Broward County Sports No. 1 Ranking 'State of the Arts' Specialty License Plate

For more than a decade, Broward County has ranked # 1 in the State of Florida, in sales of the Arts License Plate. This revenue-building 'State of the Arts' License Plate Program has delivered more than $1.3 million in revenue to the County. The arts tag fund has been a valuable resource used, among other things, to help plan and develop Florida's first affordable live/work housing projects for artists, Sailboat Bend Artists' Lofts, and is earmarked for a second live/work space in Broward County.

The Florida Arts License Plate Program was created by the Legislature in 1994. Funds collected through the sale of these specialty plates are distributed to the counties where the plates are sold and are used to support arts organizations, programs, and activities within that county. Artist Stephen Kline, whose exhibitions are displayed worldwide, designed the multi-color Florida 'State of the Arts' tag.

The first-time fee for the plate is $32 over the usual cost at vehicle registration renewal time; and for every State of the Arts License Plate in Broward County purchased, $20 is returned to Broward County's local arts agency, the Broward Cultural Division. More than1.2 million cars are registered in Broward County, and of those, more than 14,500 carry an arts license plate. Are you driving for the arts?

New plates may be obtained in person, through the Department of Motor Vehicles Tag offices, or by requesting them during your registration by mail. Individuals who lease vehicles may ask their dealer for the plate.

Broward Cultural Division's portfolio of services includes: county-wide public information; community cultural planning; financial and marketing incentives; capacity-building technical assistance for artists and cultural organizations; artist fellowships; pre-development and investment in cultural facilities (ArtServe's arts incubator, ArtsParks and Artist Lofts); arts education; urban design and county facility enhancement through the Public Art & Design Program.

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