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Julia Black Andrews

Julia Black AndrewsAndrews is a Pompano Beach resident whose art focuses on vividly, vibrant oils and strikingly perceptive charcoals. She enjoys teaching and has offered classes to children in her home studio and local elementary schools. Prior to joining the team at the Coral Springs Museum of Art, Andrews served as Curator and Program Manager for ArtServe, Ft. Lauderdale, and was responsible for curating exhibits, program development and membership relations. Additionally, Andrews holds experience in both hospitality marketing and film production. She is a member of several local arts organizations.

 

 

Earl Bosworth

Earl BosworthAs Director of the Broward Cultural Division, Mr. Bosworth is responsible for administering and directing this local arts agency with an annual operating budget of $6.9 million and capital appropriations for public art and capital challenge grants. The Division’s primary functions include developing and strengthening art and cultural organizations and individual artists through its grants or incentive programs; marketing initiatives; arts education and advocacy efforts; public art acquisition and conservation; and cultural planning for the County.

Mr. Bosworth has more than 25 years management experience in the public and private sectors with the last 15 years devoted to arts administration. Prior to being appointed as Director of Broward Cultural Division, he served as the Division’s Assistant Director for almost seven years. While at the Division, Mr. Bosworth was responsible for policy and budget development, strategic planning and division business operations.

Mr. Bosworth also served as President of ArtServe, Inc., one of the six original arts incubators in the United States. During his tenure at ArtServe, Mr. Bosworth developed several new strategic partnerships with other nonprofits and the corporate world to assist ArtServe in carrying out its important mission for local emerging artists.

He held other posts with Broward County including Regulatory Operations Manager for Consumer Affairs and Interim Director for Animal Care and Regulation Division. Before joining the County in 2000, Mr. Bosworth served as Assistant Administrator for the Wynmoor Community Council, Inc., where he was responsible for assisting in the management of a $23 million operating budget and a staff of 180 employees. He also spent four years with the State of Florida’s Department of Business and Professional Regulation.

Mr. Bosworth has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Florida State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University. He currently serves as a Board Member of the Florida Cultural Alliance and has held several board positions on the local and federal levels including the U.S. Selective Service System, the State of Florida’s Community Association Advisory Board, the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Community Services Board and volunteer positions with Youth Leadership Broward and the United Way. Mr. Bosworth is also a professional musician and a published songwriter.

Deborah Kerr

Deborah KerrPennsylvania native Deborah Kerr spent her childhood in the historic Lehigh County before moving to Fort Lauderdale in 1977. Married to Leigh R. Kerr, President of Leigh Robinson Kerr and Associates, Inc., a South Florida land planning and consulting firm, they enjoy the benefits of living in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Their daughter Nicole is pursuing her professional career in California.

Deborah Kerr was appointed in 2008 by Commissioner John E. Rodstrom Jr., and again in 2013 by Commissioner Tim Ryan, to the Broward Cultural Council and has served as Chairman of the Public Relations and the Planning Committees. In January 2012, Deborah became the Chair of the Broward Cultural Council.

Deborah is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and a member of the Advisory Board for Farquhar Honors College of Nova Southeastern University. Deborah is a member of several cultural organizations including Funding Arts Broward (FAB!); Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale; Gold Coast Jazz Society and is a sustaining member of the Junior League. She has served on the boards of the Junior League of Greater Fort Lauderdale, Inc., Cities In Schools, Inc.; HANDY, Inc.; the YMCA of Broward County; and the Fort Lauderdale Childrens’ Theatre and she also served 2 terms as Chairman and President of the Broward County Film Society which annually presents the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival.

Mrs. Kerr’s professional background was in banking and transitioned in 1990 into the not-for-profit arena as the founding Executive Director and President of Cities In Schools of Broward County, Inc. (Currently known as Communities In Schools). In 1991, South Florida Business Journal named Deborah as a finalist in the non-profit category of its PRICE WATERHOUSE/UP & COMERS AWARD. She assisted in developing a school-based educational program for the Gold Coast Jazz Society and was involved with development and fund-raising for several non-profits. In November 2007, Deborah was honored by the March of Dimes as one of its WOMEN OF DISTINCTION and serves on its Honorary Committee. She received recognition in November 2011, by the Femfessionals as one of Top Women of Fort Lauderdale, as part of the city’s Centennial Celebration. Honored as Boys & Girls Club’s 100 Outstanding Women of Broward for June 2012.

