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Rootz of Music to Stage 4th Annual Fundraiser at The Pompano Beach Cultural Center

American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy

Rootz of Music will present its 4th Annual fundraiser, a musical extravaganza entitled American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center on Sunday, August 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. This show chronicles the development of popular songs that were the foundation in both Jamaica and the Americas starting from the mid 1940’s to present time. The event will also honor some of the legends of the genre with the presentation of the Jamaican Music Excellence Awards. Tickets are $40 at www.ccpompano.org.

“Jamaican music has been a world-wide influence and through this Legacy event, we will take audience members on a spectacular musical journey to experience the evolution of the art form,” said Felica Grey, President of Rootz of Music.
Led by world-class Jamaican born guitarist, composer, arranger, music instructor Eugene Grey, the show will also feature renowned percussionist Larry McDonald as well as singers Lady Tasha, Yishka, Gershi, Tedman Greaves, Endel I and Sabrina Williams along with the Radiance Major dancers performing the music of the popular artists of each era such as Louis Jordan, Harry Belafonte, Byron Lee and the Dragonaires.
A special guest artist will be Sultan Ali, son of Prince Buster who recorded the classic song “Hard Man Fe Dead.” This innovative and entertaining musical presentation is staged to demonstrate the interconnectivity of American and Jamaican Music and how the two separate elements of two genres merged and became what is now known as Reggae and Hip Hop.

The event will also feature the presentation of the 2nd Annual Jamaican Music Excellence Awards to music legends Mighty Sparrow, Lord Creator, Bobby Aitken, Billy Vernon, Patrick McDonald, Brian Atkinson, Fred Crossley, Fred Campbell, Trevor Lopez and Merritone Sound System. There will be a VIP reception starting 90 minutes prior to the performance for the awardees and VIPS to enjoy free Jamaican cuisine by Mama’s Kitchen and wine.
The event is sponsored in part by Broward County Florida Cultural Division as well as by SOS Children’s Villages, Greenspoon Marder Law, First Green Bank, David Photo, WAVS, Hot 105 along with support from the City of Pompano Beach.

About Rootz of Music Inc. – Florida-based Rootz of Music, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that was founded in 2011 by Jazz guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator Eugene Grey and his wife Felicia K. Grey. The organization’s mission is to positively impact the social and academic success of children through music education and cultural enrichment performances and preserve the history of Jamaican music. Since 2013 Rootz of Music has provided weekly music lessons to SOS Children’s Villages, a foster care community. Proceeds benefit music education for youth in underserved communities.

“Schools of Art”- Painted Pompano Exhibit runs through June 11

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to showcase the latest endeavor from the City’s Public Art Program, Painted Pompano: Schools of Art. The installation, featuring 12 magnificent sculptures, each standing five feet tall, will grace the Cultural Center’s ArtsPlaza through June 11, when the fish will move to their permanent locations throughout the City.

The theme for the Exhibition is “Schools of Art”, with each fish reflecting a different period of art history. From Renaissance to Art Deco to Pop Art, 12 “schools” are represented, and the installation’s “colorful disunity” provides a perfect “selfie” spot.

This exhibit is part of the Pompano Beach Crossroads Project, which won a prestigious $100,000 National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” Grant for the City of Pompano Beach. The display is free and open the public.

For More information on the Public Art Program please visit www.pbpublicart.com

March 8th – ArtPOP! Pompano Beach Cultural Center Hosts Free Night of Art, Music, Poetry and Dance

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ArtPOP! Celebrates Female Powerhouses

What: ArtPOP! Phenomenal Women
When: March 8th – 7:30pm – 10pm, FREE
Including No Constraints to Beauty Art Exhibit, March 1-March 30, FREE  – Artist meet-n-greet, with LIVE MUSIC March 22nd

In celebration of National Women’s Month, the Pompano Beach Cultural Center is bringing back one of the area’s most exciting events, ArtPOP! This event’s theme, Phenomenal Women, will celebrate female powerhouses with an evening of free entertainment including live chalk art, an art war between top female artists, dance installations, digital projections, live bands, food trucks and tours of our newest exhibit, ‘no constraints to beauty.”

“We are thrilled to be creating another ArtPOP!,” said curator Byron Swart. “These phenomenal events celebrate the electric excitement that happens when diverse forms of expression collide. With March being National Women’s Month, we are honored to be showcasing an array of fierce and fabulous women!”

