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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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U.S. Century Bank presents Los Caprichos: Goya-Dali at CCEMiami. ArtesMiami co-sponsors.
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ArtesMiami/Editorial Ultramar Presented Poetry Book Convergencia

Editorial Ultramar, the publishing division of ArtesMiami, Inc., has just published "Convergencia," a poetry book by Judit Arvesu, who arrived in Miami from Cuba in 2012. Persecuted by the Castro regime for defending human rights, Arvesu is a talented poet whose book has been praised by writer Regis Iglesias:

"These 60 poems condense the essence of the poet, in her direct and melancholic style, and the expression of a whole generation silenced for too long. They are a burst of desire, hope and desperation; they are love and darkness, but, above all, they are passion...they are honest and softly penetrating verses."

ArtesMiami president Dr. Aida Levitan and the book's editor, writer and poet Janisset Rivero, presented the book and a reading by Arvesu on Monday, June 6th at the Coral Gables Books and Books, before an audience of more than 50 cultural leaders, including the Consul General of Spain, Candido Creis, and cultural columnist Olga Connor. The Luyano Band played New Age music while the author read. "Convergencia" is available for sale at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, for $15. Books & Books will donate a portion of the proceeds of the book to ArtesMiami and the organization, in turn, will donate its own proceeds from the sale of books to the poet.

ArtesMiami President received the Royal Eagle Award

On May 20th, 2016 the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented the Royal Eagle Award to ArtesMiami President Dr. Aida Levitan for her contributions to the South Florida community. The event, held at the Carnival Fantasy, was attended by hundreds of local business leaders.

The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Lilliam Lopez announced that this is the first time that this prestigious award was presented to a woman. In the past, nationally recognized leaders such as Dr. Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade College, have received the award.

Dr. Levitan has devoted many years of her life to community service, after heading the number one Spanish-language advertising agency in the U.S. She serves on the board of the Smithsonian Latino Center, CCEMiami, and is a Trustee Emerita of the Perez Art Museum Miami.

 

 

 

ArtesMiami & Spain's Casa de America presented Gloria Leal

Thanks to the initiative of ArtesMiami, Gloria Leal, a respected Miami writer and former deputy editor of El Nuevo Herald, presented her two books, Cuadernos I and II, at the prestigious Casa de América in Madrid, at the Palace of Linares. ArtesMiami co-sponsored the presentation, at which literary aficionados from Madrid heard the author read from the poetic epigrams in these books, illustrated with drawings by the author. ArtesMiami promoted the event not only in Miami but also through its extensive network of contacts in Spain. EFE News Agency's Emilio Lopez wrote an article about the presentation, and another article appeared in El Nuevo Herald.

ArtesMiami is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and supporting Hispanic artists and cultural organizations through donations and complimentary emarketing and PR services. The 501(c)3 organization is funded primarily by Dr. Aida Levitan, President, and by donations from individuals and corporations. For information on sponsorship opportunities, contact alevitan@artesmiami.org.

U.S. Century Bank presented Los Caprichos: Goya-Dali at CCEMiami. ArtesMiami co-sponsors.

U.S. Century Bank and CCEMiami presented the exhibiition "Los Caprichos: Goya-Dalí", featuring 40 original prints by the two masters of Spanish art. The exhibition will open with a private reception for Pillars of CCEMiami ($200 a year) and guests of the sponsors. The co-sponsors are: ArtesMiami, Bodner Zubizarreta Group of UBS; Asador 5 Jotas; y Lolea Sangría. The exhibition will be at the Center until late October.

At 8 p.m. the exhibition will open to the public at no charge, including a piano concert by Cuban pianist Dario Martin.

For additional information, contact the CCEMiami, 305.448.9677.

Nat Chediak received 2015 Lydia Cabrera Award

Nat Chediak, prominent cultural leader, founder of the Miami Film Festival and Grammy and Latin-Grammy-Award-winning producer, received 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, 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. 


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

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.

 

ArtesMiami launched new poetry book: CONVERGENCIA

Editorial Ultramar, the publishing division of ArtesMiami, Inc., has just published"Convergencia," a poetry book by Judit Arvesu, who arrived in Miami from Cuba in 2012. Persecuted by the Castro regime for defending human rights, Arvesu is a talented poet whose book has been praised by writer Regis Iglesias:

"These 60 poems condense the essence of the poet, in her direct and melancholic style, and the expression of a whole generation silenced for too long. They are a burst of desire, hope and desperation; they are love and darkness, but, above all, they are passion...they are honest and softly penetrating verses."

ArtesMiami president Dr. Aida Levitan and the book's editor, writer and poet Janisset Rivero, presented the book and a reading by Arvesu on Monday, June 6th at the Coral Gables Books and Books, before an audience of more than 50 cultural leaders, including the Consul General of SpainCandido Creis, and cultural columnist Olga Connor. TheLuyano Band played New Age music while the author read. "Convergencia" is available for sale at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, for $15. Books & Books will donate a portion of the proceeds of the book to ArtesMiami and the organization, in turn, will donate its own proceeds from the sale of books to the poet.

Aida Levitan, Ph.D. to receive Luminary Award November 20th

On November 20th, at the Women Empowering & Embracing Women Awards luncheon at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida, Aida Levitan, Ph.D., President of ArtesMiami, will receive the Luminary Award for Leadership of the Hispanic Women's Society Network. The event is open to the public, at a cost of $75 per person, and will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, creator of the Society, is expecting hundreds of leaders to attend. For additional information and to buy tickets, please contact alevitan@artesmiami.org.

