ArtesMiami, the Hispanic culture website of Miami. Aida Levitan

Welcome to ArtesMiami

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

We are actively engaged in social media to announce the cultural events we sponsor. Please follow ArtesMiami and our President, Aida Levitan, Ph.D.

View more
Supports the promoters of the movement to liberate Cuba

On behalf of the board of directors of ArtesMiami and as its President, I want to express our support for the brave artists and protesters who are

View more
2021 ArtesMiami Inaugurates Documentary Film Fund
View more
Maria C. Bechily Named Chair of the Board of ArtesMiami, Inc.
View more
ArtesMiami Becomes Official Sponsor of Cuban Cinema Series
We are proud to announce thatArtesMiami is the official sponsor of the Miami Dade College's Cuban Cinema Series, and also the Spotlight on Cuban Films at the upcoming 41st Miami Film Festival
Carnaval on the Mile welcomes participation by artists
Carnaval on the Mile, which takes place March 2 and 3, 2024, is a music and art festival held in downtown Coral Gables since 1997
ArtesMiami: Major Sponsor of CECILIA VALDES on August 27, 2023
Proud to be a major sponsor of the greatest Cuban Zarzuela, "Cecilia Valdés," composed by Gonzalo Roig & based on the novel by Cirilo Villaverde will be presented in concert by Marti Productions, Inc
Baquiana Magazine published interview with President of ArtesMiami
Maricel Mayor Marsans, Director of Baquiana Magazine, interviewed Aida Levitan, Ph
ArtesMiami President Profiled by The Miami Herald & El Nuevo Herald
The Miami Herald published a profile about ArtesMiami President Aida Levitan, Ph
ArtesMiami & Manolis Projects Gallery Honored Chairman María Bechily
Manolis Projects Gallery and Artes Miami sponsored a reception in honor of María Bechily, the new Chaiarman of ArtesMiami, the non-profit entity founded in 1995 by philanthropist Aida Levitan, with the purpose of supporting and promoting artists and cultural organizations
ArtesMiami announced $60,000 in grants to documentary filmmakers
ArtesMiami has designated a donation of $60,000 in grants in 2022-2023 to documentary filmmakers of Cuban-American origin or who are producing work about the Cuban diaspora
ArtesMiami Film Fund Application Period Extended to April 15, 2022
ArtesMiami President Dr. Aida Levitan announced today, March 29, 2022, that the ArtesMiami Documentary Film Fund application period has been extended till 12 midnight on April 15, 2022. To apply: The Documentary Film Fund will provide trants to documentary filmmakers of Cuban origin or filmmakers who are producing a documentary on the Cuban diaspora. Filmmakers Alex Fumero and Kareem Tabsch are coordinating the selection process. Decisions will be made by an panel of expert judges.   For additional information contact
Palabra Viva Weekend 2021 events streamed on Fundación Cuatrogatos YouTube Channel
ArtesMiami co-presents Palabra Viva Weekend, virtual events in YouTube Fundación Cuatrogatos MIAMI (May 20, 2021) -- The Cuatrogatos Foundation is now streaming the fifth edition of its annual event, Palabra Viva Weekend, co-presented by ArtesMiami and the City of Miami.  The events are in Spanish. For children, view the event by clicking on: Adulta should click on: As usual, one of the virtual events is aimed at children and another is of interest to adults. For children, Between Songs and Stories features singer and songwriter Rita Rita Ruesga and writer Sergio Andricaín. The adult audience will enjoy a literary recital, De misterios y revelaciones, with the participation of the poets Lizette Espinosa and Carlos Pintado.  The Palabra Viva Weekend 2021 poster reproduces an oil painting on canvas, Fluidity, created by the outstanding visual artist Gloria Lorenzo, whom we thank for the authorization to use her work as an image for this edition of the event. Oscar Fernández-Chuyn produced the graphic design of the promotional materials. We appreciate the collaboration provided by Zunzun Arts & Education for the production of this event. For more information, please visit the website of Fundación Cuatrogatos.
CCEMiami Al Fresco Concerts co-presented by ArtesMiami and City of Miami
Aida Levitan, President of ArtesMiami, announced that the nonprofit organization is supporting the reopening of the Cultural Center of Spain in Miami (CCEMiami) Al Fresco Series of concerts, the reopening of the center after the closing due to the pandemic. The concert series is free and open to the public but First Come First Served. Mayor Francis Suarez and City Commissioners donated to ArtesMiami so the organization can facilitate free, live and virtual cultlural entertainment to underserved audiences within the city. CCEMiami has been an expert in presenting free performances for publics such as senior citizens and children who might ormally have little access to this quality entertainment.  On April 30th at 8 p.m. De Ida y Vuelta, a group of Spanish and Cuban-American musicians, will perform at CCEMiami. Almudena Cáceres, Sivi de Málaga, Randy Rodríguez and Jesús Rodríguez, will present a who that combines music of their countries of orign, both traditional and contemporary, as well as flamenco and Latin rhythms. For additional information, click on
Eglise Gutierrez & Lazaro Horta Presented by ArtesMiami, City of Miami & Pinceladas de Arte
ArtesMiami, a nonprofit organization, joins the City of Miami and Pinceladas de Arte con Alejandra Cossio in presenting coloratura soprano Eglise Gutierrez and pianist-composer Lazaro Horta April 21st, at 9 p.m., ArtesMiami Facebook Live and Pinceladas de Arte Facebook Live. Eglise Gutierrez, a Cuban exile soprano who resides in Miami, has performed at the London Royal Opera House and other prestigious opera venues throughout the world. Lazaro Horta is a talented singer, pianist and composer who is a popular performer in the Miami cultural scene. He also has a music label that has produced Un poco de ayer and Herencia Cubana, among others. ArtesMiami and the City of Miami are underwriting the fees of the artists in order to support them and Pinceladas de Arte con Alejandra Cossío. Through the ArtesMiami Relief Fund, and with support from City of Miami Mayor Francis Suarez and the City Commission, ArtesMiami has donated cash and services to Hispanic artists and small cultural organizations based in Miami, to increase their chances of survival during this difficult period. If you wish to join ArtesMiami, please contact us at To see the concert on April 21 at 9 p.m., please click here
