ArtesMiami, the Hispanic culture website of Miami. Aida Levitan


Welcome to ArtesMiami


National Museum of the American Latino

Final Report presentation

View more
Adam Geiger & Ronnie Kaufler at ArtesMiami Exhibit
View more
The City of Possible Unity : A Miami poetry collection
View more
Cachao & Candido Camero at ArtesMiami Event
View more
National Museum of the American Latino Commission
View more
Hialeah Haikus, The Poetry Book of the Year according to New Times Miami
View more
Gloria Leal receiving Lydia Cabrera Award, from Aida Levitan
View more
Editorial Ultramar published & launches Miami poetry books
View more
Composition with a Face that Cries :

By Rodrigo de la Luz. Art for sale

View more
Jose Abreu Felippe and Aida Levitan presented Gloria Leal's book at CCE
View more
ArtesMiami supports exhibitions of Hispanic art at museums
View more
Presentation of Lydia Cabrera Award to Luis de la Paz
View more
“Mio Mundo” Author: Rodrigo de La Luz. Editorial Ultramar
View more
NMAL Commission , President Obama and Michelle Obama at White House
View more
ArtesMiami supports the Spanish Cultural Center
View more
Ms Connor receive the Lydia Cabrera Award

 Dr. Aida Levitan, president of ArtesMiami and Ms. Connor.  

View more
Dreyfus & Company Wines

Dreyfus & Company Wines is one of the sponsors of the reception in honor of Olga Connor, who will receive the 2014 Lydia Cabrera Award on July 18th, 2014. Emilio Guerra, Dreyfus & Company, has made the sponsorship possible so that 100 local leaders will enjoy the wonderful wines of this company. The event is sponsored by ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank.

Olga Connor to Receive Lydia Cabrera Award

Prominent cultural journalist Olga Connor, El Nuevo Herald, will receive the prestigious Lydia Cabrera Award of ArtesMiami on Friday, July 18th, co-sponsored by U.S. Century Bank and ArtesMiami.  The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cultural development of South Florida.  Previous winners were:  Gloria Leal, Luis de la Paz and Carlos Alberto Montaner.  The award, in memory of Lydia Cabrera, world-renowned writer and expert in Afro-Cuban culture, includes a $500 cash prize and a work of art, to be presented by Dr. Aida Levitan, ArtesMiami president, U.S. Century Bank Chairman Alex Acosta and CEO Carlos Davila at the reception honoring Ms. Connor.  Members of ArtesMiami will be invited to the reception.  To become a member, please contact info@artesmiami.org.

TWICE and SIDRA EL GAITERO sponsor sale & reception

Carmen Franchi, Gilberto Reyes (Twice Consignment) & Aida Levitan (ArtesMiami, Inc.) will sponsor a reception and sale, with support from Sidra el Gaitero, on April 24th at 6:30 p.m. at Twice, 4040 S. Red Road (next to Delicias de España).  Metered parking is available.  Aida Levitan has donated some of her paintings, antique prints, costume jewelry, designer bags, ceramics and cocktail dresses to benefit ArtesMiami.  All proceeds of the sale on April 24th will be donated to the non-profit organization, which promotes and supports Hispanic artists and cultural organizations.

Rodrigo de la Luz presents new poetry book at CCEMiami

ArtesMiami andl CCEMiami (Centro Cultural Español) present a reading in Spanish by the Miami Cuban poet Rodrigo de la Luz, with his new book La luz que se prolonga, Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. at CCEMiami, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Ground Floor, Miami, FL 33131.  Rodrigo has published three poetry books:  Mujer de Invierno, Poesía Viva and Mío Mundo.  He has read his poems at the Miami Book Fair, CCEMiami, Fundación Hispano-Cubana of Madrid and numerous events and exhibitions.

Celebration of Spanish Heritage and Brands of Spain

During an event organized by the Forum of Famous Spanish Brands, the heritage of Spain in Florida and the contribution of Spanish famous brands to the U.S. were celebrated in the legendary ship of Juan Sebastián El Cano, on May 3, 2013.  Dozens of Friends of the Spain Brand and Friends of Famous Spanish Brands were recognized with a beautiful Lladró trophy.  A cocktail reception featuring Spanish food and wine products such as 5Jotas ham, Torres Wines and Estrella de Galicia beer, followed the formal ceremony.