The event is presented by UHealth/University of Miami Health System.

Writers to Remember • A book featuring memories of more than 30 writers

Phyllis Zatlin presents Writers to Remember at Books & Books at 8 p.m. on December 14. ArtesMiami is pleased to introduce this book, about friendships over a period of four decades with more than 30 playwrights and women writers of narrative in Spain. The book also tells anecdotes about Cuban writers in exiles and other authors in France. Among the writers featured by the author in this book are: Carlos Rojas, Fernando Arrabal, Antonio Buero Vallejo, Ana Diosdado, Elena Quiroga, Carlos Semprún-Maura, and Eduardo Manet.

Phyllis Zatlin is a professor emerita of Spanish and Translation at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. She holds a Doctorate in Romance Languages from the University of Florida. In addition to her writing career, she has served as editor of ESTRENO Plays, associate editor of Estreno Journal and is a contributing editor of European Stages.

The presentation is free to the public but it is recommended that you RSVP since space is very limited. RSVP: info@artesmiami.org.

 

U.S. Century Bank presented Los Caprichos: Goya-Dali at CCEMiami. ArtesMiami co-sponsors.

U.S. Century Bank and CCEMiami presented the exhbiition "Los Caprichos: Goya-Dalí", featuring 40 original prints by the two masters of Spanish art. The exhibition will open with a private reception for Pillars of CCEMiami ($200 a year) and guests of the sponsors. The co-sponsors are: ArtesMiami, Bodner Zubizarreta Group of UBS; Asador 5 Jotas; y Lolea Sangría. The exhibition will be at the Center until late October.

At 8 p.m. the exhibition will open to the public at no charge, including a piano concert by Cuban pianist Dario Martin.

For additional information, contact the CCEMiami, 305.448.9677.

2015 Lydia Cabrera Award Luncheon widely covered by media

Almost 30 articles have appeared about the ArtesMiami 2015 Lydia Cabrera Award, presented to Nat Chediak, prominent cultural leader, founder of the Miami Film Festival and Grammy and Latin-Grammy-Award-winning producer. The luncheon at which the award was presented was held 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. More than 100 leaders attended the luncheon, including writer Carlos Alberto Montaner, who made a presentation about Nat, Steve Krams (Gables Cinema founder), Tom Spencer (former President and one of the founders of the Miami Film Festival), Alirio Torrealba (developer of Biltmore Parc), Carlos Dávila (President of U.S. Century Bank), Myriam Marquez (Executive Editor, El Nuevo Herald); Osmín Martínez (Executive Editor of Diario Las Américas) and many more.

The award, in memory of Lydia Cabrera, world-renowned writer and expert in Afro-Cuban culture, included a $500 cash prize and a work of art by Rodrigo de la Luz, presented by Dr. Aida Levitan, ArtesMiami president, U.S. Century Bank and CEO Carlos Davila, and Alirio Torrealba, Biltmore Parc. Mr. Chediak donated the $500 to Gables Cinema, at which he is serving as the creative consultant.

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

 

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

 

Marco Ramirez's The Royale Supported by ArtesMiami

ArtesMiami provided support for the play The Royale, by Marco Ramirez, a nationally recognized Cuban-American author who was born in Miami. The play has been widely praised, receiving positive reviews from the NY Times, The Miami Herald and many other major media.

 

Photo: Marco Ramirez, Fernando Petit & Aida Levitan

Courtesy of George Schiavone

 

 

ArtesMiami President received the Royal Eagle Award

On May 20th, 2016 the South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce presented the Royal Eagle Award to ArtesMiami President Dr. Aida Levitan for her contributions to the South Florida community. The event, held at the Carnival Fantasy, was attended by hundreds of local business leaders.

The South Florida Hispanic Chamber of Commerce President Lilliam Lopez announced that this is the first time that this prestigious award was presented to a woman. In the past, nationally recognized leaders such as Dr. Eduardo Padron, President of Miami Dade College, have received the award.

Dr. Levitan has devoted many years of her life to community service, after heading the number one Spanish-language advertising agency in the U.S. She serves on the board of the Smithsonian Latino Center, CCEMiami,and is a Trustee Emerita of the Perez Art Museum Miami.

ArtesMiami launched new poetry book: CONVERGENCIA

Editorial Ultramar, the publishing division of ArtesMiami, Inc., has just published"Convergencia," a poetry book by Judit Arvesu, who arrived in Miami from Cuba in 2012. Persecuted by the Castro regime for defending human rights, Arvesu is a talented poet whose book has been praised by writer Regis Iglesias:

"These 60 poems condense the essence of the poet, in her direct and melancholic style, and the expression of a whole generation silenced for too long. They are a burst of desire, hope and desperation; they are love and darkness, but, above all, they are passion...they are honest and softly penetrating verses."

ArtesMiami president Dr. Aida Levitan and the book's editor, writer and poetJanisset Rivero, presented the book and a reading by Arvesu on Monday, June 6th at the Coral Gables Books and Books, before an audience of more than 50 cultural leaders, including the Consul General of SpainCandido Creis, and cultural columnist Olga Connor. The Luyano Band played New Age music while the author read. "Convergencia" is available for sale at Books & Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, for $15. Books & Books will donate a portion of the proceeds of the book to ArtesMiami and the organization, in turn, will donate its own proceeds from the sale of books to the poet.

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.      

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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