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Beck’s Urban Canvas Beautifies Miami With Street Art – #OnlyinMiami, Ep. 88

5 August 2015

Beck’s Urban Canvas Beautifies Miami With Street Art – #OnlyinMiami, Ep. 88

Episode 88 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured interviews with local street artists Trek 6 and Diana Contreras who are participating in the Beck’s Urban Canvas event in Miami.

Hour 1

2:46 – Grant began the show by talking about the anniversary of the shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Grant lamented the fact that this tragedy occurred, but argued that this may well be the moment that the public awakened to the fact that police interactions should be monitored and that law enforcement officers should be held accountable for their actions.

7:57 – Grant was joined by Lia Figueredo who talked about the Beck’s Urban Canvas campaign that is sponsoring murals by local street artists throughout the county, including Little Haiti, Little Havana, Wynwood, and the new ‘Leah Arts District. She talked about some of the upcoming events that Beck’s is sponsoring, which include a number of art walk type of events. The next event will be Arts & Drafts event – visit https://www.facebook.com/ArtsDraftsMiami for more information. Another event this week is the Wynwood Art Walk this Saturday and will be a part of the Secret Garden party – for more information, find The Secret Garden on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EnterTheSecretGarden. For more information about more upcoming events, visit becksurbancanvas.com or follow the hashtag #becksurbancanvas.

10:38 – Grant was joined by Trek 6, who is one of the street artists Beck’s is sponsoring this summer. He talked about his project at the Region’s Bank on NE 36th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. It features hummingbirds as a motif symbolically representing the Little Haiti and Wynwood neighborhoods. He also talked about his personal story and how he came to be involved in art. Trek 6 previewed his upcoming projects, which include a trip to Vietnam. Connect with him online on Facebook (www.facebook.com/trek.six), Twitter (https://twitter.com/treksix), and Instagram (https://instagram.com/trek6).

24:46 – Grant talked with Diana Contreras, another of the artists Beck’s is sponsoring through the Urban Canvas project. She talked about her current projects, including her Urban Canvas project which will be in Little Havana at Futurama on Calle Ocho and 17th Avenue. She will be painting a Cuban girl surveying Calle Ocho. She is also preparing for a solo show in Orlando which is coming up soon. She generally likes to paint portraits of women, and she talked about her artistic inspirations. Connect with her on social media on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram. You can also visit her website at www.dianacontreras.com.

33:11 – Grant talked with Robert William de los Rios, one of the creators of Wynwood Map, a service that is cataloging and mapping street art within the Wynwood neighborhood. He has been heavily involved in the Beck’s Urban Canvas project, and he talked about how the project came to be. He also talked about some of the upcoming events.

44:01 – Grant spoke with JennyLee Molina about the Leah Arts District, an area that the city of Hialeah is hoping to attract local artists to live and work in. It’s located in the southeast corner of the city and already features a few murals by local street artists. JennyLee also spoke about the rest of the artists who will be creating pieces for the Beck’s Urban Canvas.

Hour 2

55:41 – Grant spoke with Johnny Aguiló of the local group Conjunto Progreso. They are a local band who have a more traditional Latin sound. He talked about the group’s origins and blood lines and shared some music from the band. This Friday, the band will be playing at the Afro Roots Festival along with other local bands including Palo!, Nag Champayons, and more.

1:04:41 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Rio Chavarro, a local spoken word artist. He was one of the founding artists of Theatre de Underground at Churchill’s which is still running today. Rio is currently hosting Words and Wine at The Social Lubricant in Wynwood on Wednesday nights. He lamented the large number of live event venues that have closed throughout Miami in the name of progress. He believes that though many of these places that opened their doors to local artists are gone, the artists will continue to find new places and a way to share their art. Check out his burlesque troupe, Moon River Cabaret, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/moonrivercabaret.

1:16:01 – Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops joined Grant ant J. J. to discuss the most recent moves by the Miami Heat and the start of training camp which is only a few weeks away. They also talked about the makeup of the team long-term, as many pieces will be free agents after this season.

1:37:03 – J. J. Colagrande welcomed local businessman Mario Silvestri who owns Junior & Hatter, a hair salon and spa in Wynwood. He also hosts Wynwood Radio which focuses on local artists. He talked about the character of the Wynwood neighborhood and how it is a great place to collaborate and work together with other business owners. Check out Junior & Hatter on Instagram and Facebook.

