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Miami Art Event

Another ‘good news’, art happening in Miami. I love anything where kids, animals and the environment get positive attention and encouragement. There really are a lot of people helping people and sharing great energy!
See Video here.

Check out Social Miami where hundreds of organizations, businesses and individuals are getting out and making a positive difference!
Here’s the link to Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation
and one for the Knight Foundation
ARTISTS (visual, performance, musicians, writers, all… be sure to learn more about the grant opportunities of Knight Foundation, a highly respected organization with a long history of supporting the arts and journalism.

Imagine Miami…

view from MDC Wolfson Campus rooftop

    -view from Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus rooftop during Imagine Miami Summit   

A day of arts, culture and civic engagement programs and possibilities in Miami and worldwide. I attended this gathering on Saturday (2/16/08) because I knew it would be an amazing group of people to network with and perhaps to learn of at least one community project that would speak to my heart.
Earthman, Chief Nathaniel Styles, Imagine Miami Director, Corrina Moebius        
Earthman, Chief Nathaniel Styles and Imagine Miami Director, Corrina Moebius 

Within the first 10 minutes, I knew this was so much more. The summit started off with performance artist, Octavio Campos getting everyone on their feet, crossing imagined boundaries and opening minds to all that would be presented throughout the day long event. Corinna Moebius, the vivacious Director of Imagine Miami introduced the first speaker, Barbara Schaffer-Bacon, a co-director of Animating Democracy (Americans for the Arts).  Barbara shared several examples of arts-based civic projects that demonstrated the powerful impact these types of projects have on communities all over the planet. The presentations, speakers, organizations and ideas flowed and expanded throughout the day and I anticipate will continue as we absorb all of this energy, choose our collaborations and move forward. This is just another example of the power of shared visions and energy. Once again confirming for me that I am in the right place at the right time.