Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Free Workshops for Arts and Culture Grantseekers 1/5/16, 1/19/16, 1/27/16

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Free Workshops for Arts and Culture Grantseekers
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6 PM
South Dade Government Center
10710 SW 211 Street, Suite #104
Miami, FL 33189
Register via email: RAHELW@miamidade.gov
Co-hosted by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava
This workshop will focus only on the Department of Cultural Affairs grants programs.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10 AM
Arts Ballet Theatre
15939 Biscayne Blvd.
North Miami Beach, FL 33160
Register Online

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 3 PM
African Heritage Cultural Arts Center
6161 NW 22nd Ave
Miami, FL 33142
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The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs invites artists, cultural and community non-profit organizations to a series of free workshops introducing and demystifying the County’s cultural grant programs. The Department’s professional staff team will provide detailed information about the competitive funding opportunities offered through the Department, offer examples of strategies and best practices that have proven to be successful in the competitive environment, and suggest other helpful resources available for the cultural community. In addition, staff from Miami-Dade County’s Office of Management and Budget, Grants Coordination Division will share important information regarding other grant opportunities available through the County, highlight the County’s Grants Website, and discuss grant resources for non-profit organizations.

Photographs by Anthony Jordon of the Unveiling of THUNDER & ENLIGHTENING, the One United Mural

On July 11, 2015 OneUnited Bank hosted the unveiling of the mural, Thunder & Enlightening, painted by internationally acclaimed artist Addonis Parker. The OneUnited Mural Project has run in conjunction with an internship program sponsored by the Miami Children’s Initiative and OneUnited Bank which included 21 inner city youth apprentice from 9 local high schools in Miami, FL working with Mr. Parker. The youth each made a mural rendering on a small piece of plywood to bring forth awareness and unity in the local community. However The Mural conveys a more controversial message of Freedom and Hope.

Thunder & Enlightening expounds on social and economic unrest – using media icons like Trayvon Martin, Christina-Taylor Green, Mike Brown, local and national law enforcement and the 343 firefighter heroes from the aftermath of 9/11. The mural serves as a global bipartisan exchange to unite the world on a plateau of peace. It also acts as the artistic blueprint for the documentation of truth and a sincere approach for equal justice. This is a unique time in history to bear witness to such a monumental testament written from the pages of innocent blood. Thunder & Enlightening speaks to this truth because this awakening must be shared with the community to undertake a more perfect civilization. The time is now to see through eyes of painted voices!

PRESS RELEASE
After 4 months of suspense, this past Saturday, July 11, 2015 OneUnited Bank and the Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) unveiled “Thunder & Enlightening,” a 550 square foot thought-provoking mural by Miami artist Addonis Parker. The massive public art project was erected on the façade of the Miami branch of OneUnited Bank, the nation’s largest black-owned bank. The unveiling concluded the OneUnited Mural Project – an apprenticeship-based program using public art works, youth development and a community beautification program providing arts enrichment through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education. Before the unveiling, the inside of the bank served as an art gallery to display individual paintings from the 21 teen apprentices who assisted Parker.

Parker made his remarks about this experience and working with teens then dramatically cut off the black drape to revealing the mural. Guests were mesmerized and speechless. Parker then received a standing ovation for the depth of images revealed about the urban experience. The mural in its entirety touches on on racism, bigotry, protest, the confederate flag, the massacre in South Carolina, Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown to name a few.

Before the unveiling, Teri Williams, President & COO of OneUnited Bank, expressed her gratitude to the sea of people and partners for supporting the idea of using the bank as a canvas to add art to Liberty City as she has personally witnessed the impact art can have on the community. “The OneUnited Mural Project and the unveiling of the mural, Thunder & Enlightening, helps us bridge the divide between the banking industry and urban communities by recognizing their struggles and hopes for the future,” said Williams. “It is important for us to speak in our authentic voices so that OneUnited Bank can better share financial literacy, attract the unbanked or under-banked customers and help develop the communities we serve.”

