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CARTA’s Miami Creative City Initiative-Miami Herald Coverage

The following article on CARTA’s Miami Creative City Initiative was featured in the Miami Herald’s StartingGate online column, their top business blog, on February 12th, and can be read at its original source here.

FIU, Creative Class Group launch Creative City Initiative

FIU and the Creative Class Group, founded by Richard Florida, have joined forces to launch the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative, a project to harness creative and entrepreneurial forces that can help accelerate greater Miami’s transformation into a creative economy.

The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative will engage political, business and cultural leaders, faculty, students, alumni and the greater community in a dialogue on how creativity, culture and design can drive a regional economy.

“At FIU we see creativity and the arts as equal partners with technology and entrepreneurship in moving our economy and job creation forward,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative is our way of helping to galvanize these forces in our community so that we create solutions, take full advantage of the opportunities that exist and create new ones.”

The three-year initiative will be based in the College of Architecture + the Arts’ Miami Beach Urban Studios, on Lincoln Road.

This first salon held Jan. 29 and open to the public focused on the topic of creating public spaces that ignite creativity and promote community, often referred to as “place making.” The discussion featured Florida in conversation with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design Chairperson Roberto Rovira. Florida, Levine and Rovira discussed Miami Beach’s creative future around arts, design, culture, innovation and entrepreneurship and invited ideas on how to further support the revitalization and creative energy around the Miami Beach Convention Center, Lincoln Road and Washington Ave. area. “The key asset to any city is talent,” said Levine. “We are creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem where existing talent will want to stay and work and where new talent will want to launch startups.”

In addition to other salons throughout the year, CCG will conduct research to further understand and define Miami’s creative economy and its impact on the region. The study will examine Greater Miami’s talent base, greatest needs and talent-based advantages.

“Greater Miami is at an inflection point,” said Florida. “Its economy, historically based on tourism and retirement, is shifting to a more robust creative economy, built around its stature as a global city: its ability to attract talent from Latin America, Europe and around the world; its global airport, its natural assets and quality of place; its arts and culture; educational institutions, and the ongoing resurgence of its urban core. These assets will be critical economic drivers for Miami’s future. We are looking forward to partnering with FIU to bring the city some insights.”

FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton noted that this initiative is directly tied to goals in the strategic plans of the College of Architecture + the Arts and FIU.

“Traditionally universities have served as catalysts for the creative economy, helping to create ecosystems where creative talent and enterprises thrive,” said Furton. “We want to use all of our resources, including the talents of students and faculty in the College of Architecture + The Arts, to spur economic development in Miami and beyond.”

-Submitted by Florida International University

Posted Feb. 12, 2015

 

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Fully Engaged CARTA Board Meeting Took Place at Gus Berenblum’s Office in Wynwood

Gus Berenblum, principal of Berenblum Busch Architecture (BBA), generously hosted the CARTA Advisory Board meeting at his office in the Wynwood district at noon on February 9th, 2015.

During this very productive meeting, Dean Brian Schriner discussed CARTA 2020, the Miami Creative City Initiative with the direction of Dr. Richard Florida, and the Bauhaus Miami with the collaboration of Dr. Claudia Perren, Director of the Bauhaus Dessau.

Larry Kline from Perkins & Will presented the new partnership with CARTA for the creation of a new Healthcare Design track in the School of Architecture.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia, founding principal of Arquitectonica, was recognized for having the winning bid for the redesign of the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Alfred Karram Jr, Chairman of the Urban Studios Advisory Board, made a presentation on their involvement with the City of Miami Beach Centennial.

Rick Tonkinson, Chairman of the CARTA Advisory Board, discussed Josh Oberhausen speaking to the Communication Arts students, the status of hiring a Career Development Officer, and the grand opening of the RCCL building at the FIU Modesto A. Maidique Campus on March 20, 2015. Dean Schriner is making arrangements for the board members to attend the grand opening and to receive a private tour.

