From world-class art exhibits to a thriving underground arts scene, Greater Fort Lauderdale invites travelers to experience the heART of Greater Fort Lauderdale with an exciting array of exhibitions and programs that bring the finest art, culture and design to the destination.
Home to world-class museums, dozens of art galleries and an exciting and edgy arts district promoting emerging contemporary artists, Greater Fort Lauderdale has become the destination for the discovery and presentation of art in all of its forms. The heART of Greater Fort Lauderdale is on full display with a variety of dynamic cultural programs designed to delight and engage art lovers and connoisseurs alike.
Travelers can visit the landmark exhibition of seminal photographs by Chuck Close, on view at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale through October 2. Chuck Close Photographs is the first comprehensive survey of 91 of Chuck Close’s iconic photographic works spanning 50 years. These include early black-and-white maquettes, monumental Polaroids and intimately-scaled daguerreotypes.
Greater Fort Lauderdale has become a haven for South Florida’s artist population with small studios and larger galleries opening in FATVillage (the Flagler Arts & Technology Village), which forms the basis of a four-block creative district north of downtown Fort Lauderdale. FATVillage is home to a number of emerging and inspired musicians, painters, sculptors, photographers, videographers, designers connecting through their art and sharing it with the community. On the last Saturday of each month, FATVillage hosts an ARTWALK complete with art showcases, food and music.
“Whether you’re visiting the latest exhibitions at our museums or checking out one of our many art walks, Greater Fort Lauderdale’s love of the arts is evident throughout the community that supports and engages it,” says Stacy Ritter, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Greater Fort Lauderdale has earned a remarkable reputation for our commitment to cultural excellence and for providing venues and outlets for artists to create and to display art across multiple platforms.”
Greater Fort Lauderdale is also home to the Girls’ Club Foundation, the only private collection in the world dedicated to exhibiting contemporary art by women. Visit Artserve, South Florida’s premier arts incubator since 1989 and host to 14 major exhibits annually in its JM Family Enterprises Gallery. On June 28, ArtServe will launch Open Mic Tuesdays, an open arts platform showcasing local talents to the community, which occurs every 4th Tuesday of the month. The Young at Art Museum in Davie, a 55,000-square-foot Gold LEED certified art center is home to four permanent themed galleries featuring interactive exhibits. Bring the family to ArtsPark at Young Circle, a 10-acre family friendly park offering musical performances, visual art displays, cooling fountains and glass blowing demonstrations and The Hollywood Arts & Culture Center and the Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park feature gallery exhibitions, live performances and arts education programs.
For an even more intimate look at Greater Fort Lauderdale’s arts scene while enjoying a dynamic nighttime vibe, the heART of Greater Fort Lauderdale also offers a year-long series of Art Walks that offer an up-close-and-personal glimpse at artists at work. These include:
Downtown Hollywood, Florida – from 7-10pm on the third Saturday of each month;
Island City in Wilton Manors – from 7-10pm on the third Friday of each month; and,
NOBE Art Walk – from 7-10pm on the first Saturday of each month.
East Village Uncorked, Pompano Beach – from 6-9pm on the first Friday of each month