Jessica Meszaros / WLRN

Coconut Grove Arts Festival has helped New World School of the Arts high school students sell their art for about 25 years.

New World’s white tent was bustling with students, teachers and buyers interested in artworks created by about 125 high school students. This festival is the school’s largest fundraiser, raising between $12,000 and $13,000 a year. Students get half the cut of all their sales.

Miami Artist Captures Concerts In Drawings

Feb 13, 2015
Photo Courtesy of Brian Butler

In a crowd of concertgoers hidden in the shadows of a dimly lit venue, one man can’t help but stand out. Equipped with a pen and sketchbook, Brian Butler regularly claims a post near the many stages he comes across, ready to capture the diverse environments around him. 

Butler, originally a Massachusetts native and a Massachusetts College of Art and Design graduate, moved down to Miami about five years ago. He cites having seen rock legend Iggy Pop perform on the beach during Art Basel as part of the motivation for this move.

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Inside his Liberty City music studio, Miami rapper Loksamillion keeps his Bible open to Songs of Solomon on a small black leather couch.

“There’s a reward for those who are diligent and listen to God,” he says.

Across the room, a small padded recording booth anchors the space next to a keyboard and computer. From the outside, this is a quaint yellow and white home on a quiet residential Liberty City block.

But this is where Loksamillion, also known as Loks, creates.

The 2015 Carbonell Nominations Are In

Jan 21, 2015
Broward Center for the Performing Arts


The nominees for the 39th annual Carbonell Awards for South Florida theater have been announced.

01/02/15 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, film critic, Dan Hudak, previews the Miami Jewish Film Festival with director Igor Shteyrenberg. Classical contributor, Charles Greenfield talks with Julian Kreeger about the Friends of Chamber Music of Miami’s upcoming concerts through April.

Alicia Zuckerman

A lawmaker from the city that hosts Art Basel Miami Beach says a tax break on art work would help stimulate the economy statewide. 

State representative David Richardson of Miami Beach just filed a bill that would exempt works of art from the state's sales tax. 

To qualify, the artwork would have to be original, as well as signed and sold by the artists. It would have to cost at least $1,000.

Richardson says said the measure is important because artwork in Florida is under a double-taxation:

12/12/14 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, founder and Executive Director, Naomi Wilzig, talks about W.E.A.M, Miami Beach’s most engaging and adult museum and its upcoming exhibitions. General Director, Susan Danis, voices her support for the Florida Grand Opera and shares her excitement about their future presentations.

Wynwood Pop-Up Exhibits Student-Shot Everyday Portraits

Dec 3, 2014
Gregory Castillo / WLRN


On a warm afternoon in Wynwood, just minutes away from their homes in Allapattah and Overtown, a group of students is making images. 

The group, 25 students selected by the Play to Win Foundation, is part of the program's Through My Lens: Art Is Life workshop. The mission is to empower students through art. 

Students paired with mentors spent all day on Nov. 8 crafting their photography skills. Armed with state-of-the-art Nokia phones, they snapped photos of each other in front of murals.