Rick also discussed the Martin and Connie Silver Award, which is a scholarship for students to explore how to assimilate artwork and collections of art into their architecture designs.

Rick announced the School of Architecture Career Fair on March 25th and Jason Chandler, Chair and Associate Professor, provided the details at the board meeting.

Rick let the board know that the Department of Interior Architecture is ranked in the top 10 in the nation by Design Intelligence and Janine King, Chair and Associate Professor, stated that 1,108 professional practice organizations participated in the ranking.

Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Julian Kreeger, President of Friends of Chamber Music of Miami for 25 years, had a very insightful conversation that started with Bernardo asking “What is the ideal size of a venue in order to be able to create the right amount of buzz (sizzle) for a theatre or music production?” A discussion ensued over this fundamental and critical question, which that is often never addressed. “Buildings are overbuilt and there is too much capacity so when it is half full, it still looks empty,” said Bernardo. Julian thought that 300 seats is small enough to create a demand for attendance. “This conversation was in essence why the College of Architecture + The Arts are combined at FIU because it brings the two points of view together. At most universities, this conversation would not take place. With most cultural arts centers, they are built over capacity because the decision makers want something grandiose. It is their way or the highway so when it is built, presenters have to deal with trying to fill up the room. Chamber Music does not need a 2,600 seat auditorium,” said Rick Tonkinson. “We just witnessed in a conversation the unique philosophy of CARTA,” added Rick.

Rick was pleased to announce that David Harper, President and CEO of HADP Architecture, is joining the board. He named the atrium of the Green Library at FIU and is a major donor.

The next meeting will be at hosted by Daniel de la Vega in April. Daniel is president of ONE Sotheby’s International Realty.

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Sizzling Jazz Trombone Concert by John Fedchock was Stellar

On Saturday, February 7th, the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Performing Arts Center Concert Hall had a stellar performance of John Fedchock, a Grammy Award nominated arranger and world class trombone soloist.

John played with the FIU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, which included Gary Campbell (its Director), Cisco Dimas, Hal Roland, Jaime Ousley, Osvaldo Vargas, and Tom Lippincott for the first half of the performance.

For the second half, the sizzling sound of the FIU Studio Big Band under the direction of Jim Hacker played with John on seven of his tunes.

“We have enjoyed very special jazz concerts in New York City where John has played for over 20 years and this FIU concert was of a Carnegie Hall quality,” said Rick and Margarita Tonkinson who sponsored the event.

Earlier in the day, John taught a master class to seven high school jazz bands.

John Fedchock enjoyed playing with the faculty and students. “We all had a real great time,” said John.

Header image is of John Fedchock.

John Fedchock and FIU trombonist Tom Savage

John Fedchock and FIU trombonist Tom Savage

John Fedchock and the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band

John Fedchock and the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band

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Left to right: Rick Tonkinson – Sponsor, Jim Hacker – Director of the FIU Studio Jazz Big Band, Bob Dundas – Chair of FIU School of Music, Bill Hipp – Past Chair of FIU School of Music, and John Fedchock – World class trombonist

 

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Xavier Cortada, Artist-in-Residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, Making News In Chicago

Xavier Cortada, Artist-in-Residence at the College of Architecture + The Arts, is making news in Chicago. The article below was written by Linda Giradi and originally appeared in the Chicago Tribune on February 5th, and can be viewed here.

Art and science meet at new exhibit at Fermilab

The thousands of particle physicists didn’t plan for their research to be a work of art.

The detector where the once-illusive Higgs Boson, an elementary particle of the universe, was discovered in 2012, however, is now an engineering marvel in the science and art worlds.

Artists and scientists have collaborated in an international exhibit at the facility that works to capture the beauty of science through various media.