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Staci Garcia and Grant Stern Teach Twitter – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 86

22 July 2015

Staci Garcia and Grant Stern Teach Twitter – #OnlyinMiami Show, Ep. 86

Episode 86 of the #OnlyinMiami Show featured a presentation by Staci Garcia and Grant Stern at the Florida Social Media Conference about how to get the most out of Twitter.

Hour 1

1:57 – Grant talks about the implications that reestablishing diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba will have on South Florida, particularly in the business sector. He compares this situation to another instance where the U.S. did this; namely, when President Richard Nixon normalized relations with China. The impact of that decision has been much more impactful than the decision to isolate countries with whom we disagree.

5:25 – Staci Garcia talks about the immediacy and the personal nature of Twitter. She says that it is easier to tweet somebody than send an e-mail, and you might get a quicker response as well. She also talks about how to develop your network to optimize your Twitter use.

25:29 – Grant Stern talks about his Twitter experience managing many different accounts. He recommends management tools like Tweepi, CoSchedule, Buffer, and others. He also talks about how to use Twitter to make a difference in your community.

Hour 2

56:28 – J. J. Colagrande and Brandon Mowry talked a little bit about the news this week that David Beckham’s MLS ownership group and the city of Miami have agreed in principle on a stadium to be built on the former grounds of the Orange Bowl. The stadium would be located just to the west of Marlins Park. They talked about the discussions between Beckham’s group and the University of Miami to play some of their football games at the new stadium as well.

1:06:40 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Tom Laroc, a local Miami DJ who talked a little about his background. He and J. J. also talked about the Miami music scene and about a new feature that will be starting on OnlyinMiami.co which will shine the spotlight on local Miami DJs and musicians.

1:24:25 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with David Catlin, the creator of Lookingglass Alice which is currently playing at the Adrienne Arsht Center. They talked about the genesis of the work and about Lewis Carroll, the author of the original Alice books. For tickets, visit the Adrienne Arsht Center website.

1:39:59 – J. J. Colagrande spoke with Stephanie Kassoy about the Beck’s Urban Canvas project which is creating street art throughout Miami. Beck’s is commissioning 15 local street artists to create murals in Wynwood, Little Haiti, Little Havana, and Hialeah. For more information and updates, follow the #becksurbancanvas hashtag on Twitter.

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Interview with Adam Gersten of Gramps in Wynwood

29 January 2015

Interview with Adam Gersten of Gramps in Wynwood

On episode 61, Adam Gersten, proprietor of Gramps, a bar in Wynwood, stopped by the show to talk about the challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his previous career as an assistant state’s attorney in Key West and about the changes that have come to Downtown Miami and Wynwood in the past couple of decades. Grant and Adam discussed the state of local politics and government, as the vast majority of Miami’s elected officials are term-limited, creating a situation of extreme turnover in local government. Finally, Grant and Adam spent some time reminiscing about being students at New World School of the Arts.

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Adam Gersten, Lanzallamas, GMO Mosquitos, and More – Only In Miami Show, Ep. 61

27 January 2015

Adam Gersten, Lanzallamas, GMO Mosquitos, and More – Only In Miami Show, Ep. 61

Episode 61 of the Only In Miami Show featured a special commentary from Grant Stern on developments in Tallahassee, where Governor Rick Scott unilaterally demanded the resignation of Gerald Bailey, the former head of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, whose agency is tasked with investigating government dealings to ensure accountability and transparency. Grant urged all Floridians to stand up for good government.

Adam Gersten, the bar barrister from Gramps (@grampswynwood), joined the show to talk about the joys and challenges of being a small business owner in Miami. He also talked about his time as an assistant state attorney in Key West and being involved in the public sector. Additionally, Adam and Grant spent a good deal of time speaking about the state of politics in the city of Miami and about growing up at the New World School of the Arts.

Also in the first hour, Megan Hull called in to discuss the plan to release genetically modified mosquitos into the Keys to combate Dengue Fever, which actually can’t be found in the Keys. The plan is to release sterile males to mate with the native females to produce offspring that will die off. This may endanger the natural balance and have undesired effects up and down the food chain. The Only In Miami Show will stay on top of this story and keep you updated.

In the second hour, Grant was joined by Fabi Patiño of Lanzallamas. The group will be performing at the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival in February, and Fabi talked about their inspirations and influences.

Grand then heard from Steve Roitstein, of the Afro-Cuban Funk Band PALO!, who have been nominated for a Grammy for their album PALO! Live. He talked about the differences between the Latin Grammys (for which the band was nominated in 2014) and the “big” Grammy awards.

