A couple of years ago, when I first moved to the Design District/Wynwood area, the now demolished Chiquita Banana Plant (above) was still on NE 2nd and 33rd street. The plant particularly caught my eye because back then we were developing the “tropi” brand and banana’s were one of the symbols we initially used to associate it. As I got to know the locals, I discovered that the Chiquita Banana Plant I had my eyes on had been hit up by a local artist. I’ve gotten to know the artist and have been following his sketches, photography, and street art ever since.
Founded four years ago by Amy Rosenberg, the Overtown Music Project (OMP) has since been shining a light on the historic cultural contributions of the otherwise uncelebrated neighborhood of Overtown. OMP has introduced a free, after school music program into the area, in partnership with UM at Frederick Douglass Elementary School, and host seven events a year – six in throughout Overtown’s former entertainment district and one Miami Beach, showcasing and honoring some of the musicians who once made their living in Overtown.
Philip Bloom is an industry veteran of 23 years of which he spent a large portion working in broadcast news and documentaries. What turned Philip into an idol for many independent filmmakers though is his pioneering work with DSLR and affordable large sensor camcorders.
Basically, he showed us all that gorgeous images are possible on a pretty low budget. We all rushed to buy a Canon 7D or even better 5D, then visited his website religiously, along with over a million other fans, hungry for the next free video tutorial.
Welcome to Jessy Nite’s Tropicult.com. As you’ve probably already noticed, the Benevolent Ruler herself has taken over our site – and we couldn’t be more excited. Through sheer creative will alone, Jessy Nite injected tropicult.com with a rigorous dose of her radical…
From humble beginnings, street art found its place in the contemporary art world and has made itself right at home in our Magic City. Next Saturday, October 13th, Gregg Shienbaum welcomes back local street artist Poska aka Clandestine Culture for his first solo show.