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Cover Competition Winner Push 2060 by Troy Simmons

MIA magazine is the official Art of Black Miami Publication. GALLERIES | LEADERS | EVENTS | DINING


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Congratulations to the 57 winners of the Knight Arts Challenge, who are bringing South Florida together through the arts. Learn more at KnightArts.org

Photo: 2015 winner Delou Africa, which will use funding to expand its festival celebrating the arts of the African diaspora. Credit: Charles Trainor, Jr.


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The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is excited once again to continue the support of Art of Black Miami following a successful launch last year during Art Basel Season. This second year of collaboration is spearheaded by the new Multicultural Tourism & Development Department and is focused on celebrating and showcasing art, culture and diversity that resides here in greater Miami. The Art of Black Miami is a signature initiative of the GMCVB that shines a spotlight on local, national and international art and artists representing the African diaspora. Taking place during Art Basel on Miami Beach, but continuing year-round, this initiative is a celebration of the abundant artistic diversity found within Miami's mosaic neighborhoods. Residents and visitors will experience more than 50 new artwork and projects while attending special events, meeting artists, visiting pop-up art galleries and more. Our dedicated website, www.ArtOfBlackMiami.com, provides real-time updates and more information, events and programs available to visit and attend in December and will also be continuously updated throughout 2016 with art exhibits and programs happening in the Miami area throughout the year. Also for social media purposes when making posts, please use our hashtag #ArtofBlackMiami For general inquiries, please contact Graylyn Swilley-Woods at gswilley@gmcvb.com The theme for GMCVB’s Multicultural Department this year is Engage, Embrace and Rediscover Miami’s Multicultural Jewels. I hope that all that have the opportunity will visit and experience some of our artistic and cultural treasures during the season’s kick-off of Art of Black Miami! Yours Truly, Connie W. Kinnard Vice President, Multicultural Tourism & Development Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Publisher’s Note

The Art of Black Miami (AOBMiami) is a dynamic culmination of art, artists, galleries and events. This group, developed by the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), reflects creativity, beauty and black life from the perspective of the African Diaspora. I invite you to take part in our

celebration of Miami's Black art. Inside this issue of MIA, you will have the opportunity to meet some of AOBMiami's leaders and artists. Peruse the AOBMiami listing and neighborhood map to discover where you should be during this amazing week. Learn about the AOBMiami cover competition winner, Miami's Troy Simmons, and also enjoy the artwork of our 3 runner-ups. I'd like to thank all of the artists that entered their artwork in the inaugural AOBMiami Cover Competition. I hope you enjoy this very special issue of MIA- Art of Black Miami. And I encourage you to visit the all the artwork venues in person. #MIAArtOfBlack Have a fabulous AOBMiami week, Erica V. Knowles-Nelson Publisher / Editor-in-Chief MIA Magazine

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The Art of Black Miami

By Danielle R. Stedman MIA had the opportunity to sit down with a few of Art of Black Miami’s trailblazers, leaders, and re-energizers. These individuals have made great strides in building Miami’s neighborhoods that represent the African Diaspora. They are exposing the beauty of these culturally enriched areas to the world. And with efforts like the Art of Black Miami platform, they are receiving increased support. Please go to page 10 for their gallery locations and event schedules.

J.S. Rashid KROMA

J.S. Rashid, President and CEO, Coconut Grove Collaborative Incorporated

Miami’s Cultural Contributions Miami’s cultural contributions are burgeoning with potential. We are pioneering in arts and culture and are ahead of the game in terms of innovation. Although we are still considered the “New Kids on the Block”, we are present and are at a level of becoming the new standard of comparison.

KROMA This Year [Coconut Grove Collaborative, Inc.] exhibit It will be a part of KROMA museum’s KROMA PRESENTS: 12 x12 Series. Highlighting 12 Artists, 12 Installations, over 36 days. The 12 artists will have been selected and challenged to create 72 12” x 12” pieces that must be installed and chronicled on social media each day before opening night on December 1, 2015.

Graylyn Swilley-Woods Art of Black Miami

Graylyn Swilley-Woods, Vice President of the Multicultural Tourism Department, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Miami’s Cultural Contributions Miami’s cultural contribution is vast and in a lot of ways still untapped. The small loop-hole neighborhoods that are here all represent small cultural destinations and really make Miami a vibrant place to visit and to experience heritage. The Art of Black Miami Our exhibition, called Art of Black Miami, is a platform that the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau created to help showcase and spotlight the local, national and international renowned artists here in Miami. The initiative was started to celebrate the artistic diversity and to showcase the culturally rich neighborhoods of Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Downtown, Liberty City, Little Havana, Miami Beach, Historic Overtown and Opa- Locka. Favorite Miami Artist Purvis Young is one of the artists that comes to mind who has made an impact. He is referred to as our home town Picasso and is considered one of the most prolific artist from Miami.

