Today is Our 10 Year Anniversary!

 

Soul Of Miami was first published July 16, 2008.
Thank you for a decade of support.
We look forward to many more.

SOUL OF MIAMI 8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY TODAY!

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The very first post on Soul Of Miami was July 16, 2008!

River Of Art Pop-Up Art-in-Public-Places Exhibition and Social Mixer at Bahama Breeze Kendall 7/21/15

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River Of Art Pop-Up Art-in-Public-Places Exhibition and Social Mixer
RiverOfArtWeb-24SOULTuesday, July 21, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Bahama Breeze
12395 SW 88th St
West Kendall Miami, FL 33186

Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase, Promo Code: SOUL
$20 at the Door
Purchase Tickets Online
Includes complimentary cuisine tastings and a welcome drink courtesy of Bahama Breeze.
Plenty of Free Parking
Hashtags: #RiverOfArt

Featuring
Visual Artists: Felipe Rodriguez Castillo, David Martins, Vera Arias
Charities: Badges of Courage

Soul Of Miami brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind.

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Closing the Tech Gap between The Caribbean and Miami

There is a no doubt that a technology gap has long been established between the US and it’s close Caribbean neighbors. With only a few hundred miles of ocean between the US and the Caribbean, the technology gap seems like it is decades apart. Molly Duffy of the Miami Herald, writes about a conference that seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean and Miami.

Conference seeks to bridge technology gap between Caribbean, Miami

BY MOLLY DUFFY

Entrepreneurs and businesspeople from Caribbean and African nations encouraged each other to drive the technological change their countries need at Miami Caribbean Code’s first Regional Tech Summit on Thursday in the Design District.

“Technology is just a thing that should be there to help us solve social problems, solve market problems, solve market demand needs,” said Natalie Cofield, president and CEO of the Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce, during her keynote speech. She urged attendees to invest in their home countries and then “go home and do business.”

“If we don’t believe in our community enough to go back in and create a solution for them,” she said, “we’ll be upset that somebody else came and did.”

Billions of dollars travel from the U.S. to the Caribbean and Africa, Cofield said. “So why can’t it flow on distribution channels that are created by the very people who are putting billions into the system?”

The conference was designed to bring focus on the need for technology advances in the Caribbean, said Eveline Pierre, co-founder of Miami Caribbean Code, dedicated to bridging the technological gap between the Caribbean and Miami. About 75 attended.

Technology can address a myriad of problems — including government accountability, access to education, energy security and public health access — facing both South Florida and the Caribbean, said Brian Fonseca, director of operations for the Applied Research Center at Florida International University.

“The Caribbean has suffered for a long time from constant brain drain. Intellectuals leave the Caribbean and move into markets that have better quality of life. And that’s just sad because we lose this intellectual power that we should be sustaining in our own communities,” Fonseca said.

Panelists throughout the day discussed technology’s influence on education, social impact, connectivity and economies. Addressing the problems in these areas begins with more access to technologies, panelists said.

“We have not spoken about new technology that does not exist in the world,” said Nehama Bikovsky, president of Maritime Consulting Enterprise. “However, when we go to the Caribbean, oftentimes we see that this not-amazing-anymore technology is still not there.”

As some technology reaches Cuba, Jason Ibarra, chapter director of Startup Grind Miami, cautioned attendees to “be a little cynical” about the rate of progress there. Despite growing internet access, costs are still relatively astronomical, he said.

“I spend personally about 1 percent of my income on broadband internet,” Ibarra said. “If [Cuban citizens] spent 1 percent on broadband internet, they would have 10 minutes a month.”

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of SPRAYSKULL: A Solo Exhibition by REMOTE aka Jay Bellicchi on 06/11/15

SPRAYSKULL, explores the obsessive nature of graffiti and urban art, as well as the disposable yet sometimes fanatical relationship between the artist and the tools of the trade. Featuring a series of works that incorporate reused and repurposed graffiti art and vandalism materials.

Opening Cocktail Reception on
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event 5/26/15

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Soul Of Miami presents River Of Art #22 Business + Arts Social Event
Tuesday, May 26, 6:30pm-9:30pm
RiverOfArtWeb-22SOULNEWCibo Wine Bar Rooftop
200 South Pointe Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase, Promo Code: SOUL
$20 at the door.
Buy Advance Tickets Now Advance Ticket sales end at 2:00pm on May 26th
Includes complimentary tastings and drink specials courtesy of Cibo Wine Bar.
All ticket proceeds support Life Is Art’s mission.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
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Bringing People and Art Together
Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami present the River Of Art with an exciting evening of business networking featuring an interesting show, excellent music, delicious cuisine tastings and refreshing beverages. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists. Attendees enjoy complimentary tastings of Cibo Chef’s Selection of Signature: Pizzas, Polenta Fries, Spiducci, Bruschetta, Arancini, Polpettine, and drink specials with entry.

