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How the Arts Unlock Our Potential

Darius Daughtry is an educator, playwright and poet who uses the power of the written and spoken word to inspire young lives and build stronger communities in Broward. His TEDx Talk is pure poetry, illustrating the power of the spoken and written word to guide people through life’s difficulties – and advocating for equitable access to arts programming and education. Darius is also the Founder and Executive Artistic Director of the Art Prevails Project, a performing and literary arts organization whose mission is to cultivate community by creating equitable access to arts programming and education. Please enjoy this excerpt taken from Darius's TEDx Talk in Hollywood, Florida on how the arts can unlock hidden potential for students and youth. 

Darius is FAB's featured Master of Ceremonies for the 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Purchase your tickets to attend today.

This event is open to the public. PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

board member spotlight

FAB is pleased to spotlight a FAB Founding Member, Mary Riedel!

Mary Riedel joined the Board of FAB this spring as a “second tour of duty”, now serving as Program Chair for the 2023-2024 year after serving on the initial Board and the Grants Committee of FAB in the formative years. 

In addition to her 20-year membership in FAB, Mary is well known for her community work on both the corporate side, as Community Affairs Manager for the South Florida Sun Sentinel for many years, and then on the nonprofit side, as President & CEO of Women In Distress from 2008 until her retirement in 2021. 


Throughout her career, she served in volunteer leadership roles on several community boards. According to Mary, interest in arts and culture always has had a special ability to reach and empower our diverse and dynamic community.


Working with other Board members and supporters, Mary also is Chair of the new FAB Campaign Cabinet for a fundraising and strategic campaign called “be the Spark!". FAB is launching this initiative to secure and grow support for the arts and arts education in new ways. You will be hearing much more about this exciting campaign at FAB’s 20th Anniversary Celebration on October 18th at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

events announcements

Join us as we honor FAB's founding members, reflect on 20 years of giving, enjoy local arts talent, and look forward to the future of FAB! 



List of FAB Founding Members  

FAB members and members of your family are invited to submit five pieces to display at FAB members exhibit event, "Art Share". 

Art Share will be held on November 17, 2022 from 6p-8p at Jeannie Lalli’s eclectic gallery, Blanco y Blanco. Invites for this event will follow on October 17, 2022. 

To participate and exhibit your work complete the application below and return fundingartsbroward@gmail.com.

In the Subject Line Add- 

Art Share Artist

Download Registration Form 


FAB members have all been mailed the FAB Fun Events Bookmark for the 2022-2023 season.

If you have not received it a copy is available for download below. 

Download FAB Fun Events Calendar 2022-2023

volunteer with FAB!

Why volunteer with FAB?

So many reasons, we can’t possibly list them all, but we’ll try for some - spread joy, give back, offer hope, express yourself, change a life, make someone smile, broaden your horizons, foster well-being, and ensure viability. FAB is now welcoming volunteers for its Grants, Program, Membership, and Communications committees.

Contact Kat Sierra, fundingartsbroward@gmail.com.

Become a Volunteer 


As a FAB member you can be a decision maker. You can have a hands-on experience evaluating requests for funds from local arts organizations. It’s the perfect way to learn about many of the organizations and their programs—some of which you may not have known before. Each year about 60 of our members participate in this process. We do provide training. So in addition to the other benefits of being a FAB member, you can be a key in recommending the distribution of funds to the many worthwhile organizations that apply.

Want to know more? Contact Grants Committee Co-Chairs, Mike Hartstein or Eleanore Levy at fabgrants@gmail.com.

fab funded grantee experiences

Play the Promo Above

The Fort Lauderdale Children's Ballet Theatre presents:

"Sleeping Beauty"

November 19 and 20

at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Tickets for Sleeping Beauty are on sale now! 


Watch a live performance by FLBCT dancers at the Broward Center for FAB's 20th Anniversary Celebration. 

All are welcome 

Join This Community Event:

Stencil Creation

Saturday, October 8 from 1:00 PM-3:00 PM.

Island City Cultural Center 600 NE 21st CT Wilton Manors


Residents, volunteers, artists, school children, families, and members of our organization are invited to a Community Workshop with Artist and WiltonArt® Board Member, Lori Pratico, to engage in the hands-on creation of stencils for letitrain.2022.

membership news 

Welcome New FAB Members!

FAB's Friendraiser on September 20th at the home of FAB Founding Member, Jessica Olefson was a success! We would like to welcome new members, 

Elena Herskowitz, Karen Novick, and Drew Tabatchnick to FAB! 

A special thanks to our hosts for the evening, Fred & Jessica Olefson, the live entertainment brought to you by The Old Dillard Foundation, and to the Membership Committee for all their hard work and dedication to FAB. 

Pictured left: Jessica Olefson with Elissa Mogilefsky

Thank you to our Corporate Partners for their continued support.

board members

Ed Hashek, President

Cindy Eden, Vice President

Jennifer O'Flannery-Anderson, Secretary

Craig Wilson, Treasurer

Mona Bentz

Nancy Bryant

Angel Burgos

Deborah Floyd

Mike Hartstein

Lisa Kasten

Christy Lambertus

Eleanore Levy

Joshua Lida 

Elissa Mogilefsky

Mary Riedel

Sandra Stella

Francie Bishop Good, Founding Chair
Elaine Blattner, Past President
Connie Folz, Past President
Erica Hartman-Horvitz, Past President
Carolyn Lee, Past President
Jayne Mills, Past President
Drazia Simon, Past President
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