"The initiative was started to celebrate the artistic diversity and to showcase the culturally rich neighborhoods ..."

Commissioner Keon Hardemon City of Miami Soul Basel

Keon Hardemon Vice-Chairman, City of Miami Commission

Favorite Miami Artist My favorite local artist is Adonis Parker. I believe he captures the heart of the African-American struggle, both in his community and across the country. Overtown’s Art Scene I believe that art has the potential to influence and enlighten a community. Historically, Overtown has always been the home of an artist community. Purvis Young, an Overtown resident struggled to be recognized for many years. Today, much of his work is now exhibited in leading galleries around the world. Soul Basel The idea of the Overtown Soul of Basel, was born out of Art Africa. Art Africa was the first opportunity for black artiststo exhibit their work during the Art Basel weekend. As Overtown is revitalized, these exhibits will allow many visitors to visit and explore this community.

Neil Hall Art Africa Miami Art Fair

Neil Hall, AIA Architect and Designer Founder, Art Africa Miami Art Fair

Art Africa Miami Arts Fair This is our 5th year hosting Art Africa Miami Arts Fair in historic Overtown, the birthplace of “cool” in the deep south during the early years of Miami’s prominence as the entertainment capital of the south. Along with a highly regarded repertoire of acclaimed artists being showcased at the Art Africa Miami Arts Fair this year, we explore in depth this idea of “Transcultural Black Presence” as it pertains to aesthetics in our signature panel discussion. Miami’s African American & Caribbean Art History Our history s is a strong one. The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is celebrating 40 years promoting artists, in the African American community and the contributions of the scholastic duo of Dr. Carole Boyce Davies and Dr. Babacar M’bow have helped to showcase magnificent works by Caribbean artists throughout Miami. Favorite Miami Artist I am drawn to art that appeals to my aesthetic sensibilities. I like works that evoke an emotional response. All of the artist, currently exhibiting in this year’s Art Africa Miami 2015 edition are my favorites but there was one in particular that blew me away and that was Philippe Dodard.

Thunder and Enlightening by Addonis Parker


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The Art of Fashion custom made fit. Words from the designer, “My vision as a designer is to make well-made quality pieces that fit and enhance a women's confidence, wearing the style and colors she loves.” www.adjanie.com Maria Pia is a phenomenal designer that creates wearable art. Her designs are well constructed and truly unique. Each of the garments is assembled from recycled items that we encounter every day. Maria Pia is a true creator;

her greatest works form numerous hues, textures and shapes. Every piece was destined to stand out and help the common eye see what fashion can really be. Words from the designer, “Fashion is an art that can be produced in many ranges such as abstraction to hyperrealism”. Join Catwalk Pros on December 2nd at Art Africa to see Adjanie’s and Maria Pia’s collection in person! www.maria-pia-art.com

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Get ready for Miami’s amazing art and fashion! Catwalk Pros will be presenting Art Africa’s fashion production for their opening reception on December 2nd (see page 10 for details). Catwalk Pros brought their fabulous production Miami Fashion Launch (MFL) to the Little Haiti Cultural Center on Oct. 31st – with their theme “Saints and Sinners”. The show featured Florida designers such as Adjanie and

Maria Pia. The Adjanie collection at MFL was remarkable. The items showcased were sophisticated and chic. The best part of viewing her lively collection was the color pallet chosen for her garments. The vibrant colors and shapes would make any woman feel radiant and classy. Her collection is definitely a must have! All pieces are well finished with

Willie Logan Art of Transformation | Through the Eyes of Others The Art of Black Miami continued

Favorite Miami Artist My favorite artists are painter/sculptor Edouard Duval-Carrié and playwright Tarell Alvin McCraney. I also have great affinity for the artists who’ve displayed works in OLCDC ‘s Art of Transformation exhibition. Those artists are Hank Willis Thomas, Dread Scott, Ebony Patterson and Bernard Williams.

“The mission of the Opa-locka Community Development Corporation is “Providing gathering places that fuel the arts and promote unique cultural and social experiences” Willie Logan, President & CEO, Opa-locka Community Development Corporation

Through The Eyes of Others Our exhibition "Through the Eyes of Others," curated by Tumelo Mosaka, aims to provide a critical platform for re-imaging the past, present and future possibilities of blackness.

