Recognizing the significance of the arts in our community, the Broward County Cultural Division is looking toward the future, by encouraging debate about the impact of “Creative Economies”.

Yesterday an audience of over one hundred, attended “A Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium”.  The day began with a panel discussion on the impact of the creative community, on the economic health, of local, regional, national and international economies.  

With a focus on Latin America, the Caribbean and South Florida economies the symposium was triggered by the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) publication: “The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity (downloadable in English and Spanish) co-authored by Felipe Buitrago and Iván Duque Márquez. 

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The panel was comprised of members from American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), The Orange Economy co-author Felipe Buitrago and UM professor George Yudice.

Notably absent was a voice for the Caribbean community.  This was pointed out at the end of the presentations when members of the audience were given the opportunity to speak.  The Caribbean presence was well represented in the auditorium and enthusiastic about joining the conversation.

Later in the day panel members and Broward Business leaders met to discuss the importance of this report and it’s impact and relationship to the South Florida economy.

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)

For more information about this symposium contact contact Jim Shermer at 954-357- 7502.