Arts And Civil Rights
1:03 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

"Her Own Little Paris In Miami"

Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband. Greenfield, a musical prodigy herself, started Miami’s first interracial arts school in the 50s, angering some whites when she taught black students.
Marice Cohn Band The Miami Herald

Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.  

She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.

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Environmental Art
4:58 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

How Dozens Of Tires Went From Being At The Bottom Of The Ocean To The Center Of An Art Show

Crew removes tires from the water.
Patricia Sagastume

The whitewall rubber tires, which until recently had been on the bottom of the ocean floor off the coast of Broward County, now look like deflated, salt-encrusted life preservers, and reek of the decayed smell of barnacles mixed with sea spray.

They are the stars of an art exhibit called “The Eclipse,” open now in Miami’s Wynwood district, a tribute to a failed plan to create an artificial reef and mankind’s attempts to remove the tires and save the ocean from even more destruction.

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7:05 am
Mon February 27, 2012

'Flower Bombing' Is Growing Art

'Flower Bombing' has no blooms.
Kenny Malone

By day, Arlene Delgado is an ad designer who deals with things like web design, branding and logos.

But when the sun goes down, she sometimes turns into somewhat of an ad avenger.

The Miami native says she's been aware of ads around her all her life from the usual suspects - billboards, banners, murals, and bus stops.

But she wanted to turn the tables a bit by with words that aren't so commercial.

She points and then reads out loud one of her creations, inspired by a Tarot card.

'Judge fairly, speak truth and never waiver from your standards.'

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12:00 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Alvin Ailey Dance Director Comes Home To Miami

Robert Battle comes home to Miami
Carl Juste Miami Herald

On an icy night in late December, Miami native Robert Battle, the new artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, saw his past and future come together in the heart of New York City.

After a year and a half of public grooming, of working alongside his towering predecessor, Judith Jamison, Battle was finally at the head of modern dance's most famous company, and in programming the troupe's annual five-week season at City Center Theatre, a major event in the New York dance world, he had made his real debut as director.

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