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Do & Dine

By Robbie Bell

Yeelen Gallery: In God We Trust | Sylvia Parker Maier

Robbie Bell is Miami’s Urban Lifestyle Real Estate Specialist who loves all things Miami. A Broker Associate with EWM Realty International, Robbie’s focus is not just selling a property, but educating residents and “newbies” as to all things fabulous that Greater Miami has to offer. Her passion is connecting people-to-people, through real estate AND through the arts, food, music and things to do. She is in the know for places to go and people to see. This is her Do & Dine report. What is Do & Dine? A little something to do and a little somewhere to dine (dining options courtesy of The Scrumpterou Report*). Do… Visit Yeelen Gallery The purpose of the gallery is to “deliver a message, offer us hope and change us for the better. That’s the personal mission of Yeelen Gallery”, says owner

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Karla Ferguson. Focusing on figurative works, Karla is all about the cultures of the African Diaspora, and believes that art must have social impact. The gallery works to change the image of self, how others view us and how others see our culture. A product of Jamaica, Karla feels right at home in the gallery’s location in the heart of Little Haiti. Karla refers to it as “The Crossroad” between South Beach, Downtown, Little Havana, and the western suburbs. This fantastic pocket that lies a tad east of Tony Morningside has yet to be touched by the developers - oh, but they are on their way, as it is minutes to the beach and blocks to Midtown and the Design District where now the extremely affluent shop and dine. In the Bambara language of Mali, Yeelen means Brightness or Light – I dare say the beacon is shining brightly in Little Haiti – Yeelen Gallery is a gem

that cannot be missed. Art Basel Show Opens Dec. 3rd: what’s INSIDE HER never dies…a Black Woman’s Legacy, a group exhibition in collaboration with Poets & Artists Magazine Yeelen Gallery~294 NW 54th St., Little Haiti, Miami 33127~ 954.235.4758 Dine… You’re already in Little Haiti, so go to Leela’s Restaurant. Chef Lubin makes a delish whole snapper! My preference is fried, but it can be grilled or steamed; add a touch of pikliz, their spicy cabbage salad, to kick it up a notch. Leela’s Restaurant ~ 5650 NE 2nd Ave, Suite E, Miami 33137 ~ 305.982.8667 Do… Visit PRIZM Looking for the pop-up that’s cutting edge? Armed with a degree in Theatre Arts & Architecture, Mikhaile Solomon has set the Miami art community onfiyah (thanks Chef Irie) for the past 3 years with her creation of PRIZM Art Fair. Her keen eye for art helps deliver PRIZM’s message: diversity through artists whose works represent global trends in contemporary art. This year’s PRIZM Art Fair is an assemblage of diverse contemporary

voices in visual arts by curatorial team Rosie Gordon-Wallace, AM Weaver, and, of course, Mikhaile. One highlight will be a PRIZM Panel in which noted New York artist/photographer Dr. Deborah Willis participates with several high-profile artists of the Diaspora. New to Miami? PRIZM Art Fair is located in the MiMo Neighborhood, commonly called the “Upper Eastside.”MiMo refers to our Miami Modern Architecture, a regional style of post-war architecture found especially in this neighborhood. PRIZM Art Fair ~ 7300 Biscayne Blvd, Miami 33138 ~ 954.372.6241 Celebrate with PRIZM! Block Party Dec. 5, 7-12PM Dine… The Vagabond Motel Just across street from PRIZM is The Vagabond Motel. Yes, I said MOTEL, but! – This is no “no-tell motel,” this is one you can visit, dine at, and stay in, and actually boast you have been there. Thanks to Avra Jain who’s spent a few mil, I’m sure, restoring this beauty of a landmark, we have a fantastic spot for drinks and dining in the MiMo. Vagabond Motel ~ 7301 Biscayne Blvd, Miami 33138 ~ 786.409.5716 Robbie Bell ~ Your Urban Lifestyle Real Estate Specialist Robbie@GoToRobbieBell.info ~ 305.528.8557

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WHAT’S HAPPENING IN MIRAMAR PURVIS ON PAPER November 5, 2015 January 11, 2016 Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

Miramar Cultural Center presents Annie Sing-Along December 4, 2015 | 7:30PM Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

HOLIDAY LIGHTING IN HISTORIC MIRAMAR December 5, 2015 6PM - 9PM Shirley Branca Park 6900 Miramar Parkway

PASSPORT DAY December 7, 2015 9AM - 3:45PM Miramar City Hall 2300 Civic Center Place

Miramar Cultural Center presents A Holiday Concert: Performance by Smokie Norful December 12, 2015 | 8PM Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

6:01 THURSDAY December 17, 2015 | 6:01PM Public Event Town Center Plaza 2300 Civic Center Place

BALLET ETUDES’ NUTCRACKER December 19 - 20, 2015 Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Romeo and Juliet December 26, 2015 | 7:30PM Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

FUNK FEST January 1, 2016 | 2PM - 11PM Miramar Regional Park 16801 Miramar Parkway www.funkfesttour.com

Household & Electronic Hazardous Waste Drop Off January 10, 2016 | 8AM - 4PM Youth Enrichment Center 7000 Miramar Parkway

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ART EXHIBIT January 14 - February 28, 2016 Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

ZO’S WINTER GROOVE 2016 January 16, 2016 | 8AM OPEN TO PUBLIC Miramar Regional Park 16801 Miramar Parkway www.zoswintergroove.com

17th Annual Miramar-Pines Rotary 5K/10K/Walk & 1 Mile Family Run January 16, 2016 | 8AM Miramar Regional Parkway 16801 Miramar Parkway

MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. CELEBRATION January 18, 2016 | 12PM - 4PM Lakeshore Park 8501 Sherman Circle S.

