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Q & A with Stacy Ostrau
Sun Sentinel Community Affairs/Society Scene Publisher

By Samantha Rojas

Stacy Ostrau - Sun Sentinel Community Affairs/Society Scene publisherStacy Ostrau manages the Sun Sentinel Company’s community and public relations programs. She also serves as publisher of Society Scene, a weekly magazine-style section highlighting the charitable and philanthropic efforts of the community.

Active in the community, Stacy serves on a number of community boards and committees including Young At Art Museum, Broward Partnership for the Homeless, Business for the Arts of Broward, Broward County Sports Hall of Fame, Special Olympics Broward and Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities. She is a graduate of both Leadership Fort Lauderdale and Leadership Broward.

Prior to coming to the Sun Sentinel, Stacy worked as the marketing programs manager for the Florida Marlins Baseball Club. Stacy is a native South Floridian and has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree from Florida State University

1. As a business person, what makes you passionate about the arts? Art can stir your heart and evoke emotion. At Society Scene, covering the arts is a huge part of what we do and, as publisher, I am happy we can give a voice to organizations in our community that provide the essential culture our community needs. They also provide great opportunities for our children to learn and build an appreciation for the arts of their own. Working with the Sun Sentinel Children’s Fund, I have seen what the grant programs for the arts can do for underserved communities. The arts help build a sense of appreciation and self-worth.

2. How do you feel that arts and business should intersect in general? When people consider moving here for business, they appreciate finding a community that is well-formed and full of arts and education opportunities.

3. And in Broward County specifically? We have a well-rounded, expanding arts and culture community here. Just consider significant expansions at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts and Museum of Discovery and Science, new opportunities at NSU’s Museum of Art l Fort Lauderdale and the new Young At Art Museum. There is space for the diverse, emerging groups, new collaborations and growing arts districts in Fort Lauderdale and Hollywood, in particular.

4. Tell us about your business in Broward County, and how you see it growing and developing? The Sun Sentinel Company reaches an audience of nearly two million weekly in a variety of ways, including print, online and on the air. We interact with South Florida through our more than 30 products, anchored by the daily newspaper, Sun Sentinel. As a multimedia company, we are integrated across publishing, interactive and broadcasting, allowing us to offer customized multi-platform advertising solutions. As the media industry evolves, the Sun Sentinel has evolved as well, providing our readers and viewers with the information they need when they want it and how they want it. We are South Florida’s information source across these many channels.

5. What are ways you feel we can forge this relationship, between your business and the creative industries, on a continual basis? The Sun Sentinel is our community’s watch dog, its eyes and ears. As the leading information provider in our community, we provide a platform to expose a greater number of people to the arts - as well as provide a vehicle for the creative industries to spotlight the contributions they’re making in our community. The arts add vibrancy and context to our lives and the Sun Sentinel is in a unique position to cover the arts and provide linkages that really no other media can match. The Sun Sentinel’s annual Guide to the Arts, for example, keeps up with new media, digital, emerging and mainstream arts and culture, melding the cultural traditions of our diverse community.

Looking historically, the Sun Sentinel has been a leader in every significant arts and cultural initiative here in Broward – providing volunteers, funding, media and focusing public attention – from the Broward Center for the Performing Arts to the African- American Research Library and Cultural Center. The company itself employs people with creative and arts backgrounds.

6. What can we do; we - the local arts agency; we - the citizens? The chambers of commerce and business organizations should work closely with the Cultural Council to determine how each can benefit from the other. Broward County residents can also continue to support the arts. There are many ways to do that – attending, learning, donating or advocating.

7. How have the arts impacted your life, personally and professionally? Growing up in Broward, my parents exposed me and my siblings to the arts anyway they could (visual arts, performing arts, music, etc.). The arts have become an integral part of our family and many family outings revolve around arts-related events. It is part of our family.

This has not only given me wonderful memories (Bye Bye Birdie will always hold a special place in my heart as it was one of the first musicals I remember my father taking me to at Parker Playhouse. I fell in love with the whole experience and can still sing all the songs!) but it has helped me appreciate and understand the importance of arts education in the schools.

My mother has served on the boards of many arts and culture organizations in the community, such as the Young At Art Museum, Performing Arts Center Authority and the Cultural Council. Watching her give so much of her time and passion instilled an enthusiasm in me to follow in her footsteps. I also serve on the board of directors for the Young At Art Museum and have been involved in other arts organizations, such as Arts for the Future and Funding Arts Broward. And throughout my career at the Sun Sentinel, I have had the privilege of seeing many arts education programs created with the deep belief that the arts are an essential component for a complete education. These programs provide children with an environment that fosters their sense of joy, creativity and well-being.

8. How important do you think art and culture, as an interactive feature, are to a developing County? It’s a no-brainer! You cannot have a viable, vibrant community without arts and culture. CQ


Business for the Arts of Broward
Business for the Arts of Broward is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) engaging businesses and business leaders to advocate and educate about the importance of the County’s art and cultural community as well as to recognize the connection between cultural vitality, creative success, and economic development.
For more information contact
Robyn Vegas
at 954-940-5344

 

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