CAAP Presents Final Professional Development Workshop FORWARD TOGETHER: DIVERSE DIALOGUES IN THE ARTS Today

CAAP Presents Final Professional Development Workshop FORWARD TOGETHER: DIVERSE DIALOGUES IN THE ARTS Today

Broward Cultural Division invites artists, the creative community and cultural workers to learn techniques in diverse dialogues in Forward Together: Diverse Dialogues in the Arts today, July 19, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at Bahntaba, a community space, at 918-920 NW 6th St., in Fort Lauderdale. This will be the final workshop in the very successful and well-received Creative Artist Advancement Program (CAAP).

Presented by John Sarrouf, director of Program Development and Strategic Partnerships, Public Conversations Project, this workshop will guide participants through audience development and productive collaborations, all which are critical to cultivating a demand for the arts across multiple sectors. Sarrouf believes that "advancing arts and culture requires mutual understanding, dilution of stereotyping and improvements in conflicts that involve identities, core values and worldviews."

Forward Together: Diverse Dialogues in the Arts seeks to empower artists, arts and cultural organizations, creative entrepreneurs and arts administrators with the ability to have difficult conversations regarding issues of equity, access and inclusion, and to learn techniques for increasing curiosity, inquiry, listening skills and managing conflict.

John Sarrouf was first exposed to the work of the Public Conversations Project while studying in the masters' program in dispute resolution at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Since then he has facilitated dialogues on issues such as sustainability, gender, Israel-Palestine, religious pluralism and technology and sexuality. He served as the Assistant Director of Difficult Dialogues at Clark University, where he taught dialogue to faculty and students. Sarrouf teaches in the departments of Communication and Peace and Conflict Studies at Gordon College. His private consulting work has focused on mediation and transforming conflict in small work groups and non-profit boards. To all of his work he brings a background of 15 years in the theater as an actor, director and administrator.

There is no fee for the workshop; please RSVP online; and bring a bag lunch. For more information, contact Grace Kewl-Durfey at 954-357-7869; or visit the Broward Cultural Division website.

About the Broward Cultural Division: Broward Cultural Division is a local arts agency, one of thousands across the U.S. providing financial, technical and marketing assistance to artists and arts organizations. Broward County has more than 1.8 million residents, 13.4 million visitors, 10,000 artists, 6,523 arts-related businesses employing 23,497 people, 575 not-for-profit cultural organizations and 31 cities, some of which operate their own arts councils and public art programs. For more information about the Broward Cultural Division, call 954-357-7457.

About the Public Conversations Project: Since 1989, PCP has worked in the U.S. and around the world facilitating dialogues on a wide range of contentious issues. PCP's work is grounded in the belief that better communication and relationships are critical to long-lasting amelioration of conflicts that involve identities, core values, and worldviews. PCP has adopted ideas and practices from family therapy and other disciplines to enhance communication and reduce destructive conflict. In a world bristling with tension, controversy, polarization, and war, PCP aims to reduce rancor in public squares and promote effective communication within organizations and communities. It also provides workshops and customized trainings that teach people how to use its dialogue methods.

This Project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment of the Arts.