ArtServe is hosting a screening of an LGBTQ film OPEN DIALOGUES on National Coming Out Day, October 11


]To commemorate the 33rd National coming out day on Monday, October 11, ArtServe will host a film screening and panel discussion for the award-winning documentary, “Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community”, produced by the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood. Open Dialogues is presented by ArtServe in partnership with Arts and Culture Center / Hollywood, United Arts, Stonewall National Museum and Archives and World AIDS Museum and Education Center.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a public screening of the film at 6.30 p.m. and an interactive round table at 7 p.m. Free entry. To register for the event, visit or click here. ArtServe is located at 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

“It’s a film that will touch something deep in your soul. It’s poignant and very real,” said the executive director of ArtServe. Jason hugues, who will lead the panel. “Amid the thoughts of each individual expressed in the documentary, I think you will find that what has the most impact is often what is not said.”

Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was produced by the Art and Culture Center / Hollywood and directed by award-winning Miami-based filmmaker, Freddy rodriguez. Community leaders interviewed in the film, Julie Marie Wade, Dan Bassett, Christine Walters, Omar Morales, Gary Keating, Franchesca D’Amore and Michael goodman, reveal in detail how the LGBTQ community is often marginalized within families, schools, churches and public spaces and how it has learned to empower itself in these spaces. Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was an official selection in OUTshine LGBTQ + Film Festival and 35th Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, where he received the award for best Broward documentary.

The panel discussion will feature Nicole Stodard, Artistic Director / Producer / President of Thinking Cap Theater and an award-winning theater artist, educator and scholar who is also the founding executive director of The avant-garde, a renovated 1939 Fort Lauderdale-based church that now serves as a modern sanctuary for the arts; Terry Dyer, Director of Development of the Administrative and Executive Department of SunServe, who was named by POZ Health Magazine as “African American Person of the Month” for his work to stem the spread of AIDS and a best-selling author of Letters to a GAY BLACK BOY, a conversation-sparking memoir about racism, inequality, homophobia and More; and Dr Gary Keating, who features in the film and founder of the Fort Lauderdale Gay Men’s Choir. Her work led to the founding of 16 choirs across Florida that have served gay men, lesbian women and their allies.

Support for Open Dialogues: Stories From the LGBTQ Community was provided by the following funds to Broward Community Foundation: Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, Ruth H. Brown Arts Fund, Dot and Keith Cobb Fund, and Mary and Alex Mackenzie Community Impact Fund.

ArtServe’s brand new exhibition, “Stories From Within”, serves as the backdrop to this screening and inspiring panel discussion, made possible by a grant from Our fund, an LGBTQ community foundation. The exhibition explores the LGBTQIA + culture, history and experience in South Florida and beyond through the presentation of multidisciplinary works inspired by LGBTQIA + social movements, its resilience, its sense of community and its expressions. artistic. The exhibition was curated by Sophie Bonet of ArtServe in collaboration with United Arts, an LGBTQIA + arts organization. It includes screens from the Stonewall National Museum and Archives, as good as World AIDS Museum. The exhibition runs until Saturday 23 October.

Admission to “Stories From Within” is also free. ArtServe is open to patrons from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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