The outdoor courtyard of the center will be transformed into an interactive playground featuring CHALKart! hosted by Carrie Bennett and introducing Lester Mendoza and Gabriella Guerriero; lighting and digital design productions by Zebedee Productions; live art by a Pompano Beach favorite, Todd the Painter; homemade art vendors, food trucks, and the return of artWar! This popular art battle will feature a competition between Kelcie McQuaid and contenders, Stacy CoonFABSSarah HaungFlorencia de Grandprey and Luis Daniel Pedroza.

Inside the Center’s theater, guests will enjoy live musical performances by Starve Marv, Free Dystopia Dyna Edyne along with a play preview from Curtain Call Playhouse and more.

The Center’s gallery will become a grand focal point with the introduction of the newest exhibit, ‘no constraints to beauty,’ bringing attention to the fact that females comprise 51% of the worlds visual artists.  The exhibit will feature all female artists including  Carrie Bennett, Mimi Botscheller, Leah Brown, Karla Caprali, Sheila Fraga, Janet Gold, Marvel, Kelcie McQuaid. Aimee Perez, Lori Pratico, Aquarela Sabol, Beatriz Sala Santacana, Heather Sisk & Hilda Vidal. Patrons will be privileged to have an audience with these artists on March 22nd from 7pm to 9pm, which will also include live music.

“This exhibit recognizes the diverse and historic accomplishments of women throughout history,” explained Swart. “As our global society revels in learning about all manner of female history-makers, our exhibit focuses on what has inspired our visual arts innovators—a group of women from different backgrounds who unite to champion women’s role in the visual arts and society.”

Artists Bios: “no constraints to beauty”

Mimi Botscheller

Botscheller is an artist and educator who has resided and worked in Broward County since 1973. Her paintings combining Eastern and Western ideologies and multiple points of view have been widely shown, both nationally and internationally.  The work has regionally been featured in numerous gallery exhibitions and museum competitions from Miami to Palm Beach.  Botscheller has also worked in Public Art as a recipient of the Duane Hanson Allied Artist to assist in the Pompano Beach Streetscape project.  Her commissioned installation located in Terminal 19 in Port Everglades, Ft. Lauderdale has been incorporated into the redesign of the terminal.  Other notable achievements include winning the South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, being selected as a semi-finalist for the airport video installation project.  She currently has an installation of paintings, digital work and sculpture in the Surrealism Room of the Young at Art Museum in Davie, Florida.In 2003 Botscheller, was awarded a full tuition scholarship and in 2004 received an MFA in Visual Arts from Miami International University of Art and Design.  She returned to MIU in 2010 to pursue 21 masters credits in Graphic Design with a concentration in digital and motion art. Those studies were completed in June 2011. Recognition for her digital photography, motion art, and hybrid media collage work has been developing. Botscheller’s photoshop narratives have been purchased by photography collector Robert Lewis (Denver, CO) and the Biba Gallery in Palm Beach.  Prints from her new body of work were selected for exhibition in SoHo Photo Gallery, NYC in the Professional Woman’s Photography show Contrasts.  In addition to her digital work Mimi’s motion experiment The Reinventor, was selected as a semi-finalist in the category; Innovation in Motion and Video in Education for the 2011 Adobe Design Achievement Awards.   Botscheller retired from teaching in 2013 to work as a full-time artist and art advisor.

Leah Brown

 Brown is a visual artist, curator, and arts professional living in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She received her BFA with honors in Sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in 2004 and her MFA in sculpture from the University of Miami in 2014. Brown’s studio practice is the visual investigation of a resolution between waking and dreaming states that result in a third narrative: a continuing, cross-dream storyline that is both outcome and inspiration.  Her artwork ranges from immersive installation and life-sized figurative sculptures to intricately detailed works in cut paper and her own hair.  Brown lectures about her work as artist and curator and she gives interviews on television and in print, including WPBT2’s Art Loft, Vice’s “Creators Project”, Venice Magazine, Fort Lauderdale Magazine, Irreversible Magazine, Broward and Miami New Times and the Broward Sun Sentinel. She completed a year-long artist residency at Hub-Bub in Spartanburg SC 2006-2007, received a 2013 South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship, exhibited the solo museum show, “Transformation of Echo” (2015-2016) at the Young At Art Museum in Davie, FL, and is in permanent collections including the Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz’ Girl’s Club Collection.  Brown collaborates with her husband, artist Peter Symons, and FATVillage developer/CEO, Doug McCraw as part of the public art company, Art+Light+Space.

