Funding Arts Broward Awards $19,000 to Local LGBT Organizations

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Chris Rudisill, Michael Goodman, Sue Gunzburger, and Daniel Copher. Submitted Photo.

Non-profit arts organization Funding Arts Broward (FAB!) recently awarded more than two dozen local groups with art grants as high as $12,500. Three LGBT organizations were among the recipients.

Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida (GMCSF) received $6,000 for the Season Seven Concert Series beginning in 2017. Mark B. Kent, the executive director of GMCSF, said the grants have been a key factor in helping put on concerts from the chorus.

“FAB! grant funds have become an important part of the overall funding strategy that allows us to keep admissions affordable, engage quality talent, expand our reach and impact more people with our messages of love and inclusion,” he said.

This is the third year that GMCSF has been awarded a grant from FAB! to help fund the concert series.

“The Gay Men’s Chorus of South Florida continues to grow and thrive, reaching more and more audiences each season,” Kent said.

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For the first time, Stonewall National Museum & Archives in Wilton Manors received a grant from Funding Arts Broward. SNMA Executive Director Chris Rudisill said the $8,000 will fund the 2017 gallery exhibition series Icons and Outliers: Frontiers of LGBT Visibility in America.

“We are happy to join the ranks of other premier arts and cultural organizations throughout Broward County using the arts to elevate the community,” Rudisill said.

The season will run from January through July 2017 and include exhibitions "Gay Destinations of the Northeast Where We’ve Found Solace," "BODY WORK," "HOME," "GAME ON: Lesbian Sports," "You Can’t Show That," and "VIDEO, part of YOUR Story."

SNMA does not charge admission, but Rudisill said donations are greatly appreciated. Because it’s free to visit, the museum relies on not only donations, but grants like the one from Funding Arts Broward to continue operations.

Island City Stage in Wilton Manors received $5,000 for The Goldberg Variations. They are the only resident, non-profit professional theater company in Broward County that details the lives, loss, and love of the LGBT community, according to Island City.

According to Funding Arts Broward, the organization has now distributed more than $2 million to community arts.

“FAB! is proud to support deserving organizations which present impactful visual and performing arts programs in Broward County,” said Elaine Blattner, president of FAB!, in a press release. Twenty-six local organizations were awarded grants ranging from $5,000-$12,500. In this cycle alone, $200,000 was awarded. Each grant that was awarded went toward an upcoming program in Broward County.

The awards presentation, held on May 2 at Northern Trust in downtown Fort Lauderdale, had nearly 150 guests in attendance. Other grant recipients include Seraphic Fire, Symphony of the Americas, and Gold Coast Jazz Society, among others.


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