It may seem as if every large-scale gathering has been put on pause since the onset of the pandemic, but two locals are ensuring the show goes on for Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week. Initially launched in 2019, the programming is designed to unite and celebrate Lauderdale’s artists and cultural institutions.
Evan Snow and Andrew Martineau are the brains behind the event, which Martineau says was created to encourage residents and international visitors to engage in conversations about the arts, architecture, cinema, dance, music, and theater by participating in talks, events, and workshops throughout the week.
While this year’s iteration—taking place January 16-24—will forgo the popular Art Fort Lauderdale “The Art Fair on the Water” event, attendees can still expect a diverse lineup of programming. There will also be a self-guided tour highlighting the culture of the Greater Fort Lauderdale area. “The artists you can meet and discover are local members of the community whom you can befriend and form lifelong, life-changing relationships with,” says Snow. Below we break down a few events from the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week. All dates, times, and venues were being finalized as of press time, so visit the website for the latest details.
ArtDiscourse Speaker Series
This free programming will feature discussions with several artists, curators, and professionals across the week. On January 18, artist Brad Smith will present “The Fine Line between Unified Style and Variety,” touching upon the intersection of style and the exploration of techniques and compositions. Also on January 18, Lori Pratico will share how she turned her art into activism and began her nonprofit, Girl Noticed, which is documented in a new book she co-authored entitled The Nonprofit Legacy.
Join moderator Leon Cases, president of AIA Fort Lauderdale, on January 20 as he investigates how art influences neighborhood development, the urban fabric, design, and planning strategies. He will be joined by panelists Tim Petrillo, CEO and co-founder of The Restaurant People; Margi Nothard, president of Glavovic Studio; Andrew Martineau, co-founder of the Art Fort Lauderdale Festival and Fort Lauderdale Art & Design Week; and Phillip Dunlap, director of the Broward County Cultural Division.
Traverse the city by bike during the Architectural Bicycle Tour of Fort Lauderdale. The January 23 experience will allow attendees to learn more about architecturally significant and historic buildings, including the Colee Hammock, downtown Fort Lauderdale, and the Arts and Museum District/Himmarshee District.