There are plenty of ways to measure the meaning of art: aesthetic value, emotion resonance, ticket sales, auction price, jobs. South Florida's art economy is young but growing.
Communities have invested hundreds of millions of public dollars in performing arts centers and museums, cultural programs and outreach efforts. The arts are embedded in the promise of South Florida marketed to visitors.
And increasingly, South Florida artists are appearing on the world's stage.
Gourmet waffles, spiced Cuban coffee and Miami tech are free every Wednesday in Wynwood where free breakfast is served alongside startup pitches and presentations.
The event is hosted by Live Ninja, a locally based video chat company that has raised over $1 million in venture capital and secured sponsorship for this series of breakfasts from the Knight Foundation.
South Florida knows how to throw a party. And it better, considering how important hospitality is to the regional economy. From conferences and conventions to fairs and festivals, the event business picks up as temperatures up north drop. Some are for out-of-towners exclusively, others celebrate South Florida for South Floridians.
To get a sense of the economics and local emotions involved, The Sunshine Economy spoke with the driving forces behind four big events that dot the South Florida map.
Lionel Lightbourne has been a social worker in Liberty City for four years. He says he is a "fish in water" with his chosen profession. He speaks with passion about empowering families and children in need.
If he were single, he says his income would put him just above the poverty line. "But together with my wife," he says, "we will actually be in the middle class."
Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 8:46 am
Supporters of medical marijuana may have lost their fight at the ballot box, but they're promising to take it back to the statehouse.
A day after Amendment 2 narrowly failed in Florida, the chairman and chief financier of the initiative said Wednesday that if lawmakers didn't successfully pursue the issue, it would be back before voters in 2016.
Originally published on Wed October 29, 2014 2:37 pm
Fusion, the TV network born from the marriage of Spanish language network Univision and ABC, is a year old.
Fusion is unique in a few ways. It’s in English, and it caters to millennials, particularly Latino millennials. It’s been attracting big media talent, including Alexis Madrigal, deputy editor of The Atlantic, who joined earlier this month.
The network has also attracted journalists from Jezebel, The Daily Beast, and Reuters.
Just over two dozen people in South Florida hold more than $100 billion in wealth. These 25 individuals make up South Florida's Wealthiest, a list from the Miami Herald, compiled by Global Governance Advisors, an executive pay consulting group. You can see the list below, or here.
There's a voyeuristic quality of these kinds of "richest" lists.
All of these songs, either in whole or part, were recorded at Criteria Studios in Miami. It began as a small studio in the late 1950s and grew into six studios with a global reputation for making hits.