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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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UM Cuban Heritage Collection to present reception for donors
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Peter Zubizarreta, UBS Bodner Zubizarreta Group, to host CHC Dinner

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 and ArtesMiami President to receive awards on October 26, 2017

On October 26, 2017, at 6 p.m., 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."

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:

 

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.

 

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:

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.

 

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.

Spanish Novelist Carlos Rojas with Cuban-American author 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 on February 16, 2017, 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:

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.

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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