December 1, 2007

Volume 3 Issue 12




Can You Find It?: Search and Discover More than 150 Details in 19 Works of Art ($12.76)

Paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art undergo scrutiny in Can You Find It? by Judith Cressy.

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Upcoming Events this Month...


It’s a Wonderful Life
Orlando Repertory Theatre


East Coast
Miracle on 34th Street
Sands Theater Center

Gulf Coast
Julie Weitz: Hidden or Missing

North Central
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

ART in the HOUSE: Collected Works from Children at The Sulzbacher Center for the Homeless
Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens


Graduating Artists


Southeast & Keys
Mosaic Theatre

Every X Marks Somewhere
Florida Gulf Coast University Art Gallery

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Marilyn Horne Artist in Residence Lester Lynch
WINTER PARK - The Bach Festival Society of Winter Park is pleased to once again partner with the Marilyn Horne Foundation to present baritone Lester Lynch as part of the Foundation's Artist in Residence Program. This program brings the best voice talent to communities throughout the United States to encourage, support, and preserve the art of the vocal recital. Marilyn Horne started the Foundation in 1993 and said of its mission, "Vocal recitals were essential to my development as a singer. I want young singers in this new millennium to have the same opportunities I've had in bringing the art of song to audiences everywhere."

Miami Arts Organizations Create Justin Macdonnell Award
Tigertail Productions, Miami Light Project, City Theater & South Florida Composer’s Alliance to Present First Annual Award in 2008
Miami - A group of leading Miami arts organizations announced the creation of an annual Justin Macdonnell Award to support locally based performing artists and the creation of new performance works. The Award is named for Justin Macdonnell, the departing Artistic Director of the Carnival Center for the Performing Arts. During the Center’s first year, Macdonnell sought out diverse and challenging programming and collaborated with many Miami artists and cultural organizations. Mcdonnell’s support of and enthusiasm for local artists received praise from many in the arts community.


Crealdé to Enter 2008 with Extraordinary Funding Support
WINTER PARK—New facility, new funding needs, new supporters! Crealdé is proud to announce the approval of our first-time $40,000 grant request to Orange County Government to fund tourist development of the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. During the Orange County Tourism Development Funding grant review process, Crealdé was awarded the top score in our category, securing $40,000 of Orange County support to promote and market the new Heritage Center to potential visitors from throughout Florida. With the generous funding, Crealdé will, for the first time, reach visitors to our state at highway welcome centers, as well as through advertising in national and state-wide publications. Our goal is to join the efforts of the City of Winter Park’s Chamber of Commerce, Hannibal Square Merchant’s Association, and Park Avenue Merchant’s Association to inspire visitors from out of the area to visit and explore Winter Park.

Sarasota - Two local high school students were announced as soloists for a special concert with the Florida West Coast Symphony in February. The winners were selected based on a competition between nine of the most promising, up-and-coming young musicians in the area. Nine students performed their memorized concertos on Saturday, November 10, in Holley Hall in front of an audience of more than 100. The participants were judged by a panel of musicians and educators who teach, perform and coach around the world, evaluating the hopeful young artists' technique, intonation, rhythm, interpretation, stage presence and overall impression. First Place was awarded to Emily Charlson, a Booker High School student who played the piano. Second Place was awarded to Rebecca Reale, a Venice High School student who played the violin. Runner-Up, was awarded to Nicole Riccardo, a Booker High School student who played the flute.


Manatee Players and Manatee Children’s Services team again this Christmas!
Bradenton - The Manatee Players are once again collecting toys to help the Manatee Children’s Services provide a Merry Christmas for abused and neglected children in our area. Unwrapped toys can be brought to the theater at 102 Old Main Street in downtown Bradenton either in the daytime between 9 and 5 or brought to any performance of THE WIZARD OF OZ. The age range of needed items runs up to age 18. Donations of personal items, such as underwear, socks and toiletry items are welcome, too, as well as gift wrap supplies such as paper, tape and bows.

Manatee Players Receive $100,000 Challenge Grant
Bradenton - The Manatee Players $15 million Capital Campaign received a big boost with the announcement of receiving a $100,000 challenge grant from the William G. Selby and Marie Selby Foundation. Contingent on the campaign reaching a $7.5 million level, the grant was awarded after intensive fundraising. This is the second award from the Selby Foundation since the beginning of the campaign in 2002.


NINTH ANNUAL CRYSTAL VISION GALA NETS MORE THAN $100,000 Benefits Art and Culture Center of Hollywood’s Education Programs
Hollywood. – The Art and Culture Center of Hollywood netted more than $100,000 at its Ninth Annual Crystal Vision Gala, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Over 300 VIPs, government officials and art patrons attended the black and white chic event, which honors individuals in government, community service, business and from the public. This year’s winners of the Crystal Vision Award for Support of the Arts included Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitor’s Bureau President and CEO Nicki E. Grossman (Chairman’s Award); Silvia Flores, MD (individual); City of Hollywood Police Chief James Scarberry (government); Attorney David W. Singer (community service) and Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino (business). Also special recognition will be given to retiring City of Hollywood Commissioner Sal Oliveri.




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