6:01 THURSDAY January 21, 2016 | 6:01PM Public Event Town Center Plaza 2300 Civic Center Place

Miramar Cultural Center presents Aida January 23, 2016 | 8PM Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

Miramar Cultural Center presents The Tortoise & The Hare January 30, 2016 | 2PM Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

A SHATTERED LOVE January 31, 2016 | 6PM Miramar Cultural Center 2400 Civic Center Place

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MIA Magazine Art of Black Cover Competition Winner Push 2060 Meet Troy Simmons: Accidental Artisan and Deliberate Messenger Who is Troy Simmons? That question comes to mind when pondering the work, style, and life of the Texas-native and current Bakehouse Art Complex resident artist. Is he an artist, architect, realtor, or all three? From his handlebar mustache, thoughtful conversation, to his eclectic wardrobe, Simmons communicates that he is so much more. “I’m an artist, lover of architecture, and husband,” said Simmons. Simmons has an educational background in Environmental Science and Architecture. He ventured into the art as a career by accident. “Unknowingly, all my life I was an artist. I was always creating things. But, I came from a working class background. So I was taught to go to school and get a job,” the physician’s son recalled. “A friend of mine saw my work and recommended I put it into an art show.” That was more than 15 years ago and allowed Simmons to see art as a possible career. These days the Sam Houston State University-graduate is represented by Jankossen Contemporary Art (New York/ Basel, Switzerland). His works can command up to $40,000 and have been featured throughout South Florida, Texas, New York, Paris and Germany. Simmons recently conversed with MIA about the method and message behind his craft.

WWW.TROYSIMMONSSTUDIO.COM @TROYSIMMONSSTUDIO Art of Black Miami Cover Competition Winner: Push 2060 Medium: Concrete / Acrylic / Aluminum

Art Basel Galleries: CONTEXT Art Miami www.contextartmiami.com Bakehouse - Studio #33 www.bacfl.org Scope www.scope-art.com

Love: “I love to create things. Art, for me, is about creating a shock value. I just want to produce exciting work that challenges people to think.” Grind: “I’m usually up early in the morning. I eat breakfast and go to the studio and work on my ideas and sketch. I typically do the physical work between 9 p.m. through 4 a.m.” Business: “I have representation. They help me market, tour and sell my works. Interested people can also come to Troy Simmons Studio in Wynwood to purchase my work.” Inspiration: “I am inspired by nature and how people interact with nature. My work plays with man and nature a lot. I love to depict the combination of art and nature. I also use the brutalist architecture style from the 1950’s that includes a lot of concrete. They didn’t cover the cement. They used it and exposed it.” Message: “Maybe my art is a type of rebellion. I am rebelling against ignorance. I am rebelling against perceptions and stereotypes. It is important for people to learn each other and truly experience what the real world is about.” Experience more art at www.TroySimmonsStudios.com


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MIA Art of Black Miami Cover Competition Finalist 1st Runner-up Roadwork: Art and Soul of a Man by Shernett Muhammad Medium: Acrylic fb.com/ShernettMuhammadART “I see Life as a moving canvas a living work of art and we're all masterpieces of the Creator on display in Life's Gallery living the Art! Harmonically contrasted, humanity and nature are fusions of science, mathematics and Artistry; ever evolving, ever changing, an ever revealing reality of artistic beauty and genius. From the majestic beauty we call the art of creation I extract and reflect the most outstanding of the sounding environment in works of art. “

3rd Runner-up Tenor in Trance by Doba Afolabi Medium: Acrylic Art of Black Miami Gallery: Art Africa @dobaafolabi "I always strive to push painting, as a genre that has the captivating frequency and overwhelming illusionistic effect through texture and clairvoyant linear expression that are deliberately accentuated in masterly draftsmanship. Space and subjects are my primary objectives that aid a balance composition, which I always consider very important but the theme of any of my piece is very relative.”

2nd Runner-up Colored by Maya Boyd Medium: Oil/acrylic @mayafash_art “This piece shows that a rainbow of colors can create a mood of warmth and coolness in balance. Even though the face isn't brown, the mixture of colors and features indicate a person of color.”