Featuring
Visual Artists: Sandra R. Epps, Theresa Echeverry, Courtney Einhorn
Charities: Best Buddies

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so attendees are encouraged to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind.

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305 – Arts & Business Council – Bakehouse Art Complex – Association of Fundraising Professionals – Social Media Club South Florida – The New Tropic
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

2nd Annual Ceviche Festival Where Proceeds Went for a Great Cause by Betty Alvarez

The 2nd Annual Ceviche Festival was a celebratory event for the whole family which all proceeds when to the construction for the completion of La Merced Museo Peru Church, the first church and Peruvian museum in Miami.

The event had distinguished personalities such as Raquel Regalado, Tomas Garcia Fuste from Mira TV, Univision covered the event, and other media outlets. Guests had a wonderful Sunday that was marked by solidarity, great food, cooking sessions and spectacular shows of traditional Peruvian dancers, live music, etc.

Supporters of the event included El Mero Loco II, Mochila del Chef, Cevicheria Rosita, Divino Ceviche’s Chef Christian Encalada Alvan, Rizio’s Peruvian Cuisine Chef Mauricio Valverde & Cesar Valverde, El Huarike Peruano Chef Ysabel Bartra, Mari Morla, Cholos Ceviche Grill’s Chef Fabricio Pareja, La Huaca Peruvian Cuisine Ines & Aida Morales, El Pollo Inka Miami’s Chef Daniel D. Cespedes Titinger, El Punto Peruano Peruvian Food Truck Chef Pedro Enrique Rodriguez, Asociacion Cultural Peru Danza and many more.

The Corpus Christi Church and Iglesia de la Merced will be a church museum with artifacts, relics, and historical accounts of Peru. The original church is currently in Lima and soon there will be one on Miami displaying the richness of the Peruvian culture.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Emerging City Bike Tour on 4/11/15

Photographs taken by Anthony Jordon of Emerging City Bike Tour on Saturday, April 10, 2015.

To see more of Anthony Jordon‘s work go to his Instagram page or check out his portfolio.

BLACK IN TIME ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER FOR BLACK HISTORY & CULTURE

Hey Everyone want to give you a good reference to a homegrown site that documents historical events and folks.

A Message From The Founder/CEO

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Hubert A. Gaddy, Jr.

Hello Everyone:

I want to say THANK YOU and WELCOME to the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES ONLINE RESOURCE CENTER FOR BLACK HISTORY AND CULTURE website. I sincerely hope you enjoy your visit and are inspired and empowered as you view these  pages.

As I begin each work day, I can look at the photographs  that hang above my desk and see generations of wisdom in the face of theenslaved African, the stern, watchful eyes of  Dr. Carter G. Woodson, Frederick Douglass’ imposing dignity, that moment of connection forged by a single handshake between Malcolm and Martin, the quiet, yet resolute defiance of Rosa Parks and Jesus with the elders (all of whom look like me), sitting at the table for the last supper.

These defining images (and others) occupy an almost spiritual atmosphere from which I draw inspiration and focus on a  daily basis. I’m compelled to make proud, my African and Black American ancestors. I’m infused with their spirit and humbled by the legacy of greatness they have bequeathed to me.

As Black Americans we stand upon the shoulders of men and women whose experience in this country was unlike that any other ethnic group. They were kidnapped from their homeland, enslaved, tortured, terrorized and murdered — all in the name of White supremacy. Yet, the strength and power of the Black spirit endured and prevailed.

It is because of my profound admiration for OUR TRIUMPHS  and  GENUINE LOVE for OUR HISTORY and THE PEOPLE IT PRODUCED, I created  the BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES RESOURCE ONLINE CENTER — adding the mantra: “Celebrating Who We Are By Honoring Who We Were.”

I strongly believe that Black people have a responsibility and obligation to continue the legacy of greatness we’ve inherited. We do that by creating positive, unique stories within our own lives. I say everyday that In order for Black History To Live, We Must Continue To Breathe Life Into It –that’s the message we need to give our children.

