Since its opening in February of 1991, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts has made an indelible mark on the cultural scene of South Florida. Along the way it has worked its way into the hearts and lives of many South Florida residents. For some the memory is the experience of an unforgettable theatrical performance, for others it may be walking across the Broward Center's Au-Rene stage to pick up a high school diploma, a school trip to experience theater for the first time, or the place where a couple became engaged.
The Broward Center is inviting patrons to share their favorite memories in the "Best Broward Center Memory" contest by submitting a brief story along with a photograph (if available). Ten lucky winners will be chosen to enjoy a night for two at the theater during the exciting 2010-2011 season. Each winner will receive two tickets to a Broward Center performance, complimentary valet parking and access to the Mercedes-Benz of Fort Lauderdale Intermezzo Lounge for that evening to enjoy complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres. Winning entries and stories will be featured in upcoming 20th anniversary-themed publications, and on the Broward Center for the Performing Arts website.
Entries for the contest can be submitted online at www.BrowardCenter.org or by mail and must be received by August 31, 2010. A panel of judges will select the winning entries and winners will be notified by mid-September. Contest rules are available on the Broward Center website.
The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts houses the Au-Rene Theater, the Amaturo Theatre, and the Abdo New River Room, and has affiliated venues at the Parker Playhouse, the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center, the Miramar Cultural Center and the newly opened Aventura Arts & Cultural Center. Helping their patrons make memories are some Broward Center presenters who have been with them since the start:
Florida Grand Opera:
Gold Coast Jazz Society:
Miami City Ballet:
Symphony of the Americas:
The newly opened Aventura Arts & Cultural Center, which is a Broward Center affiliated venue, hopes to provide yet another place for South Floridians to make memories. The 324-seat waterfront performing arts facility is located at 3385 N.E. 188th St. in Aventura, Florida. On October 17, 2010 their will be a free "Curtain Up" event, open to the public, offering a behind-the scenes view of the center. For more information on the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center you may contact them by phone at 954-462-0222, or online at www.AventuraCenter.org. Their inaugural season will be:
Double Chai Theatrical Series:
Melodies And Memories Series
Smart Stage Matinee Series
On Sale Now!
On Sale August 6th
"Magic takes place every day on the other side of the footlights where the Broward Center truly plays an important role in many people's lives," said Kelley Shanley, President and CEO of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. "More than 700,000 patrons attend Broward Center events each year, and more than 150,000 students attend our educational performances annually. We often hear stories of how people are deeply connected with the Broward Center through their own personal experiences. This contest is our way of capturing some of the special moments that have enriched the lives of many in our community over the past 20 years – and learning about what makes the Broward Center memorable to them, inspiring us as we plan for the future."
Presentations at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Support is also contributed by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Performing Arts Center Authority, Museum of Art | Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera., Fort Lauderdale Historical Society and The Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention Visitors Bureau. For any of the offerings of the Broward Center for the Performing Arts you may contact them by phone at 954-462-0222 or online at www.browardcenter.org.
*An Evening with Patti LuPone is available exclusively at the box office to Aventura residents with proof of residency, before going on sale to the general public on August 1.