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By Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts This month I had the opportunity to give a short speech at We Day in Minnesota. We Day is “an annual series of stadium-sized events, We Day brings together world-renowned speakers and performers with tens of thousands of youth to kick-start a year of action through We Act. […]

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By Stephen Sokolouski, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Patricia Kopatchinskaja’s tenure as an Artistic Partner began last weekend with concerts in Uptown Minneapolis, Eden Prairie, and Mahtomedi. The remarkable performances captivated audiences—Pioneer Press critic Rob Hubbard described the first night as an “adrenaline-fueled thrill ride of a concert, one that inspired three standing ovations and will doubtless be one […]

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This month was a special edition of Big Night in Little Haiti. Big Night celebrated Haitian Roots Month (November) with the US debut of Lakou Mizik, an amazing Haitian musical collective, and brought a taste of the signature monthly event to The Swamp at the 31st Miami Book Fair International. The Rhythm Foundation, producers of Big […]

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  By Caridad Castro, Miami Dade College Liberal Arts & Sciences Department “Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council […]

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By Daniel Peabody, director Elizabeth Leach Gallery Advice Station for Miami Basel is the latest project by multimedia artist MK Guth. Advice Station will be presented at Aqua Art Miami December 3-7 2014. Advice Station is part psychiatry office and part information booth where visitors can sit and talk about their experiences and offer their […]

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By Sebastian Spreng, Visual Artist and Classical Music Writer In the Puccini operatic canon, Madama Butterfly occupies no middle ground as to audience views. Those who adore Puccini’s exquisite Oriental painting with passion á la italiana will never make peace with those who can’t stand the story of a geisha deceived by lo yankee vagabondo and who, […]

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By Mark Hart, executive and artistic director Community Arts Program, a Knight Arts Challenge South Florida winner to create the Miami Jazz Institute  Since its inception in the early 20th century, jazz has been a reflection of American culture and is widely considered the truly original American art form. Yet many graduate from high school with […]

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By Ann Mintz, Reading Terminal Market On November 9, world indie songstress Eleanor Dubinsky brought her eclectic repertoire to Reading Terminal Market. Born in St. Louis, Dubinsky’s music is influenced by extensive travels in Europe, Latin and South America. A favorite at Philadelphia arts venues such as the Kimmel Center’s International Festival of the Arts, […]

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 By Drew Waller, Michigan Theater This year, the Cinetopia International Film Festival in Ann Arbor, Mich., a winner of the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit, premiered the important documentary “The Case Against 8.” We took advantage of this opportunity to bring in filmmaker Dustin Lance Black, who wrote the stage play “8” that inspired the film, […]

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By Bonita Buford, Harvey B. Gantt Center As on many campuses in the early 1970s, students at the University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) held sit-ins, demanding that the rich history and contributions of African-Americans be acknowledged. Campus leaders heeded the students’ rallying cry and launched what was to become the Black Studies Center at […]

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