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National Museum of the American Latino

Final Report presentation

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Adam Geiger & Ronnie Kaufler at ArtesMiami Exhibit
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The City of Possible Unity : A Miami poetry collection
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Cachao & Candido Camero at ArtesMiami Event
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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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Gloria Leal receiving Lydia Cabrera Award, from Aida Levitan
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Editorial Ultramar published & launches Miami poetry books
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Composition with a Face that Cries :

By Rodrigo de la Luz. Art for sale

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

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

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U.S. Century Bank & Biltmore Parc Present Lydia Cabrera Award
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Nat Chediak to receive 2015 Lydia Cabrera Award

Nat Chediak, prominent cultural leader, founder of the Miami Film Festival and Grammy and Latin-Grammy-Award-winning producer, will receive the prestigious Lydia Cabrera Award of ArtesMiami on Friday, July 24, co-presented by U.S. Century Bank, Biltmore Parc 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, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Olga Connor. 

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, and Alirio Torrealba, Biltmore Parc at the luncheon honoring Mr. Chediak. 

Members of ArtesMiami will enjoy a special discounted price of $100 per person. Non-members - $125 per person.  To become a member, please contact info@artesmiami.org.


Nat Chediak Biography

Nat Chediak is a Grammy and Latin Grammy-winning music producer, historian, and an authority on World Cinema.

In 1973, Chediak opened his first art cinema in Coral Gables, Florida, the Cinematheque, adding two others – Arcadia and Grove Harbor – over the course of fifteen years.  It was there that the films of Wim Wenders, Bertrand Tavernier and Fernando Trueba, among others, played theatrically in America for the first time. Ten years later, he founded what became the city’s leading international cultural event, the Miami Film Festival, where, under his stewardship throughout eighteen years, major filmmakers like France’s Regis Wargnier, Sweden’s Lasse Hallstrom, Canada’s Atom Egoyan and Spain’s Pedro Almodovar received their first American exposure.

Prior to recording his first album as music producer, Chediak is credited with a variety of film and music projects. In 1995 he completed ¡Aquí Estamos!, a highly acclaimed documentary on the history of Cuban music. His Diccionario de Jazz Latino – the first book ever written on the subject – was published in 1998, and is into its second printing. Over the course of three years, starting in 1999, he co-hosted with Oscar-winning filmmaker Fernando Trueba Manteca: The Latin Jazz Hour, a weekly radio program broadcast by Radio Nacional de España (RNE) with an audience of half-a-million listeners worldwide. He is Associate Producer of Trueba’s Calle 54, the first film about Latin Jazz, selected by Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times as One Of The Year’s 10 Best in 2000. His diary on the making of said film was published the same year. 

At the age of 50, also in the year 2000, Chediak produced his first album, El arte del sabor, and won both the Grammy and Latin Grammy in the Traditional Tropical category. Two years later, Chediak and Trueba found Calle 54 Records. Their first release, Lágrimas Negras, has sold in excess of one million copies to date and was chosen by Ben Ratliff of The New York Times as Best Album of 2003.
 
Over the past decade as music producer, Chediak has recorded with the world’s finest musicians, winning three Grammys and three Latin Grammys, the most recent Latin Grammy (2009) and Grammy (2010) in the Latin Jazz category for the album Juntos para siempre. He is the co-author of the lyrics to the theme song of Chico & Rita, a 2012 Oscar nominee for Best Animated Film.

In October of 2014, when Chediak unexpectedly became director of programming at the Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Herald film critic René Rodríguez wrote: “Miami’s godfather of art cinema is returning to work.” Commenting on the proximity to the 1973 Cinematheque, where it all began for him in film exhibition, Chediak quipped: “It’s taken me over forty years to move three blocks south.”

At home, the South Florida Entertainment Writers Association recognized Mr. Chediak’s endeavors as early as 1985 when it bestowed on him its highest honor, the Carbonell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Arts. That same year, French Minister of Culture Jack Lang named him Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters.  More recently, he received the Gold Medal from Spain’s Society of Authors and Editors (SGAE) in 1995. In September of 1999, the King of Spain appointed him Officer of the Order of Isabel La Católica.

Mr. Chediak is a founding member of the Latin Recording Academy (LARAS), and has served in its Executive Committee, Board of Trustees and Board of Advisors.

ArtesMiami contributed more than $40,000 in 2014

Aida Levitan, Ph.D., President of ArtesMiami, Inc. announced that the organization contributed more than $40,000 to cultural organizations in South Florida in 2014. They included the Pérez Art Museum Miami, Hispanic Cultural Center, Ft. Lauderdale Museum of Art,  Cuban Heritage Collection, and the Actors Playhouse, among others. ArtesMiami also honored opera singer Eglise Gutierrez, who was one of the Holiday Award winners.