The international Art@CMS exhibit opened Wednesday in the Art Gallery at Fermilab. Launched by physicist and photographer Michael Hoch, the exhibit will be on display in the Fermilab Art Gallery through April 22.The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Georgia Schwender, curator of the Fermilab Art Gallery, said the exhibit connects art and science for the non-physicist. Schwender said until a year ago the art gallery had been restricted by appointment after security-related concerns raised by the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Visitors will see Hoch’s high resolution photographic banners that illustrate the enormity of the detector at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. The experiment was built in a “cylindrical coil of superconducting cable” that is roughly the size of a five-story building that weighs 14,000 tons.

It was designed to measure subatomic processes produced by collisions of protons capable of taking 40 million pictures per second. It is one of the two particle detectors that enabled the discovery of the Higgs Boson.

The Vienna, Austrian-born physicist-artist’s life-size photographic banners of the detector hang horizontally in the atrium of Wilson Hall, as well.

“There’s an intrinsic geometry that just grabs you,” Hoch said. “There is beauty in science that we want to communicate to a wider group of people, at the same time inspiring them and making them curious to understand more about science.”

Hoch met with Fermilab scientists and the public during Wednesday’s art gallery reception. Fermilab physicist Paul Lebrun said he was impressed with the “great intensity and effort” by the artists in their pieces.

The occasion was an opportunity for the public to meet Fermilab’s first-ever artist-in-residence Lindsay Olson, who explored Fermilab from behind the scenes and created art pieces inspired by the work of scientists at the facility.

Fermilab physicist Don Lincoln, her science advisor, described Olson’s artwork as being “faithful” to the work of scientists.

“I am a very unlikely person to be discussing art and science with you,” Olson told the physicists. “I spent most of my academic career trying to avoid math and science but through a series of fortunate events, I fell in love with science and now science is the foundation of my studio practice and it is an important part of how I view the world.”

Visitors to the exhibit will see five banners by artist Xavier Cortada and physicist Pete Markowitz that show various stages of particle collisions recorded by detectors.

Cortada said the banners are an homage to the scientists and engineers whose research has opened up new avenues in science.

“Artists try to do the same thing. That is why we are such kindred spirits,” Cortada said.

Fermilab post-doctorate researcher Jim Dolen worked eight years at the detector in Fermilab.

“It is interesting to see the (it) from a different perspective,” Dolen said.

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Keynote Speaker Alejandro Gomez Stubbs ’03 Shines at Worlds Ahead Colombia

Worlds Ahead Colombia this past Thursday was well received with close to 60 in attendance. Every decade was represented, including two alumni from the class of ’75. The location was ideal, room size just right, and a Colombian trio musical group performed. Architect Alejandro Gomez Stubbs, as keynote speaker, talked about his education at FIU and how it helped him to achieve the level of professional success he enjoys today. For more photos from the event, click here. To read more about Alejandro’s work and view his award-winning designs, visit his website.

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Rick and Margarita Tonkinson Host Their Interior Architecture Scholarship Winners

Rick Tonkinson, Chair of the CARTA Advisory Board, and his wife Margarita have thoroughly enjoyed working with Isabel Collazos, Stephanie Jenkins, and Filippo Poggipolini, the three FIU graduate students in interior architecture who are working as a team to redesign the master bathroom in the Tonkinson estate home.

At the wine and cheese event at the Tonkinsons’ home, the couple had the opportunity to present the students to faculty, fellow students, and CARTA Board Members. Janine King, Chair of Interior Architecture, and Mark Marine have been the faculty advisors. They were also at the wine and cheese event.

The Tonkinsons are awarding the three students scholarships for their excellent work. The Tonkinsons serve as a role model to other CARTA Board Members to use the talent of the students and faculty throughout CARTA.

(Above photo from left to right: Isabel Collazos, Rick Tonkinson, Margarita Tonkinson, Stephanie Jenkins, Filippo Poggipolini)

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FIU Launches FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative in Partnership with the Creative Class Group

In support of CARTA 2020 and our engaged mission to use the power of architecture + the arts to create, innovate and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems, I am pleased to announce a partnership with Dr. Richard Florida and the Creative Class Group and the launch of the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative.