ArtesMiami presented a cultural event for children in coordination with the Cuatrogatos Foundation.
ArtesMiami, through a program sponsored by the City of Miami (Mayor Francis Suárez and Commissioners), presented a cultural event for children that took place on January 14 at the Mater Center, in coordination with the Cuatrogatos Foundation. That day, the writer Antonio Orlando Rodríguez, winner of the Alfaguara Novel Prize and author of numerous works of children's literature published in different countries, visited the main headquarters of Centro Mater to talk with children of the institution and read them some of the stories and poems. As a complement to this activity, Rodríguez recorded a video that will be seen by all the children from the other headquarters of the Mater Center. In addition, ArtesMiami made a donation to the Mater Center and the Cuatrogatos Foundation, which gave the Center a collection of children's books in Spanish. Centro Mater was founded in 1968 by Sister Margarita Miranda Otero - a religious member of the Sacred Heart in Cuba - to help with childcare services for the new families of Cuban exiles arriving in Miami. Currently, Centro Mater has several branches, has expanded its scope and provides its services annually to more than 1,200 children from low-income families of any nationality, religion or race. This event was presented by ArtesMiami, a non-profit organization, led by Dr. Aida Levitan. If you wish to recommend another school located within the municipality of Miami, to which we could make a similar presentation, please contact
ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank present the Closing Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, "Mucho Mucho Amor"
ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank present the Closing Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, "Mucho Mucho Amor", on March 14th at 7 p.m. at the Olympia Theater. Join us to see "Mucho Mucho Amor" on March 14th at the Miami Film Festival - 15% OFF for a limited time: This film is a documentary focused on the extravagant Puerto Rican astrologer legend Walter Mercado, who charmed the world for over 30 years with his televised horoscopes. Equal parts Oprah, Liberace, and Mr. Rogers, Walter was a celebrated daily part of Latin culture.
Gustavo Novoa and Aida Levitan will read from Novoa's Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla
The Chilean-American poet-artist Gustavo Novoa and ArtesMiami President Dr. Aida Levitan will read poems in English and Spanish from Novoa's Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla, a bilingual poetry book published by Editorial Ultramar, the publishing division of ArtesMiami. The free event will be at 7 p.m. on November 29th, 2018, at Books and Books, 265 Aragon Avenue, Coral Gables, Florida.  Jungle Fables/Poemas de la Jungla is a charming poetry book illustrated by the celebrated paintings of endangered animals created by Novoa. According to Charles Wieland, "There is a quality to Novoa's fables reminiscent of ancient proverbs. As with Aesop and other fablers of antiquity, Novoa ridicules the fashionable world of snobbery, shams and the injustices man bestows on his fellow man." This book has many levels and can be enjoyed by both children and adults because of its simple but appealing poetry and beautiful illustrations. RSVP to
ArtesMiami supports Marti Production's El Club de las Viudas
ArtesMiami invites you to enjoy the very funny comedy El Club de las Viudas on June 29-30 and July 1st, at the Koubek Center, at 8:30 p.m., with fantastic local actors. It has been a sellout every night so get your tickets very soon at:
Editorial ArtesMiami presented a poetry collection with more than 100 poems
In December 2019 Editorial ArtesMiami presented a poetry collection with more than 100 poems by 35 Hispanic authors based in Miami, at the Coral Gables Books and Books. The books is available for sale, for $20, at Books & Books or by writing to
The poets of La Floresta Interminable: poetas de Miami gathered at Books and Books
The poets of La Floresta Interminable: poetas de Miami gathered at Books and Books Coral Gables in December 2019 to launch the new poetry collection, edited by Luis de la Paz and published by Editorial ArtesMiami.
ArtesMiami Publishing presented La Floresta Interminable
On December 10, 2019, ArtesMiami Publishing presented La Floresta Interminable, a collection of poems by Miami Hispanic writers, edited by Luis de la Paz, at the Coral Gables Books & Books. The poets appear in the photos with ArtesMiami President Aida Levitan and editor Luis de la Paz, on the extreme right.
The Board of FACE (Facts About Cuban Exiles)
The Board of FACE (Facts About Cuban Exiles) met in March 2020 at República Havas. The Board includes some of Miami's most prominent Cuban-American leaders, including the President of ArtesMiami, Inc., Dr. Aida Levitan (fourth from the right), who chaired the organization last year. The new Chairman is Eddie García, second from the left.
Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado
Kareem Tabsch and Cristina Costantini, directors and Alex Fumero, producer, of Mucho Mucho Amor: The Legend of Walter Mercado, with the late Walter Mercado. ArtesMiami was the first to sponsor the production of this documentary, the Closing Night Film of the 2020 Miami Film Festival, Presented by ArtesMiami and U.S. Century Bank.
ArtesMiami supports Marti Production's El Club de las Viudas
ArtesMiami invites you to enjoy the very funny comedy El Club de las Viudas on June 29-30 and July 1st, at the Koubek Center, at 8:30 p.m., with fantastic local actors. It has been a sellout every night so get your tickets very soon at:
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
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
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






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.

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