New Artist Residency Program And Festival Will Showcase Social Justice In Broward

August 5, 2021
The African-American Research Library & Cultural Center is the recipient of one of seven new Community Foundation of Broward grants that support performances, murals, sculptures, films, workshops and other opportunities for the arts to connect, inspire and unite Broward residents.

A talented group of artists and a community festival to showcase their inspiring new work will soon shine a light on more ways to champion social justice in Broward.

At this key turning point in our country’s struggle for social justice, the Community Foundation of Broward is using the power of the arts to bridge differences with support for Art of Community – philanthropy that ignites creativity, invokes community pride and unites residents through the arts.

Thanks to Community Foundation Fundholders who step up for the arts, one of our new Art of Community grants supports a dynamic new arts residency program for the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center. The project culminates with an Art and Activism Festival highlighting the artwork and performances produced through the arts in residency program.

Pay equity, access to health care, and discrimination based on race or sexual orientation are among the issues the artists in residency will tackle during this new program at the research library and cultural center, located on Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.

Five artists will be recruited to use their talents to help residents explore different aspects of racial inequities and social justice.

The arts can help the community “engage somewhat of a difficult topic,” said Makiba Foster, manager of the African-American Research Library & Cultural Center.

“Through the arts as a means or a vehicle to start these conversations, we are happy and encouraged by what we will be able to do,” she said.

This new art residency program and upcoming festival are part of the seven exciting new Art of Community projects that will help answer our community’s call for social justice.

Click here to learn more about all the new Art of Community projects.

“It’s really the arts that unify us, they heal us, they inspire us,” Community Foundation President/CEO Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, Ph.D., said. “These programs are going to have an amazing impact on our community.”

Support for the new Art of Community projects came from the following Funds at the Community Foundation:

Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund, Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund, Edward Hashek and John Jors Charitable Fund, Leonard & Sally Robbins Fund, Everett H. Metcalf, Jr. Unrestricted Fund, Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund, Community Concerts Association of Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts Fund, A Fund for the Performing Arts, Linda and Michael Carter Fund, John D. Ryan Fund, Harold D. Franks Fund, Gary J. Scotto Fund, Discretionary Community Fund, Oakland Park Woman’s Club, Deinhardt Charitable Fund, Ann Adams Fund, The Robert Elmore Family Fund, Maxine Powers Hofert Fund, Peter J. and Mary C. Barbare Fund, Barbara and Michael G. Landry Fund for Broward, Peck Family Fund, Julia C.  Baldwin Fund, Frederick W. Jaqua Fund

Learn More

To learn how you can help support Art of Community and other Issues That Matter to Broward, contact Vice President of Philanthropic Services Nancy Thies at or 954-761-9503.

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