Photo by Pablo Blazquez Recuero:  Dr. Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami, with the Spanish Minister of External Affairs and Cooperation, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo

To see video, click here

 

CCEMiami & ArtesMiami Presented Novelist Carlos Rojas

Carlos Rojas, Spanish author of more than 25 books, came to CCEMiami on May 2, to speak about "Dalí and the Specter of García Lorca," presented by CCEMiami and ArtesMiami, Inc.  The conference, in Spanish, was related to his book "The Ingenious Gentleman and Poet Federico García Lorca Ascends to Hell," recently translated by Edith Grossman and published by Yale University Press

Rojas, born in Barcelona in 1928, arrived in the U.S. as a young man and taught at Emory Universiy, where is now Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus.  He has won the Planeta and Nadal Awards as well as the Ateneo de Sevilla Award and the National Award for Literature in Spain.

 

2013 Lydia Cabrera Award Presented to Carlos Alberto Montaner

The ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award presented to the writer and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner on Friday, April 19th in Coral Gables, Florida.  The award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to the cultural development of South Florida.  An internationally recognized author, Cuban-born Montaner is one of Miami's most admired journalists and leaders as well.  Among his 25 books are best-selling novels such as "Otra vez adiós" (the most recent) and "La mujer del coronel."  During the last 30 years dozens of daily newspapers in Spain, Latin America and the U.S. have published his weekly column.  Poder Magazine estimates that six million people throughout the world read his articles.

More than 60 leaders attended the luncheon.  The award included a work of ceramics art by Rodrigo de la Luz and $500, which was invested, at Montaner's reqiest, in providing copies of Montaner's latest novel, Otra vez adiós, to the guests.

 

ArtesMiami sponsors Smithsonian Ceramics Exhibition

ArtesMiami will sponsor the Ceramics of the Ancestors exhibition at the Smithsonian,  organized by  the Smithsonian Latino Center (SLC).

Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed is a celebration of the region’s diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage. Organized by SLC and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), this initiative will result in a major 18-month exhibit of ceramics that will take place in the NMAI changing exhibit gallery in Washington, D.C., opening March 29, 2013. The exhibit will draw from more than 12,000 objects from the NMAI collection originating from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. The exhibit and its correlative public and educational programs, as well as robust web presence, are a pioneering effort by the Smithsonian to promote a better understanding of the creative pre-Columbian cultures of the region while engaging new Latino visitors with the Institution.

For more information, visit http://nmai.si.edu/explore/exhibitions/item/681/

 

Lydia Cabrera Award Reception on July 18th

ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank will sponsor the presentation and reception to present the 2014 Lydia Cabrera Award to prominent cultural journalist Olga Connor, who writes for El Nuevo Herald.  The award was created in honor of Lydia Cabrera, internationally famous Cuban writer and expert on Afro-Cuban culture, who lived in Coral Gables for many years.  The award includes $500 in cash and a work of art.  Olga Connor has been writing for El Nuevo Herald for several decades.  Author of Parables of Women (Palabras de mujer), she also obtained a Doctorate in Romance Languages from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was also a lecturer.  She was a professor of language and Hispanic literature at Swarthmore College, Dickinson College and the University of Miami.  In addition, she has taught Journalism at Florida International University.

ArtesMiami, U.S. Century Bank and Dreyfus & Company Wines are sponsoring the event.

TWICE Sponsors Sale of Aida Levitan's Donated Paintings and Other Objects

Carmen Franchi, Gilberto Reyes (Twice Consignment) & Aida Levitan (ArtesMiami, Inc.) will sponsor a reception and sale, with support from Sidra el Gaitero, on April 24th at 6:30 p.m. at Twice, 4040 S. Red Road (next to Delicias de España).  Metered parking is available.  Aida Levitan has donated some of her paintings, antique prints, costume jewelry, designer bags, ceramics and cocktail dresses to benefit ArtesMiami.  All proceeds of the sale on April 24th will be donated to the non-profit organization, which promotes and supports Hispanic artists and cultural organizations.

To see examples of some of the objects for sale, please click here

RSVP:  info@artesmiami.org. 

 

 

Poetry reading by Rodrigo de la Luz on August 8th

ArtesMiami andl CCEMiami (Centro Cultural Español) present a reading in Spanish by the Miami Cuban poet Rodrigo de la Luz, with his new book La luz que se prolonga, Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 8 p.m. at CCEMiami, 1490 Biscayne Blvd., Ground Floor, Miami, FL 33131.  Rodrigo has published three poetry books:  Mujer de Invierno, Poesía Viva and Mío Mundo.  He has read his poems at the Miami Book Fair, CCEMiami, Fundación Hispano-Cubana of Madrid and numerous events and exhibitions.