Karla Caprali

Caprali was born in a northern city in Brazil, called Belem, which is the capital of the state of Para, very known for being an exotic portal of the Amazon.  Caprali was tutored by experienced artists from age 10 until the age of 18 when she attended Sao Paulo University. I came to the United States and soon became a citizen. I have been living in Miami for the past 16 years teaching art and working full time as an artist. I live together with my three daughters, my husband, and my miniature white schnauzer Shinubi.

Sheila Fraga

Fraga is a Cuban- born artist based in Miami. She graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts San Alejandro in1999.  Her painting and drawing is focused on the female figure and personal life. Fraga’s work can be found in permanent collections at St.Paul Episcopal Cathedral, Italy, The University of Aveiro, Portugal, and Sacramento Contemporary Art Gallery, and Natural Historic Museum of Old Havana, Cuba.  She has participated in solo and group exhibitions in Cuba, Portugal, USA, Italy, and Spain. Along with events such as Art Takes Miami and Scope Art. Fraga has also done artwork for magazines such as the cover of La Voz magazine, May 2016 edition, Hudson, NY.

 Janet Gold

Gold born in Detroit MI, is known mainly as the creator of small, serene canvases that are almost like miniature color-field paintings. She also reveals herself to be a habitué of the flea market and the thrift store as well, a collector of found objects that make their way into uncluttered, meticulously assembled collages with evocative titles.  Gold works to integrate incongruous images, placing the papers together to set up a sense of fluid motion within the piece.  Gold follows the bold and elegant tradition of collage/assemblage in her award-winning small scale vintage book cover collages, which celebrate a soft, distinctive idiosyncratic approach to simple, intimate compositions. Taking a cue perhaps from Kurt Schwitters and Picasso, with a sprinkling of texture and polka dot patterns reminiscent of Robert Rauschenberg, Gold seems to know instinctively how to artfully lay down layers of vintage paper that celebrate and recall another time and place.

Kelcie McQuaid

Kelcie McQuaid’s paintings are inspired by feminine energy, vulnerability, strength, and the woman’s struggle to find a place in society. Her concepts are derived from selective and blurred memories that define our emotional state. She is largely influenced by relationships from past to present and how people and our relationships can evolve, dissolve or transcend. McQuaid’s art strives to capture how perspectives change over time. As we grow and age, we see things in different context. She uses the layering of paint and other media to express her personal growth and power. Each time she picks up a brush, McQuaid revisits the paintings as a stronger woman and she passes her development on to her works. The result is ethereal pieces that seem to have movement and light of their own. They are emblematic of maturation, like a fogged camera shooting the course of decade.

 Aimee Perez

Aimee Perez was born in Habana Cuba in 1955. She left for the United States when she was twelve with her family through the Freedom Flights and grew up in Miami in Cuban immigrant community. As a young adult she won the Gold Key Award in painting and several honorable mentions as she continued her pursuit of the arts during her college years. In 1989 she moved to Mexico City and continued painting and exhibiting with Cuban and Mexican artist. In 1997 she was invited to participate as a guest artist in the studio of Mexican sculptor Jose Sacal and it is here she begins to work for the first time in 3D with clay. She returned to Miami in 2006 and continued her work winning several awards for her figurative ceramics in the state of Florida. Perez has been praised for her command of gestures making her sculptures expressionistic and powerful which combined with the juxtaposition to found objects creates an organic symbiosis. She says her work is her voice, a dialogue with the observer and simultaneously a self-exploration. Her work can be found in many private collection in the United States and Mexico and in permanent collections including Florida International University Honors College Collection and Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama.

