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The Broward Center For The Performing Arts Recognizes Volunteers For One Of The Nation’s Largest Arts-In-Education Programs
- Plantation resident Aven Roberts is named Education Volunteer of the Year
Published Thursday, May 9, 2019

FORT LAUDERDALE –The Broward Center for the Performing Arts recently honored its volunteers who donate their time to one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, which serves more than 130,000 students annually. 

Plantation resident Aven Roberts, who has volunteered at the Broward Center for 13 years, was named Education Volunteer of the Year for her outstanding and dedicated service to the children of Broward County. As ushers for the Student Enrichment in the Arts program, the Broward Center’s volunteer corps makes it possible for the students of Broward County to enjoy free performances throughout the school year. And these volunteers also provide administrative support in the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center to ensure that evening and weekend programs run smoothly. More than 3.3 million students have passed through the doors of the Broward Center since 1991 when the Center opened, and the number of programs continues to grow.

Many of the programs are presented in partnership with Broward County Public Schools. Among those attending the luncheon to thank the volunteers were School Board Members Ann Murray and Heather Brinkworth, Director of Athletics and Student Activities Shawn Cerra, Chief Portfolio Services Officer Leslie Brown, Executive Director of Early Learning Language Acquisition Lori Canning, Director of Elementary Learning Nicole Mancini and Community Relations Coordinator for Broward Technical Colleges Lynn Goldman. 

Broward Center President and CEO Kelley Shanley noted the Broward Center’s education offerings increase academic achievement for students of the sixth largest school district in the country. 

Advanced musical theater student Sadie Barton, who will star in the Music Theatre International pilot production of Matilda JR, and Michelle Sandler, who takes the advanced adult singing class at the Broward Center, performed for the guests.  

Volunteers and guests who attended the luncheon in the Mary N. Porter Riverview Ballroom at the Broward Center enjoyed meals prepared and served by students from the culinary arts department of McFatter Technical College.  

Volunteering for the Broward Center’s programs for school children is perfect for retired educators and parents who want to remain involved in shaping students’ lives.  For more information about becoming a volunteer, contact the volunteer office at 954.468.2684 or e-mail   

The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Avenue in Fort Lauderdale.  For more information visit, like us on Facebook at, follow us on Twitter and Instagram @BrowardCenter, subscribe to our channel at and join the conversation with #BrowardCenter.                                        

The Broward Center 2019-2020 season is presented by the Broward Performing Arts Foundation. AutoNation, Bank of America, Brightline, Canteen, GreaterFort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, JetBlue and MasterCard are proud sponsors of the Broward Center. 


About The Broward Center for the Performing Arts: One of America’s premier performing arts venues, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts presents more than 700 performances each year to more than 700,000 patrons, showcasing a wide range of exciting cultural programming and events. Guest experiences at the Broward Center include the all-inclusive JetBlue Flight Deck on the Club Level, special events in the Huizenga Pavilion, waterfront dining at Marti’s New River Bistro and innovative classes and workshops for all ages at the Rose Miniaci Arts Education Center. With one of the largest arts-in-education programs in the United States, the Broward Center serves more than 130,000 students annually. The Broward Performing Arts Foundation, Inc. receives and maintains funds to sustain, develop and secure the future of the Broward Center. The Broward Center for the Performing Arts is located in the Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment District at 201 SW Fifth Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. For more information, visit

The Riverwalk Arts & Entertainment Consortium is a cultural partnership between the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Florida Grand Opera, Fort Lauderdale History Center and the Historic Stranahan House Museum. It is supported by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. Programs are sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.


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