Mar 2, 2017

Grants help local artists explore new projects


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.

During the event many artists open their apartments to offer the public a peek inside a working studio. "People really like to go into all the studios and see how people do their thing," Tiktin said. Additionally, Tiktin puts on Studio 106, known as "the art in party," he said. It runs with the 1310 Gallery from 8 p.m. to 12 a.m. Tiktin's newest project is a pop-up market during the Sunday Jazz Brunch on the Riverwalk at the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, 219 SW Second Ave.

Other grantees' work includes Jeremiah Jenner. He conducts fine art photography workshops to guide students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

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