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The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity

Date: 05/20/2016
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Location:  Show map
Broward Collge
3501 SW Davie Road
Fine Arts Theatre Bldg. 6
Davie, FL 33314
Contact: Jim Shermer
Phone: 954.357.7502

We would like to extend an invitation to you and the IConnect cohort to attend: A Creative and Cultural Industries Symposium - The Future of the Latin American, Caribbean, & South Florida Economies-The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity, on Friday, May 20, 2016 at 9:00AM- 5:00PM. The Symposium will be presented in conjunction with the University of Florida's Brazilian Music Institute and presented at Broward College's A. Hugh Adams Central Campus, Fine Arts Theatre Bldg. 6, 3501 S.W. Davie Road, Davie, FL 33314.


Recently, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded the Broward Cultural Division a NEA ‘Art Works’ grant to support this program.


In 2013, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) published: "The Orange Economy: An Infinite Opportunity" written by IDB officials Felipe Buitrago and Iván Duque Márquez. The meeting this May 20, 2016, will be a unique convening of cultural economists from the hemisphere, academics, and global experts in the creative economy and creative cities, to examine the contribution of creativity as a key element of economic and social development in Latin America and the Caribbean, and the impact to the arts economy of South Florida.


For 2016, the Symposium panel will include members from American University's Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS), together with their counterparts at the IDB's Culture, Creativity, and Solidarity Affairs Division, to discuss the importance of how this report's data impacts this international region's economy.


Registration fee: $15. (includes a light lunch and one ticket to the Brazilian Music Institute concert at Bailey Hall on the evening of Friday, May 20).  


Please RSVP:


To read 'The Orange Economy' report see:


and see also: 'The Economic Impact of Creative Industries in the Americas,' by the Organization of American States (OAS), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the British Council, done by Oxford Economics:


The program this May will build upon the earlier work on this topic done by our Division in the spring of 2014 ( see: ). We look forward to continuing with this second dialogue with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)'s Culture, Creativity, and Solidarity Affairs Division.


Recognizing the expenditures made by private enterprises, artists, and non-profit artistic production as investments for the region, and detailing the interconnectedness that fosters the commercially viable import and export exchanges between the South Florida, Caribbean, and Latin American creative economies, will be one focus of the meeting.


The funding from the NEA will allow us to continue this work, and now involve a larger panel of experts from different countries.


The vitality of Latin America's cultural sector is evident in the growth of film, audiovisual, and digital media production, artistic expression and performance, and sustained attention to both the tangible and the intangible cultural heritage, as potential economic resources and drivers of development.  All are significant expressions of the potential benefits to be derived from the wealth of these regional cultural resources. Describing these relationships more precisely promises to better clarify and to enhance the role of the cultural sector in meeting sustainable development goals across the entire region.


If collectively examined, Latin America and the Caribbean (or the Orange Economy) was one country, it would be the world’s fourth largest economy, ninth in exports of goods and services, and the world’s fourth largest workforce.


This output will have a market.  We look forward to continuing the dialogue with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).


We would welcome an opportunity to meet with you. If you would like additional information on the Symposium, please let us know when would be a convenient time to meet, or talk, by contacting me. E:, or 954.357.7502.