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.
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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 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 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.