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Famed dancer/choreographer Desmond Richardson has joined the Board of Trustees of YoungArts, the core program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts. Hailed as one of the great modern dancers of his time, Richardson was a 1986 YoungArts Award Winner in Modern Dance and Presidential Scholar in the Arts. He is Co- founder and Co-Artistic Director of Complexions Contemporary Ballet N.Y., celebrating its 15th year. Richardson brings to the table a wealth of knowledge about the dance community, as well as a unique insider’s perspective of the YoungArts program, and will assist the organization as it ushers in its next era of excellence in the arts. For more information, please visit www.youngarts.org. Photo credit: James Houston.
Danielle Spiegelman has been named the new Executive Director / Director of Development for the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami (formerly The Wellness Community-Greater Miami). A Miami native, Spiegelman has more than 18 years of corporate and non-profit fundraising experience. Prior to joining the Cancer Support Community, she was the Development Director for Temple Beth Am. She also served as Marketing Director for The Falls where she was responsible for all marketing, advertising, local branding, public relations, corporate and promotional partnerships, center special events and web based marketing. Actively involved in charitable work, Spiegelman has served with the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, Children's Home Society, Miami Children's Hospital and Hadassah of Greater Miami. She lives in Miami with her husband Marc and children Logan, 8 and Austin, 6 and Ethan, 4.
Fifteen college students from the New World School of the Arts
Dance Division along with four faculty members including the dean of dance Daniel Lewis
attended New Prague Dance Festival
in the Czech Republic, and won numerous prizes and accolades including the final two grand prizes.
Parents from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade Kendall Club
came together to host a Summer Jam Concert
featuring cover bands, TILT
TILT performed the best from the 90s, Alternative and Spanish Rock and Eruption performed cover songs from U2’s Unforgettable Fire tour, the Police’s Synchronicity tour, INXS’s Listen Like Thieves tour to name a few. The concert was held at Bayside Hut in Key Biscayne. “The concert was a huge success,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade.
“It was a great initiative from the parents of the Kendall Club to host this concert to make the club a better place for the children.”
Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theatre
raised an even $4,444 thanks to Whole Foods Market
in Coral Gables' Community 5 Percent Day, June 23. The generous donation is the result of Whole Food's commitment to donate five percent of the day's net sales to a local non-profit organization. All proceeds will specifically benefit Actors' Playhouse Musical Theatre for Young Audiences
and will help support the theatre's commitment to education and developing future theatergoers. Pictured: Morgan Martell bags groceries for customers at Whole Foods Market in Coral Gables .
Easter Seals South Florida
celebrated the graduation of this year’s 2010 Culinary Arts High School Class with the students, their families and special invited guests Stanley G. Tate, Eugenia D. McCrea, and Board Chair Paul D. Bianco.
The very special luncheon was held at the Easter Seals Miami-Dade County Campus.
Sixty-seven New World School of the Arts
students enthusiastically paraded to the beat of African drums through the streets of downtown Miami. The group, accompanied by their mentors, filled the air with their contagious laughter and unparalleled excitement, as they arrived at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts
to receive their long-awaited BFA / BM diplomas.
Girl Scouts Council of Tropical Florida
recently hosted its 3rd Girl Scout Alumnae Reception
at Mai Tardi
in the Miami Design District. The event gathered alumnae to celebrate women of courage, confidence and character. The 3rd Girl Scout Alumnae Reception was organized by Chair of the Board of Directors of the Girl Scout Council of Tropical Florida Irela Bagué and Girl Scout Program Innovation Specialist Shana Perera.
The organization is currently looking for former Girl Scouts to join their Alumnae. Pictured: Irela Bague, Kathy Imberman, Jackie Mamber and Kiki Zayas.
A refurbished parking meter donated to the Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust by the Miami Parking Authority, and designed by celebrated South Florida artist Romero Britto, was installed in front of North Miami Beach City Hall on May 18, 2010. All monies collected by Miami-Dade County Homeless Trust Donation Meters are used to provide shelter and indoor meal programs to people experiencing homelessness.
During the month of May, Yin Yang You! A Pop-up Art Exhibition opened at Museo Vault at Miami Arts District in Wynwood. The exhibition explored the relationship of complementary opposites in nature based off the ancient Yin/Yang symbol representing opposing, but not in opposition of each other, forces that create balance in the constant flow of the universe. Artists created dialogue on the concept with explorations of east/west, masculine/feminine, light/dark, high/low, mind/body, etc. in a contemporary fine art context in which the audience was the essential part. Pictured: Alina Rodriguez teaching Miami- Dade public school students about Yin/Yang in a fine art context using hanging works by Sam Gilliam.