Lori Pratico

Lori Pratico born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania began her artistic career as a billboard artist when billboards were climbed and painted. Self-taught, this hands-on experience in an industry that required raw talent and plain guts was invaluable and pushed Lori to explore ideas and techniques that were non-traditional and experimental in her artwork.  In 2015 Lori launched a nationwide mural project called Girl Noticed and has created murals in 10 states to date. Hoffman’s Chocolates chose Lori and her project to be part of their ArtBar campaign, featuring her artwork alongside Guy Harvey, Lebo, Federico Uribe and Clyde Butcher on candy bars. Marie Claire Magazine featured the project in their May 2016 issue. Gallery 2014 in Hollywood, FL has represented Lori since 2013. Her name has been added to the American Art Collectors Portrait Artist Directory, and has been featured in Juxtapoz and Professional Artist magazine. Lori is a member of the South Florida Artist Association, and the Portrait Society of America. She believes in giving back to her community. She is the Art Director of the Florida Youth Pride Coalition where she mentors youth age 10-24. and helped facilitate ArtServe’s Eco-Art Therapy program at the Sunset School in Fort Lauderdale, FL, which services children and young adults with emotional and behavioral disabilities. At the Coral Springs Museum of Art, Lori led a team of artists in a groundbreaking program called Kaleidoscope, bringing hands on art activities and a museum experience to local autistic children.

Aquarela Sabol

Aquarela Sabol is a Miami-based fine artist, muralist and overall visual creator. She attended Columbia College Chicago for fine arts in the late 90’s, however she is primarily a self-taught artist. Her preferred medium is oils combined with non-traditional fine art mediums such as spray paint, textiles, reclaimed wood and found objects. Aquarela’s favorite subject matter generally focuses on portraiture and the feminine form with a nod to popular culture, combining design, context and setting to provoke deeper interpretations of each piece.

Beatriz Sala Santacana 

Beatriz Sala Santacana is a self-taught Cuban sculptor, painter and ceramicist born in Havana, in May 1975. Beatriz won the Special Prize of the jury at the 2016 Cuban Contemporary Ceramic Biennial. She is a member of the National Union of Writers and Artists of Cuba (UNEAC in Spanish). Here Beatriz gives us an insight into her creative process: “I place my characters in a moment of change, sometimes as a lone figure, sometimes as a group, struggling with their conflicts, choices and differences.”

Hilda Vidal 

Hilda Vidal was born in Havana. She received personal painting classes from the master ,poet and art critic Manuel Vidal who was her sentimental partner l, since 1973 she has performed 32 personal exhibitions, she has participated in 200 collectives in Cuba and abroad. She has held personal exhibitions in Belgium, Argentina and Spain where she will soon make his personal exhibition “An unmentionable Party” at La Despernada Cultural Center in Villanueva de la Cañada Madrid. June 2017
Art Nexus magazine in its number 105 will announce her personal exhibition “An Unmentionable Party”
Her works are in private collections of Cuba, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Yugoslavia, Russia, Canada, USA, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Chile, Belgium, Panama, Argentina, Jamaica, Senegal, Nigeria And Japan.

National Endowment for the Arts $100,000 “Our Town” Grant Announcement Pompano Beach Crossroads

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Date: Tuesday, August 22nd
Time: 10 am
Location: Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Boulevard

The City of Pompano Beach is pleased to welcome Congressman Ted Deutch as he joins Mayor Lamar Fisher, the City Commission, and the City Manager to formally announce an award of the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant for the Pompano Beach Crossroads project.  Congressman Alcee Hastings will be represented by Community Outreach Representative Daniel Mulieri.  The event will take place at the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd., on Tuesday, August 22nd at 10:00am.  The event is free and open to the public and will include a brief program of live entertainment and refreshments. RSVP’s appreciated.

The Pompano Beach Crossroads project aspires to create and connect public art and performance art along a one-mile “trail” from the new Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Broward County Library, through historic commercial “Old Town Pompano” and along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard to the Interstate-95 overpass. The multi-media project will create interactive connections between the Cultural Center, Bailey Contemporary Arts (BaCA) and Ali Cultural Arts (Ali) utilizing public art, performance art, “drop-in” activities, literary events and digital projections with built-in “augmented reality.”

The City of Pompano Beach is one of 89 organizations nationwide to be awarded the 2017 grant and will receive $100,000 in project funding from the NEA.  Pompano Beach Crossroads is a collaborative project of the City, the Creative Arts Collaborative, and the Pompano Beach CRA.  The program will kick off with community planning phases this fall, and the grant will fund activities through September 2019.

Since 2010, the City of Pompano Beach and its Community Redevelopment Agency have worked with the community and public/private sector partners to create economic development, including targeted Cultural Arts activity in its new Creative Arts District, an area totally within a half mile of a planned future commuter rail station on the historic Florida East Coast Railway.  Pompano Beach Crossroads will be a culmination of these efforts.

The project supports both the City’s Cultural Arts Master Plan and Public Art Master Plan.

