Business for the Arts of Broward (BFA) launches its 2019 Arts Mean Business Speaker Series featuring mural and billboard artist Lori Pratico on Thursday, January 24 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, 2301 SE 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale during the 3rd annual Art Ft Lauderdale art fair.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 954-940-5344 or email

Parking is available at the hotel for $5. Complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. followed by the presentation at 6 p.m.

Pratico began her artistic career at 19 as a self-taught billboard artist in Philadelphia. Her work focuses mainly on the portrait and has a strong activist element. Her murals and custom finishes adorn countless private homes and many businesses, including The Whole Enchilada, The Wilder, GreenBar and Kitchen, SoHo Hotel and Spa and The Dream Hotel in South Beach.

In 2015, Pratico launched a nationwide mural project called “Girl Noticed.” In its inaugural year, Hoffman’s Chocolates chose the project to be part of its ArtBar campaign along with acclaimed artists Guy Harvey and Clyde Butcher. The artwork and message have garnered the attention of news stations in Florida, Ohio, New York, Virginia, Nebraska and Alaska.

About 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. To learn more visit or

About Art Fort Lauderdale

Art Fort Lauderdale is a four-day curated art fair that transports attendees on a journey along the famed Intracoastal waterways via water taxi and private yacht with stops at vacant luxury waterfront properties that feature over 100 artists and galleries exhibiting various styles and methods of art that reflect the past, the present and the future. This destination art fair seeks to highlight the uniqueness of the city and put Fort Lauderdale on the art world map as a premier location to view, interact with and purchase art along with giving art aficionados, residents and visitors a cultural experience that is memorable, interactive and engaging. These exhibits will feature paintings, illustrations, sculptures, installations, photographs, films, performance arts and art & technology collaborations in addition to talks with artists, collectors, and curators. For more information about ART FORT LAUDERDALE visit