Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: HICCUP Hopes to Flourish Art in Hialeah

Categories: Around Town, Art

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Rodolfo Peraza, Ariana Hernandez-Reguant, and Ernesto Oroza posing outside Hialeah's famous Amertec building
People's Choice Awards nominees are live. The community can vote now through November 17 via text message for one of six selected Knight Arts Challenge finalists to receive $20,000 to fund their projects. It's a text-to-vote campaign: Choose your favorite group and text its code to 22333. Of the 75 finalists, the six People's Choice nominees are small, emerging groups from different parts of South Florida, all working to make the region a better place to live.

A hiccup can be a jarring sensation. One that momentarily shakes the core of your reality and heightens all the reach of your perception.

And that's the precise response that Ariana Hernandez-Reguant and Ernesto Oroza plan to trigger in Hialeah through art.

Their purpose: to prove that the area is a thriving hotbed of creative talent. Their mission: to enact a series of public projects that spark the imaginations of the public at large. And with the help of the Knight Foundation, they could have some money in their coffers to make it happen. Here's what HICCUP founders Ariana Hernandez-Reguant and Ernesto Oroza had to say about their Hialeah tabloid, working with the youth, and the value of the Amertec building.

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Muralist Ozmo Paints Statue of Liberty, Michelangelo's David in Wynwood (Photos)

Categories: Art

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All photos by Diana Larrea
Wynwood welcomed a new mural this week. Italian street artist Ozmo has been working on a massive piece for the past six days titled "Lady Liberty and David from Michelangelo sharing the same pedestal."

The hyper-detailed images, measuring 30 by 6 meters, have been painted on walls between NE 29th Street and First Avenue. The artist tells New Times that the mural was inspired by his research on symbols and images, "asking and experimenting about their power within."

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Style Mafia Throws One-Year Anniversary Bash With Slap & Tickle, Pirate Stereo, and More

Categories: Art, Fashion

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Photo by Nycole Sariol
Blowing out your first birthday candle as a business in Wynwood should earn you some sort of erected monument, or at least a cookie. For contemporary women's boutique, Style Mafia, however, a revelry of artists, beats, and fashion pundits, honoring the store's first-year anniversary will do just fine.

"It's been a crazy ride," says 23-year-old Simonett Pereira. "I had no real experience in retail prior to opening this store. But I think our product speaks for itself, and we offer pieces that are different and cutting-edge. People are really into it -- it just works. There are so many voices that can be identified with our brand"

The brand, best known for it's salient statement pieces, has partnered and collaborated with just about everyone in the local artistic community, from Miami's top-tier fashion bloggers, to the Broken Shaker, and even the Miami City Ballet in a video campaign.

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Models Wanted for Community Photoshoot to Fight Human Trafficking in Miami

Categories: Art, Benefits

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Other than catching a warning from a rare bus sign or billboard, the horrors of human trafficking don't really register on Miami's radar. Giving voice to such ugly issues is half the battle of combating them, something Miami-based Cloak Inc. knows well.

Cloak, a socially-conscious fashion brand, creates unique casual wear to support humanitarian issues. Through campaigns, media, events, and forums, Cloak builds awareness and sells its collection pieces to raise funds for non-profit organizations. In its latest campaign, SAVESEX, Cloak will host a community photoshoot called I AM + HERO at the Wynwood Warehouse Project, where attendees can participate as models and spokespersons from 1 to 5 p.m.

"Most Miamians don't know that sex trafficking is a $99 billion illegal trade that is more lucrative than the drug trade because victims can be sold over and over again," said Dawn T. Mangham of Cloak. "Sex trafficking is as common and it victims as accessible as the sparkling waters that enclose our shores. It is all around us, subtle in some instances and brazen in others."

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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: Key West Art & Historical Society Preserves Memories of the Island

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People's Choice Awards nominees are live. The community can vote now through November 17 via text message for one of six selected Knight Arts Challenge finalists to receive $20,000 to fund their projects. It's a text-to-vote campaign: Choose your favorite group and text its code to 22333. Of the 75 finalists, the six People's Choice nominees are small, emerging groups from different parts of South Florida, all working to make the region a better place to live.

For a two-by-four strip of land, poised halfway between here and Cuba, Key West has always been larger than life. The stomping grounds of a diverse cadre of famous figures like Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffett and President Truman, it's a cultural cornucopia married to a tropical paradise.

Since 1949, the Key West Art & Historical Society has served as steward to this magical little key. Keepers of three museums, educators, art-appreciators and locals, the folks at KWAHS work tirelessly to preserve the remarkable legacy of the original Margaritaville.

