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ArtesMiami & U.S. Century Bank presented Award to Mitch Kaplan
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Alex Fumero & Marco Ramirez at HIaleah Haikus Reading
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President Aida Levitan & Arianna Huffington invited by Carlos Slim
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ArtesMiami sponsored CCEMiami exhibition
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National Museum of the American Latino Commission
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Hialeah Haikus, The Poetry Book of the Year according to New Times Miami
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NMAL Commission , President Obama and Michelle Obama at White House
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Board of Directors of ArtesMiami with C. A. Montaner
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ArtesMiami sponsored Smithsonian Ceramics of the Ancestors Exhibition
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ArtesMiami President invited to meet King of Spain
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ArtesMiami, Novelist Carlos Rojas & Consul of Spain
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ArtesMiami supports National Museum of American Latino Friends
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ArtesMiami President & Poets Janisset Rivero & Judit Arvesu
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"Friday of Tertulia" with the literature of the writer Lilliam Moro

Luis de la Paz, of the PEN Club of Cuban Writers in Exile, moderated the emotional meeting on "Friday of Tertulia" with the literature of the writer Lilliam Moro, who could not attend due to health reasons, but her friends and admirers made it feel present through his poems. Thanks to Lilliam for being a fundamental part of Cuban literature. (See)

 

ArtesMiami Mourns the Loss of Writer Lilliam Moro

At dawn on Saturday, March 14, just six days after turning 74, Cuban exile writer Lilliam Moro died in her Miami apartment. She had been born in Havana on March 8, 1946, precisely on Women's Day.

Her partner, Julia, to whom she had been married for 10 years, said that Lilliam "was fighting cancer, which metastasized very quickly, so her illness was brief and with little pain." Then she added: "She died in her sleep."

Lilliam Moro began her career as a writer around 1965 in an inter-university competition, when she won the First Prize for Poetry with El extranjero. From that moment she was recognized for her talent and became a member of the group of writers gathered around the mythical Ediciones El Puente, directed by the poet José Mario (1940-2002). For some time she worked as a literature professor and later wrote literary criticism in Cuba. In 1970 she went to Spain, where she lived for more than four decades. She lived for a time in Puerto Rico and finally settled in Miami, where she continued to be very active in literary creation.

In 2017 Editorial Ultramar (recently renamed Editorial ArtesMiami) published El silencio y la furia, a poetry book that has been favorably reviewed by Miami literary critics. Available at Books and Books.

By 2019, Lilliam Moro had been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer that quickly affected other organs. However, she concentrated all her energies on publishing two books: Las reencarnaciones de Mamá Inés (a novel) and Ese olor a después  (a poetry book). "She saw both books published before closing her eyes and that gave her great joy, days of happiness," said her partner Julia.

Shortly before her death, Lilliam received public recognition from her friends, colleagues and admirers in Viernes de Tertulia, a monthly event coordinated by the writer and journalist Luis de la Paz, at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center. Among the speakers were: writers Carlos Alberto Montaner, José Abreu Felippe, Reinaldo García Ramos, Sergio de los Reyes and Franky de Varona.

Lilliam Moro's books include the poems La cara de la guerra, Poemas del 42, Cuaderno de La Habana, Obra poética casi completa, Contracorriente, winner of the International Poetry Prize "Pilar Fernández Labrador", in Salamanca, Spain, El silencio y la furia (Ediciones Ultramar, 2017), Tabla de salvación and Viaje hacia el horror. In narrative En la boca del lobo, winner of the Novel Prize "Villanueva del Pardillo," and which was the subject of study during two courses at the Faculty of Philology of the University of Seville.

The writer, as already indicated, managed to see the novel Las reencarnaciones de Mamá Inés and the poetry book Ese olor a después. The books are already on Amazon.

Rest in peace, dear Lilliam.

Editorial Ultramar Renamed Editorial ArtesMiami

With the December 2019 publication of the poetry collection La floresta interminable: poetas de Miami, the hitherto known Editorial Ultramar assumes a new name, Editorial ArtesMiami, which unifies it with the parent institution that sponsors it: ArtesMiami, Inc.

It is not the first time that Dr. Aida Levitan, Ph.D., founder and president of the organization that supports and promotes Hispanic artists and cultural organizations, makes changes in her institution. In 1995, Dr. Levitan created Hispanic Events, Inc., to produce the Fair of Seville in Miami and the Fair of Spain. A decade later the organization was renamed ArtesMiami, Inc. It then created a publishing division, named Editorial Ultramar, and published several books by leading Miami Hispanic poets. The new name Editorial ArtesMiami maintains the same commitment to publish the work of new and established poets who reside in Miami.

