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Bass Museum of Art

The purpose of the Bass Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, exhibit, and interpret the visual arts for the residents and visitors of the city, the county, and the region as well as an international community of scholars and art connoisseurs. The museum achieves its purpose by developing and mounting exhibitions from its permanent collection and creating and presenting loan exhibitions from national and international collections, stimulating tourism, and providing an important cultural destination for the City. Essential to this function is the creation of educational programs related to the exhibitions. Central to its mission are the needs of the region's ethnic constituencies, students, and the artistic community.

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens

Bonnet House is the legacy of Frederic Clay Bartlett's visions and talent which translated his years of exposure to the arts and architecture of Europe into a native Floridian house. Built in 1920, Mr. Bartlett's personal interpretation of a plantation house was designed to promote a gracious indoor-outdoor lifestyle filtered by coastal breezes from the Atlantic Ocean and to express his sense of whimsey with decorative delight. The life and love shared at Bonnet House radiates from within the artistry of the home and tranquility of its thirty-five acre setting. Bonnet House, named after the yellow water lily that once grew in the property's marshland, exemplifies the lives of the families who owned the property for nearly a century.

Polk Museum of Art

Because of its location in the heart of Florida, PMoA's collection of Modern and Contemporary Art began with a focus on art made within the state; either by Floridians or made within Florida by transplants and visiting artists. The artists represented in the PMoA collection mirror the great diversity within the statewide population, including works by Cuban-American and other Latino artists, African-American artists, and Asian-American artists.

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is the crown jewel of Fort Lauderdale's Arts and Entertainment District. The $52 million complex consists of the magnificent 2,700-seat Au-Rene Theater and the intimate 590-seat Amaturo Theater. Whatever your tastes -- Broadway musical or serious drama, modern dance or ballet, classical music or Grammy-winning pop concerts -- the Broward Center will have something for you.

Florida Grand Opera

The 13th-largest opera company in the United States, South Florida's leading opera company has been turning out world-class productions since 1941. It now presents five or six productions each year in the Miami-Dade County Auditorium, featuring the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra from Ft. Lauderdale. The series brings such luminaries as Placido Domingo and Luciano Pavarotti to Miami; in fact, Pavarotti made his American debut with the company in 1965, in Lucia di Lammermoor.

Fort Lauderdale Ballet Classique

South Florida's only regional ballet company, was founded in 1962 and has been under the direction of Magda Aunon for the past 30 years. A major artistic influence in the community, FLBC's repertory of classical and contemporary works appeals to the cultural diversity of South Florida. The company's annual Nutcracker delights sold-out audiences and is a South Florida tradition, proudly celebrating its thirtieth anniversary in the year 2003.

Old Dillard Cultural Arts Museum

Include a visit to Fort Lauderdale's newest museum - it is one you will not want to miss. The Old Dillard Cultural Arts Museum is a cultural and educational center that was originally Old Dillard High School. Built in 1924 as the first school for blacks in Fort Lauderdale, this landmark was restored and exists today because of broad community efforts.