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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
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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.

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,

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



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.



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


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,

“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.