Center Hits its Distance Learning Milestone, Impacting 10,000 Broward County Students

The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood has reached the milestone of impacting 10,000 students through its free Distance Learning Program, which was started during the 2005-2006 school year and provides free programming in the arts on selected days to all Broward County Schools.

The video teleconferencing sessions, which meet State and Common Core Standards for the arts as well as math, social studies, language arts, and science, take place from October through May in the Center’s Distance Learning Studio, and they are live and interactive to all participating schools. The Art and Culture Center and the Broward Education Communications Network (BECON) are partners in these programs, which are geared to children in grades K-12. BECON is a multifaceted, multimedia, education facility in Broward County that is well-known for its distance learning program.

“These interactive programs provide students with a creative outlet and fill the void left by the elimination or reduction of visual and performing arts education classes in Broward County Public Schools,” said Art and Culture Center of Hollywood (ACCH) Executive Director Joy Satterlee. “The Center also wants to thank BECON for its partnership in this worthwhile endeavor, and we look forward to continuing this relationship and sharing in its future success.”

ACCH Assistant Director Susan Rakes, who oversees the education department and worked with BECON to establish the program, said that she saw a need in the public schools for these sessions, and is extremely pleased with its success over the years.

“When we first started this program, we did not know that within nine years we would positively impact the lives of 10,000 students in schools throughout Broward County,” said Rakes. “It has been proven that students who receive arts education learn skills important in both school and life. These skills include cooperation, critical thinking, and creative problem solving.”

Interactive Art Distance Learning is funded in part by a grant from Target. The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood is a 501©(3) non-profit organization supported in part by its members, admissions, private entities, the City of Hollywood, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; and The Kresge Foundation. We welcome donations from all members of the community who wish to support our work.

Image: Art instructor Traci Petersen teaches about sugar skulls during a recent Distance Learning Program session at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood. The Center has reached the milestone of impacting 10,000 students through its free Distance Learning Program, which was started during the 2005-2006 school year and provides free programming in the arts on selected days to all Broward County Schools.

# Posted Tuesday November 18, 2014

Autumn Casey named winner of #acchfocus

On Oct. 8, 2014, we concluded our well-received #acchfocus Instagram contest. The contest spanned over 52 weeks, starting Sept., 01, 2013, and generated 1,347 hashtags (#acchfocus non unique entries). We would like to thank all participants who submitted entries!

Artists from within Florida were invited to submit Instagram shots of their work (in any medium) during the contest dates. Each week, a winning artist was selected by the Center’s Curator of Exhibitions and staff. Each winner was prominently included in an online gallery.

Instagram acchfocus

We are pleased to announce that the winner of this year-long contest is Autumn Casey, an American artist, born in Dallas Texas, who currently lives and works in Miami. Casey will be awarded a solo show in the Center’s Project room during the All Media Juried Biennial in September, 2015! All 52 images of the year’s winners will be displayed in a small format print in the Center’s new artist showcase, The Landing, concurrent with the 2015 Biennial.

To see all the #acchfocus entries and find out more about the contest click here .

Image: Instagram post by Autumn Casey

# Posted Monday October 13, 2014

Congratulations to drawing winners of Nathan Sawaya's Hugman sculpture

Our lucky winners, Giorgo, Rosie and Paco, took home Nathan Sawaya’s sculpture Hugman made of plastic bricks. The drawing took place during The Art of Nathan Sawaya Featuring IN PIECES summer exhibit.

Check out photos of the opening day event and our Florida BRICK Creation Challenge.

# Posted Tuesday August 26, 2014

The Westin is displaying an original LEGO sculpture by Nathan Sawaya

The Westin is displaying an original LEGO sculpture by Sawaya, Untitled — a globe with a fist bursting out from its core — in a lighted display case in the lobby through August 17, 2014. Also, complimentary gallery passes for Westin guests are provided to the exhibition as part of the hotel’s “Vacation Like a VIP” package (limit two tickets per package). Westin employees may also see the exhibition at no charge by showing their employee badge at the Center. Promotional info for Westin guests is available at the Concierge Desk.