Please use this website as a source of information and inspiration.  It is my sincere hope that this will be a useful tool that  will help anyone interested in promoting and teaching Black History and Culture, more effectively. Encourage your family, friends and associates to visit, too. I’ve tried to create a virtual forum that will get you EXCITED ABOUT BLACK HISTORY and enable you to Channel That Excitement Into Positive Action That Will Enhance Your Life. In the words of Dr. Carter G. Woodson, “The mere imparting of information is not education. Above all things, the effort must result in making a man think and do for himself.”

Again, THANK YOU for your interest in BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES. We value your patronage and look forward to hearing from and serving you.

Peace & Blessings,
Hugh Gaddy, Jr.
Founder/President – BLACK IN TIME ENTERPRISES

River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event at Tongue & Cheek 3/24/15

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River Of Art #20 Business + Arts Social Event
Tuesday, March 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm
RiverOfArtWebSOUL2Tongue & Cheek
431 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
MAP
PARKING: Metered street spaces, garage at 4th St. & Euclid, lot at 4th St & Collins, municipal garages at 525 Collins, 137 Washington and more.
Use the Miami Beach Parking App.

Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase using Promotional Code: SOUL
$20 at the Door
Ticket Link
Includes complimentary light cuisine tastings and drink specials courtesy of Tongue & Cheek.

Bringing People and Art Together
Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami present River Of Art with an exciting evening of business networking featuring a beautiful painting show, music, light bites and cocktails hosted at the world famous Tongue & Cheek in Miami Beach. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists.
Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
Share with your friends on Facebook

Featuring
Visual Artists: Sheila Fraga, Litana, Vivian Estalella
Musical Curator: DJ Hank Justice
Charity: Unity Coalition

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind!

Premiere Sponsor: Spectrum Miami
Partners: Fabulous MiamiYOMiamiSocialMedia305Catalyst MiamiInTheLoop305
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

About Sheila Fraga
One of the most important reasons of my artist work is the need to reflect my feelings like a Cuban woman and experiences with a chronological- spiritual character about my past, present and future. In this scenery I show reconciliation, nostalgias, religion beliefs, memories, like pieces that are assembled within a puzzle. I create many compositions, recreated in family pictures, appropriations of passages of the Art History that are uncontextualized to the reality. I deal with identity and migration themes to represent my today’s conflicts. Sometimes I use humor and sadness images like a “Cuban Ajiaco”. I take the oil paintings, charcoal drawing, collage, mixed media and the Cutout. In this long road appear answers to questions such as: What I am looking at, where I am now and how can I get to achieve it? My work is an autobiographic reflection of my life.

About Litana
Litana is a self taught artist. She currently resides in Miami. She mainly creates in oils but likes to explore other mediums. She has participated in collaborations with other artists and in group exhibitions. She creates to inspire the imagination.

About Vivian Estalella
Cuban-American artist Vivian Estalella was born and raised in Miami, Florida in a family of strong independent women. As a little girl, she never played with dolls or toys. Instead, she preferred to spend her time coloring. She was always happier with a box of crayons or paints than a Barbie doll. Always creative, she enjoyed the arts from a very young age. At the age of 15, a trip to Mexico awakened her passion for painting. The intensely rich colors of Mexican art struck a cord and, together with her Cuban roots, formed a style that is both distinctive and uniquely vibrant. The sights, sounds, exotic tastes, and passionate people of the tropics, along with the sensuous female form, are all prevalent in her work.
Vivian’s collection has been displayed at several art shows and fairs. She was also a resident artist at Viernes Culturales, Miami’s monthly art fair in historic Little Havana for several years. Today, her work can be seen in private collections and exhibited at seasonal art shows. At every opportunity, Vivian gives back to the community. Several pieces have been donated to auctions benefiting various local charities.

About DJ Hank Justice
DJ/Writer/Editor from Miami that is fighting musical injustice one beat at a time. In 2012, Hank reunited with one of his long-lost loves: Music. He was always the kid that turned to music. It was always deeply embedded in him since birth. While he was in high school and college, he always found himself at parties wishing he could be in control of the music. He wasn’t interested in partying; he was interested in orchestrating them. Hank’s mission is to destroy musical injustice in the form of DJ sets chock-full of music that people can enjoy and move to. He is often asked what he is playing and is often told that his selection is unique and excellent. This is because he spends hours each day carefully digging for gems anywhere he can. He loves sharing these sounds with the world and hopes to be able to do so more often and for more people. It’s a musical story that’s forever under construction.