Strategically based at CARTA | Miami Beach Urban Studios, the 3-year research initiative promotes an understanding of the factors accelerating greater Miami’s transformation into a creative economy, and specifically, CARTA’s impact on Miami’s creative talent base in the areas of arts, architecture, culture, design, and communication.

CARTA faculty and students will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with Dr. Florida and the Creative Class Group on research projects and to participate in CCG-FIU joint workshops, design charrettes, and creativity salons.

The first creativity salon will be held on January 29th at the Wolfsonian-FIU and will feature Roberto Rovira, Chair of Landscape Architecture + Urban and Environmental Design; Miami Beach Mayor Phillip Levine; CCG Founder Richard Florida; and FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. I invite you to RSVP today, as seating is limited.

The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative immediately positions CARTA with the opportunity to become a regional and national thought leader in how creativity, design, and culture drive economies. It is through dynamic partnerships such as this—partnerships that integrate research, learning, engagement, and entrepreneurship — that we will achieve our vision of becoming the nation’s preeminent College of Architecture + The Arts.

Please join me in welcoming Richard Florida, Rana Florida, and the Creative Class Group to FIU and CARTA. The University’s official press release announcing the partnership is included below for your reference.

Warmest regards,

Schriner Signature

Brian Schriner

Dean

 

MIAMI (Jan. 20, 2015)- FIU and the Creative Class Group (CCG), founded by Richard Florida,  have joined forces to launch the FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative, a project to harness creative and entrepreneurial forces that can help accelerate greater Miami’s transformation into a creative economy.

The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative will engage political, business and cultural leaders, faculty, students, alumni and the greater community in a dialogue on how creativity, culture and design can drive a regional economy.

“At FIU we see creativity and the arts as equal partners with technology and entrepreneurship in moving our economy and job creation forward,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “The FIU-Miami Creative City Initiative is our way of helping to galvanize these forces in our community so that we create solutions, take full advantage of the opportunities that exist and create new ones.”

The three-year initiative, which will be based in the College of Architecture  + the Arts‘ Miami Beach Urban Studios, on Lincoln Road, will kick off with an event on Thursday, January 29th at 6 p.m. at the Wolfsonian-FIU, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach.

This first salon will focus on the topic of creating public spaces that ignite creativity and promote community, often referred to as “place making.”  The discussion will feature Florida in conversation with Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and FIU Department of Landscape Architecture + Environmental and Urban Design Chairperson Roberto Rovira. Florida, Levine and Rovira will discuss Miami Beach’s creative future around arts, design, culture, innovation and entrepreneurship and invite ideas on how to further support the revitalization and creative energy around the Miami Beach Convention Center, Lincoln Road and Washington Ave. area. The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Please RSVP here.

“The key asset to any city is talent,” said Levine. “We are creating an entrepreneurial ecosystem where existing talent will want to stay and work and where new talent will want to launch startups.”

In addition to other salons throughout the year, CCG will conduct research to further understand and define Miami’s creative economy and its impact on the region. The study will examine Greater Miami’s talent base, greatest needs and talent-based advantages.

“Greater Miami is at an inflection point,” said Florida.  “Its economy, historically based on tourism and retirement, is shifting to a more robust creative economy, built around its stature as a global city: its ability to attract talent from Latin America, Europe and around the world; its global airport, its natural assets and quality of place; its arts and culture; educational institutions, and the ongoing resurgence of its urban core. These assets will be critical economic drivers for Miami’s future. We are looking forward to partnering with FIU to bring the city some insights.”

FIU Provost and Executive Vice President Kenneth G. Furton noted that this initiative is directly tied to goals in the strategic plans of the College of Architecture + the Arts and FIU.

