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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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NMAL Commission , President Obama and Michelle Obama at White House
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U.S. Century Bank Presents the 2016 ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award
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October 14th Event - Mitchell Kaplan - Only 10 tickets are left!

On October 14th, 2016, Mitchell Kaplan will receive the ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award, at a luncheon presented by U.S. Century Bank. Kaplan founded Books & Books in Coral Gables in 1982, a locally owned, independent bookstore that presents hundreds of authors in South Florida. He is also the co-founder of the Miami Book Fair International. The award honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the cultural development of South Florida. This is the first time that the prestigious award is presented to a non-Hispanic. The winner will receive $1000 in cash and a ceramics work of art by artist Rodrigo de la Luz. 

PR Newswire also supports this event by distributing news releases in the U.S.

As in past years, the luncheon will attract more than 120 local business, media, government and cultural leaders to Fleming's Restaurant. The cost is $125 per person and $95 for Benefactors (contributors of $100 or more). ArtesMiami is a 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Only 10 tickets are left so please contact info@artesmiami.org right away if you want to participate in the luncheon to honor Mitchell Kaplan.

Please write to info@artesmiami.org to order your tickets.

Photo published by  The Miami Herald

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 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

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 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.

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.

Editorial Ultramar to publish "The City of Possible Unity: A Miami Poetry Collection"

The publishing division of ArtesMiami, Editorial Ultramar, will publish "The City of Possible Unity:  A Miami Poetry Collection" in 2011.  The book is a translation of "La Ciudad de la Unidad Posible: Selección Poética de Miami," a collection of 107 poems in Spanish by 32 Miami Hispanic writers.  The book will be launched at the Miami Book Fair International.  It will be the first time that a collection of Spanish-language poems by Miami Hispanic poets, is translated and published.

Since 1997 ArtesMiami (formerly known as Hispanic Events, Inc.) has supported and promoted Hispanic cultural programs by funding them and/or providing in-kind marketing and PR services to cultural organizations and artists.  Dr. Aida Levitan, a nationally recognized advertising and public relations expert founded the non-profit organization in 1995.  As an actor, writer and producer, Alex Fumero, Vice President of ArtesMiami, is a contributor to Hispanic art and culture in Miami.

ArtesMiami works in collaboration with local Hispanic artists, cultural leaders and organizations, journalists and educational institutions to publicize and/or sponsor cultural and theater events, art exhibitions, concerts, publish the poetry of local Hispanic writers and coordinate/publicize poetry readings, such as:  Miami Art Museum exhibitions of works by Hispanic artists; Spanish Cultural Center (CCE) conferences and exhibitions; plays by Foryoucansee Theater; Latin Jazz USA and Orchestra Miami concerts; conferences by the España-Florida Foundation; and many other activities.

ArtesMiami & U.S. Century Bank will honor Mitchell Kaplan

On October 14th, 2016, Mitchell Kaplan will receive the ArtesMiami Lydia Cabrera Award, at a luncheon presented by U.S. Century Bank, one of the top 10 Hispanic-owned community banks in the U.S. Kaplan founded Books & Books in Coral Gables in 1982, a locally owned, independent bookstore that presents hundreds of authors in South Florida. He is also the co-founder of theMiami Book Fair International. The award honors an individual who has contributed significantly to the cultural development of South Florida. This is the first time that the prestigious award is presented to a non-Hispanic. The winner will receive $1000 in cash and a ceramics work of art by artist Rodrigo de la Luz. PR Newswire will join ArtesMiami in contributing the distribution of news releases.

As in past years, the luncheon will attract more than 120 local business, media, government and cultural leaders to Fleming's Restaurant. The cost is $125 per person and $95 for Benefactors (contributors of $100 or more). ArtesMiami is a 501(c)3 organization and contributions are tax deductible.

Space is very limited so please contact info@artesmiami.org right away if you want to participate in the luncheon to honor Mitchell Kaplan.

 

Photo published by  The Miami Herald

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.

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. 

 

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.

Publication of 'The city of possible unity'

NOVEMBER 2011 - Exact date to be announced .Poetry is alive and well thanks to the Miami- based non-profit publishing organization Editorial Ultramar. La Ciudad de la Unidad Posible (Miami, 2009), will be translated to English and will be launched as a new book at the Miami Book Fair International in November 2011.  "The City of Possible Unity:  A Miami Poetry Collection" is a diverse collection of South Florida Spanish- language poetry, translated to English for the first time. The title of the book is inspired by a phrase from "Espacio", a poem in prose by Juan Ramón Jiménez, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. With this phrase, Jiménez described the Miami of the 1940s.

The original collection was the result of a contest among South Florida poets from various Hispanic origins.  Nearly 100 poets submitted five poems each, and a jury of literary critics and experts selected 32 poets and 107 poems for inclusion in the book. Award-winning Spanish novelist Carlos Rojas wrote the preface, in which he analyzes the poems and the poets in the book, pointing out that they, like Dante Allighieri, are influenced by their separation from their country of origin but, unlike other writers, do not say one word of hate against those responsible for their exile. As critic Willliam Navarrete has pointed out, there is a sense of loss, absence, of questions without answer, when the poets face the city in which destiny has placed them. But the pain also results in the humor or irony reflected in some of the poems.

Editorial Ultramar published the book in Spanish, with funding from ArtesMiami President Aida Levitan, Ph.D. and the benefactor of the publication Victoria London, Honorary Consul of Romania. The English-language version is funded by ArtesMiami, thanks to the donations of Dr. Levitan, the Knight Foundation and the Aetna Foundation.   The poets will each read one poem from the book at the Book Fair presentation.

The Florida Center for the Literary Arts of Miami Dade College designed the cover of both books and contributed to the artwork of the first book.  Books & Books has also contributed to the publication of "La Ciudad de la Unidad Posible" and is expected to continue their support for "The City of Possible Unity".

To buy the book when it is printed and to attend the presentation of the "THE CITY OF POSSIBLE UNITY" at the Miami Book Fair International and other presentations by the poets, please write us at info@artesmiami.org.

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.      

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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