lovelace_web.jpgPEMBROKE PINES – Celebrating, embracing and showcasing the many forms of cultural art present among South Florida’s ethnically diverse audiences, Broward College’s Judson A. Samuels South Campus and the newly established South Campus Office of Cultural Affairs, also known as BSOCA, played host to a new series of mostly free, public events.

Continuing through Dec. 5, the series featured interactive film, live performances and music concerts from minority artists. The latest in the series is Eargasm: Holiday Funk Concert that features Latin Grammy Award winning artist Karina Iglesias and her band.

The performance will take place at the South Campus Lake, Broward College, 7200 Pines Blvd., Pembroke Pines. Guests are invited to bring chairs to the free, public event.

The organizer behind the series is the new B.SOCA Director of Cultural Affairs and Student Engagement Lamar Lovelace. Hailing from New York City, Lovelace seeks to involve the community campus with art programming that speaks to the historical, political and spiritual foundations of South Florida’s populations.

For example, as part of the series, students, faculty, staff and community members helped to erect the first South Campus “canstruction.” Against the Wall: Harry Belafonte cAnstruction is on display at the South Campus Art Gallery.

Using cans, teams built a large 3-D mosaic of Belafonte’s likeness.  After the build, the cans were donated to Feeding South Florida in honor of Belafonte’s work to eliminate hunger and poverty around the world.

“This series speaks to what makes South Florida unique – the mélange of culture, heritage, music, food, fashion and language,” Lovelace said, who has worked for a variety of arts organizations including the August Wilson Center for African American Culture, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and served on the board of trustees of Complexions Contemporary Ballet Company.

“We invite everyone to experience internationally renowned artists, as they bring a piece of their worlds to Broward College.

This series is for the entire community because it is the reflective of the community.”