About Unity Coalition
The First & Only organization for the South Florida Latino|Hispanic|LGBT Community (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning), advancing Equality & Fairness since 2002.
La Primera y Unica organisación en el sur de la Florida para la comunidad latina|hispana LGBTQ (lesbianas, gay,b isexual, transgénero, cuestionando), avansando Igualdad y Justicia desde el 2002.

About Tongue & Cheek
Approachable, ingredient-driven, American fare with just the right amount of whimsy. Serving daily happy hour, dinner, and Saturday & Sunday brunch

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About In The Loop 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture.

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.

Soul Of Miami & Life Is Art present the River Of Art #19 Social Event 2/24/15

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Soul Of Miami & Life Is Art present the River Of Art #19 Social Event
RiverOfArtWeb-022415soul Tuesday, February 24, 6:30pm-9:30pm
La Boca House
 1250 South Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida 33130
Tickets: $10 with Advance Purchase using promotional code “SOUL”
$20 at the Door
Ticket Link
Please Note, You Must Purchase Tickets In Advance To Get The Discount

Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami kick off the 2015 River Of Art networking arts series with an exciting evening of business networking featuring a beautiful photography show and live music hosted at the beautiful new La Boca House in Brickell.

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists.
Instagram Hashtag: #RiverOfArt
Share with your friends on Facebook

Featuring
Visual Artists Rochelle Berman, ak cespedes, Josephine Reyes
Musical Artist Cog Nomen
Charity: Water

Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make new connections, showcasing local businesses and charities, while providing a fun break during the work week. La Boca House is providing a special welcome drink and light cuisine tastings.

Art is an inspiring talking point, discussing it is a great way to break the ice. Culture is one of the primary elements that build community and hosting a business networker within an art show is a unique way to encourage socializing, so be sure to bring plenty of business cards and an open mind!

Partners: Fabulous Miami – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – PARK Project – Catalyst Miami – InTheLoop305
With support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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About Cog Nomen
Cog Nomen is a band from Miami featuring guitarist, Buffalo Brown and drummer, Brave Ulysses. The sound is electro-pop with an good dose of ambient rock-scapes.

About Rochelle Berman
Rochelle’ simple dynamic photographic compositions are emotional, colorful, spiritual, and impressionistic. The artist was born in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives in Miami, Florida. She spent her youth studying the visual arts, life drawing classes in Soho studios as a teen. She always loved to draw, paint and write poetry but it was in college that she finally discovered that her greatest passion of all was Photography. Rochelle especially enjoys creating experimental portraits, nature studies and travel related Images.

About ak cespedes
ak cespedes was born in Lima, Peru in 1975 to parents who loved to travel. Her early life was all about documenting family life via photos. These two familial passions, since instillation, have become a passion of hers that continues to feed her need to explore and grow as an artist and an individual. In 2013, she quit her full time job as a TV Production Manager and embarked on a European summer vacation, spending the first month in Italy, eventually meeting up with her parents to end the adventure touring Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary. Currently, ak is creating a multimedia line of work incorporating photography and woodblocks which will be featured at various art venues throughout South Florida.

About Josephine Reyes
I have developed a passion for creating conceptual/narrative and documentary images. I love taking my visions or interpretations and expressing them through photography, transforming them into a reality. Exploring my ideas through the cameras lens, I’m able to capture a fascinating visual that will take my viewers to a new place and into the world of others.

About Charity: Water
charity: water is a non-profit organization bringing clean and safe drinking water to people in developing nations. Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk five miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are 748 million people on the planet who don’t have clean water.

About the La Boca House
LBH is Brickell’s friendly neighborhood resto-lounge with simply good food, signature drink list created by mixologist Nick Nistico. La Boca House Nicknamed LBH is an establishment that was created for locals to unwind and dine and feel right at home. It’s open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on the weekend.

About the River Of Art Program
The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About In The Loop 305
In The Loop 305 is an emergent space seeking to revolutionize our city’s creative economy. Building on the amazing work already happening throughout the city, In The Loop 305 will advocate for new talent and businesses, curate an events calendar that helps reduce silos and push Miami to be a hub for collaboration, innovation and culture.

About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 non-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

About Soul Of Miami
The Soul Of Miami has become one of the most popular local community sites in south Florida. It includes an extensive calendar, listing all sorts of happenings from all over the area: charity, arts, happy hours, concerts, networkers, nightlife, fairs, festivals and so much more. Tens of thousands of active south Floridians visiting the site every month.

