The Arts

3rd Annual Sankofa Jazz Fest, Sat. 4/8/17

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3rd Annual Sankofa Jazz Fest featuring Grammy-winning trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist Nicholas Payton with Amina Scott and Joe Dyson.

The lineup includes Miami’s very own New Vision Sax Ensemble, the Ladies of Simply Simone, South Broward High School Jazz Band, Joseph Miller, Joel Perez, and Aniye Strachan.

Performance Schedule

1:30 pm Gates Open

2:15 pm Melton Mustafa Next Generation Jazz Contest Participants

3:00 pm Joseph Miller

3:30 pm Ladies of Simply Simone

4:15 pm Leesa Richards

5:00 pm New Vision Sax Ensemble

6:00 pm Nicholas Payton Trio featuring Amina Scott and Joe Dyson

 

Come early, bring your lawn chairs and lots of friends to enjoy this FREE outdoor concert.

For vendor space, call 305.638.6771.

 

Admission is free; RSVP at http://ahcacmiami.eventbrite.com/


Folk Heritage Award Recipient William “Billy the Kid” Emerson Honored in Ceremony in Tarpon Springs

TALLAHASSEE— The Florida Folklife Program and the City of Tarpon Springs recognized 2017 Florida Folk Heritage Award recipient, William “Billy the Kid” Emerson, in a special ceremony today hosted at the Tarpon Springs Heritage Museum. This ceremony honored Mr. Emerson for his lifelong contributions as a songwriter and producer.

William Emerson was born in Tarpon Springs in 1925, where he learned to play piano in church. Following in the footsteps of his uncle George Hannah, Emerson began performing publicly throughout the area. He joined the Navy in 1943, and after the war, resumed performing with Tampa area acts including Ivory Mitchell, the Billy Battle Band, and Alfonso Brown Band. He acquired the nickname “Billy the Kid” while playing with a band that dressed like cowboys.

Also a talented athlete, Emerson attended Florida A&M University on an athletic scholarship but left to serve in the Air Force during the Korean War. He later met Ike Turner and after being discharged, joined Turner’s Kings of Rhythm band. In 1954, he signed a contract with Sam Phillips and wrote and recorded hits for Sun Records including “When It Rains It Really Pours” (later recorded by Elvis Presley) and “Red Hot.” In 1955, he joined Vee-Jay Records, where he released “Every Woman I know (Crazy ‘Bout Automobiles).” Shortly after, he joined Chess Records as their recording manager. Emerson later formed Tarpon Records, and continued to record and perform rhythm & blues both internationally and abroad.

In 1978, Mr. Emerson rededicated himself to his faith, became a pastor and returned to Tarpon Springs where he continues to serve his congregation and compose sacred music. Although he no longer performs secular music, the compilation album, Red Hot: The Sun Years, was released in 2009, and Mr. Emerson was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

 

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The Florida Department of State presents Florida Folk Heritage Awards annually to citizens who have made long-standing contributions to Florida’s cultural heritage by perpetuating community traditions. Like the National Heritage Fellowships, the Florida Folk Heritage Awards honor the state’s most influential tradition bearers for excellence, significance and authenticity as folk artists or folklife advocates. Information on how to make a nomination is available here and additional information regarding past recipients, including photos and bios, is available here.

The Florida Folklife Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Program. For further information about the Florida Folklife Program, contact State Folklorist Amanda Hardeman at 850.245.6427 or visit flheritage.com/preservation/folklife.

 


Scenes from Art Basel Week in Miami: PDiddy, Fat Joe, Dru Hill and a Tribute to President Barack Obama

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On Wednesday, November 30, P Diddy stopped by the uber affluent Swiss Gallery Gmurzynska at the Miami Convention Center during Art Basel. Spotted speaking with art world scions Isabelle Bscher (Gmurzynska's granddaughter) and Claude Picasso (Pablo Picasso's son), Diddy was overheard saying he was looking to expand his art collection and discussing design ideas with Claude for his New York home. 

 

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On Thursday, mysterious artist Alec Monopoly unveiled a 50ft Wall "Tag" on the exterior of Mondrian Hotel Miami for Tag Heuer. Named by Tag Heuer as their new Art Provocateur, Monopoly was joined by Tag Heuer CEO Jean Claude Biver and select invited insiders including hip hop artist Fat Joe to be the first to lay eyes on the up until now secret project.

The installation can be viewed through Art Basel by global art connoisseurs and locals until November 30, 2017 while a week long TAG HEUER pop up shop and gallery will be open to public for the duration of Art Basel.

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The event was followed by a celebratory private dinner, which featured Alec Monopoly creating a one of a kind painting live and an after party at the same location.

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In Overtown, the uber chic opening reception of the Visions of Our 44th President Barack Obama exhibition at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex, was experienced by Black Miami’s movers, shakers and beautiful people. This exhibition, a tribute to our nation’s first black president is a must see. Shout out to the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, MI; Peter Kaplan of Our World, LLC; Dr. Dorothy Jenkins Fields; Timothy Barber; Kamila Pritchett; and the rest of the Black Archives team. Stay tuned for more detailed coverage of this thought-provoking installation.

