The creative arts scene is thriving in Pompano Beach, and it’s about to get even better!
The city is preparing to open its long-awaited cultural arts center, which includes a 5,000-square-foot space for live dance and theater performances; a 750-square-foot exhibition gallery; and a 2,500-square-foot digital media center, in addition to a two-story library. The venue will also be able to accommodate banquets, weddings, and business conferences.
“It means everything to the entire city because it completes part of our vision that we had to provide cultural arts to our residents,” Pompano Mayor Lamar Fisher told the Sun Sentinel when construction began in 2014.
If you’re interested in the arts, then the new Cultural Arts Center will also mean a great deal to you when you’re living at the luxurious Sabbia Beach condominiums. The art gallery will feature internationally recognized visual artists alongside emerging South Florida artists, and a variety of musical performances and related visual arts.
The Pompano Beach Cultural Center is programmed and managed by the Cultural Arts Creatives, a non-profit cultural organization focused on the exploding arts landscape of Pompano Beach. In addition to the Cultural Center, the group, also known as The Creatives, programs and promotes a host of arts and cultural happenings in various venues around the city.
For example, here is a schedule of events The Creatives are featuring in the coming weeks at Magnetic Pompano, 2201 N. Federal Highway, Suite C104, in Pompano Beach:
Feb. 17, 7-10 pm — Inspirational Gospel Lounge
Jan. 16 – Feb 17 — #TheEclectics Art Exhibition
Jan. 27, 7-9 pm — ArtPop! Artists’ Reception for #TheEclectics
Feb. 25, 3 pm — Samba Carousel
Feb. 27 – March 26 — #Fabrica Art Exhibition
March 24 — ArtPop! Artists’ Reception for #Fabrica
March 30 – April 30 — Cor-ner-stone Series Art Exhibit
April 28, 7-9 pm — ArtPop Artists’ Reception for Cor-ner-stone series
May 8 – June 4 — Encyclopedia Art Exhibition
May 26, 7-9 pm — Encyclopedia Artists’ Reception
June 9 – July 9 — Cor-ner-stone Series United & Proud Art Exhibition
June 23, 7-9 pm — United & Proud Artists’ Reception
July 17 – Aug. 13 — Void Art Exhibition
July 28, 8-10 pm — Void Artists’ Reception
Aug. 18 – Sept. 10 — Cor-ner-stone Series Visual Art Group Art Exhibition
Aug. 18, 7-9 pm — Visual Art Group Artists’ Reception
Sept. 18, Oct. 13 — Kulture Installation Exhibition
Sept. 22, 7-9 pm — Kulture Artists’ Reception
Oct. 20 – Nov. 26 — Minimalism Art Exhibition
Oct. 27, 7-9 pm — Minimalism Artists’ Reception and Living Sculpture Display
(Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.)
In addition, the following internationally known artists are slated for the Pompano Beach Amphitheater (The Amp), another venue managed by The Creatives:
Willie Nelson & Family, with special guest Dwight Yoakim, Saturday, March 4
Billy Ocean, with special guest Taylor Dayne, Friday, March 17
Charlie Daniels Band, with the Marshall Tucker Band & De Rose, Saturday, March 18
Love the ‘90s Tour, featuring Vanilla Ice, Sunday, March 26
Buddy Guy, with very special guest The Rides (no date given)
Finally, the Outré Theatre Company, which will be the resident theater company of the Cultural Center, is offering the following two presentations this month:
R&J The Tempest Too, a creative blending of Afro-Cuban dance, Shakespeare, ballet and spoken word poetry, will take place February 17 at the NSU Art Museum at 1 E Las Olas Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale; February 18 at the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse at 404 NW 26th Street in Wynwood; and February 19 at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at 111 Southwest 5th Avenue, also in Miami.
Drunk Shakespeare, Part Deux, February 25 at 8 p.m. at The Irishmen Bar, 1745 NW Boca Raton Boulevard. Six actors. Thirty-six shots of alcohol. One dead Elizabethan playwright. Don’t miss it! Tickets are $10, $5 for students. You’ll also have the opportunity to buy more shots for the actors and tickets to Outré’s upcoming sixth season at the new Cultural Center.