Celebrate Caribbean-American Heritage Month this June with “The Island Imprint: A History of the Caribbean Community in Broward County.” Produced in conjunction with Island Syndicate, this fine art and historical retrospective will run June 1–29 at History Fort Lauderdale.
The landmark exhibit launches with an opening reception Wednesday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m., at The New River Inn.
The exhibit marks part of a multiyear initiative celebrating Broward County’s Caribbean heritage. The exhibit traces the Caribbean community’s roots through the fine arts and historical artifacts colorfully displaying the diverse influence of island culture on the vibrant fabric of Fort Lauderdale. Works featured include Paul Campbell’s (Jamaica) Fervent Hope and pieces from Karl ‘Jerry’ Craig (Jamaica), and photographer Silvia Lizama (Cuba).
“Fort Lauderdale embodies a rich tapestry of cultures heavily influenced by our neighboring island nations,” said Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale. “We’re pleased to be working with Island Syndicate on this immersive art and history exhibit and on a variety of other initiatives designed to educate and engage guests of all ages.”
“According to the U.S. Census, approximately one in four South Floridians was born in the Islands. Yet the Caribbean as a unified community is not uniquely celebrated as a whole in Broward County,” said Calibe Thompson, creative director of Island Syndicate. “Our goal with ‘The Island Imprint’ is to showcase art, history and our region’s untold stories. And we want to stimulate further discussion on diversity and culture.”
“The Island Imprint” marks part of the 2019-2020 initiative paying homage to Caribbean culture, traditions and history. The project will offer interactive, educational entertainment including historical exhibitions, cultural displays, theatrical performances, cuisine, music, and artisan crafts.
Admission is free with general museum admission. General admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under. Members of the public who would like to attend the complimentary opening event may RSVP at http://bit.ly/