Masterpieces in the Making: Don't Sketch Out on These Art-tastic Events!

Tuesday, January 23rd - 2024 - Lot's happening this week with the Arts, from AOTA to Ignite Broward, a new opening at ArtServe, and the Jules Verne exhibition at the Museum of Discovery & Science. Plus... if you want to 🤯 (blow your mind) then take a look at the scrolling visual in the Flotsam section... just incredible!👇

Stuff You Won't Want To Miss:

  1. Today and tomorrow (Tues/Wed) Infinite Scholars will be hosting a Free Scholarship Fair at the L.A. Lee YMCA/Mizell Community Center, 1409 Sistrunk Boulevard, in Fort Lauderdale. It is open and free for all high school seniors in Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe counties. (Register here for details)
  2. Wednesday is the opening event for Ignite Broward. Come out to MODS and Esplanade Park on Wednesday evening to see this one-of-a-kind art and light festival. Events and free access available through Sunday, so don't miss your chance to see our world light up! (Free)
  3. Starting Friday, dive deep into MODS newest exhibition, the "Voyage To The Deep" based on Jules Verne’s 1870 classic, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This exhibition brings to life the adventures of Captain Nemo, his fantastical Nautilus submarine and the mythical world he inhabited. (Free with Admission)
  4. Friday night, MODS is also hosting their next 'Kids After Dark' where parents get an evening out to enjoy Las Olas while the little ones run in play in the museum. This specific event will be LEGO NIGHT! (Register early as space is limited)
  5. Also Friday night is the opening reception for 2024 Explores Technology’s Role in Art, Society and Commerce at ArtServe. “This exhibit confronts the question of whether new things are necessarily better,” ArtServe CEO Jason Hughes said. (Free)
  6. This Week is all AOTA - Avenue of the Arts Festival is back in Downtown FTL. This year, expect to see live mural painting, chalk art, and plenty of educational offerings. Our Acton learners and families will be out on Saturday making Thumb Buddies at the Chalkzone and Kids Art Day. (Free)
  7. Saturday night the MASS District ArtWalk in back. Enjoy live music from local musicians, shop original works of art, unique garbs, and many other handmade crafts at our #VillageShops market. (Free)

Hey - quick question. What did we miss? Each week we do our research but you might know of an event, an organization, or a local business that deserves some love here in our weekly basket of goodies. Just hit reply to this email and let us know!


FEATURED Fort Lauderdale

Last week we did our featured podcast with Phil Dunlap, Director of Broward Cultural Division and Marc Apkin of Mad Arts, about the upcoming Ignite Broward events.

But sometimes you just have to see it... to believe... so you won't miss it!

The third annual IGNITE festival runs from January 24 through 28, 2024, in Fort Lauderdale and Dania Beach, with an array of immersive and interactive light and sound-based experiences created by top national and international artists and designers using the most innovative digital technologies.

Do you have a favorite event, place, business, or organization you would like to see featured on the podcast? HIT REPLY and let us know!

So... You Think You Know South Florida?

You probably know... South Florida is known for its Greenery (lush sub-tropical), its gold (the soft-sand beaches), and its blue oceanfront for miles.

But what you might not know is... is that you can walk and ride above the green to see the Everglades up close and personal on this 15-mile bike trail at Everglades National Park, culminating in the Shark Valley Observation Tower.

The bike trail itself is not grueling but a flat, family-friendly trail and suitable for even the younger riders in the family.

Don’t have a bike? No problem.

The park rents bikes by the hour, so you can still enjoy the trail. The bikes come in all sizes. Remember to bring your helmets, though.

The trail is a dream, winding through the park with stops for picnics and bird-watching.



  • The next upcoming Children's Business Fair is in February. Port St. Lucie is hosting their event (make sure you RSVP to be entered in the raffle). The Fort Lauderdale event is slated for May 11th at MODS. Applications will open up at the end of this month.
  • Have you picked up your 50th Anniversary special edition Broward County Library card yet? Broward County Libraries Division, named 2020 and 2015 "Library of the Year" by the Florida Library Association, is marking its 50th Anniversary in 2024. Special 50th Anniversary buttons, stickers and library cards are now available at all Broward County Library locations.
  • Enter the Water Taxi/Plunge Beach Resort Giveaway. One lucky winner will enjoy a tropical escape with a one-night resort stay, including resort fee, $100 food and beverage credit at Backflip Beach Bar & Kitchen, and 2 all-day Water Taxi passes! To enter, head over to Instagram @fortlauderdalewatertaxi for rules and details. Giveaway ends on January 23, 2024.
  • The Florida Renaissance Festival is nearly here and Weekend One means free admission for Kids and Scouts. It’s a celebration of youth, wonder, and pure joy. For this special weekend, we want to ensure that families can come together and create unforgettable memories. From thrilling rides to interactive exhibits, and tasty treats to live entertainment, this event is a treasure trove of delight for all ages.

Quote Of The Week

"There Is Nothing Impossible To They Who Will Try"

~Alexander The Great

Alexander The Great created a vast empire that stretched from Macedonia to Egypt and from Greece to part of what is now India. Alexander is a great role model to kids and adults out there because he did hard things and pushed himself to make his world a better place. This week's Quote of The Week was researched by Newsletter Club member Audra C. and we celebrate this as her first contribution.

Flotsam & Jetsam

Here's an interesting... non-FTL tidbit that you weren't expecting to see but you might want to take a second to consume:

You know how big numbers can be easy to say but hard to envision? Like... what does a billion dollars actually look like?

This website shows a visual of "Wealth to Scale" just to give you a graphic illustration of what $1k versus a million dollars versus the kind of wealth of a Jeff Bezos (a new resident here in South Florida). It gives new meaning to "unimaginable" and you can also read the "X" discussion here.

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