During the program, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Vice Chair Larry Feldman awarded Teri Williams; Addonis Parker, creator of Thunder & Enlightening; Cecelia Gutierrez, President & CEO of MCI; Carla Rowe, Mural Program Director; Hopi Morton, Center for Social Justice; and Suzan McDowell, President & CEO of Circle of One Marketing with medallions as a token of appreciation for the noble accomplishments in the community. Encouraging words about Liberty City’s future, youth and education were spoken by District 5 Commissioner Keon Hardemon, MDCPS Board Member Dr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall and MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho.

Photographs of Launch of the OneUnited Mural Project on 3/11/15

Launch of the OneUnited Mural Project on Wednesday, March 11, 2105.

OneUnited Bank and the Miami Children’s Initiative have partnered to present the OneUnited Mural Project in conjunction with the Liberty City Renaissance   – a public art works, youth development, community beautification program providing arts enrichment through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) education.

The Project is an apprenticeship-based program catered to the youth of Liberty City, the bank’s neighborhood. A select cohort of teens will work under the guidance of established local artist and muralist Addonis Parker, in an effort to research, design, and create a public work of art utilizing OneUnited Bank as its canvas.

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Photographs of Divinity Revealed Opening Reception at African Heritage Cultural Art Center on 3/5/15

Divinity Revealed Opening Reception at African Heritage Cultural Art Center on Thursday, March 5, 2015.

Divinity Revealed Amadlozi Gallery Exhibition, March 5th – 30th 2015: Curated by Mikhaile Solomon, Divinity Revealed will premier works by national artists, LaToya Hobbs, Sheena Rose, Martin Nyarko, and Amber Robles -Gordon. This exhibition explores femininity from the artist’s perspective within the context of their community and the world.

The Divinity Revealed exhibition is part of “Sankofa: Looking Back, Going Forward,” a year-long series of events and performances that bring alumni back to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center to inspire the next generation of talent, in celebration of the Center’s fortieth anniversary with funding support from The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge

 

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Clinton Global Initiative University Day Of Action 3/8/15

Clinton Global Initiative University Day Of Action
Sunday, March 8th
Liberty City,
Miami, FL

President Bill Clinton, Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton will be hosting the eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) meeting, which will bring together more than 1,000 college students from around the world on March 6-8 at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.

In partnership with Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI) in Liberty City and the University of Miami, on Sunday, March 8th, President Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host the Clinton Global Initiative University Day of Action, a day of volunteering to give back to the community.

More than 700 CGIU students will work on neighborhood and school improvement projects ranging from urban agriculture to revitalizing basketball courts and painting murals. More than 30 projects are expected to be completed. MCI has designated 29 blocks in Liberty City as their “Impact Zone”. CGIU Day of Action will officially expand MCI’s Block-by-Block strategy, within the Impact Zone, from four blocks to eight. These blocks are home to Charles R. Drew K-8 Center, early learning centers, single family homes, public and low income apartments. MCI’s “cradle-to-college-to-career” strategy is focused on intentionally investing in children and their families. We are determined that the future of Liberty City’s children will not be defined by their zip code.

Clinton Global Initiative University:
The Eighth annual Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) brings students, innovators, thought-leaders, and civically-engaged celebrities to make a difference in CGIU’s five focus areas: education; environment and climate change; peace and human rights; poverty alleviation; and public health.

University Of Miami:
Since the first CGI U meeting, attendees have made 4,800 Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable plans to address challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. This growing community of young leaders represents over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states.

This year, through the CGI University Network, the Resolution Project Social Venture Challenge, and other opportunities, more than $900,000 in funding opportunities will be available to select CGI U 2015 students to help them turn their ideas into action.

The University of Miami first hosted CGI U in 2010 and is the first school to host the event twice. Throughout the meeting, students will engage in various topic-and skill-based sessions, which will empower them to take action in their communities and around the world.