Among the books published under the Editorial Ultramar label were: Poesía viva by Rodrigo de la Luz (2003), La ciudad de la unidad posible, anthology of 32 poets (2009), Hialeah Haikus (in Spanglish) by Alex H. Fumero and Marco Ramírez, with the voices of young poets (2009), In 2011 The City of Possible Unity was published in English. Mio mundo and La luz que se prolonga, by Rodrigo de la Luz (respectively in 2010 and 2012), Convergencia by Judit Arvesu (2012), Testigo de la noche by Jenisset Rivero (2014), El silencio y la furia by Lilliam Moro (2017), and  Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla, in English and Spanish by Gustavo Novoa (2018). With its new name, Editorial ArtesMiami recently published La floresta interminable: poetas de Miami, a poetry collection in Spanish under the care of Luis de la Paz in December 2019.

 The ArtesMiami, Inc. institution, through its president and other donors, makes donations totaling $100,000 in cash and in-kind services to cultural and artistic institutions and periodically awards the ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award, recognizing those who have contributed to the development of South Florida as a cultural center. Among those who have been honored with the award are Gloria Leal, Luis de la Paz, Carlos Alberto Montaner, Olga Connor, Nat Chediak and Mitchell Kaplan.

 

ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank present the Closing Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, "Mucho Mucho Amor"

ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank present the Closing Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, "Mucho Mucho Amor", on March 14th at 7 p.m. at the Olympia Theater.

Join us to see "Mucho Mucho Amor" on March 14th at the Miami Film Festival - 15% OFF for a limited time: https://miamifilmfestival.com/events/mucho-mucho-amor/

This film is a documentary focused on the extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer legend Walter Mercado, who charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture.

ArtesMiami Presents New Poetry Book by Gustavo Novoa

The Chilean-American poet-artist Gustavo Novoa and ArtesMiami President Dr. Aida Levitanwill read poems in English and Spanish from Novoa's Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla, a bilingual poetry book published by Editorial Ultramar, the publishing division of ArtesMiami. The free event will be at 7 p.m. on November 29th, 2018, at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida. 

Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla is a charming poetry book illustrated by the celebrated paintings of endangered animals created by Novoa. According to Charles Wieland, "There is a quality to Novoa's fables reminiscent of ancient proverbs. As with Aesop and other fablers of antiquity, Novoa ridicules the fashionable world of snobbery, shams and the injustices man bestows on his fellow man." This book has many levels and can be enjoyed by both children and adults because of its simple but appealing poetry and beautiful illustrations.

RSVP to alevitan@artesmiami.org.

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ArtesMiami, U.S. Century Bank and CCEMiami sponsor Maria Toledo debut in Miami

ArtesMiami, U.S. Century Bank, and CCEMiami sponsored Maria Toledo's flamengo debut in Miami on May 18th and 19th 2018. Maria Toledo's performance served as part of CCEMiami's FlamenGO 2018 program. Maria Toledo is the first woman in flamengo's history to sing while accompanying herself on piano. She has also been nominated for two Latin Grammys. 

In addition, the concert's sponsors, ArtesMiami, U.S. Century Bank, and CCEMiami, hosted Maria Toledo, U.S. Century Bank customers, ArtesMiami sponsors and media at a luncheon at Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita. The Consul General of Spain, Candido Creis, spoke to the group and the Chairman of ArtesMiami, Jose Freixas, also participated.

ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank present the Closing Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, "Mucho Mucho Amor"

ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank present the Closing Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, "Mucho Mucho Amor", on March 14th at 7 p.m. at the Olympia Theater.

Join us to see "Mucho Mucho Amor" on March 14th at the Miami Film Festival - 15% OFF for a limited time: https://miamifilmfestival.com/events/mucho-mucho-amor/

This film is a documentary focused on the extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer legend Walter Mercado, who charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture.

Gustavo Novoa and Aida Levitan will read from Novoa's Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla

The Chilean-American poet-artist Gustavo Novoa and ArtesMiami President Dr. Aida Levitan will read poems in English and Spanish from Novoa's Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla, a bilingual poetry book published by Editorial Ultramar, the publishing division of ArtesMiami. The free event will be at 7 p.m. on November 29th, 2018, at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida. 

Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla is a charming poetry book illustrated by the celebrated paintings of endangered animals created by Novoa. According to Charles Wieland, "There is a quality to Novoa's fables reminiscent of ancient proverbs. As with Aesop and other fablers of antiquity, Novoa ridicules the fashionable world of snobbery, shams and the injustices man bestows on his fellow man." This book has many levels and can be enjoyed by both children and adults because of its simple but appealing poetry and beautiful illustrations.