Lydia Cabrera Award to Carlos Alberto Montaner

The ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award will be presented to the writer and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner on Friday, April 19th in Coral Gables, Florida.  The award recognizes a person who has made a significant contribution to the cultural development of South Florida.  An internationally recognized author, Cuban-born Montaner is one of Miami's most admired journalists and leaders as well.  Among his 25 books are best-selling novels such as "Otra vez adiós" (the most recent) and "La mujer del coronel."  During the last 30 years dozens of daily newspapers in Spain, Latin America and the U.S. have published his weekly column.  Poder Magazine estimates that six million people throughout the world read his articles.

Space is very limited.  To buy tickets for the luncheon, please write to:  info@artesmiami.org. 

 

ArtesMiami sponsors Smithsonian Ceramics of the Ancestors Exhibition

ArtesMiami will sponsor Cerámica de los Ancestros: Central America’s Past Revealed is a celebration of the region’s diverse and dynamic ancestral heritage. Organized by SLC and the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), this initiative will result in a major 18-month exhibit of ceramics that will take place in the NMAI changing exhibit gallery in Washington, D.C., opening March 29, 2013. The exhibit will draw from more than 12,000 objects from the NMAI collection originating from Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. The exhibit and its correlative public and educational programs, as well as robust web presence, are a pioneering effort by the Smithsonian to promote a better understanding of the creative pre-Columbian cultures of the region while engaging new Latino visitors with the Institution.

The Central American community in the United States has grown rapidly and is well established in major cities (e.g., the Washington, DC region, Los Angeles, San Francisco/Bay Area, Dallas, Houston, Miami, New York, and Chicago). The Central American born make up 29 percent of all immigrants in the District of Columbia. Over one in ten immigrants in Maryland (18.1%) and Virginia (15.6%) are from Central America. In spite of this significant presence, the study and presentation of Central America’s indigenous history are often overlooked and marginalized in favor of scholarship on neighboring Mesoamerican (Mayan) and Andean civilizations. Through this important initiative, which includes 20 public programs, the Smithsonian aims to validate the historical legacy and cultural contributions of this seven-country region with a nuanced presentation of its pre-Columbian past and its modern day through lines.

Gema Corredera Concert

ArtesMiami is proud to sponsor Fundarte's concert with Cuban-American singer Gema Corredera.

Gema Corredera, one of Miami’s local musical treasures, will be performing highlights from her first solo album, “Derramando Luz” (“Spreading Light”) on Saturday, April 6th, at 8:00 p.m. at Miami Dade County Auditorium, 2901 Flagler St., Miami in conjuntion with Artes Miami. This celebrated vocalist and guitarist brings her exceptional voice and musicianship to the local stage with a sound influenced as much by her Cuban roots as by Jazz, Brazilian music, Opera, and Flamenco. Her voice moves fluently through a multitude of genres, creating a rich tapestry of Jazz and Cuban music that continuously recalls the tropical sensuality of Cuban Rumba, Son,"Filin," Bolero and Afro-Caribbean rhythms. With a stage presence that is unassuming yet captivating, Gema Corredera is an earthy, yet sophisticated singer with an amazing vocal range and versatile interpretative style that is intimate, smooth, funky, playful and seductive.  


Avery special invited artist: Marta Valdes (performing for the first time in US)

More info at FUNDarte.us

 

ArtesMiami sponsors literary events and plans Poesia Gourmet presentations

ArtesMiami sponsors literary events such as the presentations of Gloria Leal's book and Luis de la Paz's short story collection at the Spanish Cultural Center, poetry readings by Rodrigo de la Luz, and presentations by 32 poets from the book "La Ciudad de la Unidad Posible."

ArtesMiami also plans to organize readings by South Florida poets at gourmet restaurants.  Limited to 30 participants, each event would include a three-course lunch or dinner and poetry reading by the selected poet/s.  For more information (and sponsorship opportunities) please write to alevitan@artesmiami.org.

Lunch:        $45 per person
Dinner:       $60 per person
Reception:   $30 per person

The first Poesía Gourmet events, took place in the Fall of 2009 at Books & Books in Coral Gables, Florida, and on November 8th at the Miami Book Fair International.  They featured POESIA VIVA by Rodrigo de la Luz and LA CIUDAD DE LA UNIDAD POSIBLE, a collection of South Florida poetry (in Spanish), published by Editorial Ultramar. The events included tapas and wine receptions.

Third Printing of Hialeah Haikus

What does a Japanese short-form poem, and a 92% Spanish speaking, American city have in common?  Exactly.  "Hialeah Haikus" is a hilarious collection of five-syllable, seven-syllable, five-syllable poems inspired by the most unique and idiosyncratic section of South Florida: Hialeah.  Editorial Ultramar has now completed the third printing of "Hialeah Haikus", with Foryoucansee, and it is now for sale on this website or at Books & Books for only $10.

