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Pompano Beach Cultural Center Opens with Dazzling Weekend of Events and Rave Reviews

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach Cultural Center ( opened Thursday, May 11 with a spectacular ribbon cutting ceremony featuring dancers whose costume unfurled to become the red ribbon cut by Mayor Lamar Fisher and an esteemed group of City, County and State leaders.

Over one thousand patrons then toured the remarkable new venue, meeting eleven resident companies, exploring the world premiere Cuban art exhibit, "Shipwrecked of Reason" and enjoying performances by an array of musicians and dancers. The festivities then continued throughout the weekend as hundreds of patrons enjoyed The Preview Party fundraiser, Havana Nights and The Florida Grand Opera Family Day.

"The opening of the Cultural Center was truly one of the most exciting events in our City's history," said Mayor Lamar Fisher. "There had been so much anticipation surrounding this day, and everyone who attended was dazzled by the iconic beauty of this venue as much as the incredible performances."

The ribbon cutting ceremony highlighted the mission of the Center of nurturing emerging talent while showcasing internationally renowned artists. Patrons enjoyed the incredible movement of local Eta Nu Step Dancing team to the beat of Fushu Daiko taiko drummers and the Blanche Ely High School Jazz band's performance accompanied by Grammy-winning saxophone player Ed Calle.

"This four-day opening was truly a series of grand events that showcased this iconic new venue and the incredibly diverse programming that is in store for patrons," said Alyona Ushe, President and CEO of The Creatives, the organization which programs and manages the Center. "Thanks to the extraordinary vision of Pompano Beach City leaders, this community now has a venue that will draw national and international talent, while also supporting and nurturing regional and emerging talent."

"Every corner of this venue was activated with phenomenal performances," continued Ushe. "This weekend represented the excitement that will be here on a regular basis, not only with live music and dance performances, but also with visual and multimedia art. Our opening featured both local live art with Todd the Painter and the world premiere Cuban art exhibit, 'Shipwrecked of Reason.'"

This exhibit was curated by internationally renowned curator, Isabel Maria Perez Perez, who came in from Cuba for the event. The show features the top 20 Cuban Contemporary artists and will be on display until the end of July. Havana Nights featured two-time Grammy-award winner Marlow Rosado and brought the exhibit to life with Cuban dancers, big band, cigar rollers, antique cars, Cuban cuisine and coffee. "Our patrons were transported into Havana and enjoyed the best of Cuban culture throughout the night," said Ushe.

"This weekend would not have been possible without the tremendous support of so many amazing people including Melanie Riddick, who chaired the Preview Party; award winning playwright Michael McKeever, who helped produce our opening shows; Marlow Rosado who staged 'Havana Nights,' and to our many wonderful sponsors," said Ushe.

The opening presenting sponsors included Sabbia Beach, Pompano! Magazine, JetBlue, Lifestyle Magazine Group, NBC 6, OHL Building, Isle Casino and Bateman Gordon Sands.

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The City of Pompano Beach Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for The Pompano Beach Cultural Center and Library

POMPANO Beach, Fla. -- The City of Pompano Beach is delighted to announce that the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Pompano Beach Cultural Center ( and Library will take place on Thursday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. Following the ceremony, the venue will be open to the public to view the world premiere Cuban art exhibit, "Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art."

Guests will also enjoy live performances throughout the building. This celebration of music, dance and theatre has been conceived by the acclaimed director Michael McKeever and is entitled "Imagine: A Celebration of the Creative Mind." This presentation is proudly sponsored by OHL Building and presented by Bateman, Gordon & Sands.

Thanks to the determination and foresight of City and County visionaries, Pompano Beach will join the ranks of other great municipalities who have a state-of-the-art facility which serves as a beacon for culture and learning. The two-story structure, which spans 47,000 square feet, will encompass the Cultural Center (which includes an art gallery, a digital media arts center and a flexible space for performances/special events) and the new Broward County Library, opening this summer.

"My hope is that the Center fills a niche that no one else can offer; providing educational opportunities with the media center; providing opportunities for new and upcoming artists to display their talents; offering a venue for weddings, private corporate events; and showcasing our all-around and well-rounded City as one of the finest in America," said Mayor Lamar Fisher.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Latin American Art Pavilion, the Center garnered an art world coup by securing the world premiere exhibit "Shipwrecked of Reason: Half a Century in Cuban Art." On loan from the Cuban government, this exhibit features the top 20 Cuban contemporary artists and is curated by the internationally renowned, Isabel María Perez Perez, who is the Chief Curator Editora Ejecutiva del sello ArteCuban. She is regarded as the leading authority on contemporary Cuban art and is celebrated as one of the top curators worldwide.

Her expertise has resulted in a multitude of projects spanning the globe; from curating internationally acclaimed exhibits to presenting symposiums on the contemporary art movement in Cuba.

Perez Perez will be in south Florida for several days offering symposiums and attending the rest of the opening festivities. The Center's first fundraiser, The Preview Party, which is proudly sponsored by Sabbia Beach and presented by Pompano! Magazine, will take place on Friday, May 12, 2017. Havana Nights, which is proudly sponsored by JetBlue, will include a VIP reception for the renowned curator along with performances by two-time Grammy winner, Marlow Rosado.

The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is located at 50 W. Atlantic Boulevard, Pompano Beach. More information about upcoming programming is available at

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Pompano Beach Cultural Center Announces Resident Companies

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. -- The Pompano Beach Cultural Center today announced the names of the 11 regional non-profit organizations that will form the Center's resident companies. This Cultural Alliance is comprised of highly regarded performing arts organizations based in South Florida. Each will offer exciting individual performances, while also collaborating on special events and educational programming.

