Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale Celebrates 40 Years of Creative Careers
Date: 04.08.2008 - 20:37
Category: Fashion, Lifestyle, Trends
Press release from: Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale
On Tuesday, September 16, beginning at 4pm, The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale celebrates its 40th anniversary with a
nostalgic, but peaceful, "sit-in" reception commemorating the Florida design school opening its doors on the famous Fort
Lauderdale Beach during the fall of 1968.
The year was 1968, and Spring Break defined Fort Lauderdale as the place to be for thousands of college students to converge
on the beach for fun, sun, and partying. The intersection of Las Olas Boulevard and A1A was the center of the action, made
famous in the movie Where the Boys Are. Across the street from the popular Elbow Room and The Button was a Holiday Inn.
This was no ordinary motel, the first floor belonged to The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, which opened on September 16,
1968, to welcome its first 55 students – girls were required to wear skirts or dresses, and guys had to wear dress shirts. Back
then the diplomas were three: Commercial Art, Interior Design, and Fashion Illustration.
Fast forward 40 years to 2008, and The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, on 17th Street since 1985, has approximately 3,000
students (now wearing all sorts of clothing) pursuing 17 areas of applied arts education programs culminating with Bachelor
of Science degrees, Associate of Science degrees, or diplomas. The staff and faculty combined which was 35 has now swelled
to approximately 378.
“We’re all about providing creative arts education to launch careers,” says The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale President
Chuck Nagele. “That has never changed since we first began 40 years ago. Our mission and commitment to our students
remains constant to offer an education taught by professionals to help students graduate with the skills and training to begin
their creative careers.”
It was a mixed “bag” in 1968.
• average cost of a new house was $14,975