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FSU FIlm Program's Digital Domain Institute in West Palm Beach

A few months ago, there was a lot of fanfare about Digital Domain moving to Port St Lucie on the East Coast - between Orlando and South Florida. The urban legend is one of the owners grew up in Florida... don't fact-check me on that. Now the former mayor of West Palm Beach has worked a deal with Digital Domain and FSU's much-sought-after film school to open a campus down there.

Film School Announces Collaboration with Leading Digital Effects Studio

Here is a rendering of the building:

The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) for South Florida artists

Location

ArtServe, Inc
1350 East Sunrise Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-462-9191
Jun 04 2011 9:18a Jun 25 2011 - 9:02a

Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute Returns to South Florida

A series of full-day sessions to be offered on four Saturdays,
starting June 4, 2011 at ArtServe Inc., 1350 East Sunrise Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale

BROWARD COUNTY, Fla. – Broward Cultural Division, The Community Partnership for Arts and Culture (CPAC), and ArtServe, Inc. announce The Artist as an Entrepreneur Institute (AEI) for South Florida artists to be presented on four Saturdays in June 2011, at ArtServe, Inc., 1350 East Sunrise Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale.

Indie Craft Bazaar: Spring Fling

Location

Cinema Paradiso
503 SE 6th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
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Apr 17 2011 1:00p - 6:00p

Come out on Sunday, April 17th 2011 from 1-6 PM for Indie Craft Bazaar: Spring Fling!

- Handmade, Vintage, Repurposed, Recycled and Vegan Goods!

- Free raffle ticket for hourly handmade giveaways!

- Free DIY Kitchen herbs + Flower planting stand! (Just bring a recycled can / planter or purchase one there!)

- Spring time snacks (with vegan options!)

- Henna tattoos, tarot card + psychic stand and other fun activities!

- Full bar in the lobby!

$4 entry, FREE parking garage!

FREE swag bags full of goodies for the first 100 guests!!

Music, arts and crafts, food, beer and prizes! What more could you ask for?! You don't want to miss this!!

For more info:
http://www.facebook.com/indiecraftbazaar
http://www.getupandcraft.com

New FLCreatives Home Page!

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Well over a year ago, I set out on a mission to make the Florida Creatives website a more usable and self-discoverable website. I think it started when someone looking at the site asked "Are you guys on Twitter?", and when I thought about how to point that out to him, I found it just was not obvious. This was the original whiteboard sketch I came up with:

Charlottesville, Virginia's version of Florida Creatives: Neon Guild

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I was sent a link to this article about a number of interesting things happening in Charlottesville, Virginia, including a meetup that, while it is 10 years older, should sound very familiar to anyone who has been to a Florida Creatives Happy Hour.
Neon Guild

Make up your mind: Inside Charlottesville's brainstorming revolution
by Brendan Fitzgerald, C-Ville.com

One of Charlottesville’s best examples is also one of its oldest. Jack Smith founded the Neon Guild in 1996 as an informal technology meet-up and a subcontracting pool for his interactive entertainment company, Arrow NewMedia. Formerly called PeopleSpace, Inc., Smith’s company develops online entertainment for a variety of clients—“from Playboy to ‘Sesame Street,’” he says.

The guild’s membership is similarly diverse. A January 4 meeting attracted roughly 40 regulars, along with six or seven newcomers. Those on-hand included UVA and Martha Jefferson Hospital employees, freelance software developers and graphic designers, and at least one plumber, who writes computer programs in his spare time.

Each meeting features a guest speaker, and offers two hours of highly engaging, highly informal shop talk over pizza and beer. However, attendance is voluntary. In fact, the bulk of the guild’s activities—technology troubleshooting, job inquiries and rumors—happen via a members-only mailing list. But while guild members don’t pay dues or fees, each must accomplish a simple mission to join the gang: Attend a single meeting and introduce yourself.

“We’ve been meeting all these years, and every single time new people come,” says Debra Weiss, founder of DRW Design and, for several years, the bubbly Guild Master. Without dues or fees, Weiss says, “people give what they give way more, because nothing is asked of them.”

With the Neon Guild, members have nothing to lose; consequently, they have everything to gain. The guild preceded Charlottesville’s dot-com boom, and membership continued to grow long after the bust—around the turn of the century, when companies like locally based “e-tailer” Value America filed for bankruptcy and laid off 200 people.

Much like the Charlottesville Trade School, the Neon Guild meets wherever space is consistently available. While the guild currently convenes at Inova Solutions on Avon Street, it has bounced from the Pink Warehouse on South Street to the King Building on Water, and between the homes and offices of its members.
In 2003, a bespectacled self-starter from Northern Virginia decided to move his entrepreneurial ambitions and growing family to Charlottesville. When Jeff Gunther arrived, he found groups like the Neon Guild, composed of members who developed interesting ideas whenever they could find the room to collaborate. He decided to give them a permanent space.

The next section of the article goes on to talk about Open Space, a coworking facility in the region.

Location

Ft Lauderdale, FL 33301
United States
26° 7' 18.9264" N, 80° 8' 14.1936" W
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