Bonnet House: A Hidden Gem of Art, History, and Nature Close to Home

Next time you’re searching for an activity for the whole family, visit Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, an enchanting 35-acre subtropical estate and historic house museum. Bonnet House is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that exudes an irresistible charm, offering a blend of art, history, and nature. The best part is that it is just a stone’s […]

Local Studio Captures Memories for Life

Fort Lauderdale has many spots by the beach to witness spectacular sunrises. The sky above the calm and serene ocean bursting into vibrant colors at sunrise, is a delight to watch for visitors. For artists, it is their muse. And one such artist is Steven Teed who began his photography journey as a kid taking […]

South Florida Symphony Orchestra Reinvigorates Love for Classical Music

There’s a universality to music that transcends barriers like language and culture to touch and move us all. In a time of great division and tension across the country, that type of unifying love for music is invaluable. Maestra Sebrina Alfonso understands the moving power of music. Her entire life has been shaped by it […]

Local Non-Profit, Multi-Award Winning Theater Inspires Others by Highlighting LGBTQ+ Issues

Island City Stage, the recipient of numerous Carbonell and Silver Palm Awards, including two Carbonell Awards (the South Florida Tonys) for Best Production of a Play, is a professional regional theatre located in Wilton Manors. They are committed to sharing engaging and inspiring stories of universal interest that appeal to diverse audiences while often exploring […]

Local Artist Claudia Aguilera brings Color and Inclusion to Oakland Park

Artist Claudia Aguilera was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, and moved to the United States at 19. Now 39 and living in Fort Lauderdale, her journey with art started when she was much younger. Aguilera’s grandmother was a drawing teacher. She always asked for her grandmother’s critique and, under her watchful eye, deepened her composition and […]

Oakland Park Elementary Painted Rock Entryway Project Helps Beautify School

Elementary school is a time many of us look back on fondly. Memories of early childhood friendships, field trips, and the excitement of learning new things for the first time remain with us for a lifetime and help to inform our overall educational experience. That was certainly true for Coby King, a former student of […]

Chuck Prescott: Making Shortcuts

Once upon a time a young man named Chuck Prescott, a native of South Portland Maine packed his bag and hitched his way to New York at nineteen years old with fifty dollars in his pocket in search of the ‘American Dream’. Growing up in a small town represented some challenges for Chuck given his […]

Justin Flippen Manatee Contest Honors Late Wilton Manors Mayor

On February 25, 2020, Wilton Manors and surrounding communities experienced a devastating loss as Wilton Manors Mayor Justin Flippen passed away. Justin was passionate about education, creativity, and supporting children. In 2019, Justin Flippen had the idea and worked with artist, Claudia Castillo, and real estate agent, Ron Falk to host a manatee contest in […]

Little Free Library Competition: Making Sure Every Child Reads

According to the Department of Education, more than 46% of students entering fourth grade in Florida are not reading proficiently and just 53% of Florida third graders passed the state’s reading test in 2022. This winter, the South Florida Lending Hands and ART13 are honored to be collaborating with Action for Literacy and the City […]

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