# Posted Wednesday July 9, 2014

Outstanding Press Coverage for The Art of Nathan Sawaya

The press has been buzzing since the opening of The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring IN PIECES — check out some of the coverage:

“Yellow” is a pretty iconic piece. It’s been an important piece for me in many ways, but also, so many people contact me about that piece. I think that it speaks to people in many different ways. It’s about opening oneself up to the world on one level. It’s interesting how many folks need to talk to me about it. It’s interesting how many people connect to it.

– Nathan Sawaya, in an interview in Boca Magazine

Jane Hart, curator of exhibitions, said the Art and Culture Center was one of the institutions that gave Sawaya a solo show early on. “We felt that it would be a good thing to bring him back,” Hart said, “especially since he has this new body of work. We’re really fortunate to have him bring his work down to us for yet another return engagement.”

LEGO exhibit back at Hollywood museum, Sun Sentinel.

“When I was about 10 years old, I asked my parents if I could get a pet dog, and when they didn’t get one for me, I created a life-size dog for myself out of LEGO bricks,” said Sawaya. “It was an early turning point in my art career.”

LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya presents his latest work at Art and Culture Center of Hollywood at

On View Magazine features Art and Culture Center’s new show,“The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring ‘In Pieces’”

“Nathan Sawaya: LEGO My Van Gogh” on

“Behind the Scenes Images of Lady Gaga’s G.U.Y. VIDEOS in collaboration with Brick Artist Nathan Sawaya” on

Nathan on the cover of Hollywood Gazette.

“Unlocking the Imaginations of Children Around the World With LEGOSon abc NEWS

Nathan featured on Deco Drive television.

“Meet LEGO Artist Nathan Sawaya, Who Left His Job as an Attorney to Pursue the Arts” on

The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring IN PIECES is supported in part by a Cultural Tourism Program grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council; the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau; The Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa; and The Miami Herald.

# Posted Wednesday June 25, 2014

7NEWS-WSVN Deco Drive covers Nathan Sawaya's new exhibit at the Center

“A massive block party of a different kind is opening up in South Florida […] The exhibit features dozens of sculptures made entirely out of Legos.” 7NEWS-WSVN (Miami – Fort Lauderdale) Watch Video

Internationally renowned artist Nathan Sawaya returns this summer with all new sculptures and mixed-media works that continue to change the way we look at LEGO® bricks.
Click here to find out more about the exhibit, The Art of Nathan Sawaya featuring IN PIECES.

In conjunction with the summer exhibition, Florida residents are invited to use their own LEGO® pieces to create and compete in this fun state-wide contest and exhibition. Find out more

# Posted Friday June 13, 2014

Eye on South Florida covers our 17th Annual Cuisine for Art Fundraiser

Eye on South Florida wrote “It was such a beautiful evening we are already looking forward to next year” Read more

Check out our photo gallery of the evening and click here to find out more about the 17th Annual Cuisine for Art fundraiser.

# Posted Wednesday June 11, 2014

Dan Fauci wraps up the 2013-14 Hot Topic series

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Dan Fauci Artist Talk Photo Gallery

Dan Fauci was the Center’s fourth and final speaker in the 2013/14 Hot Topics Artist series held on Saturday, April 5. Hot Topics has been funded in part by an Arts Challenge grant by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Fauci is the highly esteemed Los Angeles based executive producer and former head of comedy development at Paramount Studios. Read more

# Posted Tuesday April 22, 2014

Check out "Charles M. Schulz: Pop Culture in Peanuts" on Arts Loft show!

“From football to macrame to 3-d glasses, Charles M. Schulz made reference to 20th century, American pop culture through his “Peanuts” comic strip. The recent “Pop Culture in Peanuts” exhibit at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood delved into the fads, trends, and contemporary influences on Peanuts and showed us how those references changed over the 50 years of the strip. For more details log onto But if you’re in California, you can visit the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center; log on at” Arts Loft

# Posted Tuesday February 18, 2014