Buisiness for the Arts of Broward holds "Art in the Workplace" workshops at Stiles, Florida Power & Light and 110 Tower
FT. LAUDERDALE, FL (May 8, 2012) -Business for the Arts of Browardcontinues to bridge the gap between arts and business by holding its popular "Art in the Workplace" series at corporations in South Florida. Most recently, "Art in the Workplace" workshops were held at Stiles on March 28th,Florida Power & Lighton April 23rd and at 110 Tower in Fort Lauderdale on April 26th. The "Art in the Workplace" program is designed to forge lasting relationships between the arts community and local businesses, while providing arts awareness, involvement and enrichment to employees at work.
Artist Steven Sylvester led the innovative, lunch-hour "Art in the Workplace" workshops at both Stiles and 110 Tower on their respective dates. Employees of both organizations engaged in fun, entertaining and team-building "Sculpting with Clay" classes where they created three dimensional wall hanging clay masterpieces. All participants were encouraged to explore their own likes and interests turning them into clay art interpretations. As an added benefit, the 110 Tower workshop coincided with "Bring Your Child to Work Day," so the employees' children also participated in the art project.
"We were glad to partner withBusiness for the Arts of Browardto provide the Art in the Workplace program to our tenants and their employees. This program is a great way to introduce businesses to the arts and culture community,"stated Ellen Rivera, General Manager, 110 Tower.
AtFlorida Power & Light(FPL), artist George Gadson led employees in an original Book Deconstruction project."Our employees spent an hour of fun, creativity and relaxation, while collaborating and acknowledging each other's artistic strengths,"said Juliet Murphy Roulhac, Regional Manager, Corporate External Affairs,Florida Power & LightCompany."It was a wonderful opportunity which turned out to be a tremendous team building experience."
The "Art in the Workplace" program was created byBusiness for the Arts of Browardto positively impact employees by bringing the various disciplines of the arts directly into the workplace. Local businesses can bring art to the workplace by inviting an artist or musician to conduct a workshop for the employees or invite a local artist to display or perform his or her work for the employees to enjoy. Usually the workshop is held during lunchtime and is voluntary for the employees to participate. Employees have the opportunity to engage hands on with creating their own art. The artist teaches an art or music workshop that could range from painting, sculpting, singing or even jewelry making.
"Art in the Workplace" is one of many programs thatBusiness for the Arts of Browardoffers to better engage local businesses and business leaders with the arts. The organization is also co-hosting, along with theGreater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the "Take the Tour" event on Friday, June 15th, which 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 includeArtServe, theMuseum 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 LibraryandBonnet House Museum and Garden. This is an opportunity for Broward County business executives to see the creative talents offered in our community.
Business for the Arts of Browardis currently reaching out to Broward executives to participate in the "Take the Tour" event and to local businesses and artists in Broward County to encourage participation in the "Art in the Workplace" program. The organization will foster the relationships and help provide support for both the private sector and the local arts and will provide local organizations the needed resources to further advance the partnerships with the arts. To learn more about how you can participate in all of theBusiness for the Arts of Browardprograms, please contact Lois Marino at 954-940-6373.
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