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Art of Black Miami is a platform that shines a spotlight on local, national and international aspiring and renowned artists. This initiative celebrates the abundant artistic diversity found within Miami’s mosaic of neighborhoods and communities. Look for an updated list of events throughout Greater Miami & the Beaches on the website. COCONUT GROVE KROMA Presents 12X12: 12 Artists. 12 Installations. 12/3/15 – 12/6/15 Kroma Gallery 305/446-5150 • KromaMiami.com CORAL GABLES 6th Annual Art Basel Panel Discussion on Contemporary African Diaspora Art 12/6/15 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. University of Miami College of Arts & Science Gallery 786/290-7359 DOWNTOWN MIAMI No Boundaries: Aboriginal Australian Contemporary Abstract Painting Through 1/3/16 Pérez Art Museum Miami 305/375-3000 • PAMM.org Firelei Báez: Bloodlines Through 3/6/16 Pérez Art Museum Miami 305/375-3000 • PAMM.org Nari Ward: Sun Splashed 11/19/15 – 2/21/16 Pérez Art Museum Miami 305/375-3000 • PAMM.org LIBERTY CITY Calabash Visual Arts Festival 12/1/15 – 12/6/15 African Heritage Cultural Arts Center 305/638-6771 Let The Mural Speak: A Spoken Word Experience Presented by OneUnited Bank 12/3/15 Thunder & Enlightning Mural 305/576-3790 OneUnited.com/poetry

LITTLE HAITI/ MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT TransCuba: A Solo Exhibition by Mariette Pathy Allen Through 11/28/15 Yeelen Art Gallery 954/235-4758 • YeelenArt.com Borderless Caribbean Exhibition Through 1/17/16 Little Haiti Cultural Center 786/210-7687 LittleHaitiCulturalCenter.com What’s Inside Her Never Dies… A Black Woman’s Legacy 11/30/15 – 12/6/15 Yeelen Art Gallery 954/235-4758 • YeelenArt.com NE2P Presents Art Beat Miami, The Pulse and Flavor of Little Haiti 12/1/15 – 12/6/15 Little Haiti Caribbean Marketplace 786/210-7687 The Artist’s Voice: Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Art and the Changing Landscape 12/3/15 Haitian Heritage Museum 305/371-5988 HaitianHeritageMuseum.org Bob Metelus: Images of a Veiled Haiti – Opening Reception 12/3/15 Haitian Heritage Museum 305/371-5988 HaitianHeritageMuseum.org Conversations: Bridging Cultural Divides Through Collaboration 12/3/15 Haitian Heritage Museum 305/371-5988 HaitianHeritageMuseum.org

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Haiti and Colombia: A Cultural Collaboration 12/3/15 Haitian Heritage Museum 305/371-5988 HaitianHeritageMuseum.org

MIAMI GARDENS AFROPOLIS in the Gardens 12/2/15 Betty Ferguson Recreational Complex Auditorium/Amphitheatre 786/290-7359 • Afropolis.us

Haitian Heritage Museum: Les Jacmelien V 12/3/15 – 12/4/15 Haitian Heritage Museum 305/371-5988 HaitianHeritageMuseum.org

MIAMI MODERN DISTRICT PRIZM Art Fair General Admission to Fair 12/1/15 – 12/13/15 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Donation: $15

Now or Neverland Exhibition Presented by Miami Urban Contemporary Experience & Chef Creole 12/3/15 – 12/6/15 3 – 11 p.m. Chef Creole 786/671-8395 • MUCE305.com

Opening Reception 12/1/15 By Invitation Only 7-10 p.m.

Nous Haitiens 12/4/15 Haitian Heritage Museum 305/371-5988 HaitianHeritageMuseum.org

PANEL: PERFORMANCE ARTIST JEFFERSON PINDER 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.

LITTLE HAVANA Two Cuban Concrete Painters: Salvador Corratgé and José Rosabal – Parallel Paths 10/30/15 – 1/9/16 Latin Art Core Gallery 305/989-9085 Facebook.com/latin-artcore-1422271354698179 Umbrellas of Little Havana 12/3/15 – 12/6/15 Viernes Culturales Futurama Bldg. 305/972-5774 Facebook.com/ umbrellasoflittlehavana MIAMI BEACH Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern Through 2/28/16 Wolfsonian – Florida International University 305/531-1001 • Wolfsonian.org TIZITA Ethiopian Fine Art Exhibition 12/5/15 All Soul’s Episcopal Center 786/290-7359 • TizitaProject.com

