Broward Arts and Culture: Our Year in Review

Broward Arts & Culture Our Year In Review How Broward Cultural Division helped the county pivot through 2020. As we eagerly enter the New Year, the Cultural Division reflects on the many ways we harnessed…

Broward Arts & Culture

Our Year In Review

How Broward Cultural Division helped the county pivot through 2020.

As we eagerly enter the New Year, the Cultural Division reflects on the many ways we harnessed creativity to adapt and support arts and culture amidst the challenges of 2020.


Broward Cultural Division, working with local arts leaders, is distributing more than $2.5 million in additional CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economical Security) funding to nonprofit arts organizations in Broward County. The funding will help preserve jobs and support organizations forced to limit operations due to the pandemic. Grants will be distributed to existing Cultural Division grantees by December 30 and will reimburse expenses incurred prior to December 9.

Broward Arts Relief Fund

Through the Broward Arts Relief Fund, Broward Cultural Division distributed $428,000 to organizations central to arts and culture in Broward County. The grants focused on preserving general operations and jobs that were at risk as a result of the pandemic.

Local Artists commissioned During COVID

Broward Cultural Division commissioned the new video series, Creatives in Quarantine, that invited local artists to creatively respond to life in the age of COVID. Visit our YouTube Channel to watch them.

Big News In Grant Funding

Broward Cultural Division’s major overhaul of its grant system makes the funding process more equitable and efficient. The Division now provides grants for Artist Support, Organization Program Support, and General Operating Support throughout the year.

More information on the funding changes, as well as a new easy-to-read manual for each grant category, can be found by visiting our website.

Ground Broken: New Welcome Center for Discovering Black Cultural and Heritage in Broward County

The opening of the Destination Sistrunk Welcome Center brought the community a new hub for Black culture and heritage. Click here for more information on the Welcome Center and what it means for the community.

To stay up to date on community engagement programs and opportunities, click here.

Adapting Opportunities to the Virtual Age

From online grant workshops to our Annual Cultural Forum and seminars for artists and entrepreneurs, we successfully brought all of our existing programming online. In addition to our local audience, we provided artists all over the globe with free access to our programs, reaching thousands of artists and entrepreneurs worldwide. View our Business Skills for the Modern Creator Series.

New virtual programs included:

To learn more about how about social change in the arts, click here.

To view free lessons and workshops, click here.

To read what we learned in the first workshops of 2020, click here.

Have you seen any of the public art we installed in 2020?

Broward Cultural Division is responsible for installing public artwork all across Broward, including the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and Port Everglades.

Four new public artworks were installed throughout the County, including an impressive lighting installation at FLL.

Also, now on view: The Porch is the Tree is the Watering Hole exhibition at the African American Research Library and Cultural Center, which has received national media attention.

Click here to see a list of all the public artwork you can find around Broward.

What’s Next?

2020 brought lots of change but also a lot of opportunity. Sign up for our newsletter to get more information from Broward Cultural Division and the opportunities we are dedicated to bringing you every year.

Also be sure to visit, to find out which local cultural institutions are reopened and/or offering specials on admission. (A reminder that is a free, easy-to-update platform where arts organizations can communicate their programs, hours, and safety information to the public.)

Click here to see which organizations are currently open to the public, and which institutions are offering events and special deals.

Watch a year in review presented by director Phillip Dunlap here.

Finally, we’d like to thank all who have participated in our funding, community engagement and public art programming in 2020. In 2021, like Broward’s ever-resilient cultural community, we’ll be back stronger! 

Meet the staff that makes it all happen in this fun parody of The Office video clip, which premiered at our Annual Cultural Forum in October. See you in the New Year!