Arts United, Inc in Fort Lauderdale, FL

Author: 
Alexander Northman
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The Mark's List Gang
Arts United, Inc. is a nonprofit that was founded in 1999 in response to the growing need of local LGBT artists in need of an interactive and supportive working environment. The purpose of the organization is to use the arts to help fight bias and bigotry toward the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender community in Broward County, FL through programs and processes that advance the acceptance of Gay and Lesbian art and artists.

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ArtsUnited’s mission is to use the arts to break down historical barriers preventing Lesbians and Gays from contributing fully and openly to the cultural, social and economic success of South Florida. Arts United strives to accomplish that objective in many contemporary and traditional ways including programming art exhibits and performances in mainstream public venues, social networking, and workshops and seminars.
Arts United Presents ArtExplosion's Opening Night at ArtServe
Hosted by legendary South Florida performer Joe Posa, ArtsUnited presented ArtExplosion's Opening Night Party at ArtServe Gallery in Fort Lauderdale.
 
Arts United ArtExplosion Party at Tedd's ART Works
ArtsUnited hosted a party for ArtExplosion at Tedd's Art Works in Wilton Manors featuring the works of Daniel Garcia as well as resident artist Fabricio Cruz.
 
ArtExplosion Kick Off Party at Bona Italian Restaurant
ArtsUnited hosted a Kick Off Party and Mixer for ArtExplosion at Bona Italian Restaurant in Wilton Manors. The event featured the work of celebrity photographer Bob Deutsch along with lively discussions about the inspiration for the photos.
 
Arts United Mixer at Matty's Wilton Park
ArtsUnited hosted at mixer for their members at Matty's Wilton Park in Wilton Manors.  The event featured lively discussions and cold drinks.
 
2017 ArtsUnited: United & Proud at Magnetic Pompano
ArtsUnited hosted the 2017 United & Proud show at Magnetic Pompano, which showcased many local LGBT artists with their work
 

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