art, culture, entertainment

The arts and culture scene in Greater Fort Lauderdale has blossomed. Today it includes arts districts, festivals and a county-wide $100 million art in public spaces program.

The County's Cultural Division is in the midst of its third 10-year plan, CreativeBroward 2020. And its efforts are bolstering the city's and county's face as a cultural and philanthropic haven.

It's been 100 years since the first pioneers settled in what became Fort Lauderdale. To honor the anniversary, Mayor Jack Seiler issued "The Mayor's Challenge" - an effort to get the citizenry to volunteer 100,000 cumulative hours in library readings, beach cleanings, and student mentoring. Months before the mayor's deadline, volunteers had logged more than 140,000 hours.

Among other organizations active in Greater Fort Lauderdale...

The Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale is back on the culture map after a recent expansion, pulling in visitors with exhibits like "Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs." Check out the latest exhibition (954-525-5500).

Each Jan and March, the city hosts the Annual Las Olas Art Festival. Down Las Olas Boulevard along the Riverwalk and Arts and Entertainment District is the Museum of Discovery & Science with new Eco-Discovery Center.

Among its theaters are the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, and Fort Lauderdale's art house theater, Cinema Paradiso. Operated by the Broward County Film Society, it's home to the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

The city also has the Artspace artist loft at Sailboat Bend. Father to the north is the Flagler Arts and Technology District, comprised of various creative artists, street festivals and small theaters.