Plenary session topics at CGI U 2015 will include:
Fast Forward: Accelerating Opportunity for All, which will explore how students and universities, in partnerships with the public, private, and civil society sectors, can expand access to opportunity worldwide;
The Power of Big Data, which will examine how CGI U students can harness big data as a tool for addressing global challenges and scaling their existing commitments, as well as expanding access to big data for all; and
The Future of Energy, which will explore how young entrepreneurs can most effectively meet the rising demand for affordable renewable solutions, design the next generation of low-carbon energy technologies, and bring energy efficiency best practices to existing buildings, vehicles, and industrial processes.

CGI U Schedule:
On March 5 and 6, students will have the opportunity to participate in the Clinton Foundation Codeathon in the lead up to the CGI University meeting. The Codeathon will challenge developers and designers to build unique digital prototypes inspired by CGI U Commitments to Action in the areas of Education, Global Health, and Environment & Climate Change. The Codeathon, supported in part by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will culminate with team presentations to a panel of expert judges working in the fields of technology and social innovation.

Featured Participants:
Featured participants at the CGI U 2015 meeting include: Karim Abouelnaga,Founder and CEO, Practice Makes Perfect Inc.; Masha Alekhina and Nadya Tolokonnikova, Members, Pussy Riot; Jack Andraka, Founder and CEO,Andraka Technologies; Aloe Blacc, Grammy nominated artist; Gro Harlem Brundtland, Former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Norway, The Elders; Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Fork Films; Paul Farmer, Co-founder and Chief Strategist of Partners In Health and Kolokotrones University Professor at Harvard Medical School;America Ferrera, Actor, Producer, Activist; Ryan Jenson, Chief Executive Officer, HoneyComb; Tawakkol Karman, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Founder of Women Journalists Without Chains; Jaime Lerner, Chairman, Arquitetos

Associados, Founder, Instituto Jaime Lerner; Hans Rosling, Professor of International Health and Edutainer, Karolinska Institute and Founder, Gapminder Foundation; University of Miami President Donna E. Shalala, former U.S. Secretary for Health and Human Services; Wendy Spencer, Chief Executive Officer,Corporation for National and Community Service; Larry Wilmore, Host, Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore”; and more.

About Clinton Global Initiative University
The Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U), a program of the Clinton Global Initiative, brings together college students to address global challenges with practical, innovative solutions. CGI U participants do more than simply discuss problems – they take concrete steps to solve them by creating action plans, building relationships, participating in hands-on workshops, and following up with CGI U as they complete their projects. Since 2008, students have made more than 4,800 Commitments to Action. Previous CGI U meetings have taken place at Tulane University, the University of Texas at Austin, the University of Miami, the University of California at San Diego, the George Washington University, Washington University in St. Louis, and Arizona State University, and have convened more than 6,500 students from over 875 schools, 145 countries, and all 50 states. To learn more, visit cgiu.org.

Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 180 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI community have made more than 3,100 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 430 million people in more than 180 countries. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter@ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

About the University of Miami
University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. www.miami.edu

About Miami Children’s Initiative:
Miami Children’s Initiative is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization focused on transforming Liberty City, one of South Florida’s most challenging and promising neighborhoods, into a more prosperous community. Like the Harlem Children’s Zone project, Miami Children’s Initiative takes a block-by-block approach to breaking the cycle of poverty by investing in the potential of every child. In partnership with Liberty City’s residents, youth, religious centers, schools, businesses and non-profit organizations, Miami Children’s Initiative provides a unified continuum of support, education and care that begins before birth and continues through college and career. More information about Miami Children’s Initiative is available at www.miamichildrensinitiative.org.

Photographs of Northwestern High School Pavac Bulls Eye Art Gallery Grand Opening on 10/1/14

Northwestern High School Pavac Bulls Eye Art Gallery Grand Opening on Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

“This is a unique art space – shared student and community gest artist… Great Vibe … Good Energy … Special place with a purpose… Guest Artists: Edouadr Duvall Carrie, Eleazar Delgado, Baye, Luis Valle, Monique lassooij , Robert McKnight, Jude Papaloko and Anthony Lumpkin. “

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