Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium Held in Broward County Today

Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium Held in Broward County Today

Today, members of a select panel spoke at the Museum of Art / Fort Lauderdale, NSU, Horwitz Auditorium, in Fort Lauderdale. A crowd of more than 100 attendees showed up from Broward's Latin American and Caribbean community, to hear the panelist speak on the impact of creativity in their respective regions.

A Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium, The Future of the Latin American, Caribbean & South Florida Economies encouraged debate about creative economies while citing Latin America examples particularly. The Caribbean contingent felt the need for more Caribbean-based dialogue within the Broward Community; making this a goal for the near future.

Panelist Andrew Taylor made note that it is important as artists that we don't seek always what can be given to us, as a starting point to building; but instead we must solidify and share what we as artists have to offer. This he felt was a critical difference in those who may succeed in any endeavor, artistic or otherwise.

On the contribution of creativity as a key element of economic and social development, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published: "The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity" (downloadable in English and Spanish) co-authored by Felipe Buitrago and Iván Duque Márquez.

Buitrago with IDB's Culture, Creativity and Solidarity Affairs Division, along with a panel comprised of members from American University's Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) and Broward County business leaders, met later on in the day, to discuss the importance of this report's new data and its impact on this international region's economy, and more importantly, the impact and the relationship to the economy of South Florida.

The Panel Members were:

  • Robert Albro - Associate Research Professor at the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies (American University)
  • Felipe Buitrago Restrepo - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) Cultural Center, Cultural and Creative Economy Lab
  • Eric Hershberg - Director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies and Professor of Government (American University)
  • Andrew Taylor - Assistant Professor in the Arts Management Program (American University)
  • Ximena Varela - Associate Professor in the Department of Performing Arts (American University)
  • George Yúdice - Miami Observatory on Communication and Creative Industries (University of Miami)

Pictured: A. Casal; A. Taylor; X.Varela; R. Albro; E. Bosworth; E. Hershberg; Commissioner D. Holness; F. Buitrago & G. Yudice. Photo by A. Royston.