PRIZM PANELS 12/5/15 Noon – 5 p.m. PrizmArtFair.com

DARK MATTERS: ART & SOCIAL JUSTICE 5:30 p.m. PRIZM Block Party 12/5/15 Noon – 7 p.m. 954/559-8623 • PrizmArtFair.com OPA-LOCKA Opening Reception: Through the Eyes of Others 11/6/15 305/687-3545 • OpaLockaArt.com Art of Transformation 11/6/15 – 12/4/15 Arts and Recreation Center 305/687-3545 • OpaLockaArt.com Artists Panel 11/7/15 Arts and Recreation Center 305/687-3545 • OpaLockaArt.com WYNWOOD No More Blues 12/2/15 – 12/6/15 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ward Rooming House Gallery 786/708-4610 TheBlackArchives.org

The Black Archives Presents “Lyric Live” Basel Style 12/3/15 6 – 11 p.m. Admission: $15 – $35 The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 786/708-4610

SOUL BASEL SCHEDULE OF EVENTS Art & Culture 12/2/15 3 – 5 p.m. The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 954/283-7195 ArtAfricaMiamiFair.com

Art & Music 12/4/15 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 954/283-7195 ArtAfricaMiamiFair.com

Art & Fashion 12/2/15 7 – 10 p.m. The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 954/283-7195 ArtAfricaMiamiFair.com Historic Overtown Soul Basel Opening Night Reception 12/2/15 7 p.m. The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 954/283-7195 ArtAfricaMiamiFair.com Soul Basel Lounge 12/2/15 – 12/5/15 6 – 11 p.m. Ward Rooming House Gallery 786/708-4610 Folk Life Fridays Outdoor Marketplace 12/3/15 – 12/5/15 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 9th Street Pedestrian Mall 786/708-4610 Art & Design 12/3/15 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 954/283-7195 ArtAfricaMiamiFair.com

The Art of Conversation 12/4/15 7 – 11 p.m. The Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 786/708-4610 Expressions Presented by the Black Archives History & Research Foundation of South Florida, Inc. 12/5/15 7 p.m. Admission: $10 Ward Rooming House Gallery 786/708-4610 Linked with Basel at the Lyric 12/5/15 Admission: $50 Historic Lyric Theater 954/806-1819 Soul Basel VIP Champagne Brunch 12/6/15 Noon – 2 p.m. Admission: $50 The Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex 786/897-8854 ArtAfricaMiamiFair.com

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The Many Cultures, Cuisines, and Characters of Miami. When most people think of a vacation in Miami they envision turquoise water, long stretches of beach, and nights filled with glamour. Yet, that is only part of what makes the city so magical. Each of Miami’s vibrant neighborhoods offers visitors a totally unique and memorable experience. The perfect time to explore Greater Miami and the Beaches’ unique neighborhoods is during the month of December – Miami Heritage Month. Sponsored by Citibank and organized by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, it’s a 31-day celebration of Miami’s history and diverse culture. Visit MiamiHeritageMonth.com and you’ll find special offers, cool diversions, and links to all kinds of must-see treasures, each one made to explore, just like Miami’s many neighborhoods. Revered as the heart of the Cuban diaspora, Little Havana is as close as you can get to Havana without actually going there. It’s one of Miami’s most iconic neighborhoods and its epicenter is SW 8th Street, or Calle Ocho, as locals call it. Calle Ocho is full of Old-world charm, mom-and-pop shops, art galleries, Cuban restaurants, genuine Cuban cigar shops, and Cuban coffee. Little Haiti is ever-evolving and home to some of the best Haitian food this side of Cap-Haïtien. There are authentic Haitian lifestyle markets, murals commemorating Haiti’s heroes and history, and monthly block parties complete with spontaneous conga lines. The Little Haiti Cultural Center features all things Haitian in Little Haiti. It’s part museum, part idea incubator, part art and dance studio, and part theatre. One of Miami’s earliest Black communities, Historic Overtown is known for its rich history, culture and civic pride. Colorful urban murals painted by the late Purvis Young, the annual Overtown Music and Arts Festival, and the Historic Lyric Theater attract locals and visitors alike. Just bring an appetite for history and amazing food. In the late 1800s, Bahamian natives settled in Coconut Grove and established the Village West. These settlers helped build Miami from the ground up. The Village West takes pride in its Black Heritage Tours, which highlight 11 historical sites, all within walking distance. History and heritage. Cuisine and culture. Music and memories. Blend them all together with some sunscreen and surf, and the result is a fabulous visit to Miami and its one-of-a-kind neighborhoods. Experience them for yourself. MiamiHeritageMonth.com

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Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau Art of Black Miami Opening Reception View additional photos at www.mialifeluxent.com Photographs by TeeKay and Adrienne Freeman at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Welcome Center Complex

Commissioner Keon Hardemon

Clarence E. Woods III, Marie E. Bell, Neil Shiver, and David Wilson

Chivas Davis, Addonis Parker, Rodney “Rock” Jackson, and J.S. Rashid

Graylyn Swilley, Carol Anne Taylor, Ginny Gutierrez, and Priscilla Taylor

Erica Knowles-Nelson, Troy Simmons, Carol Ann Taylor, Connie Kinnard, and Dexter Bridgeman

