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Upcoming Events this Month...
Where: Orlando Theatre Project
The Dining Room
Where: The Little Theatre of New Smyrna Beach
The Circle of the Grey Flamingo
Miami & the Keys
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade
Where: UF Constans Theatre
New View: The Many Faces of the St. Johns River
Where: The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Where: FSU MoFA
Art Futures: New Talent Exhibition
Where: Gallery Camino Real
Focus on Asian Art: Guanyin Personified from the Wall-Apelt Collection
of Asian Art
Where: The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Ponte Vedra Resident Dick Williams Hired as Executive Director
of the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach
Ponte Vedra Beach - The Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach is
pleased to announce they have hired Dick Williams as Executive Director.
Williams spent thirty years as a broadcast executive, working in
the Milwaukee, St. Louis and Nashville markets. Most recently, Williams
served as general manager for Cox Radio in Jacksonville, Florida,
where he was responsible for all operations of the five local stations,
including WAPE 95.1 and WOKV 690.
Learning and Wellness Through the ARTS
Culture Builds Florida's Future, the Florida plan to strengthen
the economy, promote learning and wellness, and advance development
through the arts, needs YOU! Research to identify arts and arts
education programs (music, drama, dance, visual arts, creative writing)
outside of schools is just beginning. The work, under the auspices
of the Florida Department of State/Division of Cultural Affairs,
National Endowment for the Arts, Florid Alliance for Arts Education
and Mary Palmer & Associates, includes a survey of business
organizations, social service agencies, healthcare, leadership programs,
and arts organizations. We have designed a special edition of the
survey to gather information about arts programs and services to
business, social service agencies, juvenile justice, and the healthcare
community by or in partnership with arts organizations. We will
share your successes with others through Regional Forums to be held
throughout Florida in May 2008 as well as the websites of the Florida
Alliance for Arts Education and the Florida Department of State/Division
of Cultural Affairs. Please go to www.faae.org
to take the survey online.
Information about the Learning and Wellness Through the ARTS Regional
Forums will be posted at www.faae.org.
Forums are scheduled as follows:
West Palm Beach - May 15
Orlando - May 16
Sarasota - May 22
Panama City - TBA
Polk Museum of Art Announces Recipient of Artist Lifetime Achievement
LAKELAND - Polk Museum of Art is pleased to announce Robert
Stackhouse as the third recipient of its Artist Lifetime Achievement
Award. Previous recipients of this award are Miriam Schapiro and
James Rosenquist. Mr. Stackhouse received his award at a banquet
held at the Lakeland Yacht and Country Club on March 20th. Stackhouse's
work was the subject of a thirty-year retrospective exhibition entitled
Robert Stackhouse: Swimmers and Floaters, organized by Polk
Museum of Art from the John and Maxine Belger Family Foundation
in Kansas City, Missouri. The exhibition traced the roots of some
of Stackhouse's most widely known imagery-boats and snakes-to his
formative years in Polk County. The exhibition was on display December
1, 2007 - March 2, 2008.
Women Playwrights Initiative announces Winning Playwright
Orlando - Women Playwrights' Initiative (WPI) announced today
that Emily Dendinger and her script Swimming After Dark is
the winner of WPIs Fifth Annual Southeast Competition. The
Virginia-based playwright expects to be in Orlando for the production,
tentatively scheduled for a five-day run May 28-June 1, 2008. Basically
everything I love is in this play, said Dendinger who is working
on her masters degree at the University of Chicago. I
knew how it was going to end and had to get there using what I know
best: mother-daughter relationships. The script alternates
between an evening in the present and an evening 20 years earlier.
Dendinger said her inspiration came from her desire to write a Victorian-sounding
play but in a current setting.
The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra Expands its Tiny Tots Program
To Reach Even More Tots
Orlando - The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is pleased to announce
that The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, a fund of the McCormick
tribune Foundation, has awarded the Philharmonic a $30,000 grant
to enable the orchestra to continue its Tiny Tots program, a music
education series for pre-school age children. In February 2003,
the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra expanded its educational programs
to include children of pre-school age. Thanks to a $10,000 grant
from The Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation of the Community Foundation
of Central Florida, the Philharmonic instituted the new program,
Tiny Tots. Two Orlando area pre-schools, the Winter Park Day Nursery
and the Orlando Day Nursery, were selected to present this pilot
project. With the funds provided by The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation,
this successful project will continue this spring. Four nursery
schools are participating: The Orlando Day Nursery, Welbourne Avenue
Nursery in Winter Park, Peter Pan Daycare in Orlando, and the Winter
Park Day Nursery. Each nursery is a 501 (c) (3) agency.