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Art installation of President Obama's birth certificate. Visions of Our 44th President Barack Obama exhibition at the Black Archives Historic Lyric Theater Cultural Arts Complex.



 

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Get Out the Vote Block Party in Liberty City Sun. 11/6

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To all my people in Liberty City and all my urban art lovers, on Sunday, November 6, 2016, the Florida Democratic Party and Hillary for Florida will host "Our Issues, Our Vote,” a block party. This event was designed to encourage residents to vote early in the November General Election. The party will be staged in the Broadway Arts District, a local urban art culture oasis of which you may not be aware. There will be music from DJ Big Boy and live performances. Enjoy free food and the talents of nationally-renown artist Marvin Weeks who will add another mural to the landscape of the District.  

Sunday is the last day of early voting. Election Day is Tuesday, November 8. Rides will be provided to nearby early voting sites. Spread the word about this event. Thank you. See you there! 

If You Go: 

Our Issues, Our Vote Block Party
3:30 PM
Sunday,  November 6, 2016
Broadway Arts District
6214 NW 18th Avenue
Miami, FL 33147

 

 

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Miami's Liliane Nérette Louis selected one of five master artists for Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program

TALLAHASSEE — Secretary of State Ken Detzner announced the selection of five folk artists to serve as master artists in the 2016-2017 Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program. The chosen artists are Tomás Granado (Webster), Norteño accordion musician; Liliane Nérette Louis (Miami), Haitian storyteller, culinary artist, and herbalist; Bob Pitt (Bradenton), traditional boat builder; Jamal Jones (Jacksonville), freestyle hip hop artist; and Aida Rodriguez (Winter Garden), Puerto Rican bobbin lace maker.

 

“Florida is home to a diverse body of traditional arts and these five artists are representative of the state’s unique cultural heritage,” said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. “The Apprenticeship Program recognizes master artists and apprentices devoted to learning and sharing folk and traditional arts, and ensures the preservation of those art forms for future generations.”

 

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From Left to Right: Tomás Granado, Liliane Nérette Louis, Bob Pitt, Jamal Jones, and Aida Rodriguez

 

The Department of State’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program fosters the continuation of Florida folk arts by supporting masters who teach selected apprentices. Under the program, each master artist works intensively with one or more apprentices during a period of up to eight months. Program support consists of honoraria to the masters and apprentices to cover expenses for lessons and supplies.

 

To apply for the Florida Folklife Apprenticeship Program, master artists should be known in their community as expert practitioners of a living traditional art form that is considered a valued aspect of that community’s folklife. The Florida Folklife Program defines folklife as the living traditions that are currently practiced and passed down by word of mouth, imitation, or observation over time and space within groups or communities. Each apprentice must have demonstrated an aptitude for, and a commitment to, the art form he or she wishes to study and an involvement with the cultural community that sustains the tradition. The next deadline for applications to the Folklife Apprenticeship Program is May 15, 2017.

 

The Florida Folklife Program is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk and Traditional Arts Program. For further information about the Department’s Folklife Apprenticeship Program, visit their website, or contact the Florida Folklife Program at (8500 245-6427.

 


South Dade Alphas Donate School Supplies to Chapman Elementary

 


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From left, chapter member Chris Stevenson, unidentified school faculty member and chapter member Gerson Sanchez with donated supplies for the 2016-17 school year.

 

Thank you to the men of the Iota Pi Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity as they recently adopted Dr. William A. Chapman Elementary School as their 2016 Adopt-A-Classroom grant recipient. The organization showered the school with much needed school supplies for the students. Dr. William A. Chapman was one of Miami's first black physicians. Known for his educational programs on communicable diseases, Chapman's home stands as an iconic landmark and educational resource center in Overtown, the center of Miami's historic African-American community. 

 

 


Hobbs Added to Miramar Cultural Trust Board of Directors

 
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Tameka Bradley Hobbs, Ph.D., currently the Interim Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at Florida Memorial University in Miami Gardens, has been added to the board of directors of the Miramar Cultural Trust. Dr. Hobbs is also University Historian and Assistant Professor of History at Florida Memorial University.

A noted author, Dr. Hobbs is also a nationally recognized expert on African American issues and has been published in several media outlets. Dr. Hobbs received a B.A. in History and Anthropology at Florida A&M University, and M.A. in U.S. History and Doctorate of Philosophy in U.S. History, Historical Administration and Public History from Florida State University. She founded the FAMU History Association, the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society at Florida A&M University the Lions for Justice at Florida Memorial University. She is a member of the Association of African American Museums, American Historical Association, Association for the Study of African American Life and History, Association of Black Women Historians, Florida Historical Society and Southern Historical Association. She is a resident of Miramar.

