awards for arts achievement
Public Leadership in the Arts Awards
County Arts Leadership Honoree
|Recipient:||Broward County (FL)|
The 2013 National Award for County Arts Leadership was presented to Broward County, FL’s Board of Commissioners for their use of the arts to promote the county and stimulate its economy. The Board of Commissioners received the award at the National Association of Counties’ (NACo) annual conference, held in Fort Worth, TX.
“The Board of Commissioners in Broward County are dedicated leaders with an exemplary record of supporting the arts,” said Robert L. Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Their continued efforts to expand the value proposition of the arts and culture are a testament to their understanding of the vital role the arts play in building community.”
The Board of Commissioners has created seven Vision and Goal Statements in its 20-Year Plan for the County including one that focuses on arts and culture: A Community with Accessible, Vibrant Arts and Culture, Recreation and Learning Opportunities.
In 2012, a consortium of a seven-county mega-region in South Florida received a $4.25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to use artistic communities as a driving force for growth and development. The grant creates a plan that would improve regional housing, land use, economic and workforce development and transportation, through the year 2060 and is believed to be the first time a HUD grant has be used primarily for arts and culture.
Further, the Board of County Commissioners also worked on an initiative called CreativeBROWARD 2020, a 10-year community cultural plan for cultural and economic development in Broward County. The plan examines the cultural tapestry of Broward County through its diversity, and connects specifically to the creative economy, cultural tourism, and public art and design. Through a steering committee and various task forces, more than 100 residents, businessmen and women, artists, architects, cultural leaders and residents helped shape this visionary plan.
CreativeBROWARD 2020 is the result of 18 months of research that includes the perspectives of more than 1,000 citizen participants, through online and community forum surveys. The result is a plan with 49 recommendations that is a shared community vision that comes directly from the citizens of Broward County.