“George Orwell’s 1984” Kicks Off Outré’s 17/18 Season

Outré’s dedication to timely, thought-provoking theatre continues with Andrew White’s stunning adaptation of Orwell’s classic 1984 by George Orwell, adapted by Andrew White
July 13-30, 2017
Gala Opening / Media Night: July 15, 2017
Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm
Tickets: $39 adults, $19 students and industry
Box Office (954) 839-9578

May 30, 2017 — The Outré Theatre Company is proud to announce the first production of its 2017/18 season will be George Orwell’s seminal dystopia 1984, adapted by Andrew White.  This is Outré’s sixth full season, and its first in its new home at the recently opened Pompano Beach Cultural Center.

“It’s no surprise that Orwell’s work is as timely and provocative as ever,” said Skye Whitcomb, Outré’s Artistic Director and the director of the production. “Every day we see something else that reminds us that fascism and dictatorship can insidiously intertwine itself into our society, and that there will even be those who welcome it. 1984 shows us a society where people have willingly given up control over every aspect of their lives in order to be ‘safe’; it’s quite frightening, really.”

In this adaptation of Orwell’s dystopia, the surveillance state is everywhere. The Party subtly controls all aspects of its citizens’ lives, from the “news” they consume to the “history” they are taught to the very way they think and believe. In the midst of this society of lies and half-truths, one man remembers his childhood, a childhood without the Party, without the fear and the lies and the omnipresent spying. It is these memories which lead this man, Winston Smith, to rebel against Big Brother and to search for something more than just a bare existence. Outré’s production of 1984 uses multimedia, film, and projections to create a world that isn’t that far removed from our own.

The cast includes:

 Seth Trucks (Winston): Seth Trucks trained at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. For five years he worked as a performer and writer in New York with the comedy troupe Six Characters. Since moving to Florida he has been directing, teaching, and acting, most notably in Waiting for Godot, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and A Comedy of Errors. Seth is also a prolific guitarist and drummer.

 Peter W. Galman (O’Brien): Peter Galman earned a Silver Palm award for his work as Baptista in Kiss Me, Kate at the Maltz Jupiter Theatre in tandem with his role as a mad programmer in The Nether at Area Stage Company in Coral Gables.  Peter was named Best Actor 2016 by the Miami New Times for The Nether.  He was recently nominated for a Carbonell award for the role of Walt Disney in Lucas Hnath’s play, A Public Reading of an Unfinished Screenplay about the Death of Walt Disney, which played at Thinking Cap Theatre in Fort Lauderdale.

Jennipher Murphy (Julia): Jennipher Murphy received her MFA in performance from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is an Actor’s Equity Association Membership Candidate. A company member of Lost Girls Theatre in Miami, she originated the role of Lavinia in Andie Arthur’s Juliet Among the Changelings. She has also been seen on South Florida stages in The Merchant of Venice, Rabbit Hole, and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Meredith Bartmon (Syme): Meredith Bartmon has been working professionally since 2009 and is a member of UK Equity and an Actors’ Equity Association Membership Candidate. Recently Meredith has performed in City Theatre’s Summer Shorts, in Sister Act and Hello, Dolly at The Wick Theatre, and in Lazy Fair at Mad Cat Theatre in Miami. She received her MA in Acting at East 15 Acting School in London, and her BFA in Music Theatre from New World School of the Arts in Miami.

Murphy Hayes (Charrington): Murphy Hayes is a South Florida actor and graphic designer, whose last excursion with Outré was Leonato in Much Ado About Nothing. Other recent roles include The Chairman in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Colonel Craddock in Murdered To Death, Lazar Wolf in Fiddler On The Roof, Grampy in See Rock City, and Kris Kringle in Miracle On 34th Street.

Joey De La Rua (Parsons): Joey De La Rua is making his professional South Florida theatre debut in 1984.  While earning his BFA in theatre-performance at Florida Atlantic University, he has played Katurian in The PIllowman, Barry Champlain in Talk Radio, Madame Arcati in Blithe Spirit, and many others.

Michael Conner (Ampleforth): Michael Conner is a South Florida based writer and actor. His most recent credits include Mark Roberts’ New Country at the Lake Worth Playhouse Black Box Series, and Strangers on a Train with the Arts Radio Network Theatre Project.