New Soul Of Miami Contributor: Darryl Doonie

Welcome to new contributor: Darryl Doonie

DarrylDoonieDarryl is a consultant with over 15 years of experience as a value creation specialist with proven abilities to grow businesses exponentially, develop and implement systems, analyze and leverage business drivers, and enhance stakeholders’ value. He has extensive knowledge in crafting executable strategies, mergers and acquisitions, and providing advisory services to boutique investment firms, small to large businesses, and high net worth investors. He has directly acquired, operated, and divested numerous entities while generating each of them significant value.

Throughout these experiences, Darryl has developed the ability to approach any challenge utilizing a holistic perspective focused on creating true value. He has successfully utilized this approach with opportunities ranging from Billion dollar acquisitions to optimizing operational processes for small businesses across a myriad of industries.

Website

Arts Mean Business Forum Highlights from Miami Arts Week and next steps in new economy discussions

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ON DECEMBER 18th,  LAURA BRUNEY wrote the article found below, which was originally published December 12, 2014 on their blog, www.artsbizmiami.org/ArtsBizBlog. It was edited and republished for the ARTSBlog with permission from the author.

We are excited to hear, where the city is headed in these discussions of new economies and to see who is going to be asked to be a part of these discussions from our community.

 

The 2014 edition of Art Basel week this December in Miami featured the perfect marriage of arts and business. Beyond the dozens of satellite fairs and thousands of gallery booths catering to collectors, Miami Art Weekoffered a far more compelling benefit for businesses eager to court potential clients. Pacesetters from all industries and brand power houses swooned at the reach of art week. Developers, financial investment companies, tech start-ups, luxury car brands, and more cleverly leveraged the arts as a strategic imperative for business. These companies know the arts mean business.

During Art Week, the Arts & Business Council of Miami hosted an Access Breakfast Forum with theBeacon Council to discuss how the arts are transforming Miami and why the creative industry matters to business. Donna Abood, Chair of the Beacon Council, and I opened the program with some astonishing facts. The arts industry in Miami-Dade has a 1.1 billion dollar impact and employs 30,000 full time workers. More than 13 million people participated in the arts this year, and thousands of business professionals shared their skills as volunteers and board members. Cultural tourism, a major component of brand Miami, brings 5 million visitors each year. Robert Lynch, President and CEO of Americans for the Arts, kicked off the program talking about how the arts bring a competitive advantage to companies that are involved.
The flash of transformation in any city is culture and art. Collaborations between arts and business enhance quality of life, especially in cities like Miami.

Lynch praised our vibrant cultural community. “I was immersed in art from the moment I stepped off the plane and walked through Miami International Airport, which was filled art installations and marvelous art. Every time I come there is something new and I am always energized. Miami is a 24 hour city. As I was returning to my hotel at midnight last evening a lot people were just leaving to start their night.”

“Business support for the arts isn’t a charity; it’s an investment that creates shared value through mutually beneficial partnerships,” said Lynch. He outlined the value the arts bring to business including brand empowerment, leveraging connections with clients and consumers, professional development that encourages innovation and creativity, and enhancing the workspace. Involvement with the arts is good for executives, clients, shareholders, and employees.

Beacon Council President & CEO, Larry Williams, closed out the morning by sharing the impressive economic impact figures for Miami-Dade’s creative industries. Lynch perfectly summed up the breakfast forum by saying that extending partnerships to span all industries and fostering collaboration is building the new economy of ideas in Miami.

This piece by Laura Bruney of the Arts & Business Council of Miami was originally published December 12, 2014 on their blog, www.artsbizmiami.org/ArtsBizBlog. It has been edited and republished for ARTSBlog with permission from the author.

See photos from Americans for the Arts staff members who attended Art Basel on our Instagram account!

Talk About It Tuesday 12.30

Back in October, John O’Connor wrote the article below looking at creative efforts being used to educate our kids. As we move into 2015, we encourage all of you to think outside of this standardized box. To know that our methods and our modeling directly effects the choices that our children will make, who will be those who shape our city. So in 2015, give cheers and thanks to our teachers.

Why A Miami Middle School Is Teaching Debate To Conquer Common Core

Bridget McKinney, principal at Miami’s Allapattah Middle School, says her students struggle to pass the state’s reading and writing tests.

So when McKinney first read the Common Core math and language arts standards used in Florida schools this year, what jumped out was the emphasis on answering questions and making arguments using examples and evidence from what students are reading.