RSVP to alevitan@artesmiami.org.

ArtesMiami supports Marti Production's El Club de las Viudas

ArtesMiami invites you to enjoy the very funny comedy El Club de las Viudas on June 29-30 and July 1st, at the Koubek Center, at 8:30 p.m., with fantastic local actors. It has been a sellout every night so get your tickets very soon at:

https://www.koubekcenter.org/el-club-de-las-viudas/

ArtesMiami participated in luncheon in honor of María Toledo, flamengo singer-pianist

ArtesMiami, U.S. Century Bank, and CCEMiami sponsored Maria Toledo's flamengo debut in Miami on May 18th and 19th 2018 at Miami Dade County Auditorium. Maria Toledo's performance served is part of CCEMiami's FlamenGO 2018 program. Maria Toledo is the first woman in flamengo's history to sing while accompanying herself on piano. She has also been nominated for two Latin Grammys. 

In addition, the concert's sponsors, ArtesMiami, U.S. Century Bank, and CCEMiami, hosted Maria Toledo, U.S. Century Bank customers, ArtesMiami sponsors and media at a luncheon at Dolores But You Can Call Me Lolita. The Consul General of Spain, Candido Creis, spoke to the group and the Chairman of ArtesMiami, Jose Freixas, also participated.

ArtesMiami's Editorial Ultramar Presents Lilliam Moro's Poetry Book on August 14

The editorial division of ArtesMiami, Editorial Ultramar, invites you to the poetry reading by Lilliam Moro, an award-winning Cuban-American poet, and her new book, El Silencio y la Furia, published by Ultramar, on TUESDAY, AUGUST 14, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., at the Suniland Books and Books, 11297 South Dixie Highway, Pinecrest, FL 33156. Benefactors who have donated $200 or more to ArtesMiami will be invited to a dinner with the author after the event. To be a Benefactor, click on https://www.artesmiami.org/ and Support Us.

Lilliam Moro is the author of numerous poetry books, two of which have won national awards. She resides in South Florida and has also published novels and essays. 

The book was edited by writer and critic Luis de la Paz. Poet-author Joaquin Galvez will introduce Ms. Moro at the reading. ArtesMiami President Aida Levitan, Ph.D., will give the welcome at the event.

ArtesMiami makes it possible for great poets to publish their books at no cost to them, distributes the books and promotes in local media and through its proprietary database of 7,000+ South Florida residents.

 

ArtesMiami thanks Books and Books for its continued support in presenting and promoting the poetry books published by Editorial Ultramar.

UM Cuban Heritage Collection will hold dinner to recognize donors

The premier collection of Cuban and Cuban-American rare books, documents, historic photos and videos and other artefacts is the UM Cuban Heritage Collection. As Chair of the Amigos Board of the Collection, Dr. Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami, has announced that the board will recognize donors of $500+ to the Collection at a dinner on November 17th. Peter Zubizarreta, UBS Bodner Zubizarreta Group, a new CHC Board member, will sponsor the dinner.

To participate in the dinner, you must become a CHC Gold Member by donating $500 or more to the Collection. This will entitle you to dinner invitations for two people.

Space is limited to the first 20 people who respond.

For additional information, please contact alevitan@artesmiami.org.

OAS Secretary & InterAmerican Institute for Democracy to present award

On October 26, 2017, at 6 p.m., the InterAmerican Institute for Democracy will present awards to OAS Secretary GeneralLuis Almagro, and to Aida Levitan, Ph.D., President of ArtesMiami. The Henry Dunant Award for Corporate Social Responsibility will be presented to Dr. Levitan at a Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus ceremony. Carlos Alberto Montaner, Chairman of the Institute, praised Dr. Levitan for becoming "an unquestionable champion of the best causes that have made Miami a cosmopolitan and amenable city." He added that "Dr. Levitan is recognized as a pioneering force in inserting corporate social responsibility criteria into business decisions."

The event will be at the Chapman Auditorium, Bulding III, Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus. You must register in order to attend.

For information on how to participate in this event, please contact alevitan@artesmiami.org.

 

Photo courtesy of Miami Today

Dialogue between two Carlos: Carlos Rojas & Carlos Alberto Montaner

Award-winning Spanish novelist Carlos Rojas answered questions from the admired Cuban-American author and journalist Carlos Alberto Montaner at an event hosted by Guerrero Gallery in Coral Gables and sponsored by the gallery with ArtesMiami and CCEMiami. More than 60 literary aficionados attended the event, followed by a reception with tapas and wines from Bellmont Restaurant. Benefactors and members of ArtesMiami and CCEMiami had priority seating at the presentation. ArtesMiami encourages people interested in cultural events to join ArtesMiami as a supporter by clicking on Support Us.

