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Upcoming Events this Month...


Big River
IceHouse Theatre


East Coast
The Mikado
Sands Theater Center

Gulf Coast
Dorothy Gillespie: Shaping Sculpture
The Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art

Miami & the Keys
Under the Radar
ArtSpace / Virginia Miller Galleries

North Central
Visions of Bahia, Brazil, in the Work of Jorge Amado and His Illustrators
Grinter Gallery

The High Kings
Times Union Performing Arts Center


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Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre, FSU


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Pensacola Civic Center


Actors’ Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre

The Miamians
FST’s Keating Theatre

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Miami– Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces the appointment of three new members to the Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors - Gilbert Cabrera, appointed by County Commissioner Rebecca Sosa; Scott Robins and Richard Milstein, both appointed by City of Miami Beach Mayor Matti Bower.

MIAMI– Arthur Hernandez has been appointed vice president of development for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, announced Ron Esserman, chairman of the Performing Art Center Foundation Board of Directors. Effective April 7, 2008, Hernandez joins the Adrienne Arsht Center after 12 years with United Way of Miami-Dade, one of the nation’s leading not-for-profit organizations.

Gallery Center Celebrates 20 Years with ‘Affair of the Arts’
Boca Raton– Twenty years ago the first art gallery in town Gallery Camino Real was approached by a young art entrepreneur looking to open a state of the art gallery featuring a relatively new art medium – glass. Together Gallery Camino Real and the new Habatat Galleries opened Gallery Center in 1988 with hopes that other galleries would join them to form an art super gallery in central Boca Raton . The Gallery Center, heralded as the first art super gallery in South Florida, celebrated their 20th anniversary with a cocktail reception themed ‘Affair of the Arts’ on March 26 with proceeds going to the Palm Beach County Cultural Council.


“It’s De-lightful, It’s De-licious, It’s De-lovely! ” A “De-winning” Benefit for Palm Beach Dramaworks
First-Ever ‘Shelly Award’ given to Theater Impresario Shelly Gross
Palm Beach - Even the jaded regulars on West Palm’s busy Clematis Street were rubber necking to get a glimpse of the elegant party goers entering the “It’s De-lightful, It’s De-licious, It’s De-lovely! ” benefit for West Palm Beach’s only professional theater company, Palm Beach Dramaworks (on Wednesday, March 26th). Close to one hundred of Palm Beach’s veteran theatre patrons paraded by a handsome regiment of white-tie clad greeters to enter the cocktail reception and dinner by Ann Z Caterers with sophisticated “1920's art deco” décor by Sutka Productions International, Inc. at the downtown hot spot "Main Street" at 416 Clematis. Entertainment was provided by South Florida’s ever popular Bob Hoose And His fabulous trio. Mayor Lois Frankel gave theatre impresario Shelly Gross the first “Shelly Award”—a new award to be given annually to a dedicated person in the community who has made an extraordinary commitment to developing and supporting the theatre community in South Florida. The evening which raised over $45,000.


2007 - 2008 Record-Breaking Year!
FST's Young Playwrights Festival Winners Announced!
Sarasota - Play titles such as; The Homeless Star, The Magic Lizard, T.V. Turn On! and Life in the Hood represent the creativity in the minds of the Young Playwrights, visited by Florida Studio Theatre's award-winning WRITE A PLAY program. On Saturday, May 17, 2008, Florida Studio Theatre will celebrate the achievements of the winning playwrights with the Young Playwrights Festival Day. Over 500 people will travel to Sarasota from as far as Miami and across the seas (Vladimir, Russia; Tel Mond, Israel; and Dunfermline, Scotland) to see the plays and receive recognition. FST received a record-breaking number of playwright submissions this year, totaling 9326!


CORAL GABLES -Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre in Coral Gables was awarded the distinguished Bill Von Maurer Award for Theatrical Excellence at the 32nd Annual Carbonell Award Ceremony on April 7, 2008 at the Broward Center. The Bill Von Maurer Award is given to the theater company that exemplifies excellence for the totality of its programming, including productions, educational outreach, developmental programs and audiences served. Actors' Playhouse is only the second theatre company to receive this celebrated award.


Winter Haven Resident Wins Best of Show in Eighth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition
LAKELAND - Polk Museum of Art and the City of Winter Haven are proud to announce that Winter Haven artist Albert Kriston has been selected as the Best of Show winner in the Eighth Annual Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition. His winning sculpture, Reach, is a 9½ foot tall bronze tower made up of human figures lifting each other into the sky. Kriston's sculpture also received the most votes cast by the public attending the Central Park Stroll and was awarded the People's Choice Award at the end of the evening. 296 votes were cast and Kriston received well over 100 of those.