 

 

 

Photo: Fernando Petit, Aida Levitan & Alex Fumero. Photo courtesy of Orlando L. Garcia, El Nuevo Herald

U.S. Century Bank & Biltmore Parc Present Lydia Cabrera Award

On Friday, July 24, U.S. Century Bank, Biltmore Parc and ArtesMiami will present the 2015 Lydia Cabrera Award of ArtesMiami.  The award, to be presented to Nat Chediak this year, recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to the cultural development of South Florida.  Previous winners were:  Gloria Leal, Luis de la Paz, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Olga Connor. 

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, and Alirio Torrealba, Biltmore Parc at the luncheonhonoring Ms. Connor.  Members of ArtesMiami will enjoy a special discounted price of $100 per person. Non-members - $125 per person.  To become a member, please contact info@artesmiami.org.

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/

 

Levitan named Vice Chairman Smithsonian Latino Center Board

The Smithsonian Latino Center announced that Aida Levitan, Ph.D., President of ArtesMiami, Inc., has been named Vice Chairman of the Smithsonian National Latino Board, the center's volunteer advisory arm.  Its members are philanthropists, corporate leaders and accomplished individuals who bring experience, geographical balance, diverse backgrounds and cultural expertise to the Center.  They advise the director on programming and external relations, assist with outreach and advocacy and identify and secure financial support.

The Smithsonian Latino Center ensures that Latino contributions to arts, sciences and the humanities are highlighted, understood and advanced through the development and support of public programs, scholarly research, museum collections and educational opportunities at the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliated organizations across the United States. 

For information, visit www.latino.si.edu.

 

Rodrigo de la Luz & Ultramar Launches New Book

On January 4, 2013, at 8 p.m., Rodrigo de la Luz, a Cuban-American poet, will launch his fourth poetry book, La luz que se prolonga, at Books & Books, 265 Aragon, Coral Gables.   His previous books include:  Mujer de Invierno, Poesía Viva and Mío Mundo.  Published by Editorial Ultramar, the publishing division of ArtesMiami, Inc., this book represents the most mature phase of this author's poetry.  The launch has already been featured in local media, including Islander News and El Nuevo Herald.  It is free to the public.

President of ArtesMiami named Latina Pioneer of the Year

Aida Levitan, Ph.D., President of ArtesMiami, Inc. was named Latina Pioneer of the Year at the August 12th Hispanic Women of Distinction luncheon.  More than 800 leaders attended the event.  The award recognizes her contribution to preserving Hispanic culture and values while maintaining the American entrepreneurial spirit.

ArtesMiami supports the creation of the National Museum of the American Latino

ArtesMiamii supports the recommendations of the National Museum of the American Latino Commission, as presented in their final report on May 5th, 2011.  Dr. Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami, provided counsel to engage the media and the public in the process of preparing the report and in the coordination of the final national press conference at the Capitol.  ArtesMiami supports the creation of a Smithsonian American Latino Museum on the National Mall, in Washington, D.C., that will illuminate the story of U.S. Latinos for the benefit of all.  In this photo she appears with Commissioner Eva Longoria, actress and activist.  To see the final report of the Commission, visit www.americanlatinomuseum.gov.  To support the creation of the museum, please visit www.myamericanlatinomuseum.org.

2015 Lydia Cabrera Award Luncheon

Don't delay! Space is very limited!

Nat Chediak, prominent cultural leader, founder of the Miami Film Festival and Grammy and Latin-Grammy-Award-winning producer, will receive the prestigious Lydia Cabrera Award of ArtesMiami on Friday, July 24, co-presented by U.S. Century Bank, Biltmore Parc 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, Carlos Alberto Montaner and Olga Connor. 

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, and Alirio Torrealba, Biltmore Parc at the luncheon honoring Mr. Chediak.

The award includes $500 in cash plus a ceramics work of art by local artist Rodrigo de la Luz.

Members of ArtesMiami will enjoy a special discounted price of $100 per person. Non-members - $125 per person.  To become a member, please contact info@artesmiami.org.

 

2014 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.

Biltmore Park and U.S. Century Bank Present the Lydia Cabrera Award

Alirio Torrealba, developer of Biltmore Parc, luxury condominiums in Coral Gables, and Carlos J. Dávila, CEO of U.S. Century Bank, have joined ArtesMiami as co-presenters of the 2015 Lydia Cabrera Award. The luncheon honoring this year's winner, Nat Chediak, will take place Friday, July 24, 2015, at Fleming's in Coral Gables. Reservations must be made in advance. The cost is $125 for non-members and $100 for members of ArtesMiami. Carlos Alberto Montaner will also make brief remarks about the winner and his achievements.

 

 

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.

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
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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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