April 1, 2008

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East Coast
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Miami & the Keys
Forbidden Broadway
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County

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New View: The Many Faces of the St. Johns River
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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 to take the survey online.

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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 Award
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 WPI’s 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 master’s 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 annually.


Forrest Clark Civil Rights Book Presented to Osceola County Historical Society
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 Reporter’s Story, for inclusion in the Society’s Historical Library. He made the presentation to the OCHS Board of Directors during their January 2008 meeting at the Society’s Pioneer Village. Civil Rights and the Media: One Reporter’s Story is a fascinating first-person account of Mr. Clark’s 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 competition
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 Conservatory.

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 University’s 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 Stetson’s extensive collection by Modernist painter Oscar Bluemner (1867-1938); the other for the university’s permanent collection. The 5,000-square-foot building will also include a seminar/study room, an art storage vault, curator’s 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 Hollywood’s 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 Hollywood’s 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 public.


The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens Receives $1 Million Grant From
Funds allow Museum to Begin Restoration of New Edward W. Lane, Jr. Building
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 museum’s restoration and construction plans to preserve the historic Woman’s 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 Carbonell’s Ruth Foreman Award
Boca Raton – Caldwell Theatre Company’s Artistic & Managing Director, Michael Hall, has been named the recipient of the Carbonell’s 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. Caldwell’s 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.

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