The winning sculptures are:
Best of Show: Albert Kriston (Winter Haven, FL), Reach, Bronze, 9'6" x 32"w x 36"d
Second Place: Rob Lorenson (Middleboro, MA), Red Lion, Painted aluminum, 96" x 108" x 50"
Honorable Mention: Dennis J. Howland (Tallahassee, FL), Steppin Out (To the Moon, Alice!), Cast recycled aluminum and acrylic, 11'3" x 8'6" x 9'6"
People's Choice Award: Albert Kriston (Winter Haven, FL), Reach, Bronze, 9'6" x 32"w x 36"d


Michael McKeever's Play Wins 2008 Carbonell Award!
The Miamians (Melt) now on the Keating Mainstage
Sarasota - Florida Studio Theatre congratulates Florida Playwright Michael McKeever on winning the 2008 Carbonell Award for "Best New Work!" The Miamians (Melt) opened at FST to audience praise on April 4th. On Monday April 7th the play was recognized at South Florida's prestigious award ceremony. The award is among the nation's senior regional arts awards, along with the Drama Desk Award, Joseph Jefferson Award, Helen Hayes and the Barrymore Awards. The Carbonell Award honors and celebrates excellence in South Florida professional theatre. With more than 100 shows that opened in the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties, 30 productions and 13 different companies were nominated. Commissioned by New Theatre in Coral Gables, Melt (The Miamians) opened in April 2007.


UF professor directs off-Broadway production of Dinner for Two in NY
GAINESVILLE - A University of Florida professor premieres a new Off-Broadway production, Dinner for Two (Cena Para Dos) May 8 in New York. Tony Mata, an associate professor in the College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and Dance will direct the production at the Obie Award-winning The Puerto Rican Travelling Theatre, 403 West 47th St. (between 8th and 9th Avenues). Situated in the heart of the Broadway district, the PRTT has been an institution in the New York theatre scene since its founding in 1967.


Steven Caras Helms New Development Office At Palm Beach Dramaworks
Palm Beach - Steven Caras of Palm Beach has been named as the new Director of Development at West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theatre, Palm Beach Dramaworks. A highly regarded member of the international arts scene, Caras has watched the company’s recent growth and recognizes its continued emerging fiscal and artistic strength as a vital part of the cultural landscape of South Florida.


A Year in Review: The Hannibal Square Heritage Center
WINTER PARK— The City of Winter Park and Crealdé School of Art are proud to announce the successful completion of the first year at the Hannibal Square Heritage Center. The center opened on April 28, 2007 after several years of conversation, planning, and community rallying. The grand opening celebration was attended by over 400 people and featured jazz music by Jackie Jones and a community painting project with renowned Plant City folk artist Ruby Williams. Over the past year, the center has hosted a dozen events, including the Winter Park Collects Folk Art Gala event, opening receptions for the Mr. Imagination and Hannibal Square Portrait art exhibitions, as well as numerous open houses and community receptions. During the year, visitation grew to over 400 visitors per month at the center.


Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) Approves $210,000 in Grants for Arts Organizations
Fort Lauderdale– At a luncheon meeting on Monday, April 14, the members of Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) approved $210,000 in grants for 19 non-profit, arts organizations for their 2008/2009 programming season. These cultural groups will receive their grants at FAB!’s Annual Meeting and Grant Awards Presentation on Wednesday, May 7, at the Tower Club.


Robert E. and Monica A. Jacoby Give $1 million Gift to Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens
Jacksonville– The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens announces a gift of $1 million from Robert E. and Monica A. Jacoby supporting the expansion of The Cummer campus. Robert Jacoby served a ten-year term as a Trustee and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees in 2003. He continues to serve as an Honorary Trustee at the museum.


Father, son create art to honor Stetson University’s Howard Thurman Program
DeLand – A bronze bust of the great theologian Howard Thurman has been presented to Stetson University in honor of the namesake of the university’s Howard Thurman Program. A companion bas-relief portrait of the program’s director, the Rev. Dr. Jefferson P. Rogers, was given to Stetson at the same time – during the last of this semester’s Howard Thurman Lectures on campus. Activist, attorney and professor of law Derrick Bell was the speaker at the program. Orlando attorney and artist Steven “Woody” Igou sculpted the Howard Thurman piece, a bust slightly larger than life-size. His father, retired Orlando businessman Phil Igou, crafted the bas-relief portrait of Rogers. The foundry work for both pieces was done by Harry Messersmith, son of longtime Stetson Art Department Chair Fred Messersmith. The university will display both pieces, and copies of the art also will be displayed at Thurman’s boyhood home in Daytona Beach.

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