977, the Broward County Charter was amended to create an arts council that would serve the entire region. The purpose of this group was to further the County’s commitment to excellence among its artists and cultural organizations, and to foster a strong and vibrant cultural environment for both the residents of and visitors to the County. Since then, the Cultural Council has supported the work of the Cultural Division and continues to be an advocate for advancing arts and culture in Broward County.
Each fall, the Council hosts a public meeting known as the Annual Cultural Forum where the Council and Division celebrate accomplishments of the past 12 months and outline strategies and plans for the coming year. Last year’s forum took place at the Museum of Discovery and Science with 150 community members in attendance.
Like everything else in 2020, this year’s event will be a little different. Instead of a large, in-person gathering, I will be hosting the Cultural Forum live on Facebook and YouTube, and you will be able to tune in from home to learn what the Cultural Division has been up to.
For those of you who were with us last year, you’ll recall I was eager to reexamine the work we do funding the arts. While this year has in many ways felt like an uphill battle, we nevertheless made tremendous progress as a Division. I am excited to be announcing the restructuring of our grants program, which invests $4.5 million of public funds in the arts and culture sector each year. I will be sharing the next steps for the program, including ways the community can be involved, during the forum.
We hope you will join us on Thursday, October 29 from 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, as we share our work and updates with you along with Council Chair Gregory Reed and Vice Mayor Steve Geller.
To register and for more information, please visit Broward.org/Arts and follow the Cultural Division on Facebook and other social media channels at @BrowardArts.
Below are images from our past Forum events: