Photographs of River Of Art Pop-Up Art-in-Public-Places Exhibition and Social Mixer at Bahama Breeze on 7/21/15 by Mr Q 305

Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami presented the River Of Art Pop-Up Art-in-Public-Places Exhibition and Social Mixer at Bahama Breeze on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.  River Of Art was an exciting evening of business networking featuring a beautiful painting show, music, light bites and cocktails hosted at Bahama Breeze in West Kendall. The River Of Art is a gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists.

Featuring Visual Artists: Rochelle BermanDavid Martins and Vera Arias.
Charities:Badges of Courage Foundation

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.

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

Life Is Art & Soul Of Miami present the River Of Art Pop-Up Art-in-Public-Places Exhibition and Social Mixer at Bahama Breeze on Tuesday, July 21, 2015.  present River Of Art with an exciting evening of business networking featuring a beautiful painting show, music, light bites and cocktails hosted at Bahama Breeze in West Kendall. The River Of Art is a monthly gathering place of Miami’s good people, executives, industrialists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, changemakers, activists, and artists.

Featuring Visual Artists: Rochelle BermanDavid Martins and Vera Arias.

Charities:Badges of Courage Foundation

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is 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. Hashtag: #RiverOfArt.

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 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.

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.

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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 City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration and Art Show Pre-Party on 7/4/15

City of Hialeah Independence Day Celebration and Art Show Pre-Party on Saturday, July 4, 2105.  Enjoyed an evening in the City of Hialeah for fireworks, live entertainment by Albita and DJ Nancy Starr, food and kid zone.  The art show pre party in the Milander Center for Arts and Entertainment was curated by Life Is Art with eight amazing artist:.

Featured artists: * Yasser FaracoSid Daniels,  Monique Lassooij,  Jonathan ColeIvette CabreraDevin U. CasertaCourtney Einhorn, and Angelica Clyman.

The art show runs through September, 2015.

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Photographs by Anthony Jordon of Kroma Miami “From the Door of No Return, To the Door of Return” Closing Reception on 6/26/15

From The Door Of No Return ‘To The Door Of Return’. “This exhibition chronicles the resiliency of African people’s who were enslaved for hundreds of years and who, in spite I’d indescribable odds, have not only maintained their humanity but have shown the world what it means to be human.

Photographs of River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka on 6/23/15

Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, Buskerfest and the Opa-locka CDC present a very special River Of Art and Taste of Opa-locka on Tuesday, June 23, 2105.  Hosted at the brand new Opa-locka Art & Recreation Center, we have teamed up with the Opa-locka CDC and Buskerfest to produce our biggest River Of Art, yet! Featuring ten amazing local artists, a showcase of hot local bands and performers, and tastings by several Opa-locka restaurants, we guarantee this will be worth the drive. Entry includes complimentary tastings from Opa-locka restaurants and wine tasting sponsored by Papi Demi Sec.

* Visual Artists: Ivan Roque, Franklin A. Cedeno, Alfrena Moosa, Gary L. Moore, James Brutus, Paschal, Edwive Seme, Daniel Ferrer, Glenda Ramos, David Bulit

* Live Music and Performance Showcase: Gypsy Cat Band, Dangerfun, The Tribe, Najee Lee

* Restaurant Tastings: Jackson Soul Food, Country Meat Market, Crabman 305 and Leroys BBQ

* Drink Tastings: Papi Demi Sec

Bringing People and Art Together
The River Of Art is 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 may enjoy a complimentary welcome beer and tastings of the menu included with your entry. Hashtag: #RiverOfArt.

About Opa-locka CDC: The Opa-locka Community Development Corporation (OLCDC) was established in November 1980 as a non-profit community development corporation to address the distressed unemployment conditions, particularly in the Opa-locka and North Dade County, Florida, communities. It began addressing conditions through community organizing and soon expanded to provide community services and develop housing. Over time, tackling the area’s lack of affordable housing became OLCDC’s major focus. Since 1980, OLCDC has developed and sold 145 single-family homes to low-to-moderate-income first-time homebuyers and, through partnerships with private developers, has built over 2500 units of rental housing.

About Buskerfest: Buskerfest Miami is a collaborative organization dedicated to improving civic life through public street performance. We strive for a connected, thriving urban core where the streets of Miami are active and enlivened with local performers, enjoyed by people of all ages and walks of life. We envision a joyous place that is reflective of the tropical urban landscape and attractive to locals and visitors alike.

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 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.

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.

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Photographs by Anthony Jordon of TransArt Artist Reception at the LGBT Visitor Center, Miami Beach on 6/19/15

The ‪#‎transart‬ ‪#‎transmiami‬ showcase is on exhibition at June 11-30, at the LGBT Visitor Center on Miami Beach during this month’s pride festivities.  The exhibit features works by:

-Y’SEÑIA ALMAGUER, SAMANTHA PEREZ
-KATE WEAKLEY, DEE WIENGARDEN,
-LUKKAS WOLF, & BARRIENTOS Couture.

The artists’ reception included appearances by the artists themselves as well as DJ Jessica Lam spinning and a musical performance by ABIGAIL PEREIRA of Telemundo’s Soy El Artista singing competition.  There was also a special presentation of the #SoFlaTRANSLivesProject documentary.

All works are for sale through June 30, 2015.  For more information about the exhibition visit http://unitycoalition.org.