Allapattah Middle School principal Bridget McKinney sits in on one of the speech and debate classes she's required her students to take. McKinney says the Common Core standards emphasis using evidence and making arguments.

It took McKinney back to college — she was a speech major. So she decided her sixth, seventh and eighth graders would have to take a speech and debate course each year.

McKinney says the goal is to improve reading and writing skills — and state test scores.

“It’s been our Achilles’ heel at Allapattah, meeting that minimum requirement for literacy,” McKinney says. “I have to be very, very innovative or an out-of-the-box thinker to make this connection for my students.”

Florida is one of dozens of states which have adopted math and language arts standards based on Common Core. The standards outline what students should know in every grade.The state also will begin using a new, tougher test tied to the standards.

McKinney thinks the class will help prepare her students for changes in the the state’s new reading and writing exam. On the previous tests, she says, students would read a single passage and answer a few questions.

“Now they’re going to have four sources and maybe two questions,” she says, referring to snippets from magazine articles, textbooks or poems. “But in those two questions are embedded so many requirements. They have to, one, cite evidence from the four sources. They have to choose a side. They have to use proper grammar and spelling.”

LaDemia Albury is constantly asking her students for evidence.

She asks her students about their book, “Foster Care Oddysey”: Why did Mrs. Chester turn sour after her husband got sick?

She asks a student to read from her essay but cuts her off when she isn’t specific enough.

“Before Mr. Chester was in severe issues – what is the severe issues?” Albury asks. “Just be specific. You’re wasting time with that. You wasted your opportunity to win a case.

“The man is dying. He has emphysema. Why didn’t you write that?”

Math and language arts are the main focus of Common Core standards.

LaDemia Albury moved from an A-rated school to Allapattah Middle School at the request of principal Bridget McKinney.

But literacy – reading comprehension, analysis, critical thinking – are embedded throughout the standards. And that encourages schools to add more reading in non-Common Core subjects like science and social studies.

Experts say speech and debate is a natural way to support the standards.

Robert Rothman is a fellow at the Alliance for Excellent Education, which supports the Common Core.

“They’ve been included in some state standards before now but haven’t really gotten much attention,” he says.

Common Core is supposed get students ready for college or to help them get a job after high school. Rothman says employers want workers with better communications skills.

But a lot of educators argue the standards are too hard for younger students and don’t ask enough of older students. Parents complain about convoluted homework or the continued emphasis on testing.

Critics say the standards don’t address problems related to poverty, such as homelessness, hunger, or unstable families, that so many students at Allapattah Middle and other schools must deal with in addition to their studies.

And many worry special education students or kids learning English will struggle to keep up. About half of Allapattah’s students are Hispanic and many are new immigrants, particularly from Honduras.

Veldreana Oliver teaches many of those students. She says some couldn’t write in Spanish, let alone English.

A stack of books in Veldreana Oliver's classroom.

But she points to a wall full of essays as evidence the debate course is working.

“When they entered here in August, they couldn’t do that,” she says. “It’s October. I couldn’t get a sentence, but now I’m getting two paragraphs.”

And just like walking comes before running, back in LaDemia Albury’s classroom, you have to learn to write before you can debate.

“When are we going to start debatin’ in here?’,” Albury says, immitating a student’s question. “And I made it clear to them that until you learn how to put your argument down clearly… on a sheet of paper, we will never start the verbal part of it because we have to get the written part down pat.”

SPECTRUM Miami and ArtSpot during International Art Week Miami 12/3/14-12/7/14

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SPECTRUM Miami and ArtSpot during International Art Week Miami
Wednesday, Dec. 3rd, 6-10pm, Opening Preview
spectrum-logo-miami-webThursday, Dec. 4th, 1pm-9pm
Friday, Dec. 5th, 1pm-9pm
Saturday, Dec. 6th, 1pm-9pm
Sunday, Dec. 7th, 12pm-6pm
3011 NE 1st Avenue at NE 30th St
Miami, FL 33137
www.spectrum-miami.com
Opening Preview + 5 Day Show Pass > $25
VIP Special Events Evening Pass – Includes special events & drinks (Dec. 4, 5, 6 – beginning at 6pm) > $10
General Admission > $10
Students/Senior Admission > $7.50
Children under 15 > free
Buy Tickets Online
Percentage of all ticket sales go to benefit Life Is Art, a local Miami based charity.

