ABOUT THE CENTER
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibitions, live stage performances, and award-winning education programs in the visual and performing arts at three unique facilities in downtown Hollywood. The Center’s mission is to cultivate creativity and the support of the arts in our community through education, innovation and collaboration.
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood was founded in 1975 as the only visual arts non-profit organization in south Broward County, operating out of a small community space on Hollywood beach. The Center now manages visual arts galleries in the renovated Kagey Home built in 1924, an Arts School that is adjacent to the main facility, and a 500-seat theater in Hollywood’s burgeoning downtown. The Center is the third oldest arts non-profit in Broward County and is one of just nine cultural organizations – out of more than 350 such entities in Broward – to be designated a Major Cultural Institution by the Broward County Commission.
The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood cultivates creativity and the support of the arts in our community through education, innovation, and collaboration.
The Center is a regional leader among South Florida arts institutions in presenting originally curated visual-arts exhibitions by national and local artists, and standards-based, multi-disciplinary arts education programs for youth. The Center impacts nearly 50,000 people each year through its programs and venues. The Kagey Home is a cultural landmark for its contemporary exhibitions (New Art), and for the Mediterranean Revival architecture of its circa-1924 building (Old Building). Contemporary artists exhibit in four ground-floor gallery spaces while the upstairs Community Gallery presents exhibitions by K-12 students who study under some of the most dedicated arts teachers in the region.
Arts instruction for youth links all curricula to other core subjects, such as math, science, literacy, and cultural studies. This shows students, from pre-K to high school, how the visual and performing arts may inform all facets of learning. Programs include Summer Arts Camp, the leadership development program Arts Aspire, Free Arts! Family Days, the Distance Learning Arts Studio, Stage Kids – Encore, ARTastic Collaborations, and Early Voices. In 2016, the Center received an ArtsEd Forever! award from the Broward Cultural Division for Exceptional Service & Outstanding Contributions to Arts Education in Broward County.
In March 2019, the Center was designated for $2.5 million in funds from the City of Hollywood towards its Arts Ignite! building initiative, as part of a General Obligation Bond referendum that was approved by Hollywood voters. These funds will be allocated toward the expansion of Center facilities over two phases, with construction scheduled to begin in 2021 on a new Arts Education building that will adjoin the Kagey Home.
Through its programs and facilities, the Center fosters a creative environment where new and challenging work can flourish through exhibitions and art-making activities that reflect the highest standards of artistry and diversity.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
John Mabry, Chair
Oscar Llorente, Vice Chair
Ben Wesley, Secretary/Chair-Elect
Tim Curtin, Treasurer
Kevin Markow, ESQ, Legal Counsel
Randy Gilbert, At Large
Misty Weinger, CPA, CFF, CVA,
Immediate Past Chair
Patricia Schnall Gutierrez
Hon. Jordan Leonard
Henny Shomar, ESQ
Steven R. Becker, Esq.
Hon. Joseph S. Geller, Esq.
Francie Bishop Good
Hon. Sue Gunzburger
Wilma Siegel, MD
Hon. Eleanor Sobel
Joy A. Satterlee, APR