 


More than $30,000 raised at Albany State University scholarship celebration in Atlanta

 

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Greg Hylick, ASU alumnus and president of the ASU Foundation, (right) receives an original painting by artist Leroy Campbell (left) after bidding $4,000 during a live auction at Saturday’s “Party with a Purpose” benefit in Atlanta. Photo: Reginald Christian

 


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. – A lively and energetic atmosphere proved to be the best setting for raising funds for student scholarships. Albany State University alumni and supporters raised $30,600 for need-based scholarships at Saturday’s “Party with a Purpose” benefit held at the prestigious Commerce Club in downtown Atlanta. 

“This is a proud day for ASU,” President Art Dunning said to a group of nearly 160 alumni and supporters. “The future of the university depends on the people in this room.”

The event, held in collaboration with the Tom Joyner Foundation, was the first of many university initiatives for the Tom Joyner School of the Month campaign. As the November School of the Month, the TJF will promote raising funds for the university and highlight its programs for the entire year. ASU will be featured daily during the month of November. 

During the live auction, Greg Hylick, president of the ASU Foundation, made a successful bid of $4,000 on an exclusive Leroy Campbell original painting. Dunning and first-lady Karen Baynes-Dunning were so inspired, they committed another $4,000 to support need-based scholarships. A silent auction that featured original artwork by ASU students was also a great success, with many of the pieces earning more than $100 bids. 

“Much like the band’s performance in Pasadena, the student artwork was just another shining example of how talented ASU students are,” said Chanta Haywood, ASU vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the ASU Foundation. “They need our support to nurture that talent so that they may graduate and inspire future generations.”

Co-hosts, television actress JoMarie Payton and the Honorable Glenda Hatchett, Atlanta attorney and star of the former “Judge Hatchett” television show, helped to reinforce the importance of giving by making donations of their own.

After hearing about the upcoming groundbreaking for the ASU Fine Arts Center, Payton wrote a check for $500 toward fine arts scholarships.

“The young people that we support with our donations are the biggest investment we can make in our lives,” said Payton, a native Albanian.

“We don’t want to look back and say we wish we would have done a little more,” said Hatchett, who served as the 2014 Spring Commencement speaker at Albany State. “We are claiming extraordinary things for ASU. We have work to do, and it’s on our collective shoulders to get it done.”

Fitting the occasion, a $2,500 scholarship was presented to social work major, Debra Rucks. The inaugural scholarship is part of the $25,000 endowment by Virginia Harris and family, in honor of her husband, Keith Harris.

“Ms. Rucks will likely graduate on time and begin helping her community as a result of this generous donation,” Haywood said. “All donations matter, no matter the size. Collectively, small amounts add up to make large differences and that's something to celebrate.”

“Party with a Purpose” was the first event in ASU’s “Week of Giving” initiative, which began Saturday, March 26 and will culminate on Founder’s Day, Friday, April 1. The “Week of Giving” is an invitation to students, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and friends to give back through donations and personal involvement. To make a donation, visit giveto.asurams.edu. 

Photo caption: Greg Hylick, ASU alumnus and president of the ASU Foundation, (right) receives an original painting by artist Leroy Campbell  (left) after bidding $4,000 during a live auction at Saturday’s “Party with a Purpose” benefit in Atlanta. Photo credit: Reginald Christian

 


Career Opportunities: Open positions at HistoryMiami Museum

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As the team at HistoryMiami builds for the future, there are openings for key positions. 

The team has identified 5 key audiences > history buffs, 305’ers (those that love and thrive on Miami), school students and their teachers, families with children age 6 and under, guests to the region.

Mission:   HistoryMiami Museum connects people by telling the stories of Miami’s communities, individuals, places and events.

Vision:   Exploring our past to inspire our future.

 

Director of Advancement: http://www.historymiami.org/_preview/about-us/employment/director-of-advancement/  Opportunity to build a team with a new attitude towards advancing the museum through individual, corporate and government support.  Building and maintaining relationships a key aspect of this position.  

Director of Education: http://www.historymiami.org/_preview/about-us/employment/director-of-education/  Build upon a strong museum school curriculum and public program. New initiatives include the creation of an education learning gallery for guests of all ages and the creation of invigorating programs for the community.

City Tours Manager: http://www.historymiami.org/_preview/about-us/employment/city-tours-manager/

 


The Motivational Edge Fuses Music and Technology for Local Youth

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Miami, FL - The Motivational Edge, iTech, DJ Affect and Irie Foundation, have partnered to bring new music and technology educational opportunities to middle and high school students for free. Programs offered include Lyrical Expression & Audio Recording, The Edge Radio Station and the Irie Rhythms Percussion Program.

Lyrical Expression & Audio Recording classes give students the opportunity to turn their words and thoughts into song lyrics, then allow them to ‘lay down tracks’. This program also teaches students about music production, giving them hands-on experience, working with music software, sound boards and recording equipment.

With live internet radio streaming a huge part of today’s lifestyle, we have partnered with DJ Affect to launch The Edge Radio Station. This platform will let youth create their own personalized Live Digital Radio station to showcase and broadcast their music, conduct interviews, learn about the radio production industry and more. The Edge Radio Station is scheduled to launch fall of 2015.

Classes are offered Monday - Thursday, afterschool, from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at iTech @ Thomas A. Edison Educational Center. iTech is located at, 6101 Northwest 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33127

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