For more than 35 years, Deborah has been an advocate for the arts, education and issues affecting children through many community projects and initiatives. Deborah is a self-taught artist and continues her studies through workshops and collaborations with artists locally and when she travels.

Joe Basi

Joe BasiJoe holds his A.S. degree in Music and Video Business from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional and Technical Communications from the State University of New York, Polytechnic Institute in Utica. He began his career in the arts working at ArtServe in 1995 and has maintained performing arts and events management positions for nearly 20 years including: Technical Director of the Vinnette Carroll Theater in Ft Lauderdale; Studio Manager of The Collective School of Music in New York City; Coordinator of Events of the Schafer Theater at Mohawk Valley Community College (Utica, NY); and currently as the General Manager of the Bienes Center for the Arts at St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale. Joe enjoys playing drums and percussion as well as boating and fishing with his wife and their 11-year-old son. He is also the owner and lead consultant at Production Associates Group

Mary A. Becht

Mary A. BechtMary Becht served as Director of the Broward County Cultural Division for three decades from 1983 to 2012.

Notable achievements include spearheading the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts, an affordable live/work space for artists and their families; four ArtsParks (“hands-on” arts center in parks); ArtServe (an arts incubator for artists and cultural organizations), one of the est Public Art programs in the United States and grant programs emulated by many other communities.

Mary received the Americans for the Arts Urban Arts Federation Ray Hanley Award in2009 and Arts Administrator of the Year Award in 2002 from Columbia College, Chicago, and the Florida Grand Opera Diva Award in 2013.

Broward County also received the National Arts Award from Americans for the Arts and the National Association of Counties in 1999 and 2004.

She has served as Vice President of Americans for the Arts Urban Arts Federation, President of the Florida Association of Local Arts Agencies, Chair of the South Florida Cultural Consortium, President of the Broward Women’s Alliance, and Vice-President of the Florida Cultural Alliance. She has served on many advisory committees and grant review panels and as art evaluator for the Florida Arts Council, Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Mary served as a faculty member with the Arts Administration master’s degree program at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland from 2003-2007. Ms. Becht joined Broward County government in 1982 as an economic development planner for the Community Development Division. Prior to accepting a position in Florida, she was Director of Planning for Bayfront NATO, Inc. Martin Luther King Center (Erie, PA), from 1977-1982 and served as a partner in the consulting firm, Power Allen and Associates.

A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, she received a master’s degree in art in 1975 from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Kay Renz

Kay RenzKay Renz founded her eponymous boutique lifestyle public relations firm in 2007, after having served as vice president of two South Florida public relations companies. During her career she has developed a reputation as dedicated and creative representative who achieves numerous media placements for her clients and skillfully develops their brand image.

Kay has achieved an excellent client base that has included some of south Florida’s most influential business leaders and has spanned an array of diverse industries. Her client list includes arts organizations including Arts Garage, The Wick Theatre and Costume Museum, The Amp, Magnetic, Bailey Contemporary Arts, Ali Cultural Arts, Plumosa School of the Arts. Restaurants including Café Maxx, Mario’s of Boca, Cucina D’Angelo, Nick’s Fishmarket and others. And her business and community leaders have included Carl DeSantis, Founder of Rexall Sundown; Yvonne Boice, award-winning entrepreneur and philanthropist, RMA, a strategic planning/management company that reinvents cities; Marilyn Swillinger, philanthropic leader; Jan Jessup, advocate and author; and Hal Spielman, author and founder of McCollum Spielman Worldwide. Prior to becoming a publicist, Kay was a two-time Florida Press Club award-winning journalist that covered the fashion and beauty industry locally and nationally. Notable interviews included Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Laura Mercier, Carolina Herrera, Christy Turlington, Bobbi Brown along with other media personalities including Matt Lauer, Jose Carreras, Joan Rivers and Donald Trump.