Daryl Patrice (Tillotson): Daryl Patrice is a graduate of Spelman College, and works as an actor for both film and stage. She appeared in the Oscar-winning film Moonlight, and will be featured later this year in the film Eyes of a Sinner. She has also been seen recently on South Florida stages as Benita in Love and Human Remains at Infinite Abyss Theatre, and as a Phantom in The Rocky Horror Show with Evening Star Productions.

About Outré Theatre Company
Outré Theatre Company is a vibrant, growing company in beautiful South Florida. Outré believes that theatre  is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They strive to create theatre  which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism. www.outretheatrecompany.com

About the Cultural Alliance
The Cultural Alliance is comprised of highly regarded performing arts organizations based in South Florida. The 11 resident  companies of the Pompano Beach Cultural Center offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and education programming. For more information, www.ccpompano.org.

About the Pompano Beach Cultural Center
The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library is a mixed-use City of Pompano Beach facility. The 47,000 square foot facility showcases a Cultural Center and Library under one roof. The Cultural Center features the best of regional talent in South Florida along with the finest international talent. A home to a 400-seat theater, an art gallery, and a state-of-the-art digital media center, the Cultural Center brings all disciplines together, not just under one roof but onto one stage.

Contact:           Skye Whitcomb, Artistic Director   954.300.2149  skye@outretheatrecompany.com

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SHIPWRECKED OF REASON – HALF CENTURY IN CUBAN ART

Presented in Partnership with the Latin American Art Pavilion

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is proud to announce its inaugural exhibit, Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art, a world premiere collection of work from the top twenty Cuban contemporary artists. This exhibit is curated by the internationally renowned, Isabel María Pérez Pérez and is presented in partnership with the Latin American Art Pavilion (LAAP). The exhibit will be on display through late August.   Gallery Hours 10 AM – 6 PM. To schedule a tour please call 954-839-9578.

“Bringing the finest cultural offerings to Pompano Beach is the mission of this center,” said Alyona Ushe, President and CEO of The Creatives, the organization that manages and programs the venue. “This Cuban exhibit exemplifies our pursuit of excellence. We are honored to have been selected to showcase this collection, and we are very grateful for the artistic guidance of Ms. Pérez and Maria Napoles, from the Latin American Art Pavilion.”

Isabel María Pérez Pérez is the Chief Curator Editora Ejecutiva del sello ArteCubano. She is at the forefront of the contemporary Cuban art movement, involved in projects such as the mega-exhibit Zona Franca (Free Zone), one of the collateral exhibitions of the 2015 edition of the Havana Biennial. Acclaimed as artistic global force, curating exhibits world-wide, her views on contemporary Cuban art are revered in the artistic community and amongst collectors. During her visit to Pompano Beach, Ms. Pérez Pérez, will present a host of workshops at various cultural institutions throughout the City.

“Through an amazing collaboration with Latin American Art Pavilion, we are honored to host a visual art collection that pays homage to some of Cuba’s most influential visual arts innovators,” said Byron Swart, Curator of the Cultural Center. “Ms. Pérez Pérez selection for Shipwrecked of Reason reflects a myriad of styles and influences that are truly representational of the island’s rich mélange of cultures. Her symposiums should not missed by art collectors and artists who want to hear from this leading authority.” 

From the multiple visions of twenty artists, this exhibit seeks to present a condensed multigenerational mapping of pivotal moments over the last 50 years in the plastic evolution of the island. This vision is marked by the consensus and the coexistence of these creative agents who have the most diverse artistic talents and perspectives. Each artwork deals specifically with themes such as memory, identity, body and portrait, territory and landscape, and the construction of history.

The exhibit will highlight a collective of the following artists: Lidzie Alvisa, Nadal Antelmo,  Abel Barroso,  Roberto Fabelo,  Roberto Diago,  Humberto Díaz, José Manuel Fors, Aimée García, Alberto Lescay, Liudmila & Nelson (Nelson Ramírez de Arellano and Liudmila Velasco), Meira & Toirac (Meira Marrero and José Ángel Toirac), Rigoberto Mena, Manuel Mendive, Michel Mirabal, Ibrahim Miranda,  Pedro Pablo Oliva,  René Peña,  Sandra Ramos, Eduardo Roca Salazar / Choco,  Lázaro Saavedra. The collective dynamics of these artists and their work epitomize the idea of change.

