Position: Management

Orlando Taquechel

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November 5, 2019 at 8:27 PM

Orlando Taquechel has been a dance writer and dance researcher for over 35 years with articles published in Cuba, Mexico and the United States. He is also a professor, choreographer, and artistic director. Orlando graduated with a degree in Architecture, a Bachelors in Theater and Drama, and with a Masters. He is the recipient of the Medal to the Merit of Dance CIAD in July 2009 and the “Criticism and Culture of Ballet” Life Achievement Award at the XIX International Ballet Festival of Miami in September 2014. He’s the author of “Metodología para la Crítica de Ballet,” “Definición de la Escuela Cubana de Ballet” and “La danza en Miami (1998-2017): las reseñas cuentan su historia.” He is the Spanish-language Editor and dance critic for ArtBurst.

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Melina De Rose

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October 25, 2019 at 6:49 PM

Melina I. De Rose is editor of two websites: ArtburstMiami.com, a media hub for dance, music, theater, visual arts and independent arts coverage; and MiamiOnTheCheap.com, a local resource for deals and free events. The Florida International University grad and Argentina native is a veteran editor and communications specialist who spent 22 years at the South Florida Sun Sentinel in roles such as section editor, department head, social media specialist and web producer. She was lead editor for high-profile projects, as well as a script writer for the Sun Sentinel documentary, “The Hidden Hungry,” which premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and earned an Emmy Award nomination.

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Jake Cline

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February 8, 2019 at 2:53 PM

Jake Cline has been covering arts and entertainment in South Florida for more than 20 years as an editor, reporter and critic. Until recently, he was the South Florida Sun Sentinel’s entertainment editor, where for seven years he oversaw arts coverage for the newspaper’s print and online properties. He is a native Floridian, a lifelong surfer, a soccer and baseball fan, a runner and a writer. He lives in East Shenandoah with his wife and two dogs.

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Amy Sherit

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February 5, 2019 at 6:41 PM

A seasoned marketing executive, Amy Sherit established her own marketing agency at age 29, before venturing into publishing. With her marketing skills & passion for culture, she developed CultureOwl, a leading-edge multiplatform brand that offers extensive arts programming digitally as well as in print. CultureOwl Magazine is one of the most respected publications in South Florida. Amy holds an MBA in International Business and Marketing from the University of Miami’s Executive Program, and is a very active member of the community.

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Jean Blackwell Font

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December 14, 2018 at 2:46 PM

Jean Blackwell Font has lived and worked in Miami and the Beaches since 1990 in wide-ranging roles in the Arts, Hospitality, and the Non-profit sector. Years of collaborating and working with programs, exhibitions, digital marketing, and social media have manifested in a successful content-driven, strategic approach for marketing the Arts. As a practicing visual artist, she shares a studio in the Bird Road Arts District with her husband, Ignacio Font.
Jean’s position as Director of Programs & Events is a culmination of all of her past professional experiences of programs, events, marketing, and community-building here in Miami. Jean oversees the Miami Arts Marketing Project (MAMP), Arts Board MatchArtburst MiamiPatent Pro Bono Florida, and Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA), and will continue to look for even more ways to serve our creative community.

She serves as the editor for ArtsBizBlog and Artburst Miami Blog, both projects of Arts & Business Council of Miami. On occasion, she contributes written pieces to both digital publications, garnering by-lines in The Miami Herald.

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Adriana Perez

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February 23, 2018 at 8:59 AM

Adrianna Perez

Native Miamian, Adriana Perez, joined the Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs in 2008 as a Projects Administrator.  She spearheads initiatives that support and develop the professional development of Miami-Dade County’s individual artists and manages a portfolio that includes: Dance Miami Choreographers’ Program, Playwright Development Program and Creative Capital Professional Development Program.  In addition to working with individual artists, Adriana manages the Festivals & Special Events Grants program and the Cultural Development Program.  On the journalistic side, she has the privilege of working with the team at the award-winning ArtBurst, Miami’s innovative hub providing arts coverage on multiple platforms. Prior to joining the department, she served as Producer of Major Presentations at the Adrienne Arsht Center booking sold-out performances for many top rated artists and commissioned several critically acclaimed new works, including: Michael Yawney’s 1000 Homosexuals, David Clarkson’sFlexion, Octavio Campos’ BugChasers, Gustavo Matamoros’ Cars and Fish, and Jennylin Duany’s Cabaret Unkempt, and collaborated on the world premiere of several others. Adriana received her Bachelor’s degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Florida and her Masters in Fine Arts in Theatre Management and Producing from Columbia University.

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Khaneza Mcnalist

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February 23, 2018 at 8:58 AM

Khaneza is a graduate of the University of Central Florida. During, her college years, she independently studied, strategic advertising and marketing with an emphasis on ways to increase a companies’ overall web presence. Khaneza has over 6 years experience in internet marketing, working for companies in the electronic and fashion industries. At the Arts & Business Council of Miami, Khaneza is the Facebook wiz, who focuses on engaging locals with valuable information about arts, business, technology and cultural happenings in Miami and around South Florida.

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Laura Bruney

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February 23, 2018 at 8:56 AM

As President and CEO of the Arts & Business Council of Miami for the past 25 years, Laura Bruney has helped strengthen the cultural community through leadership and board development programs, audience development and marketing initiatives, volunteer programs for the arts and networking and community events. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations and management of Council staff, policy and programs. Ms. Bruney works closely with the governing board to develop and implement the Council’s strategic plan, interfaces with the cultural community on behalf of the Council, and is the Council’s chief spokesperson.

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Josie Gulliksen

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February 23, 2018 at 8:55 AM

Josie Gulliksen is a freelance writer and major arts advocate and enthusiast who loves everything cultural and is excited to live in such a thriving community as Miami. A Miami native, she currently writes for Indulge Miami, Edible South Florida, Legacy Magazine, Miamionthecheap.com, MiamiCurated and I’m Not Your Boring Newspaper. She worked for nearly a decade at Miami Today covering the arts community, calendar of events and restaurant scene. She has also worked in public relations in non-profit for the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, in travel and tourism for Newman PR and at the Miami Science Museum. She has written for Florida Travel + Life Magazine and Florida Monthly Magazine.

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