Dr. Rosalind Artis, Connie Kinnard, Dr. Minca Brantley, and Liv Brantley

Petra Brenan and Sandy Dorsainvil

Yvette Nicol Harris, Tim Barber, and Dionne Anderson

Colored by Maya Boyd, Erica Knowles-Nelson, and Art and Soul of a Man by Shernett Muhammad

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Animous by Loonstar Julus The Miami Urban Contemporary Experience (MUCE) partners with Chef Creole and #ArtCentralMiami presents

Now or Neverland: Adventures in Urban Surrealism. This is a 4-day adventure through the work of 50 artists from across the world, showcasing the reality of Now and the fantastical Neverland of their imagination; to be held December 3-6 during Art Basel. Attendees will be guided through Now or Neverland via an array of mediums such as visual art, multi-media, fashion and live performances in jazz, dance, spoken word poetry, soul and hip-hop. The exhibit and celebration take place in the heart of Little Haiti at the Chef Creole Performance Park. The park, which is the vacant lot directly behind the restaurant, will be re-purposed with Murals, Staging and Hanging Walls made from recycled materials. MUCE, Chef Creole, and #ArtCentralMiami built this partnership to ensure that locals play an integral role in the emergence of the next artistic hotspot in Miami. General exhibition tickets are $10, VIP tickets are $30 and can be purchased by going to MUCE305.com. Chef Creole Performance Park is located at 200 NW 54th Street, Miami.

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Powerful Statements Through Art

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Homeland Sweet Homeland Artist: Nari Ward Medium: Cloth, plastic, megaphones, razor wire, feathers, chains and silver spoons

The New American Pastime Artist: Wesley Clark Medium: Oil paint, resin, spray paint, acrylic, and plywood Art of Black Miami Exhibit: Prizm

Art of Black Miami Exhibit: Perez Art Museum Miami

No More Blues Arrtist: Cendino Temé Medium: Photography Art of Black Miami Exhibit: Ward Rooming House Gallery - The Black Archives History and Research Foundation of South Florida, INC.

Nari Ward’s dramatic sculptural installations are composed of systematically collected material from his urban neighborhood. The art examines issues surrounding race, poverty and consumer culture.

“I want to invoke conversation because the narrative plays a strong part in my art. Like my inspiration Gordon Parks who did the same in the Jim Crow south, the art allowed me to move past the ego as to leave something here on earth that makes society better.” www.cendinoteme.com

"Conceptually, the foundation of my work is to challenge and draw parallels between historical and contemporary cultural issues, faced by the African Diaspora. I examine the psyche of young black males feeling like a target and being targeted. I question the tradition of heirlooms (and their lack) and the role they play on our values today. Objects that are antiques or antiqued are associated with historical relevance and wealth. By placing these issues in an antiqued object I establish the value in furthering a discussion around such issues. Analyzing historic and present, social and economic, disparities are what shape my conceptual process."

Please see page 10 for information on the galleries where their artwork is displayed.

Miami’s Filmmaking Prodigy Elijah Wells By Tasha Sharell

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While most high school seniors prepare for SAT’s and prom dates, 17-year-old filmmaking prodigy Elijah Wells is taking his latest project to this year’s Art of Black Miami. The south Florida native will document Art of Black Miami by highlighting the presence of African American art and its influence on modern culture. If you’re unfamiliar with Elijah Wells, Elijah became an award winning filmmaker by the young age of 14 with his debut film entitled, “The Gift.” Inspired by the art of filmmaking since 8, Elijah was granted the opportunity to participate as an intern for the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) while still in middle school. As a shining star in the program, it wasn’t long after that Elijah would attend his very own screening. Following the success of his debut film, he released another film also awarded by ABFF called “Welcome to Miami.” His upcoming project Elijah states, “Is more than just about highlighting African

American art, it’s more so about showing that as African Americans, our reach goes beyond just music and sports; African American art has influenced different races and cultures which we rarely get credited for.” This documentary will be a medium to educate its audience on how Black art has transcended way beyond the black race and the inspiration it’s given to all cultures. According to Elijah, “Art Basel is also the time to really see Miami, it’s a celebration of all different walks of life coming together to uplift creativity with-in the community.” Although an outstanding candidate for college, Elijah is also placing a lot of focus on his decision for higher education and where he can continue his growth as a filmmaker. He claims his top film school choices are NYU, USC, and UCLA in no particular order. Certainly wherever he goes, he’ll keep his strong Miami roots as he progresses in the art of storytelling.