“This is the first time these Cuban artists have ever shown together as a collective,” explained Napoles, who established the LAAP to address the local communities’ need to establish a platform where Latin American artists can collectively showcase their artwork. “We are honored that Ms. Pérez Pérez created this exhibit for us, and that she will be here to celebrate the opening of this splendid new cultural center.”

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 West Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach.

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ARTISTS

Roberto Fabelo

Roberto Diago

Manuel Mendive

José Manuel Fors

Iván Capote

Sandra Ramos

Ibrahim Miranda

Liudmila & Nelson (Nelson Ramírez de Arellano y Liudmila Velasco)

Abel Barroso

Nadal Antelmo

Aimée García

René Peña

Humberto Díaz

Michel Mirabal

Eduardo Roca Salazar / Choco

Lázaro Saavedra

Rigoberto Mena

Pedro Pablo Oliva

Meira & Toirac (Meira Marrero y José Ángel Toirac)

Mabel Poblet

AriannaContino

Ribbon Cutting & World Premiere Party Weekend

The City of Pompano Beach is delighted to announce the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library took place on Thursday, May 11th.

“My hope is that the Center fills a niche that no one else can offer; providing educational opportunities with the media center; providing opportunities for new and upcoming artists to display their talents; offering a venue for weddings, private corporate events; and showcasing our all-around and well-rounded City as one of the finest in America,” said Mayor Lamar Fisher.

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Following the ceremony, the venue was open to the public to view the World Premiere Cuban art exhibit, Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art.

Guests also enjoyed live spontaneous performances throughout the building.

Thanks to the determination and foresight of City and County visionaries, Pompano Beach will join the ranks of other great municipalities who have a state-of-the-art facility which serves as a beacon for culture and learning. The two-story structure, which spans 47,000 square feet, will encompass the Cultural Center (which includes an art gallery, a digital media arts center and a flexible space for performances/special events) and the new Broward County Library, opening this fall.

For more information please call 954-839-9578

Fun was had by all at these additional weekend events:
Preview Party – See Photos
Don Quixote and Music of Spain with The South Florida Chamber Ensemble – (Kid Friendly)
Havana Nights and Shipwrecked of Reason with VIP Artists’ Reception – See Photos
Florida Grand Opera Family Day (Kid Friendly)
Upcoming Events 

Photo Slideshows

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Photo Slideshow (Link to Full Album)

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Pompano Beach Cultural Center Announces Resident Companies

Leading Regional Cultural Organizations to Comprise the
Center’s Cultural Alliance

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center today announced the names of the 11 regional non-profit organizations that will form the Center’s resident companies. This Cultural Alliance is comprised of highly regarded performing arts organizations based in South Florida. Each will offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and educational programming. The highly anticipated debut of the Center is thanks to the dedication of Pompano Beach’s visionary city leadership including Mayor Lamar Fisher, city commissioners and city staff. Season schedules, grand opening festivities and fundraising events will soon be announced on the website, www.ccpompano.org.

“We are thrilled that the opening of this stellar venue is almost at hand,” said Mayor Fisher. “The Cultural Center, and the sensational organizations that will comprise the resident companies, exemplify the incredible commitment our city has made to the arts. We are delighted that so many outstanding companies will call our Center, their home.”

The organizations that have been accepted as members of the Cultural Alliance, through the end of the 2018 season, include Brazilian Voices, Curtain Call Playhouse, Dance NOW! Miami, Florida Classical Ballet, Fushu Daiko, Outré Theatre Company, Rootz of Music, South Florida Chamber Ensemble, and South Florida Jubilee Chorus.

“This is an outstanding amalgamation of talent,” said Alyona Ushe, President/CEO of the Cultural Arts Creatives (The Creatives), the organization hired by the city to program and manage the Center. “Our vision for the Center is to feature the best of the best of South Florida talent, and we are thrilled by the dazzling and diverse array of performing arts groups that will form the foundation of our first season.”

A panel of experts in various artistic disciplines selected the collective of 11 members. The Creatives will assist resident companies with marketing, development and the use of latest technology in the creation and presentation of the best regional work.

“Each organization on their own is a dynamic artistic force. Our goal is to give them a grand showcase to display their talents and to encourage them to collaborate and utilize each other’s expertise,” continued Ushe, who also is planning on commissioning a work that will feature all the Alliance members.

In addition to programming from Alliance members, Ushe has scheduled several signature series including Jazz and Blues programming which will also commence in May.

For more details please visit the Cultural Alliance page.