An Artistic Celebration of Community
ArtServe, South Florida’s historic arts incubator, is bringing its new vision for artistic diversity, community advancement and creative experimentation to life with the launch of “HOME: An Artistic Celebration of Community.”
Exploring metaphors of habitat and the related idea of belonging, the multi-disciplinary exhibition includes the unveiling of ArtServe’s 30th anniversary artistic season, a tour of the organization’s creative laboratory, a gallery display by local visual artists and a performance piece collaboratively developed by featured artists of all genres. Given the space and resources to experiment and tasked only with a prompt to bring the concept of ‘home’ to life, featured artists will debut their work at opening receptions that serve as vision launch parties.
“HOME” kicks off with a VIP Preview Night on Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 6 to 9PM and a Community Day on Saturday, August 31, 2019 from 3 to 5PM. Both events take place at ArtServe, 1350 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
“‘HOME’ unfolds as an enchanted love note to our community with works coming together in a remarkable tapestry of diversity,” said ArtServe Executive Director Craig W. Johnson. “Collectively, participating artists of all backgrounds provide a fully immersive experience exemplifying the new vision for ArtServe as a creative laboratory and community mobilizer.”
During the events, ArtServe will unveil its 2020 artistic plan for implementing initiatives and programming that support its revitalized vision, which aims to empower artists to be agents of change and promote equal access to the arts, enabling communities to reach their highest potential across social, cultural and economic arenas.
During the “HOME” VIP Preview Night on August 22, ArtServe will recognize several of South Florida’s most respected arts influencers and organizations for their contributions to the region’s arts and culture landscape. Honorees include:
- Broward Cultural Council Vice Chair Darran Blake of UBS Financial Services, Inc.
- renowned South Florida artist George Gadson
- Art Fort Lauderdale and Choose954 co-founders Andrew Martineau and Evan Snow
- Broward Cultural Council Chair Jodi Jeffreys-Tanner of Las Olas Capital Arts
- WLRN, South Florida’s NPR and PBS station.
In celebration of ArtServe’s 30th anniversary this year, a total of 30 honorees will be recognized at similar events throughout the upcoming artistic season.
ArtServe will also reveal its creative laboratory, where guests will connect with “HOME” featured artists as they are immersed in their creative processes, rehearsing work throughout the space that will be brought together at the close of the evening in a collaborative performance art piece celebrating the concept of ‘home.’
Under the artistic direction of Dario J. Moore, a Broward-based director and choreographer, the performance features former Miami City Ballet dancer and stroke survivor Isanusi Garcia Rodriguez and his mother, Perla Rodriguez, a renowned former dancer from Cuba. Following a stroke that left the right side of his body paralyzed, Rodriguez was forced to reinvent himself, subsequently discovering a new joy and purpose in life through art, family and community. The evening’s collaborative performance is partially inspired by Rodriguez’s perception of ‘home’ through a celebration of his Cuban heritage and transcendence of his physical limitations.
Also making significant contributions to the performance are Broward filmmaker and Sistrunk-A-Fair co-founder Emmanuel George, photo artist David Muir and visual artist Anna Goraczko. Spoken word from Thou Art Women, an inclusive LGBTQ organization founded by event producer Ghenete “G” Wright Muir, and live music from local musicians further enrich the work.
“Providing opportunities for artists and the community to further diversity, inclusivity and social change through the arts is just one part of the equation,” added Johnson. “We also have a responsibility to celebrate and recognize the individuals who have been trailblazers in that domain. ArtServe and Broward County never would have reached this incredible turning point had it not been for arts professionals and aficionados like Andrew Martineau and Evan Snow, who served as catalysts and pioneers of using art to bring people together. Our honorees embody ArtServe’s new vision and it’s a privilege to recognize them and their achievements.”
For more information and tickets, visit www.Artserve.org. Tickets to attend the VIP Preview Night on August 22 are $75 each and include valet parking, gourmet bites, an open wine bar and a silent auction. Tickets to attend the Community Day on August 31 are $20 each and include free parking, refreshments, family art activities and an art sale. Contact Information@Artserve.org or 954-462-8190 for more information.
“HOME” is on display until September 27 in the ArtServe gallery. Admission to the ongoing visual art exhibition is free but does not include performances or access to the creative laboratory. ArtServe gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9AM to 8PM and Saturday from 10AM to 6PM. Visit www.Artserve.org for details.