Creativity abounds at the Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts in Fort Lauderdale. Recently, several residents with unique projects won grants to further their work. The Creative Investment Program (CIP) Grant benefits those whose ventures reach out into the community. It is administered through the Broward County Cultural Division.
"The CIP Grant is unique in that it provides the funding for artists to share their work with the public," said Earl Bosworth, director of the cultural division. While it's investing in individual careers, the agency is building an arts and cultural scene in the local area, he added. Sailboat Bend Artist Lofts resident David Muir received his third CIP Grant. The photographer and author of "Pieces of Jamaica," a coffee-table book, encouraged his neighbors to apply.
First-time loft recipients include Joshua Tiktin, Jeremiah Jenner, and Niki Lopez and Ghenete "G" Wright Muir. Many of the artist's work can be seen in the loft's 1310 Gallery, located in the live, workspace building at 1310 SW Second Court in Fort Lauderdale. The gallery and boutique is open on the third Saturday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. "Each month a different resident curates," said grantee Joshua Tiktin, known for creating the Sailboat Bend Art Festivals.
Other grantees' work includes Jeremiah Jenner. He conducts fine art photography workshops to guide students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.