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Frida Exantus paints one of the drawings provided by ArtCares for Kids with help from Liz Portuondo (right) and hospital volunteer Barbara Nunez. (Photo by Jocelyn Talavera / South Florida News Service)

Street artists and muralists come together to benefit ArtCares for Kids

At an art show in 2010, artist Christine Lyall noticed a father and son looking at her painting. While the father admired the painting at eye level, the little boy balanced on his tiptoes trying to get a better look. “I just thought, too bad it’s not low enough for the kid to see it better,” said Lyall, 48, who ...

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Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste of Miami, winners of a $25,000 Project Greenlight contest. (Photo courtesy Mike Atwood)

Young Haitian-American filmmakers in Miami win $25,000 Project Greenlight contest [Video]

Edson Jean and Joshua Jean-Baptiste, two young Haitian-American roommates, last fall entered a three-minute pitch video in a Project Greenlight contest hoping to get funding for a proposed web series three-and-a-half years in the making. “Too often we’ve applied for stuff and gotten runner-up or made it to the finals,” said Jean-Baptiste, 26. “You kind of prime yourself to being ...

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Haitian artist Turgo Bastien paints the old St. Claire Laundry and Dry Cleaners building in Little Haiti on Nov. 10, 2015. (Photo by: Alfonso Duran, South Florida News Service)

Artist paints colorful new life into vintage Little Haiti building

When Turgo Bastien created his first painting, it wasn’t with a brush or acrylic paint. The artist, then 8, turned a chicken feather into a brush, soaked it in house paint and used an old shirt as the canvas. It was a neighbor who encouraged him to pursue art for a living. “She looked at my work and said, ‘Turgo, ...

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Concrete Beach Brewery at 325 NW 24th St. in Wynwood is organizing the monthly cleanups.

Wynwood brewery organizes family-friendly clean ups after late-night monthly Art Walks

Every second Saturday of the month, Art Walk gathers hundreds in the Wynwood district, where people enjoy street art as well as gallery events and food trucks. But once the party ends, what’s left behind is usually garbage covering the streets and sidewalks. Beginning Nov. 15, Concrete Beach Brewery is creating an after-party event out of every second Sunday, with ...

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David McCauley, who founded the nonprofit Rise Up To Cure Paralysis after he recuperated from a broken neck, works on a mosaic with repurposed skateboard parts. (Photo by Ricardo Montalvan, South Florida News Service)

Miami art therapy program’s Rise Up Gallery exhibits works of disabled artists

  At a friend’s birthday party in summer 2008, David McCauley dove into a pool, hit his head on the bottom and broke his neck. McCauley was in an intensive care unit for two-and-a-half weeks and spent four months in rehabilitation. At 39, he remains impaired in all four limbs, has limited mobility of his arms and cannot move his ...

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Future Ladies: Onix Morera, right, teaches Maria Lopez, 15, good posture as part of the Future Ladies of America program. (Photo by Hellen Rivas, South Florida News Service)

Nonprofit group helps teenage girls celebrate traditional Quinceañeras

When Addis Acay Hunter turned 15, her family could not afford to give her a Quinceañera, a Hispanic tradition celebrating a girl’s 15th birthday as a symbol of her coming-of-age. Then, Onix Morera, a family friend and founder of the nonprofit organization Talent Artistic Juvenile, thought of a way to help girls such as Addis: Creating a program to develop ...

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Nicole Mejia shows the proper form of stretching at the Chicago Stay Fit Within Tour in May 2015. (Photo courtesy of Prairie Production)

Founder returns home as Fit & Thick national tour concludes Saturday in Miami Beach

When Nicole Mejia, international model and fitness instructor, first launched her Fit & Thick tour around the United States a year-and-a-half ago, she had no idea where it was going to lead. “I never thought this was going to be my final tour stop,” said Mejia, 26. “Especially in my hometown, Miami.” Fit & Thick is an Instagram-inspired movement that ...

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Heroines Choir's musical director Analy Mendez leads a rehearsal for the event Arts for Healing on a recent Saturday. (Photo by Maria Serrano / South Florida News Service)

Arts for Healing show at Miami Dade College to feature dozens of breast cancer survivors

  In 2012, singer Mary Jo Garrity and art director Alice Billman produced The Heroines Show to promote healing through arts in the Miami area. Three months into the production process, the show came to a halt − Garrity, 53, died. A 10-year breast cancer survivor, she had been diagnosed with another rare type of cancer. “After Mary Jo’s death, ...

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Aurora Molina's exhibit Incoherent Stories, is a series of drawings on handmade cotton paper using thread, fabric and scraps. The exhibit will run from June 6 to Nov. 8, in the Main Library, located at 101 West Flagler St., free of charge and open to all ages.

Exhibit of ‘Incoherent Stories’ on display

When Aurora Molina, then 9 years old, sat down in an embroidery class her mother had signed her up for as an extracurricular activity, she never imagined it would lead to where she is today. Twenty-one years later, she is presenting her 17th art exhibit — this time in the Miami Dade Public Library. Molina’s exhibit, Incoherent Stories, is a ...

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Locks of Love are snapped onto Love Lock Bridge located at The Palms at Town & Country in Kendall. (Photo by Christian Portilla, South Florida News Service)

Couples, families lock their love on bridge at Kendall mall

  When Joy Medlock went to Paris two years ago, she was inspired to see a bridge with thousands of locks, known as Love Lock Bridge, where couples put padlocks by the river Seine to show their love for each other. Back in Florida, Medlock, vice president and general manager of The Palms at Town & Country, decided to bring ...

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