Arts Biz Blog

Founder of Iluminarts Amanda Crider Tackle...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Being open and honest as a performer is the ideal way to truly connect with an audience, which was the subject that Amanda Crider tackled at a recent Creative Mornings event. Crider is an opera singer who founded Illuminarts, a concert series that combines art and music with performances at museums and galleries, in 2013. She jokingly kicked off her

Arts Leader Profile: Meet Michel Hausmann,...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Bursting onto Miami’s theater scene, Michel Hausmann introduced Miami New Drama with the classic “Our Town” and the very Miami-centric “Queen of Basel,”

Trio of creatives discuss Art & Commu...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

The term “starving artist” is something too many creatives in Miami know all too well. Recently, a trio of artists, all of whom have carved out a successful career for themselves,

Jay Jackson (a.k.a. Laganja Estranja’s) Yo...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

It could be said that Jay Jackson, also known as the drag queen Laganja Estranja, lives a dual existence. Before she re-invented herself and joined the drag world, she was a YoungArts winner in Dance and U.S. Presidential Scholar in

Take off on an arts-filled season at Arsht...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

If you’re an arts lover who needs to be in the know about the upcoming arts season in Miami-Dade County, then best get yourself to the Adrienne Arsht Center Sept. 8. You’d be doing yourself a disservice otherwise because Arts Launch is the ultimate preview of what’s to come as well as a time to get great deals on tickets. The 12-hour event is an annual celebration to kick off Miami’s arts season and features interactive workshops, mini performances, on-stage dance classes, staged readings, kids’ activities and a concert featuring a trio of local bands to close out the day. “ARTSLAUNCH2018 has become an exciting annual tradition and a fun, free way for everyone to celebrate the beginning of a new arts season. Beyond inviting thousands of guests to experience our campus, it was important for the Arsht Center to provide a platform for more than 100 arts organizations from

Earl Maulding of Actors’ Playhouse honored...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Photo by Alberto Romeu As a 30-year veteran working with kids at Actors’ Playhouse, Earl Maulding is truly deserving of his most recent honor. The Children’s Trust named him as a Champion for Children at their recent ceremony. As Director of Theatre for Young Audiences at Actors’ Playhouse, he’s been a champion for kids his entire career. “Earl is always engaging, always enthusiastic and always about the kids. For 30 years he’s put his whole heart into his job, which

Review: Jesse Jones Jr. at the Historic Ha...

Written By Fernando Gonzalez

Saxophonist Jesse Jones Jr. and his quartet offered a potent, wake-up-the-dead serving of soul-jazz and hard bop at the historic Hampton House, in Miami, in his early set Friday, July 27, that honored the masters that once passed through the place. That’s the way to celebrate a rebirth. Jones, who as he reminded the audience, not only played the Hampton House as a youngster but met his wife there, suggests an old-style jazzman, strong as

Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series regional wi...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Now in its ninth year, the Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series, again collaborating with Artsy — the online publication and marketplace for art — is the opportunity of a lifetime for artists. Regional winners from across the United States and Canada will have their work showcased at SCOPE Miami Beach, one of the premier art events

Arts Leader Profile: Meet Pati Vargas, Exe...

Written By Josie Gulliksen

Keeping the success machine that is Viernes Culturales/Cultural Fridays, one of Miami’s longest running monthly arts events – it debuted in 2000 — going is a tough job and Pati Vargas has been handling it beautifully for the past eight years. Vargas however, is no stranger to arts event programming. As owner of Pati Vargas