“Traditionally universities have served as catalysts for the creative economy, helping to create ecosystems where creative talent and enterprises thrive,” said Furton. “We want to use all of our resources, including the talents of students and faculty in the College of Architecture + The Arts, to spur economic development in Miami and beyond.”
-FIU-

About CARTA:  
FIU College of Architecture + The Arts engages our local and global communities by deploying the power of architecture and the arts to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental problems. Offering 9 graduate and 8 undergraduate degrees within 7 academic departments, our more than 2500 majors have the unique experience working with our award-winning faculty in nationally ranked programs in the heart of Miami and Miami Beach — two of the country’s most vibrant, diverse, and creative cities! For more information, visit us at carta.fiu.edu.

About FIU:
Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offer more than 180 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes $8.9 billion each year to the local economy. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. FIU has awarded over 200,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: the Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and has over 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

About CCG:  
The Creative Class Group (CCG) is an advisory services firm composed of leading next-generation researchers, academics, and business strategists. Utilizing its unique approach and metrics,  CCG works with companies and governments worldwide.  Founder, Richard Florida, the Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at The University of Toronto’s, Rotman School of Management and Global Research Professor at NYU.  He is Senior Editor at The Atlantic where he cofounded and serves as Editor-at-Large for City Lab and is a Visiting Fellow of the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  Rana Florida, CEO of who writes on business and entrepreneurship for Fast Company and the Huffington Post, serves as Director of the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  Steven Pedigo, Director of Research at CCG is a Visiting Fellow.  Reham Alexander, CCG’S Director of Events will run the events programming for the FIU, Miami Creativity Initiative.  www.creativeclass.com

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Isabel Gamarra

305-348-6944
igamarra@fiu.edu
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Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Founding Principal of Arquitectonica and CARTA Advisory Board member, Provides His Insight to the Commonwealth Financial Network Top Management and Advisors

Commonwealth Financial Network® (CFN) founded in 1979 by Joe Deitch, Chairman, has grown to be the nation’s largest privately held broke dealer. It is headquartered in Boston and has 1,450 advisors nationwide. CFN had their Chairman’s Retreat at the Mandarin Oriental from January 10th to the 13th with the top management and advisors. Joe Deitch presented the theme “Arts Architecture and Innovation.”

Joe, who has lived in Key Biscayne and South Beach, is fascinated by the innovation in the Miami Dade area through arts and architecture.

Rick Tonkinson, Chairman of the CARTA Advisory Board, who was one of the advisors in attendance, was most pleased to learn that Joe and CFN, in essence, embrace the linkage of CARTA with the business community. Joe believes that the Miami and Miami Beach area is the best example in the country of how arts and architecture are a major part of the community’s commercial success. As a prominent financial service organization, CFN and their advisors fully support and appreciate the local dynamics.

Joe Deitch wisely selected Bernardo Fort-Brescia to make a presentation titled “Making Dreams Come True.” Joe and Bernardo had a Q&A session with the 75 attendees where Bernardo expressed his insights into Miami, architecture and running a family business. He started by saying that Miami is an “open city to start a business and that anything can happen.” In his case, Bernardo started Arquitectonica with his wife in 1977 in Miami and together they have developed the firm into a global success with 10 offices and over 60 major projects completed throughout the world.

Bernardo humbly admitted that as an architect, he is “blessed to be able to touch and see his completed works” and that “his wife has been a major part of the family business’ success.”

Bernardo enjoyed describing the balance between functionality vs. creativity and that he does not cut short on the content (functionality).

Bernardo enjoyed how the continual innovation of glass in the past 20 years has allowed him to significantly enhance the projects environment through the full use of day light.

Joe and the attendees thoroughly enjoyed Bernardo’s passionate presentation.

We are indeed fortunate to have Bernardo as a CARTA Advisory Board member. His enthusiasm for CARTA and Miami makes him an outstanding spokesman for us. He has become and will continue to be a prominent part of the community. He is a visionary.

