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Published: Aug 31, 2021

FORT LAUDERDALE – The Broward Center for the Performing Arts will present Bridging the Gap: From Education to Employment in the Arts on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. in the Abdo New River Room and via livestream participation on Zoom. This free, interactive community event is the second in the Broward Center’s Arts For Action: Black Voices series of community dialogues.


Moderated by Neki Mohan, an adjunct professor at Barry University who served as a broadcast journalist at WPLG for 16 years, this special event will explore the gap between education and employment opportunities in the arts and creative industries and offer insights into how we can begin to close that gap for communities of color in South Florida.


A dynamic panel of four experts with diverse experiences in the arts will examine the issue and take comments from the audience in the theater and watching online.


Panelist Portia Dunkley is co-founder and executive director of the New Canon Chamber Collective, a non-profit chamber music ensemble offering performance opportunities for Black and Latinx musicians.  FLO’etry Entertainment & QUICK2Love Foundation CEO Jerris “QUICKthePoet” Evans will also discuss the issue from his viewpoint as a performer and producer.


The panel also includes artists and academics Gregory Reed, photographer, multimedia producer and a former adjunct professor at American Intercontinental University, and Director of Miami Jazz Co-op Nicole Yarling, a vocalist and violinist who has taught at Florida Memorial University and University of Miami.


The yearlong Arts For Action: Black Voices initiative explores how the arts and artists can be a force for change in addressing critical issues of social justice and racial inequality.


Seating is limited and must be reserved at RSVP: Arts For Action: Black Voices | Broward Center for the Performing Arts. Those wishing to attend via zoom must register in advance at


Audience participation is welcome and encouraged, in person or online. Questions may be submitted in advance to or night of event at


The Broward Center’s Arts for Action: Black Voices initiative is funded through the Community Foundation of Broward's Art of Community grant program, which aims to use the arts as a tool or catalyst to heighten awareness, deepen knowledge, and mobilize action on social justice issues. Support has been provided by the following Funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Mary N. Porter Community Impact Fund, Community Concerts Association of Fort Lauderdale Performing Arts Fund, A Fund for the Performing Arts and the Linda and Michael Carter Fund.

Additional supporters of the initiative include BBX Capital Foundation and JM Family Enterprises, Inc. 

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information visit, like us on Facebook at and, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BrowardCenter, subscribe to our channel at and join the conversation with #BrowardCenter.

The Broward Center 2021-2022 season is generously underwritten by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, MasterCard and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are proud sponsors of the Broward Center. Programs are also sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.




About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts

One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive Club Level, special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 130,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit


About the Community Foundation of Broward

Founded in 1984, the Community Foundation of Broward helps families, individuals and organizations create personalized charitable Funds that deliver game-changing philanthropic impact.  479 charitable Funds represent more than $200 million in assets, distributing $131 million in grants over the past 36 years.  The Community Foundation provides bold leadership on community solutions and fosters philanthropy that connects people who care with causes that matter. The Foundation empowers visionaries, innovators and doers to create the change they want to see in the community – and to BE BOLD.