A museum curator is responsible for editing a collection suited for its patrons - whether it be pieces of accessible beauty or works that elicit emotion. And as individuals we, too, are given the option of what to seek in life. In essence, we are our own curators.
Through this issue, we share our view of the current arts scene in Broward and Palm Beach counties where photographer Kara Starzyk has been busy documenting a variety of artwork, artists and their establishments.
The Broward edition, which can be viewed in full here, includes Scene & Be Seen coverage from the “Ship Shape” event that gathered volunteers to repurpose trash containers into works of art that will greet travelers coming and going from Port Everglades.
In keeping with the local public arts scene, page 12 shares information about Fort Lauderdale’s “Play Your City.” The project provides the community the opportunity to publically create music on colorfully-painted pianos.
Creating art can sometimes be a beautiful mess, and Independent Working Artist Network provides a hub for such creations (of both music and visual art) at its appropriately named studio, The Bubble, in downtown Fort Lauderdale; Starzyk shares this story through a series of images on pages 14-15.
Accumulating the county’s myriad arts events is a bold task that assistant editor Elissa Rosen conquered. She shares current events and exhibitions in the arts calendar on page 19. One of those events taking place the last Saturday this month is FAT Village’s art walk, produced in conjunction with the biannual “Revel on the Block” event that invites the community to explore their own creativity and that of local artists, with food trucks and demonstrations, featured on page 20.
Numerous arts-related events and public murals are blossoming in downtown Hollywood, making up Hollywood’s Arts Park, where all ages can explore their inner artist. Rosen shares the countless opportunities that make this one of Broward County’s newest and grandest hubs of cultural discovery.
This summer, University of Florida student Brittany Bokzam, who’s interning with the team, has assisted Society Scene’s digital production. As a comic fan, she shares the local comic scene on pages 30-31, which details the fan community of this alternative form of art.
The Palm Beach edition, which can be viewed in full here, features Scene & Be Seen coverage on page 10 from the “Canstruction” event that featured aluminum cans repurposed into works of art.
Page 12 shares information about the Young Singers of the Palm Beaches hosting their annual “Broadway Artists Studio” summer program for aspiring performers.
With an eye for art and a heart for the community, Herencia Experiential Art Center offers more than just gallery space for underprivileged children. Featured on page 14, owner Veronica Sirotzky, a trained clinical social worker, has implemented “Listening Sessions” where people can freely share their problems.
The recently re-opened South Florida Science Museum and Aquarium offers educational exhibits about local bodies of water and encourages children in a creative learning environment that Nadia Sorocka details on page 22.
Numerous arts-related events and public murals are blossoming in downtown Boynton Beach, making up the Boynton Beach Arts District (BBAD). On page 24, reporter Jan Engoren shares the countless opportunities that make this one of Palm Beach County’s newest and grandest hubs of cultural discovery.
Inspired to explore my own inner artist, I enrolled in a ceramics course with instructor Brett Thomas at AutoNation’s Academy of Art + Design in conjunction with the Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale (MOAFL) and Nova Southeastern University (NSU). I registered for a five-week course, which was so much fun, that I extended it to the 10-week session. After 10 weeks of working in clay, I still hadn’t had enough so I am currently halfway through my second 10-week session of classes. It’s opened me to a community of both beginning and advanced artists, where we can all get lost in our work. Making mistakes, learning from them and growing each class has taught me a lot about making art and also about life. I’m taking the hand-building course, but most of my classmates work on the pottery wheel. Collectively, we’ve made everything from platters to sculptures to bowls – lots of bowls. Thomas has helped us grow as artists – no matter our skill level, or lack of – in an atmosphere free of judgment surrounded by positive energy. My mundane candleholders have transformed into large, textured platters with the help of him gently challenging us to pursue our own greatness.
This issue, like our cover photo taken in front of MOAFL’s colorful mural, gives you the tools to paint your own art scene. So go ahead, challenge yourself to curate a life of beauty right here in South Florida.
Society Scene Editor
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