*(From left to right in photo: Bernardo Fort-Brescia, Joe Deitch and Rick Tonkinson)

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CARTA Artist-in-Residence Helps Celebrate Biscayne Bay’s 40th Anniversary

On Saturday, January 10th, 2014, p​addlers celebrated Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves 40th anniversary month-long celebration by participating in the of the 40th anniversary of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserves concluded with the “Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay” event, held last Saturday. The participants traveled via catamaran and paddle craft to an island in the northern part of the aquatic preserves in order to celebrate the bay and pledge their own personal eco-action for the stewardship of the aquatic preserves.

The “Paddle Out! Biscayne Bay” adventure paddle participants were invited to travel via canoes, kayaks kayaked and paddleboards along a three-mile route to Helker’s Island, while non-paddlers enjoyed a catamaran tour of the aquatic preserves aboard Miami-Dade County’s Pelican Skipper.

Xavier Cortada , international eco-artist and artist-in-residence at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts, led an eco-art project installation on Helker’s Island using green flags painted by schoolchildren from around the county. The students who painted seahorses and text on the green flags were asked to pledge an eco-action — a personal commitment to help Biscayne Bay not just survive, but thrive, for the next 40 years. (See http://cortada.com/2014/LittoralCreatures/EcoActions).

As the paddlers approached the island, they were greeted by a line of painted flags floating on the water and crossing the shoreline and into the island’s tree hammock. Participants followed the line and selected the flags that most resonated with them. On land, they gathered in a circle and read them to each other in a circle, as they, too, pledged their own eco-action.

“The installation referenced the interconnectedness of land and water,” said Cortada. “It also emphasized our role as stewards. The actions we take or fail to take on land directly impact on our precious bay.”

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Alumni Spotlight: Pablo Chin, Music ’06

The music of Pablo Chin, a Costa Rican composer based in Chicago and an ’06 CARTA graduate from the School of Music, engages with self-designed methods that aid in generating sophisticated polyphony, and that reveal unforeseen musical trajectories. These methods derive from the composer’s concerns with the role of calculation and intuition in his work. Recent works draw inspiration from the narratives of film and literature, phonetic structures in text, and the exploration of iconic Latin rhythms and metrical spaces.

Chin’s music has been performed in 11 countries and across the U.S. states. He has been commissioned by Ensemble Recherche, International Contemporary Ensemble, members of the Anubis Quartet, the MAVerick Ensemble, Chicago Humanities Festival, Latino Music Festival of Chicago, Claremont Concert Orchestra, and ensemble dal niente among others. His music has also been performed by artists including Ostravská Banda, Donatienne Michel-Dansac, Pierre-Stéphane Meugé, Marino Formenti, Claire Chase, Eric Lamb, Gan Lev, and Marcus Weiss.

Chin earned his doctoral degree in composition from Northwestern University, where he has been awarded the Cacavas Award, William T. Faricy Award, and William Karlins Award. There he studied with Hans Thomalla, Jay Alan Yim, and Aaron Cassidy. In master classes he has worked with Richard Barrett, Oliver Knussen, Chaya Czernowin, and Kaija Saariaho among others. His music has been commissioned for and performed in prestigious international festivals of new music, including the 45th and 46th Summer Courses for New Music in Darmstadt, Ostrava Days 2009, and Centre Acanthes 2011. Currently Chin teaches theory, aural skills and composition at Saint Xavier University, and is co-founder and artistic director of Fonema Consort. Chin was recently awarded the Dotacion Musical from Costa Rica’s ACAM, to fund the production of his first album, which was released in the spring of 2014. (Source: www.pablochin.com).

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Alumni Spotlight: Omar López-Chahoud, Art + Art History ’90

Omar López-Chahoud has been the Artistic Director and Curator of UNTITLED since its founding in 2012 and will lead the curatorial team of UNTITLED in 2015 after participating in Art Basel Miami Beach 2014. As an independent curator, López-Chahoud has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions both in the United States and internationally. Most recently, he curated the Nicaraguan Biennial in March 2014. López-Chahoud has participated in curatorial panel discussions at Artists’ Space, Art in General, MoMA PS1, and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City. He is currently a member of the Bronx Museum Acquisitions Committee. After graduating in 1990 with a BFA from FIU, López-Chahoud earned MFAs from Yale University School of Art and the Royal Academy of Art in London.