Foryoucansee is a collective of writers, actors, performance artists, and veterinarian assistants who create work in and about South Florida.  Past projects include “The Toners Live!: Toners in Time.” (think Pitbull meets “Bill & Ted’s”)—a bass-filled, time-travel fantasia.  This group of 20-something Miamians will stop at nothing to preserve, recognize, and glorify the unique cultural identity of, as they like to call it, “the 305”.

Full of references to Santeria, gelled-up hair, pastelitos de guayaba (guava pastries), and bass, and with a foreword by one of Miami’s most iconic DJs, “Slamming” Felix Sama, Hialeah Haikus is sure to make any local spit out her batido de mamey (mamey milkshake) in laughter.

Foryoucansee is the creation of Alex Fumero, Lucas Leyva, and Marco Ramirez—three young artists with a passion for creating native work.  This time they stand on the shoulders of giants, fellow authors: Eric Anderson, Ceci Fernandez, Danny Monsalve, Alex Nodarse, Elena Santayana, and local celebrity, Jose El Rey.  Original photography in the book by Matthew Berkowitz and Gabriel Iglesias.

Hialeah Haikus is published by Editorial Ultramar, a division of the non-profit Artes Miami, Inc., and can be found at Books & Books in Coral Gables, or online at http://www.artesmiami.org/books.   Books are $10.

ArtesMiami sponsored the screening of Camilo Vila's film The City of Gardens on June 11, 2011

Film director Camilo Vila with El Nuevo Herald Deputy Editor Gloria Leal and artist Demi Rodriguez in front of a work of art by Carlos Alfonzo.

ArtesMiami supports the Miami Art Museum.

 ArtesMiami and its President continue to support the creation of the new Miami Art Museum (MAM).  As a Trustee of MAM, Dr. Levitan attended the recent museum groundbreaking events.  In the photo, from left to right:  Pat Pepper (MAM Trustee); MAM Director Thom Collins; MAM Trustees Rose Ellen Green, Rafael Miyar and Dr. Aida Levitan.

ArtesMiami supports España-Florida Foundation

 ArtesMiami supports the España-Florida Foundation, which is celebrating the heritage and presence of Spain in Florida, culminating in celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the exploration of Florida by Spaniards and the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine.   The King and Queen of Spain visited Miami and endorsed the work of the Foundation.  The Board and Advisors appear in this photo with King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia of Spain.

National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL) Final Report Presentation

The Commission of the NMAL appear in the photo with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar on the Fifth of May, 2011.  Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami and a Commissioner, supported the public communications campaign for the national press conference.

Lydia Cabrera Award presented to Luis de la Paz on April 9, 2011

The award recipient--writer and journalist  Luis de la Paz, Dr. Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami; Ambassador Cristina Barrios, Consul General of Spain; and Octavio Ramos, President of the Rotary Club Miami-Granada - during the reception at which the Lydia Cabrera Award was presented to Mr. de la Paz.      

ArtesMiami supports the Miami Art Museum Corporate Luncheon

ArtesMiami supported the Miami Art Museum by inviting hundreds of VIPs to contribute $150 per person and to participate in the Miami Art Museum (MAM) Corporate Luncheon.  ArtesMiami also sponsored the luncheon and its president, Dr. Aida Levitan attended the event.  In the photo, from left to right:  MAM sponsor Mark North, President of Espirito Santo Bank; Gladys Giménez; Dr. Aida Levitan, MAM Trustee and Carlos Modia, COO, Espirito Santo Bank.

Traveling Poet Visits South Florida Schools and Universities

Traveling Poet Rodrigo de la Luz has visited several schools and universities in South Florida to read his poetry and to encourage students to use poetry as a positive way to express their feelings and thoughts.  He appears in the photo while reading to students.  

Schools and universities interested in a presentation by "The Traveling Poet" should contact: info@artesmiami.org     

Alex Fumero, ArtesMiami VP on WLRN

A WLRN interview with Alex Fumero, ArtesMiami vice president, on his work in the are of acting, directing and producing.

Interview on the National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL)

Interview with Elliott Rodriguez, CBS Channel 4 in Miami, Florida, on the NMAL Commission study on the possible creation of a national museum in Washington, D.C. that will tell the story of U.S. Latinos to illuminate the American story for the benefit of all.


Alex Fumero, ArtesMiami VP on WLRN
Click to play
Interview on the National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL)
Click to play
Univision - Aida Levitan and Latinos in the U.S.
Click to play