To see the video of the conference, click here:

Editorial ArtesMiami presented a poetry collection with more than 100 poems

In December 2019 Editorial ArtesMiami presented a poetry collection with more than 100 poems by 35 Hispanic authors based in Miami, at the Coral Gables Books and Books. The books is available for sale, for $20, at Books & Books or by writing to info@artesmiami.org

The poets of La Floresta Interminable: poetas de Miami gathered at Books and Books

The poets of La Floresta Interminable: poetas de Miami gathered at Books and Books Coral Gables in December 2019 to launch the new poetry collection, edited by Luis de la Paz and published by Editorial ArtesMiami.

ArtesMiami Publishing presented La Floresta Interminable

On December 10, 2019, ArtesMiami Publishing presented La Floresta Interminable, a collection of poems by Miami Hispanic writers, edited by Luis de la Paz, at the Coral Gables Books & Books. The poets appear in the photos with ArtesMiami President Aida Levitan and editor Luis de la Paz, on the extreme right.

The Board of FACE (Facts About Cuban Exiles)

The Board of FACE (Facts About Cuban Exiles) met in March 2020 at República Havas. The Board includes some of Miami's most prominent Cuban-American leaders, including the President of ArtesMiami, Inc., Dr. Aida Levitan (fourth from the right), who chaired the organization last year. The new Chairman is Eddie García, second from the left.

Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado
Kareem Tabsch and Cristina Costantini, directors and Alex Fumero, producer, of Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, with the late Walter Mercado. ArtesMiami was the first to sponsor the production of this documentary, the Closing Night Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, Presented by ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank.
ArtesMiami supports Marti Production's El Club de las Viudas

ArtesMiami invites you to enjoy the very funny comedy El Club de las Viudas on June 29-30 and July 1st, at the Koubek Center, at 8:30 p.m., with fantastic local actors. It has been a sellout every night so get your tickets very soon at:

https://www.koubekcenter.org/el-club-de-las-viudas/

Aida Levitan and OAS Secretary General to receive award

On October 26 the InterAmerican Institute for Democracy will present awards to OAS Secretary General, Luis Almagro, and to Aida Levitan, Ph.D., President of ArtesMiami. The Henry Dunant Award for Corporate Social Responsibility will be presented to Dr. Levitan at a Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus ceremony. Carlos Alberto Montaner, Chairman of the Institute, praised Dr. Levitan for becoming "an unquestionable champion of the best causes that have made Miami a cosmopolitan and amenable city." He added that "Dr. Levitan is recognized as a pioneering force in inserting corporate social responsibility criteria into business decisions." For information contact alevitan@artesmiami.org

UM Cuban Heritage Collection Tour for Donors

The UM Cuban Heritage Collection (CHC) Amigos Board recognized the donation of the papers and objects collected by José Manuel Cubas, founder of Siboney Advertising. Mercy Cubas, donor of this collection, and other contributors to CHC toured the unique objects of the collection. The CHC Amigos Board of Directors joined the contributors and staff in the tour of these fascinating objects, rare books, videos and historic documents and photos.

If you wish to tour the collection and donate historic documents, books and objects to CHC, please contact alevitan@artesmiami.org.

Mitchell Kaplan to receive 2016 ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award

U.S. Century Bank is Presenting Sponsor of Award and Luncheon

Mitchell Kaplan, founder of Books & Books Bookstore and co-founder of Miami Book Fair, will receive the prestigious ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award on Friday, October 14, 2016, at a luncheon presented by U.S. Century Bank, one of the top ten Hispanic-owned community banks in the U.S.  

The award, named in memory of Lydia Cabrera, world-renowned writer and expert in Afro-Cuban culture, honors individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cultural development of South Florida. It includes a $1000 cash prize and a ceramics work of art by Miami artist Rodrigo de la Luz.

The luncheon will be held at noon at Fleming’s, 2525 Ponce de Leon in Coral Gables. The cost is $125 per person and $95 for ArtesMiami benefactors (donors of $100 or more). It is the first time that a non-Hispanic receives this award. To buy tickets, please 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.


Mitchell Kaplan to receive 2016 ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award
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Alex Fumero, ArtesMiami VP on WLRN
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Interview on the National Museum of the American Latino (NMAL)
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Univision - Aida Levitan and Latinos in the U.S.
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