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History Fort Lauderdale’s ‘Circle of Unity’ exhibit highlights local Native American artists

This image by Gordon Oliver Wareham will be on display as part of History Fort Lauderdale’s Native American Heritage Month exhibit “Circle of Unity” that runs Nov. 9, 2020 to Jan. 12, 2021. (Courtesy History Fort Lauderdale)

FORT LAUDERDALE  History Fort Lauderdale will celebrate the significant contributions of local Native American artists during Native American Heritage Month in November. The “Circle of Unity” mixed media fine art exhibit is on display through Jan. 12, 2021 in the New River Inn building of History Fort Lauderdale.

This intergenerational, multi-disciplinary exhibition presents a contemporary perspective of Seminole artists on the cycles of solidarity and patterns of resilience that have always existed within the histories of the Seminole and Miccosukee People of Florida.

A virtual tour and discussion will be held Nov. 20 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The program will feature the artists and the stories behind the works on view. RSVP to receive a viewing link on the day of the event at http://bit.ly/HFLCircleofUnity.

“It is an honor and a privilege to host ‘Circle of Unity’ in the very spot that the original people of the land we now know as Fort Lauderdale helped build and cultivate,” Patricia Zeiler, executive director of the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, said in a statement. “We are grateful to the Native American artists for sharing their tradition, culture and vision with the community and to the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc. for its unwavering support of History Fort Lauderdale during Native American Heritage Month.”

“Circle of Unity” is sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding for this project is provided in part by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council. Additional support is from the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Inc.

Permanent exhibits at History Fort Lauderdale include “The Bryans of Fort Lauderdale,” which allows visitors to experience the story of the City of Fort Lauderdale as told through the pioneer family that shaped its development; “Juliette Lange: A Portrait of a Mezzo Soprano,” a fashion and lifestyle glimpse of the socially prominent Fort Lauderdale resident with a lauded career as a star vocalist of musical comedy; “Archaeology of the New River” and a multitude of narratives and photos sharing the history of other founding families of Fort Lauderdale.

History Fort Lauderdale admission is $15 for adults; $12 for seniors and $7 for students (through age 22 with a valid student ID). Admission is free for members, military and children ages six and under. Tickets are available online at http://bit.ly/HistoryFortLauderdaleTickets.

In compliance with local and state health guidelines, visitors to History Fort Lauderdale are required to wear a mask, have a digital temperature reading and practice safe social distancing of six feet apart. Hand sanitizer is available at the front desk admission point and all surfaces are thoroughly cleaned multiple times a day, per CDC guidelines. Additionally, guests will be asked to sign-in daily for contact tracing.

For more information about History Fort Lauderdale, call (954) 463-4431, visit historyfortlauderdale.org, facebook.com/ftlhistory, on Instagram @ftlhistory and youtube.com/user/FTLhistory.

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