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Howard Hewitt & Richard Elliott Colorful. Exciting. Diverse. Family-friendly. A few words that describe the 2015-2016 season at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark-- a vibrant, urban destination located in the heart of the Miramar Town Center adjacent to City Hall. This season at the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark continues with many more must-see shows. These include: the Holiday Concert featuring two-time Grammy recording artist, Smokie Norful; the classic ballet, Romeo & Juliet; two classic operas, Aida and Carmen; a special Valentine’s Day treat with smooth Jazz artist, saxophonist Richard Elliot and soulful R&B vocalist, Howard Hewett of Shalamar; and a special Mother’s Day

performance by the uber-talented songstress Rachelle Ferrell with her six-plus octave range. Our children’s’ shows are perfect for the entire family: December kicks off with Annie Sing-Along, so gather the family, dress up as your favorite character and sing along with Annie as she belts out songs like “Tomorrow” and “Hard Knock Life”; followed in January by the Tortoise and the Hare…The Musical, with audience participation in the race between Bunnie Hare and Thomas Tortoise-- the kids will laugh out loud non-stop! There’s Alice in Wonderland in March, an entertaining dance performance that brings this children’s classic novel to life through movement, music and scenic storytelling; and in April, The Conch Fritters – “Gumbo For Kids”, an educational show that introduces young people to the musical styles and dominant instruments of the Tropics culminating with a live performance. May caps off the season with the vibrant African Children’s Choir featuring well-loved children’s songs, handclapping, traditional spirituals and contemporary tunes accompanied by

Nutcracker Spirit ethnic instrumentation. Exhibits in the popular Ansin Family Art Gallery will celebrate works such as Purvis on Paper by Miami’s own, self-taught, Purvis Young, November 5, 2015 - January 11, 2016; a photographic collective of President Barack Obama, January 14, 2016 - February 28, 2016; framed photographs by LA’s Ralph Gibson, March 3, 2016 – May 31, 2016, and photographic portraits entitled Awakening Jamaica, June 9 – August 27, 2016.

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John S. and James L. Knight Foundation From Miami Beach to Miami Gardens, Homestead to Little Haiti, everywhere you go in South Florida, Knight Foundation wants you to have an encounter with art. Knight's mission to make art general is based on one simple premise: In a community as diverse as Miami, the arts can help create a cultural identity, represent who we are, inspire, explain and point a way forward. Through the Knight Arts Challenge and other initiatives, Knight encourages everyone here to participate in our culture of creativity. Knight Arts Challenge funding helped launch Free Gospel Sunday, which thousands enjoy each year at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the monthly Big Night in Little Haiti event, and a special anniversary series featuring artist alumni of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center. At the Perez Museum of Art Miami, Knight co-created the Fund for African American Art to help ensure the collection reflected all types of artistic excellence.

Recently, Knight celebrated 57 new Knight Arts Challenge winners. They include Delou Africa, which will expand its festival celebrating the arts of the African diaspora, the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, for an exchange between Miami and Caribbean artists, and the Overtown Youth Center, to prepare students for music careers at its Beats Academy. Find out more about them and other artists transforming our community at knight foundation.org.

Free Gospel Sunday

Big Night in Little Haiti

Second Annual Reception for the PAMM Fund for African American

Afro Basel

The New Eye of Art in South Florida, Kurator

Join DrumPulse Entertainment, Ankara Miami, and African Elite Entertainment during Art Basel weekend!

Afropolitan Miami Friday, December 4th, 6PM – 11PM Location: Rec Room www.afropolitanmiami.com “Connections and Culture over Cocktails" during #AfropolitanMiami South Florida's Largest and Most Diverse Afro-Caribbean Professional Mixer. Featuring multi-disciplinary artist, Nzingah Oniwosan.

Michael Hall, Founder, Kurator

Afro-Caribbean Day Party Saturday, December 5th 2PM – 7:30PM, Location: BaruUrbano

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Enjoy a late afternoon of unwinding during #AfroBaselMiami. Featuring visual artist, Alfrena Moosa, an African-inspired pop-up shop, and other surprises!

Kurator is a new mobile experience that will transform the way people appreciate art. Kurator has entered into a joint venture with visual recognition company, Kairos, to apply facial recognition technology to art appreciation. Kurator’s users can browse pieces of art through the

mobile application, which will then present the user with details about the piece, interviews with the artist as well as the ability to purchase prints and merchandise. By bringing this experience to the user’s fingertips, Kurator opens new revenue opportunities for artists while simultaneously making art more accessible. “I felt the one thing missing in art was the story. Knowing the ‘why’ behind the piece is priceless.” says Kurator founder, Michael Hall. Kurator had a soft launch on Nov. 18 at the Art of Black Miami reception. Visit WeKurate.xyz to apply for beta testing and get Kurator friendly locations for Art Basel.


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