TGIF: No means yes in South Beach

A picture of the museum

The Jewish Museum Florida FIU was designed by Henry Hohauser who attended Pratt Institute.

South Beach is a place of defiance. I once heard someone say, people come to South Beach to do every “God forsaken” thing they wouldn’t do anywhere else! No means yes in South Beach.

It should come as no surprise that the Jewish community in South Beach has often defied the status quo.

Art Deco weekend.

Thousands of people come to Art Deco Weekend each year.

Barbara Capitman, a Jews, defied the establishment. Capitman fought city officials “tooth and nail” to preserve the historical buildings that light up Miami Beach and make it the second most popular place in Florida. If not for her vision and perseverance, there would not be an Art Deco District. The over 800 Art Deco buildings that remain are testaments to Capitman’s defiance. The Art Deco District was the first 20th century neighborhood placed on the National Register of Historic Places much to her efforts. The Miami Design Preservation League continues Capitman’s legacy.

Poster

Miami Design Preservation League poster rallying the community.

What’s more, Henry Hohauser, an architect who was Jewish, built over 300 Art Deco buildings. Hohauser lived in an era when signs “Gentiles Only” and “No Jews Allowed” were commonplace in South Beach. Jews were not even allowed to live beyond 5th Street.

An Art Deco chandelier and displays inside the Jews

An Art Deco chandler and displays inside the Jewish Museum.

Visit one of Hohauser’s buildings and experience first hand the story of Jewish culture in Florida. Hohauser’s building, once a synagogue, is now the home of the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. Eighty stained glass windows, a copper dome, and chandeliers are reminders of the days when Hohauser and others worshipped in the synagogue. Taste and see the Jewish experience during the Jewish Food Tour that leaves from the Museum. Learn how the Jewish community thrived despite many obstacles.

Falafel and Israeli salad.

Enjoy Falafel and Israeli salad on the Jewish Food Tour.

Facing off with those who thought South Beach should be known only as a place for “fun in the sun,” Holocaust survivors garnered public support for the building of the Holocaust Memorial. A memorial garden and a sobering sculpture recall those who died and remind all who visit: “we shall NEVER forget.”

Sculpture at the Holocaust memorial

A bronze sculpture by Ellsworth Kelly at the Holocaust Memorial.

The impact of Jewish culture permeates every aspect of the city. Mount Sinai Hospital was built because Jewish doctors weren’t given staff privileges at area hospitals. The Bass Museum scheduled to reopen in the fall, is named in honor of John and Johanna Bass, Jewish immigrants who bequeathed over 500 works of art to the City of Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum in Miami Beach.

The Bass Museum in Miami Beach during Art Basel.

It is said that obstacles are opportunities. Fighting bias and opposition, the Jewish community realized that no means yes in South Beach.

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TGIF: Tropical Fun At Art Basel Miami Beach

Art by Kehinde Wikey.

Art by Kehinde Wiley draws crowds and big bucks at Art Basel Miami Beach.

With a backdrop of tropical Palm trees, quaint Art Deco buildings and azure sparking ocean,  North America’s largest Art Fair comes to Miami Beach.

Art by Pablo Picasso

Master Works by Picasso, Monet and others are featured in the Salon.

Dive into Art Basel Miami Beach through December 4. Enjoy contemporary art by the masters and up and coming artists at the main venue in the Miami Beach Convention. More than 200 galleries from around the globe display art. The Convention Center is where you can get free information and free transportation to most of the Art Fairs during Art Basel Miami Beach.

Miami Art Basel.

Out door installations by artists like George Baselitz are featured at Bass Museum’s Public Art.

See over 20 outdoor Public Art installations at the Bass Museum and Collins Park in Miami Beach by leading and emerging international artists. Public Art creates an awareness of art and promotes art talk in friendly places.

Stop by the fun pop up galleries. Hotels and vacant buildings are converted into galleries. Along the shoreline, there are tents exhibiting art. People hop from gallery to gallery.