Florida Studio Theatre's Education Program Receives Grant from
William James Foundation
Sarasota - Florida Studio Theatre has been awarded a three-year
$300,000 grant from the William James Foundation to fund an endowment
to be used for FST's Education department under the direction of
Associate Director Kate Alexander. This grant, the initial stage
of a planned $1,000,000 educational endowment, will support theatre
workshops for youth and adults reaching close to 1,000 students
Forrest Clark Civil Rights Book Presented to Osceola County
Kissimmee - Before recently leaving Florida, author-journalist
Forrest S. Clark presented the Osceola County Historical Society
with his book entitled, Civil Rights and the Media: One Reporters
Story, for inclusion in the Societys Historical Library.
He made the presentation to the OCHS Board of Directors during their
January 2008 meeting at the Societys Pioneer Village. Civil
Rights and the Media: One Reporters Story is a fascinating
first-person account of Mr. Clarks experiences and observations
while working as a reporter for several newspapers in Central Florida
during the height of the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s and
1960s. His career in journalism, spanning nearly 40 years, has included
meeting and writing about many notable luminaries of the times,
and his writings can be found in the Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight
D. Eisenhower, and Richard M. Nixon Libraries.
UF piano professor receives honor at prestigious international
GAINESVILLE Boaz Sharon, a professor of music and Head of
the Piano Area in the College of Fine Arts School of Music at the
University of Florida, has been invited to be a judge on the international
jury the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Jaen International
Piano Competition, in Spain, from April 4-11. The Jaen International
Piano Competition is one of the oldest and most established events
of its kind in the piano world. In the closing gala ceremony of
the event, the competition organizers will award Sharon a gold medal
in honor of his 1968 First Prize in the competition. Professor Sharon
is also a founding member of a new international piano competition,
Dedication to Franz Liszt, to be inaugurated in November
2008 in Moscow, and conclude at the Concert Hall of the Tchaikovsky
Stetson University receives ECHO grant for Homer and Dolly
Hand Art Center
DeLand The Volusia County Council approved a $600,000
Volusia ECHO grant toward Stetson Universitys new Homer and
Dolly Hand Art Center to be constructed starting this spring. The
new $2.2 million art center will include two galleries one
to house selections from Stetsons extensive collection by
Modernist painter Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938); the other for the
universitys permanent collection. The 5,000-square-foot building
will also include a seminar/study room, an art storage vault, curators
office, and an art preparation area. The art center will be built
facing the Quad and Holler Fountain, between Sampson Hall and the
duPont-Ball Library. Construction is to be completed during the
spring semester 2009.
Bank of America Charitable Foundation Donates $10,000 to Art
and Culture Center of Hollywoods Art Portfolio Program at
Police Athletic League
Hollywood Thanks to a $10,000 donation from the Bank
of America Charitable Foundation, nearly 20 elementary and middle
school-age youths residing in the City of Hollywoods Liberia
neighborhood have the opportunity to create a portfolio of artwork
this spring at the Police Athletic League. Participants are attending
eight weekly sessions of two hours each where they will be instructed
in creating, selecting, and presenting pieces of artwork. Students
in the class, which started March 13, will be introduced to the
concepts of proportion, shading, layout, angle, and perspective.
They will be working with markers, watercolors, pastels, and many
other mediums. Aside from assembling individual portfolios, the
students will be collaborating to present a group portfolio. The
class, which adheres to the Sunshine State Learning Standards, will
culminate in a exhibition where student work will be presented to
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Receives $1 Million
Funds allow Museum to Begin Restoration of New Edward W. Lane,
Jacksonville - The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens celebrated
two major developments in the Facilities and Grounds Master Plan
and Five-year Strategic plan. Susan Walker, Florida President, Bank
of America presented the museum with a $1 million grant from the
Bank of America Charitable Foundation. This lead corporate gift
accelerates the museums restoration and construction plans
to preserve the historic Womans Club of Jacksonville, to be
renamed the new Edward W. Lane, Jr. Building. When complete this
landmark building will provide additional civic space for museum
lectures, programs and events.
Caldwell Theatre Company Co-Founder Michael Hall Honored with
Carbonells Ruth Foreman Award
Boca Raton Caldwell Theatre Companys Artistic &
Managing Director, Michael Hall, has been named the recipient of
the Carbonells The Ruth Foreman Award. The Carbonell Awards
ceremony on April 7 will recognize Michael Hall for opening the
new state-of-the-art Count de Hoernle Theatre on December 2, 2007.
The Ruth Foreman Award honors those in the South Florida theater
community who have made significant contributions to the development
of theater. The 30,000 square foot professional Count de Hoernle
Theatre was designed by Hall, who co-founded Caldwell Theatre Company
33 years ago with Frank Bennett. Caldwells new theater is
a testament to modern technology and it maintains its comfortable,
professional house with 333 seats and a proscenium stage measuring
38 feet wide by 18 feet high.
This month's featured artist is Children's
Theatre Artist, Rebekah Lane. When she was eleven her mother
encouraged her to audition for Oliver! with the local community
theatre. Soon afterward she was fortunate enough to participate
in the creation of a local children's theatre company, and later
the high school thespian troupe. Learn
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