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Locust Projects' Annual Smash & Grab Fundraiser Features Over 120 Artworks

Categories: Art, Benefits

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Courtesy of Locust Projects
It's time to snatch some pieces from your fellow art lovers' fingertips: The annual Smash & Grab fundraiser kicks off this Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Locust Projects, Miami's longest-running alternative art space.

Smash & Grab revolves around a raffle for which local as well as international artists have donated works of art -- over 120 works of art, so that every raffle ticket sold is guaranteed a prize. When the name of a ticketholder is called, they get up and run, not walk, to the art piece of their choice. Whatever they get, they get to keep.

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Make Your Own Halloween Costume at Little Havana's Share Squared Workspace

Categories: Art, DIY, Fashion

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In a city where anything (and everything) goes, standards are pretty high for All Hallows' Eve. If you haven't chosen your costume yet, you may be behind the eight ball. Halloween is just nine days away, which means Party City is sold out of everything good -- and there's only so much Goodwill hunting you can probably handle.

Lucky for those a little late to the party, the 800-square-foot Share Squared space in Little Havana is hosting two workshops this week for DIY'ers in need of costume help. The first installment is on Wednesday, the second, Friday, both from 7 to 10 p.m. The ladies of SS will help you cobble together a one-of-a-kind creation sure to outshine that store-bought slutty Elsa costume.

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To Cuba and Back: Glexis Novoa Dwells on the Contradictions of the Communist Country

Categories: Art

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Glexis Novoa's painting Se Vende dominates the Juan Ruiz Gallery in Wynwood. The seven-by-ten-foot canvas is freighted with abstract symbols ranging from women's shoes to beer cans, a lap-top, a car, a pig's head, a bust of José Martí, an assault rifle, a skull next to a giant penis, and acronyms for Cuba's Committee for the Defense of the Revolution and Fidel Castro's July 26th Movement.

The 49-year-old Cuban-American artist, who was once a favored person on the island but emigrated in 1993, created it during a three-month stay in Havana this summer.

"While I was there, it seemed like everything was for sale," Novoa reflects. "I wanted to capture the fading political symbols that are part of the glamor of the Cuban atmosphere. The penis represents government machismo, and the skull represents the high level of cancer cases among the population, which, unlike those who visit Cuba for health tourism, often does not have access to health-care services."

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Knight Arts Challenge People's Choice: Mexican American Council Hopes to Open Mariachi Academy

Categories: Art, Culture

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For 20 years, the Mexican American Council has been devoted to helping migrant farmworkers like these
The Knight Arts Challenge South Florida 2014 People's Choice Awards nominees are live. The community can vote now through November 17 via text message for one of six selected Knight Arts Challenge finalists to receive $20,000 to fund their projects. It's a text-to-vote campaign: pick your favorite group, and text their code to 22333. Of the 75 finalists, the six People's Choice nominees are small, emerging groups from different parts of South Florida, all working to make the region a better place to live.

Maria Garza knows more than a little something about the challenges faced by children of migrant farm workers. She was one herself. And she's devoted a good portion of her life to trying to help those same children overcome the obstacles they encounter and to offer them every opportunity that can help them succeed -- 30 years, in fact.

Along with her husband Ciprano, she has spent more than 24 years at the helm of the Mexican American Council (or MAC for short), a not for profit agency devoting to improving the quality of life in the South Florida migrant farmworker community. Incorporating such initiatives as advancement of education, assistance in health care, fostering family engagement and encouraging cultural awareness, the group's mission has been to ensure that every child of migrant farmworkers is given equal opportunities to obtain a quality education and with it, the chance to become productive and prosperous citizens.

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ARTcycle 2015: Submit Your Cycling-Inspired Artwork to Promote Bike Safety in Miami

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Progressive cities have progressive ideas. Miami certainly wants to play with the big boys, but there are so many simple gestures this town lacks that earns it the appropriate "third world" stamp many other states have assigned it. Recycling here is a joke. Green areas are few and far between, and the willing offering of the tax payers' derrieres to scheming developers has congested what was once an easily-recognizable coastline. Oh well, you can't fight all the ills at once, right?

But one that should be a no-brainer is making Miami a bike-friendly city. With the notorious amount of incredibly challenged automotive operators in this county, you'd think a concentrated effort would be made to alleviate traffic with more designated bike paths and stricter laws ensuring the safety of cyclists. Apparently, this is too much to ask for and that's why bike chefs get hassled, doctors knock over defenseless cyclists willy-nilly (which we are sure violates the Hippocratic Oath on so many levels), and Florida continuously ranks high in the nefarious fatality listings.

One organization, however, is using Miami's thriving art community as a platform to promote cyclist safety. The people behind ARTcycle have created a bond between the art and bike scenes here with a mission of creating a "road to awareness, respect, and tolerance."

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