The fun doesn’t end in Miami Beach. There are lots to see at the Rubell Family Collection, de la Cruz Collection, and other galleries in Wynwood, as well as the Design District and more.

Visit Art Fairs located throughout the city during Art Basel Miami Beach with a breeze. Save yourself some cash, stress and a parking ticket, catch one of the free shuttles. Parking is always a premium in Miami. During Art Basel the competition and prices for parking will be at an all time high.
Ride Miami Art Express: a complimentary service that provides transportation to the Miami Beach Convention Center, Midtown, Wynwood and the Design District.

Check out the City of Miami Beach’s free shuttles to the various fairs around the beach, downtown Miami and Middle Beach.

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For more information visit, City of Miami Beach’s website  http://www.miamibeachfl.gov/Transportation/scroll.aspx?id=81810 or Miami Dade Transit’s website at http://www.miamidade.gov/transit/art-express.as

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Creativity in the Community: Free Art Classes in Miami

A child making art.

Children complete a themed art project each week.

How to get a free Art class? It’s simple; just sign up. The Bass Museum is sponsoring free Saturday Arts and Literacy workshops for families with children ages 2-8 years old at various neighborhoods in Miami.

a surrealist drawing

Children learn about Surrealism, artists and other art styles.

Each child gets a free books and families complete exciting art projects. All supplies and instruction are free.

A child's Little Face artwork.

A child’s adaptation of Calder’s Little Face.

Creativity in the community art on display.

Children’s artwork on display at Bass’ Creativity in the Community.

Families enjoy free art field trips. The workshop concludes with a celebration event with a hosts of fun activities and a display of each child’s artwork. The classes will begin in March 12. Don’t delay! For more information, contact the Bass Museum at 305-673-7530.

Free Art Classes

Bass Museum

Bass Museum offers free art classes throughout Miami for families.

How to get a free Art class? It’s simple; just sign up. The Bass Museum is sponsoring free Arts and Literacy workshops for families with children ages 2-8 years old at various neighborhoods in Miami.

Children will receive a free book and families will complete an art project with their children. All supplies and instruction are free. The classes will begin in September and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the Bass Museum at 305-673-7530.

Becoming a Butterfly

The Yellow Butterfly

This yellow butterfly happen to land on my daughter’s finger the week before I prepared for this lesson. How amazing God is.

“How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a caterpillar.”

I recently thought about this quote. I was preparing for the Bass Museum’s “Arts and Literacy” final class for the school year. We will be read “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle. I really love this book.

This week’s theme is “Discover New Things.” For seven weeks, we have discussed the importance of reading and the arts. I will encourage families to continue what they have started and to learn new things during the summer.

Pop up butterfly.

The pop up butterfly with narrative that my grandson did to help me prepare for my class.

The arts and literacy are a powerful combo. Reading a book 20 minutes a day exposes children to 1,000 words in a school year. “The amount of time that children read and are read to predicts whether they will be successful,” according to learninginfinity.com.

The Bass Museum

The Bass Museum of Miami Beach, Florida.

The arts help to develop motor skills, language, inventiveness, decision making, improve academic performance, etc. Children who participate regularly in the arts “are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate,” states pbs.org

The President is also promoting the value of reading while honoring educators this week.

CREATIVITY AT THE BEACH

A view of Miami Beach, Florida.

A view of Miami Beach, Florida.

Today, the Miami Beach Bass Museum offered families free transportation and a tour of the museum as part of its “Arts and Literacy” program.

The seven week program provides creativity and literacy skills to strengthen families and communities. Families learn how to instill a love of reading in their child. Art projects are presented that enhance literacy.

At the end of the seven week family program, there is a tour of the Bass Museum.

Families tour the Bass Museum.

Families tour the Bass Museum.

Families toured the museum’s Egyptian gallery. Children also re-enacted the mythological story of Osiris, Isis, Horus, and Seth. They donned various Egyptian headdresses. Families visited Peter Marino’s “One Way” exhibition at the museum. At the end of the day, families were given gift bags and headed home.

The next free “Arts and Literacy” session starts March 7. There are various locations in Miami for the workshops.