ArtServe hosts a screening of an LGBTQ film “Open Dialogues” on National Coming Out Day, October 11


Jason Hughes, Executive Director of ArtServe

Fort Lauderdale ArtServe in Broward County, Florida

Broward County, Florida ArtServe

A round table follows the screening

This film will touch something deep in your soul. It is poignant and very real. In the midst of thoughts expressed by everyone, I think you will find that what has the most impact is often what is not said.

– ArtServe Executive Director Jason Hughes

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLORIDA, USA, September 29, 2021 / – To commemorate the 33rd annual National Coming Out Day, Monday, October 11, ArtServe will host a film screening and panel discussion for the award-winning documentary “Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community,” produced by the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood. Open Dialogues is presented by ArtServe in partnership with Art and Culture Center / Hollywood, ArtsUnited, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, and World AIDS Museum and Education Center.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a public screening of the film at 6.30 p.m. and an interactive round table at 7 p.m. Free entry. To register for the event, visit ArtServe is located at 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

“It’s a film that will touch something deep in your soul. It’s poignant and very real,” said Jason Hughes, Executive Director of ArtServe, who will be moderating the panel. “Amidst everyone’s thoughts being expressed in the documentary, I think you will find that what has the most impact is often what is not said.

Open Dialogues: Stories from the LGBTQ Community“was produced by the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood and directed by award-winning Miami-based filmmaker Freddy Rodriguez. Community leaders interviewed in the film, Julie Marie Wade, Dan Bassett, Christine Walters, Omar Morales, Gary Keating, Franchesca D “Amore and Michael Goodman, reveal in detail how the LGBTQ community is often marginalized within families, schools, churches and public spaces, and how they have learned to empower themselves in these spaces. “Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community” was an official selection at the OUTshine LGBTQ + Film Festival and the 35th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, where it received the award for Best Broward Documentary.

The panel discussion will feature Nicole Stodard, artistic director / producer / president of Thinking Cap Theater and an award-winning theater artist, educator and scholar who is also the founding executive director of The Vanguard, a renovated 1939 Fort Lauderdale-based church that now serves as a modern sanctuary for the arts; Terry Dyer, Director of Business Development, Executive and Executive, SunServe, who was named by POZ Health Magazine as “African American Person of the Month” for his work to stem the spread of AIDS and best-selling author of Letters to a GAY BLACK BOY, a memoir sparking conversations about racism, inequality, homophobia and more; and Dr. Gary Keating, who features in the movie and founder of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Chorus. Her work led to the founding of 16 choirs across Florida that have served gay men, lesbian women and their allies.

Support for Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was provided by the following Community Foundation of Broward funds: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Fund for the Arts, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

ArtServe’s latest exhibition, “Stories From Within,” serves as the backdrop for this screening and inspiring panel discussion, made possible through a grant from Our Fund, an LGBTQ community foundation. The exhibition explores the LGBTQIA + culture, history and experience in South Florida and beyond through the presentation of multidisciplinary works inspired by LGBTQIA + social movements, its resilience, its sense of community and its expressions. artistic. The exhibition was curated by Sophie Bonet of ArtServe in collaboration with ArtsUnited, an LGBTQIA + arts organization. It includes exhibits from the Stonewall National Museum & Archives, as well as the World AIDS Museum. The exhibition runs until Saturday 23 October.

Admission to “Stories From Within” is also free. ArtServe is open to patrons from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

About ArtServe

Named “2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews to charities and nonprofits, Fort Lauderdale-based ArtServe is an award-winning arts incubator that advances the arts for social good as a creative laboratory and hub for experimental artists committed to diversity, equity and inclusion. Now in its 33rd year, ArtServe has won several awards for innovation in the arts and is supported in part by the Broward County Council of Commissioners, as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Florida Department of State and Division of Cultural Affairs. Each year, ArtServe programs make a tangible contribution to the region’s economy , helping over 2,000 artists sell their work, start businesses and engage the community. ArtServe does this by securing financial support through donations, creases and adhesions. Become a member of ArtServe as an artist or community member on or become a founding member of Friends of ArtServe on Inquiries and questions regarding the installation or the ArtServe programs can be emailed to [email protected]

Arts and Culture Center / Hollywood

The Art and Culture Center / Hollywood presents contemporary gallery exhibits, stage performances, and award-winning visual and performing arts education programs at three unique facilities in downtown Hollywood. The Centre’s mission is to cultivate creativity and support for the arts in our community through education, innovation and collaboration. , multidisciplinary arts education programs for young people. The Center reaches approximately 40,000 people each year through its programs and facilities. Contemporary artists exhibit in four gallery spaces on the ground floor while the upstairs community gallery features exhibits from K-12 students studying with some of the most dedicated art teachers in the region. Each year, more than 125 artists representing a wide range of artistic backgrounds and media exhibit in our galleries. Through its programs and facilities, the Center fosters a creative environment where new and stimulating work can flourish through exhibitions and artistic activities that reflect the highest standards of art and diversity.

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