Best Arts Cultivator – 2013
C&I Studios, FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale
Broward New Times
“This is our town, and it is creative,” says Joshua Miller, founding director at C&I Studios, a 7-year-old media company and idea agency based in the up-and-coming FAT Village arts district in Fort Lauderdale. “People just didn’t know where to go. Now they do.” At the root of any innovation or movement is a free-flowing exchange of ideas, and Miller knows that if there’s one thing essential to fostering the arts, it’s having a community where like-minded individuals can get together over shared passions and a strong drink.
Miller’s DIY media and production company has been making a name for itself in the FAT Village neighborhood since moving into the 4,000-square-foot warehouse space in 2011, hosting themed art walk events, $1 movie nights, and Live at C&I mini music festivals. The events draw crowds of mixed ages and styles — “anyone who is tired of going to Vibe and YOLO and is starving for something real,” says Miller. While the facilities boast a fully licensed liquor bar, recording studios, and a trendy design aesthetic, the savvy director also knows that many young creatives are still working on getting on their feet — which is why many of the events at C&I are BYOB, often with free food and no cover charge. If Miami’s burgeoning Wynwood Arts District is any indication, it would seem Miller has figured out the recipe to a successful arts community: If you feed them — art, culture, food, and drinks — they will come. C&I Studios is most certainly bringing up a small but hungry community of artists in Fort Lauderdale. Quoted from http://www.browardpalmbeach.com/bestof/2013/award/best-arts-cultivator-2017269/
BEST ADVERTISING AGENCY – 2013
Helium Creative, FAT Village, Fort Lauderdale
Broward New Times
In addition to CI Studios, Chris Heller at Helium Creative has developed the online brand and energy for FAT Village. He designed the FAT Village website and FAT Village App.
helium creative is a boutique, full service design agency founded by Chris Heller based in the FAT Village specializing in [advertising] [graphic design] [website development: html.e-commerce.database] [corporate branding] [marketing] [media placement] [seo optimization] [iPad, iPhone applications and interactive books] [virtual 3D renderings] [social media] [printing] throughout Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Philadelphia, the US, Canada and the Caribbean.