Bailes Ferrer is now the Cultural Arts Exchange!

Dear Patron of the Arts,

It is with great excitement that I am returning from my two-year hiatus from Bailes Ferrer to introduce to you the Cultural Arts Exchange. Formerly Bailes Ferrer, the Cultural Arts Exchange will continue to present local and guest artists in the Flamenco art form; however, it will emerge as an arts facility for performing arts education with a regular program of classes and concerts. The Cultural Arts Exchange project has been in development for a few years, yet it was during my down time that I was able to pull the concept off the shelf as I reflected on my personal passion for teaching and supporting local artists. With 25 years of experience as a teacher, choreographer, dancer and director in the not-for-profit sector, I can now say that I am ready to move forward and put all my experience to work on a more permanent basis in the South Florida community.

Plans for the Cultural Arts Exchange have begun as we have officially changed the name of the organization to better reflect our mission and vision and gotten our Board members back to work on restructuring the bylaws and beginning the key step to making this happen — fundraising!

As former patrons, you already know our work; you have enjoyed many a performance andhave commiserated with me about the need to find more support for organizations that are committed to growing the arts in South Florida. As a patron of the arts, we are asking for your financial support as well as a commitment to reach out to others who, like yourself, are interested in quality performances and supporting the professional development of artists and their work. Please read the attached description and mission of this new enterprise and consider becoming a founder and steward of the Cultural Arts Exchange.
Below is my personal contact information. Please feel free to call, email or write to me with any questions or comments or to just say hello, as it has been a while since I have spoken to you. My personal relationships and face-to-face interactions with my patrons has been a huge influence in creating my vision for the Cultural Arts Exchange and how important community will be in helping this arts facility thrive and grow.

I look forward to speaking with you soon.

Warmest personal regards,

Damaris Ferrer
Artistic Director
954-288-0882 and cae.arts@gmail.com

Cultural Arts Exchange Mission

Inspired by the idea that the arts enrich a community; the Cultural Arts Exchange is a place where professional artists will teach, create, exhibit and perform with the mindset of enriching and expanding the minds of students and patrons alike. Through real and intelligent teaching, Cultural Arts Exchange aims to develop both artists as well as future supporters of the arts, through dance, music and art classes, while providing professionals in the arts a place to create and present works.

What we need

Our vision for the Cultural Arts Exchange is to harbor a space where all can enter and be part of the arts through the ability to participate and contribute. As with any new project, planning, organizing and setting timelines are only helpful when a budget exists in order to support those plans and take them from the page to real action. As we work all the administrative components we are simultaneously seeking funds in the amount of $50,000 in the next 6 months, in order to acquire a space, and from there, an additional $50,000 to launch the first year of events and programs. With secured revenue and developed programs, we will then be eligible to apply for local and state funding through the Broward Cultural Affairs Division, the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts. With our 18 year history of music and dance programming, classes and workshops, we are asking our patrons to help lift us back up into this new chapter as a permanent arts facility in the South Florida community where families can come to see quality arts programs and where they will also be able to take part in classes or volunteer their time.

Become a founding member

$10,000
We are looking for our founding members. That is, those who will stand alongside us to make theCultural Arts Exchange a reality. Donate to the building fund that will build and
equip the very studios where art will come alive.

Supporter

$5,000
Support the Cultural Arts Exchange’s general fund and help get the matching funds needed for programming support. Matching funds allow us to double your gift through grants that support various aspects of arts programming , such as, arts in education, specific projects and artistic exchange opportunities.

Contributor

$1,000
Be a yearly contributor to the Cultural Arts Exchange and know that every morning when our front doors open it will be due to the continuous support we receive from all those who understand the importance and crucial impact that yearly giving makes on arts programs such as ours.

Friend

Become a Friend at any time with a contribution of $50 or more. Every contribution made
to the Cultural Arts Exchange becomes a seed that helps grow our programs and connect to our community.

Cultural Arts Exchange, Inc is a 501c3 not for profit organization #65-0628023

Please make your donations payable to Cultural Arts Exchange, Inc.
700 Pine Ridge Terrace, Davie, FL 33325.

or click on our donate button!