The Five-Day Art Experience Features Local Partnerships and Performances from
Cirque du Soleil’s Amaluna, Life Is Art, Yo Miami and a Specially Curated Art Labs Series

Redwood Media Group, today announced the return of its celebrated fine art show, SPECTRUM Miami featuring ArtSpot International Art Fair, from Wednesday, December 3 – Sunday, December 7 in the heart of the Wynwood Art District during Art Week Miami. SPECTRUM is more than an art show — it’s a 5-day fine art experience featuring top galleries and artists from across the US and around the world, along with live performances, curated Art Lab projects and Late Night parties drawing crowds from all corners of the city.

New to this year’s show is a special curated Art Labs series, featuring educational projects and seminars by leading Miami-based art institutions and industry leaders. One such project—[mi.ami][inter.play], by local nonprofit partner Life Is Art—will be an artistic collaboration within the community. Another, Yo Miami, will be a live, invitational mural painting endeavor involving both experienced artists and up-and-comers.

Other surprises include a partnership with the Cirque du Soleil show, Amaluna, which includes performance art and ticket giveaways throughout the show. There may also be a dramatic photo shoot with dancers by international bookseller and world-renowned photographer Jordan Matter!

The show’s signature VIP opening preview party, SPECTRUM After Dark, takes place from 6 – 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 3, and includes artist unveilings, performance art, music and DJ, a full cash bar, complimentary cocktails and passed hors d’oeuvres. The following nights, from Thursday, December 4 – Saturday, December 6, features Late Night parties from 7 – 9 p.m. daily.

Housed within the SPECTRUM tent for its 2nd year is the independent show, ArtSpot International, organized by Aldo Castillo. ArtSpot presents modern and cutting-edge galleries exhibiting contemporary art, including photography, works on paper, sculpture, and installations from emerging and established artists. The show merges a range of international art with strong Latin American influences. Castillo, the show curator and director, is one of the most respected authorities of modern and contemporary art and has overseen the direction of more than 250 international art exhibitions.

The juried show of contemporary art features original paintings, photography, sculpture, mixed media, glass and limited edition prints. By catering to high-end collectors, buyers and art enthusiasts, SPECTRUM Miami offers gallery owners, designers, architects and collectors extraordinary works by innovative and established artists and galleries from around the world.

About Redwood Media Group
Redwood Media Group has a long history serving the global fine art community. The company’s full suite of fine art services includes fine art exhibitions, art business education, fine art publications, fine art mentoring, marketing and social media, and more. Redwood owns and produces fine art shows and conferences including Artexpo New York, SPECTRUM New York, SPECTRUM Miami, [SOLO] and DECOR Expo Showcase and the National Artist Conference & Art Show (NACA). The company also owns and publishes Art Business News magazine and DECOR magazine. For more information, visit: www.spectrum-newyork.com, www.spectrum-miami.com, www.artbusinessnews.com, www.artexponewyork.com, www.artexponewyork.com/solo, www.artexponewyork.com/decor-expo and www.nationalartistconference.com.

Civic Engagement Thursday: #PartyForACause for Jose’s Hands

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Welcome to the very first Civic Engagement Thursdays blog post! Every Thursday, we bring you the latest events that try to raise awareness and make Miami a better place. Tune in every Thursday to learn about how to get involved within our community.

Today from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, Jose’s Hands and TLS Lounge are teaming up to host #PartyForACause. Come down to TSL Lounge at the Wynwood Art District and help celebrate Jose’s Hands’ five year anniversary. All proceeds will benefit Jose’s Hands Medical Mission Trips. Jose’s Hands is a non-profit organization first created in 2009. Since it’s inception, has been raising money for medical trips to support those in need in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Thanks to generous donations, the organization has been able to attend eight medical mission trips and served thousands of people with no cost medical care. The theme of the night will be Latin Night and black attire is requested. So come, have a few drinks, party while raising money for those in need.

 

When: Thursday, October 16th from 7PM to 2AM

Where: TSL Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St, Miami FL 33127

Dress code: Black Attire (not black tie).

Price: $20 (for those arriving after 10PM) – $50 (food, 2 drinks from 7 to 10PM)

 

Buy your tickets here!

Learn more about Jose’s Hands!

 

– Lina Fahmy

Civic Engagement Thursday: #PartyForACause for Jose's Hands

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Welcome to the very first Civic Engagement Thursdays blog post! Every Thursday, we bring you the latest events that try to raise awareness and make Miami a better place. Tune in every Thursday to learn about how to get involved within our community.

