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HOME: An Artistic Celebration of Community

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Fort Lauderdale

1350 E. Sunrise Blvd.

Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33304

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ArtServe, South Florida’s historic arts incubator, is unveiling its new vision for economic vitality through creative experimentation.

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ArtServe is pleased to offer 2 events:

Thursday, August 22nd 6-9pm is our VIP Preview Night

Saturday, August 31st 3-5pm is our Community Day

ArtServe, South Florida’s historic arts incubator, 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”

VIP Preview Night, 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

VIP Preview Night with cultural leaders on Thursday, August 22 from 6 to 9 p.m, with valet parking, champagne welcome, gourmet bites, open wine bar and silent auction featuring a significant piece of wall art valued at $25,000 by the late installation artist Dorothy Gillespie.

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.* Honorees 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: wlrn.org

*In celebration of ArtServe’s 30th anniversary this year, a total of 30 honorees will be recognized at similar VIP preview events across the upcoming artistic season.

About the Creative Laboratory and 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.

Open exclusively to guests attending the August 22 and August 31 celebrations, the Creative Laboratory radiates throughout the ArtServe space with featured artists actively engaged in their creative process and welcoming audiences to ask questions, interact and document the experience. At the close of the evening artists will exit the Creative Laboratory and unite to reveal the collectively crafted, genre-bending performance.

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 Broward filmmaker and Sistrunk-A-Fair co-founder Emmanuel George, conceptual artist Veronica Fazzio and visual artist Anna Goraczko. Spoken word from Thou Art Women, an LGBTQ organization founded by event producer Ghenete “G” Wright Muir, and live music from local musicians further enrich the work.

Community Day for the whole family on Saturday, August 31st is from 3 to 5 p.m. and includes:

Punch and popcorn welcome, refreshments, arts activities for kids and fine art clearance sale. Tour of the creative laboratory and performance are included.

“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. Visit artserve.org for details.

If you prefer to purchase tickets by phone, please contact General Manager Hal Axler at 954.462.8190 x212.

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