The Center awarded $36,000 grant from Community Foundation of Broward for Broward Pride initiative
Hollywood, FL (October 22, 2019) – The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood’s new “Open Art Dialogues” program has been selected as a recipient for a $36,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Broward as part of its Broward Pride initiative. “Open Art Dialogues” will explore and celebrate the stories and identities of a diverse cross-section of LGBTQ residents while fostering conversations and reflection among the straight community that attends our programming.
“The Center is thrilled to be included among the Broward Pride grant recipients who are doing the important work of building a more inclusive and just community,” said Joy Satterlee, the Center’s Executive Director. “Through gallery exhibitions, live performance, and expanded marketing outreach, Open Art Dialogues will greatly increase awareness of the Center as a welcoming, mainstream space for creative and public engagement for LGBTQ individuals and families.”
Support for Open Art Dialogues was provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Richard Frisby and Edward Burkhart Fund, Leonard and Sally Robbins Fund, Frederick W. Jaqua Fund, and James Bell-Greenbaum Charitable Fund.
To launch Open Art Dialogues, the Center is offering an open call for an artist to create an original Pride- or Ally-themed flag that would hang from the flagpole at the entrance to the Center’s main gallery facility and administrative offices at 1650 Harrison Street in Hollywood. Once selected, the Center will create 1,000 miniature replica flags to give for free to gallery visitors as a visible sign of inclusion.
Open Art Dialogues consists of a series of targeted activities in 2019-20 within the Center’s multi-disciplinary programming that are inclusive of artists, issues and narratives within the LGBTQ community in Hollywood and throughout Broward County. This will consist of the following, though additional activities will be considered as the project continues:
- An LGBTQ-sensitivity training for Center staff members with a specialist from the Broward-based service organization SunServe.
- A site-specific, commissioned visual-arts exhibition that features a video documentary based on inclusion and acceptance stories from Broward LGBTQ individuals and couples. The exhibition will open with a reception on Feb. 8 and close on May 15, 2020. The Center is partnering with the Stonewall National Museum & Archives and other LGBTQ community groups for this original artwork.
- A free Pride Celebration concert by the Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida at the 500-seat Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center. The concert will be presented as part of the Chorus’s 10-year anniversary and each attendee will receive a Pride/Ally-themed mini-flag and a complimentary gallery pass.
- A special gallery event presented by LGBT artist Michelle Lisa Polissaint based on her solo exhibition ruining love songs scheduled for Jan. 18 to March 15, 2020.
The Center has formed the Broward Pride Grant Advisory Committee to assist in developing and promoting Open Art Dialogues activities. The committee is comprised of Todd Delmay, CEO of Delmay Corporation and President of the Hollywood LGBTQ Council; Michael Goodman, owner-founder of Goodman Public Relations; Tom Lander, a retired public-school teacher; Kimberly Longmire, owner of Hair Industry Salon in Hollywood; and Oscar Llorente, Vice Chair of the Center’s Board of Trustees.
Ms. Satterlee added, “Though the Center is already inclusive of LGBTQ artists and audiences in its programming, we expect this targeted project outreach to deepen the understanding and future involvement for members of the community with our organization. The Center hopes that by offering inclusive programming and an open discussion space through Open Art Dialogues that we also build a greater sense of empathy among individuals who have limited experience or understanding of LGBTQ narratives and the community at large.”
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