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FIU Art + Art History MFA Thesis Exhibition Featured at Untitled Art Fair

Art Week featured the culmination of the 2014 collaboration between Untitled Art Fair and the College of Architecture + The Arts Department of Art + Art History.  Graduate Master of Fine Arts students whose works were displayed in an Art Week exhibition at Miami Beach Urban Studios Gallery were featured in a “mini documentary”  that played in the VIP lounge during the run of the Untitled Art Fair.  Student video interviews allowed the artists to explain the works on exhibition and speak about their artistic process and theoretical framework. CARTA sincerely thanks Alan Randolph and Jeff Lawson of Untitled for generously offering this opportunity for our students to be featured at one of the most prestigious art fairs.  We look forward to continued and expanded collaboration throughout 2015.

To read more about CARTA’s involvement in Art Basel, please click here.

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CGI Windows To Create Scholarship Fund for Architecture Students

CGI Windows and Doors is the latest in a long line of scholarship donors to give to CARTA! The company’s gift will set up a scholarship fund for students in the Department of Architecture, with awards given to both Walk on Water winners and to students who demonstrate exemplary work and a dedication to their education. Please join us in thanking CGI for their generous donation and their support of our students! It is with the help of partners such as them that CARTA can continue to create, innovate, and inspire solutions to social, economic, and environmental issues and become Worlds Ahead!

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Alumni Association Members Receive a Special Offer for the Opening Night of Six Characters!

FIU Theatre presents Six Characters in Search of an Author, adapted by Steve Moulds from the play by Luigi Pirandello and directed by Wayne E. Robinson, Jr. On opening night, Friday, January 23rd, Alumni Association members receive a discounted rate of $10, and there will be a pre-show reception at 7:00pm. General admission tickets are $15. Take advantage of this special offer while enjoying one of theatre’s classic plays – click here to RSVP to the reception and buy your tickets today!

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Important Gift of Pre-Colombian Art Given to CARTA

On December 8, Dean Brian Schriner hosted a reception and dinner for Mr. and Mrs. Juan Toro, formerly of Medellin, Colombia, and New York and now residents of Miami.  The gathering was a celebration of the Toro family’s gift to CARTA of over 40 artifacts from various Pre-Colombian cultures such as the Quimbaya,  Calima, and Tumaco. Selections from the curated collection are displayed at FIU College of Architecture + The Arts’ Miami Beach Urban Studios (MBUS) and are available for public viewing.

A traditional family of ranchers, aviators, and diplomats from Medellin, the Toros have held substantial acreage for agriculture and livestock in the area for well over a century. The land was not only fertile for growing crops, and cultivating and feeding livestock, but very often when the fields were turned or plowed, the ground revealed objects from a far off time, objects that are known by us today as Pre-Colombian Art.

Some pieces were received by the Toros as gifts while others were purchased. Over the years, the collection grew and it became clear that housing such fine pieces in their home could lead to breakage or destruction. The Toros turned to Florida International University, and specifically to CARTA, to be future custodians of the artwork. The collection represents Cauca, Chimu and Narina cultures in addition to those mentioned above, and contains a number of extremely fine, museum-quality examples of the art of those cultures. The Toro family is delighted to make these works available to the public and especially to the students of Florida International University to broaden knowledge of and appreciation for their homeland’s creative arts.

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You’re Invited to the CARTA Holiday Reception!

Join us on Tuesday, December 9th from 6 to 8 pm for the CARTA Holiday Reception at Angelique Euro Café (117 Miracle Mile, Miami, Fl 33134). Enjoy complimentary appetizers and a glass of wine or beer as you catch up with old acquaintances and make new friends! A number of great prizes will also be raffled off during the evening. RSVP to Ashley Garcia at 305.348.4971 or asnigarc@fiu.edu.

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