The highly anticipated debut of the Center is thanks to the dedication of Pompano Beach's visionary city leadership including Mayor Lamar Fisher, city commissioners and city staff. Season schedules, grand opening festivities and fundraising events will soon be announced on the website,

"We are thrilled that the opening of this stellar venue is almost at hand," said Mayor Fisher. "The Cultural Center, and the sensational organizations that will comprise the resident companies, exemplify the incredible commitment our city has made to the arts. We are delighted that so many outstanding companies will call our Center, their home."

The organizations that have been accepted as members of the Cultural Alliance, through the end of the 2018 season, include Arts Ballet Theatre, Brazilian Voices, Curtain Call Playhouse, Dance NOW! Miami, Florida Classical Ballet, Fushu Daiko, Outre Theatre Company, Rootz of Music, South Florida Chamber Ensemble, South Florida Jubilee Chorus and TheatreSouth.

"This is an outstanding amalgamation of talent," said Alyona Ushe, President/CEO of the Cultural Arts Creatives (The Creatives), the organization hired by the city to program and manage the Center. "Our vision for the Center is to feature the best of the best of South Florida talent, and we are thrilled by the dazzling and diverse array of performing arts groups that will form the foundation of our first season."

A panel of experts in various artistic disciplines selected the collective of 11 members. The Creatives will assist resident companies with marketing, development and the use of latest technology in the creation and presentation of the best regional work.

"Each organization on their own is a dynamic artistic force. Our goal is to give them a grand showcase to display their talents and to encourage them to collaborate and utilize each other's expertise," continued Ushe, who also is planning on commissioning a work that will feature all the Alliance members.

In addition to programming from Alliance members, Ushe has scheduled several signature series including Jazz and Blues programming which will also commence in May.


Arts Ballet Theatre: The company made its debut in New York at the New Dance Amsterdam Theater in 2012 and continuously tours internationally to Europe and South America. Under artistic director, Vladimir Issaev, Arts Ballet Theatre has become a force in the ballet community of South Florida.

Brazilian Voices: Brazilian Voices is a women's vocal ensemble that performs at cultural community and philanthropic events. Brazilian Voices aspires to incorporate the best of Brazilian culture throughout the world. The group evolved out of a vocal technique workshop organized by Beatriz Malnic and Loren Oliveira in 2001. Since then, these two devoted women, who volunteer their voices and time promoting and preserving the rich multicultural Brazilian heritage fostering multicultural exchange, music appreciation, and education.

Curtain Call Playhouse: Curtain Call Playhouse is proud to be the most active "touring" theater locally in South Florida for the past 20 years, working with over 3,500 artists, and more than 3,000 children in the arts. Appealing to both adult and family audiences, their mission is to bring the excitement of live theater to local communities with the goal of entertaining the seasoned theater-goer as well as inspiring a whole new generation of audiences.

Dance NOW! Miami: Julliard graduate, Hannah Baumgarten founded Dance NOW! Miami with Diego Salterini, and through Dance NOW! has toured the US from New York to Arizona, Central America and conducted residencies in and South America. Hannah directed the Magnet High School Dance Program at Dillard Center for the Arts in Fort Lauderdale for 10 years and currently serves as adjunct faculty at the Academy of Arts & Minds High School.

Florida Classical Ballet: The mission of the Florida Classical Ballet (FBC) is to promote and preserve the tradition of Classical Ballet by offering audiences a repertoire of exciting programming designed to enrich and inspire the community and its culture. FCB company is comprised of highly talented and disciplined local, national and international artists and focuses on excellence through the fusion of Cuban technique and American style.

Fushu Daiko: Since 1990, Fushu Daiko has been training in the art of Taiko, a musical art form that builds on a 2600+ year old tradition of Japanese drumming. Their music combines the traditional drums and rhythms of Japan with musical styles from around the world, such as jazz and R&B, to create an exciting, powerful cross-cultural experience that strives to cross boundaries and connect cultures.

Outre Theatre Company: Outre Theatre Company is a young, vibrant company that believes that theater is a living art form with the power to reimagine and reexamine ourselves and the world around us. They are a theater that nurtures the creative spirit of individuals and our community through original and established works, utilizing a variety of mediums to engage the souls and imaginations of the artists and the audience. They strive to create theatre which stimulates thought, provokes reflection, and encourages activism.

Rootz of Music: Rootz of Music, Inc. was founded in 2011 by Jazz guitarist, arranger, composer, and music educator Eugene Grey along with his wife Felicia K. Grey. Rootz of Music is committed to inspiring people and assisting in their growth and appreciation of music. One of the goals of the organization is to preserve the history of Jamaica's popular music through a series of presentations of its innovative program "American Roots of Jamaican Music: The Legacy."

South Florida Chamber Ensemble: The South Florida Chamber Ensemble (SFCE), was formed in 2011 as a combination of the Art Trio and the New York Wind Trio and is comprised of six musicians from the brass, woodwind, string and percussion families. The two ensembles, who shared some of the same members, decided to join forces in order to diversify and pool resources. Their members perform throughout South Florida in orchestras like the Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, South Florida Philharmonic and Boca Raton Philharmonia.

South Florida Jubilee Chorus: South Florida Jubilee is proud to be affiliated with Sweet Adelines International, a world-wide organization of women singers focused on advancing the art of barbershop singing -- four-part harmony through performance, competitions, and education. South Florida Jubilee singers enrich their lives through the enjoyment of singing a broad variety of songs from Broadway tunes, classical music, mainstream music, and gospel. These songs are arranged specifically for the rich barbershop harmonies that are identified with this art form.

TheatreSouth: Artist in Residence Group TheatreSouth one of South Florida's newest performing arts companies, is led by 42-year theater veteran, Founder/Artistic Director Herman LeVern Jones, MFA.

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