The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood has been selected by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a $10,000 project grant to support the family-friendly exhibition Time to Play. The exhibition opens June 6 and will run through August 16, 2020. These funds were awarded through the Challenge America: Arts Engagement in American Communities grant program. Challenge America grants support arts projects in all artistic disciplines that engage the public with diverse and excellent art in geographic areas underrepresented in the NEA grant-making portfolio.
Time to Play is a comprised of works by local and international artists that incorporate both visual objects and immersive art to encourage forms of play through education and creativity. From Modernist kinder play to current methods of virtual gaming, visitors are welcome to observe and relate to contemporary art through a dynamic lens.
“The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is thrilled to be awarded a Challenge America grant by the NEA for Time to Play,” said Executive Director Joy Satterlee. “We look forward to reopening our galleries in the coming weeks and engaging audiences once again with high-quality visual-arts experiences. We’re grateful to the NEA for providing much-needed funding that recognizes and supports our innovative gallery programming.”
Beginning in the main gallery, visitors will encounter a conceptual playground with Froebel block-inspired paintings by Zsofia Schweger; brightly colored large-scale constructions by Chris Bogia; abstract tennis works on paper by Maria Molteni; handcrafted basketball hoops by The New Craft Artists in Action (NCAA); and a newly commissioned LEGO© brick basketball sculpture by Nathan Sawaya. The exhibition continues with an immersive site-specific installation by Jen Clay; gaming video and paintings by Leo Castañeda; and hybrid video-art games by Samuel Lopez De Victoria.
This is the third NEA grant awarded to the Center, following an Arts Work grant for the 2015 exhibition Wayne White: Art is Supposed to Hypnotize You or Something, and a 2007 Challenge America grant for OceanDance, the Center’s contemporary dance performance presented annually on Hollywood beach from 1999-2009.
Art and Culture Center galleries are open Tuesdays through Fridays from 10 am to 5 pm, and Saturdays and Sundays from Noon to 4 pm. Admission to the Center is $7 for adults, $4 for seniors and students and Free for members. The exhibition will follow the CDC Safety Protocols with consideration to COVID-19.
Time To Play is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; a Cultural Tourism Program grant from the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau; Citizen Interested in Arts: the Hollywood Community Redevelopment Agency; and Visit Florida.