"Art, Culture, & The Creative Economy in Ft. Lauderdale" - Panel Discussion

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GALLERYone, a DoubleTree Suites by Hilton

2670 East Sunrise Boulevard

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

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A unique opportunity to find out how the creative community supports the creative economy, providing insight on ways you can help contribute

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After three extremely well received and well attended panel discussions over the last few years on the same topic (pre-covid) that has proven successful in elevating the conversation, the team behind Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week & Choose954 (The UniteUs Group) are excited to host the 4th Annual installment of this panel discussion addressing the crucial topic of the importance of our Creative Economy with support from Broward County Cultural Division & The GalleryOne Hotel.

The Panel Discussion on Tuesday 1/25 @ 6:30PM at The Gallery One Hotel in Fort Lauderdale will be taking place during the artDISCOURSE Speaker Series as part of the 4th annual Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week (1/22/2022-1/30/2022). For more information on the week log on to

There will be a cocktail reception with conversation & networking opportunities following the talk. Valet parking will be $5 onsite.

The goal of this evening is to continue elevating the conversation and raising our community's consciousness about the importance of Arts & Culture relating to our Creative Economy, which supports our community's overall growth and development.

​Released in June 2017, the Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is a report documenting the economic impact of the nonprofit arts and cultural industry. Conducted by Americans for the Arts, the nation's nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, Broward County was one of 341 study regions across the country.

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 (AEP5) ​is the most comprehensive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry ever conducted.

The Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 study provides compelling evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $414.2 million industry in Broward County.

The report shows how this industry supports 11,078 full-time equivalent jobs and generates $40.1 million in revenue for local and state government.

It also shows how they spent $148m in 2015, leveraging $265.7m additional spending by their audiences; spending that pumped vital revenue into restaurants, hotels, retail stores, parking garages, and other local businesses.

Join us as we highlight the importance of the Creative Economy in our burgeoning community, share the ways that our panel speakers are utilizing their businesses & platforms to support the arts, and discover ways that you and your organization can contribute to the conversation at this critical time. Recent budget cuts slashed Arts funding by the state upwards of 80%, now more than ever we need our community to rally behind our Creative Class as Fort Lauderdale continues developing into a world class community.

Speakers Include:

Philip Dunlap

- Executive Director Of Broward County Cultural Divsion

- Jazz Musician

Andrew Martineau

- Co-Founder of Art Fort Lauderdale, Broward County's Premier 4 Day Art Fair. (5th Annual Art Fort Lauderdale - "The Art Fair On The Water"), as well as Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week & Zero Empty Spaces.

-CEO of UniteUs Group, The Modern Day Agency Behind Art Fort Lauderdale, #Choose954, The FemAle Brew Fest and other revolutionary concepts including AAF CreativeZen, 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project, Zero Empty Spaces and a few others.

Sandy Lighterman

- Broward County’s NEW Film Commissioner.

- Prior to joining Miami-Dade County as Film Commissioner where she spent the last 13 years, Lighterman enjoyed a 30-year career as a film and television producer. She currently serves as Vice President of the statewide non-profit organization, Film Florida, and is a member of the Association of Film Commissioners International.

Moderator - Evan Snow

-Co-Founder & Managing Partner Of Art Fort Lauderdale, Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week, Zero Empty Spaces, Ocean Rescue Alliance, The 1000 Mermaids Artificial Reef Project, & Choose954.

- Host Of AAF CreativeZen

This event is FREE to attend but space is LIMITED so please reserve your complimentary ticket today!

For more information and to discuss other ways you can get involved in the meantime don't hesitate to reach out to moderator and co-host Evan Snow of Choose954 - a social movement aimed to Cultivate Culture and Community in Greater Fort Lauderdale.

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2670 East Sunrise Boulevard

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