Today from 6:00PM to 9:00PM, Jose’s Hands and TLS Lounge are teaming up to host #PartyForACause. Come down to TSL Lounge at the Wynwood Art District and help celebrate Jose’s Hands’ five year anniversary. All proceeds will benefit Jose’s Hands Medical Mission Trips. Jose’s Hands is a non-profit organization first created in 2009. Since it’s inception, has been raising money for medical trips to support those in need in the Caribbean and in Latin America. Thanks to generous donations, the organization has been able to attend eight medical mission trips and served thousands of people with no cost medical care. The theme of the night will be Latin Night and black attire is requested. So come, have a few drinks, party while raising money for those in need.

 

When: Thursday, October 16th from 7PM to 2AM

Where: TSL Lounge, 167 NW 23rd St, Miami FL 33127

Dress code: Black Attire (not black tie).

Price: $20 (for those arriving after 10PM) – $50 (food, 2 drinks from 7 to 10PM)

 

Buy your tickets here!

Learn more about Jose’s Hands!

 

– Lina Fahmy

Public Art Wednesday: Gil Green’s ALS Movie Project

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We’ve all heard of the infamous ALS Ice bucket challenge that has been invading our social media this past summer. People all around the globe filmed themselves as they poured iced cold water on themselves to raise awareness of the Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ice water is so cold that it paralyses us for only a couple of seconds, a feeling that those who suffer from the ALS disease must endure everyday.

It’s nice to see however, that Miami as a city can contribute and take a step to help those in need. In fact, Miami-based music video director Gil Green hopes to direct a short-film, which will be an ALS Battle focus movie. This film is based on a true-life story about a youth basketball coach at Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami. The coach is actually a close friend of the director and has been an inspiration to the storyboard of this short-film.

If you would like to support this movie, please help fund the project. A portion of the profits will be donated to the ALS Recovery Fund. It’s truly great to see how our community can make small but effective changes! Catch Green’s new movie this December at the Miami Borscht Film Festival.

Click here to help support this awesome project!

– Lina Fahmy

 Photograph: NBC News

Do you know of any art fairs or festivals coming up in Miami? Let us know on Twitter at @Loop305 with the hashtag #PublicArtWednesday

 

Public Art Wednesday: Gil Green's ALS Movie Project

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We’ve all heard of the infamous ALS Ice bucket challenge that has been invading our social media this past summer. People all around the globe filmed themselves as they poured iced cold water on themselves to raise awareness of the Lou Gehrig’s disease. The ice water is so cold that it paralyses us for only a couple of seconds, a feeling that those who suffer from the ALS disease must endure everyday.

It’s nice to see however, that Miami as a city can contribute and take a step to help those in need. In fact, Miami-based music video director Gil Green hopes to direct a short-film, which will be an ALS Battle focus movie. This film is based on a true-life story about a youth basketball coach at Michael-Ann Russell JCC in North Miami. The coach is actually a close friend of the director and has been an inspiration to the storyboard of this short-film.

If you would like to support this movie, please help fund the project. A portion of the profits will be donated to the ALS Recovery Fund. It’s truly great to see how our community can make small but effective changes! Catch Green’s new movie this December at the Miami Borscht Film Festival.

Click here to help support this awesome project!

– Lina Fahmy

 Photograph: NBC News

Do you know of any art fairs or festivals coming up in Miami? Let us know on Twitter at @Loop305 with the hashtag #PublicArtWednesday

 

Photographs of Soul Of Miami and Life Is Art present the River Of Art 18 Pop-Up Social at Cocktail Collection on 9/23/14

Soul Of Miami and Life Is Art present the River Of Art #16 Pop-Up Social at Cocktail Collection, upstairs at Tobacco Road on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Featured Artists: Edilberto Aponte, Marcelo Salup and David Martins

Auditory Art by -UOM_

Featured Charities: OC IT! Detect Ovarian Cancer in Time

Cocktail Collection’ September Artist: Aaron Arroyave

Music by DJ Hank Justice

About the River Of Art Program:

The River Of Art is a monthly business networker and art showcase combined. We provide more than just a platform for professionals to get together, discuss business strategies and make connections, we create synergies to help promote business by including an amazing art show of local talent!

About Life Is Art

Life Is Art is a Florida-based 501(c)3 no Add Median-profit corporation dedicated to creating positive change in the community with the arts and culture through events and education. We give South Florida artists and civic leaders the tools to thrive and grow, while enhancing the lives of those living in our area.

Supported by Supported by Sweat Records – Fabulous Miami – Tony Major Events – YOMiami – SocialMedia305 – PARK Project – You and I Are Love –  Soul Of Miami

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