VIP Preview Night | Thursday, August 22nd 6-9pm
Honoring Broward County’s Arts & Culture Visionaries, with valet parking, champagne welcome featuring Zebra Champagne, gourmet bites provided by Tula Bistro, open wine bar. Tour of the Creative Laboratory and genre-bending performance are included.
Community Day | Saturday, September 7th 3-5pm
Fun for the whole family, with punch and popcorn welcome, refreshments, arts activities for kids and fine art clearance sale. Tour of the Creative Laboratory and genre-bending performance are included.
All proceeds and philanthropic gifts support ArtServe’s artistic, educational and public service goals.
ArtServe 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 with featured artists actively in the process art-making
- A gallery display by local visual artists, both emerging and accomplished
- A performance art piece collaboratively developed by featured artists of all genres
- A presentation by Executive Director Craig W. Johnson, Curator Sophie Bonet and Cultural Ambassador Ludlow Bailey that articulates ArtServe's strategic plan for stimulating the local economy through creative experimentation
“‘HOME’ unfolds as an enchanted love note to our community with works coming together in a remarkable tapestry of diversity. 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 “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.* Recipients of the Arts & Culture Visionary Award 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 TV station
*In celebration of ArtServe’s 30th anniversary this year, a total of 30 honorees will be recognized at similar VIP events across the upcoming artistic season.
About the Creative Laboratory
As ArtServe enters its 31st year, the organization is seeking to maximize community investments in its revitalized position as a 21st Century Creative Laboratory. Fostering innovative collaborations among artists, entrepreneurs, community stakeholders and businesses, ArtServe’s Creative Laboratory generates big ideas that merge arts, science and technology to improve outcomes in social, academic, environmental and health arenas. Through this work, ArtServe is able to verifiably catalyze a community’s wellbeing, fortify its progress and strengthen its economic prosperity.
About the Performance
Given the space and resources to experiment and tasked only with a prompt to bring the concept of ‘home’ to life, featured artists in dance, film, spoken word, music and visual art were sent into ArtServe’s Creative Laboratory to collaboratively build an original 8-minute piece of performance art.
Under the artistic direction of Dario J. Moore, a Broward-based director and choreographer, the work 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 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 photo artists David Muir and Dan Perez, visual artist Anna Goraczko and music producer Tim Jack. Spoken word from Thou Art Women, an LGBTQ organization founded by event producer Ghenete “G” Wright Muir, further enriches the work.
Ongoing Exhibit Information
“HOME” is on display until September 27 in the ArtServe gallery; admission to the ongoing visual art exhibition is free and does not include performances or Creative Laboratory entry. ArtServe gallery hours are Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
select photos by Dan Perez