FORT LAUDERDALE , FL (April 17, 2012) — The Cultural Foundation of Broward has rebranded and changed its name to Business for the Arts of Broward, it was announced today by Jarett Levan,  the Chair of Business for the Arts of Broward.  The non-profit organization changed its name to Business for the Arts of Broward to better reflect its mission to engage businesses and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of Broward County’s arts and cultural community as well as to recognize the connection between cultural vitality, creative success, and economic development.

In addition to announcing its new name, the organization today also:

“We are very proud to make this announcement and reinforce our commitment to the arts today, April 17th, which is the nationally celebrated Arts Advocacy Day,” said BankAtlantic CEO Jarett Levan, Chair of Business for the Arts of Broward.  “Through our programs, advocacy and on-going partnerships with Broward businesses and leaders, we look forward to continuing to further our mission of expanding arts and culture into the community and workplace.”

Business for the Arts of Broward’s goal is to engage business leaders across the county to support the arts and take a hands-on approach to find resources that help drive its mission.  As part of its on-going efforts, Business for the Arts of Broward has introduced a number of programs and events to better engage local businesses with the arts including its innovative “Art in the Workplace” workshops and the upcoming “Take the Tour” event.  The on-going “Art in the Workplace” program affords local businesses the opportunity to bring art to the workplace by inviting an artist or musician to conduct a workshop for their employees or invite a local artist to display or perform his or her work for their staff to enjoy.  The “Take the Tour” event, co-hosted by Business for the Arts of Broward and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, will escort a select group of Broward executives on a guided, behind-the-scenes tour of some of Broward County’s best cultural treasures. The stops will include ArtServe, the Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Museum of Discovery and Science, F.A.T. Village, Sailboat Bend Artists’ Lofts,  Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, ArtsPark Young Circle in Hollywood, Young at Art  Museum, African-American Research Library and Bonnet House Museum and Garden.   This is an opportunity for Broward County business executives to see the creative talents offered in our community.

The trustees and officers of Business for the Arts of Broward include:

  • Jarett Levan, Chair; CEO and President of BankAtlantic
  • David Horvitz, Vice Chair; Founder and Chairman of WLD Enterprises
  • Gale Butler, Secretary; Vice President of Corporate Affairs for AutoNation
  • Joey Epstein, Treasurer; Director of McGladrey

Executive trustees include:

  • Dr. Michael Caldwell, Professor & Director of the Division of Performing and Visual Arts, Nova Southeastern University Brian R. Kopelowitz, Esq.,  Founding Partner of Kopelowitz, Ostrow, Ferguson, Weiselberg, Keechl
  • David Clarke, Co-Founder & Managing Partner of BGT Partners
  • Alan Levy, Chief Executive Officer of Great American Farms
  • William Stanton
  • Stacy Ostrau, Community Affairs Manager/Society Scene Publisher of Sun Sentinel
  • Douglas Eagon, President of Stiles Corporation
  • Gregory A. Haile, Vice President of Governmental Policy and Regulatory Affairs of Broward College
  • Eris Sandler, EVP Market President, North Broward, Palm Beach & Treasure Coast for BankUnited
  • Juliet Murphy Roulhac, Regional Manager External Affairs of Florida Power & Light Company
  • Brett S. Stefansson, Senior Vice President & General Manager of BankAtlantic Center

Ex-Officio members include:

  • Mary Becht, Director of the Broward Cultural Division
  • Terry Frank, SVP and Manager of Strategic Projects for BankAtlantic
  • Estelle Loewenstein, Past – Chair of the Broward Cultural Council

About Business for the Arts of Broward

Business for the Arts of Broward is a not-for-profit 501c3. The mission of the organization is as follows:  Business for the Arts of Broward engages business and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of the County’s art and cultural community as well as to recognize the connection between cultural vitality, creative success, and economic development. For more information, please visit us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BFABroward.

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