Finally, Grant was joined as always by the Drastic Fanatic to discuss the wide world of sports, including a little football game coming up in Phoenix this weekend. They also talked about the goings-on in the NBA, including Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, and the Miami Heat (can anyone say, “Hassanity?”).

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AholSniffsGlue and Notorious Nasty Discuss Art Basel

3 December 2014

AholSniffsGlue and Notorious Nasty Discuss Art Basel

On episode 53 of the Only In Miami Show, local Miami artists @aholsniffsglue and Notorious Nasty stopped by the studio to talk about the upcoming Art Basel modern art exhibition and the related events that will be happening across Miami, including a festival of street art in the Miami neighborhood of Wynwood. Located just north of downtown Miami, Wynwood is a gathering place for local artists. Ahol and nasty talked about their exhibits and where festival attendees can find them.

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Wynwood to Host Street Art Festival During Art Basel This Weekend

3 December 2014

While Art Basel takes over Miami Beach, another type of art festival will be taking place in another Miami neighborhood. Wynwood, located just north of downtown Miami, will host a street art festival concurrently with the main Art Basel show on the beach. Many galleries will be featured, and large murals are already going up in this trendy Miami neighborhood. Grant Stern gives some information about the Wynwood contribution to Art Basel during this clip from the Only In Miami Show.

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Miami’s Wynwood Middle School getting Arts intervention

27 October 2014

Miami’s Wynwood Middle School getting Arts intervention

Story by J.J. Colagrande republished from Huffington Post with author’s permission. Edited by Grant Stern

It starts with this irony: Wynwood’s middle school doesn’t have an art department.

Due to budget restraints the Art’s Program was eliminated.

Jose De Diego Middle School is located on the cusp, but basically in Wynwood atat 3100 NW 5th Ave in Miami.

This public middle school in the Wynwood Arts District not only lacks arts programs, it’s bare white walls betray the lack of funding for even a coat of paint.

Over 600 kids, grade 6-8, ages 11-14, are being denied access to the arts because there’s no money to hire a teacher.

For that matter, there’s no music program either.

It wasn’t always like this.

There’s a room at the school filled with 20 Kawasaki keyboards and grand pianos collecting dust.

There are closets filled with art supplies.

How can the most burgeoning art neighborhood on the planet have public schools that don’t teach art or music?

This is the question Patrick Walsh and Robert de los Rios asked themselves.  If Wynwood is truly an outdoor museum, these two dudes are its greatest docents.

Mr. Walsh is the director of WADA, the Wynwood Art District Association, and Mr. de los Rios operates Wynwood Map, a website and app chronicling the ever-changing art in the area.

They do things not for money but because they care about the hood.

They understand the tragic irony.

Imagine you’re a student at JDD Middle; you’re surrounded by warehouses and walls painted in the most vivid ways imaginable, constructed by the world’s most treasured and talented artists.

Your schoolyard is literally in the world’s largest outdoor museum yet you can’t learn how to paint or draw in school.

Talk about being on the outside looking in. Talk about the gentrification of the future. It’s not acceptable.

It’s a crime that an art neighborhood has public schools without art departments.

What needs remembering, almost constantly, is that the residents of Wynwood and its surrounding neighborhoods — Edgewater, Allapattah, Brownsville, Overtown — are poor minorities.

Eighty-nine percent of students at JDD Middle are eligible for free meals. In 2014, a family of two needs to make an annual income below $20,449 to be eligible for free meals.

Fifty-three percent are Hispanic, and 46 percent are black; these students and their families need to feel included in their own neighborhood.

They need to be a part of what’s going on and they need access to an education.

There is a Special Event being planned for JDD Middle during Art Basel, it will be big and very inclusive.

It starts, of course, with art. The school itself will be used as a venue.

Starting around November 25, the walls of the school will be painted by an army of international and local artists. We’re talking big name artists like David Walker, Pixelpancho, Anthony Lister, RYCA, D*Face and over 30 more confirmed.

There will be a concert on December 6 featuring an internationally popular musician.

There will be a raffle for a chance to win art and merchandise.

Other artists may donate pieces and if they do they will be sold privately. It only takes one or two pieces from some of these guys to generate hundreds of thousands (buzz is some big dogs know about this project and approve).

The rest of the community is lending a hand.

Gallery owners like Robert Fontaine, Gregg Sheinbaum and Anthony Spinello are paying for the lifts so their artists can work. Liquitex is donating the paint.

This is the beginning. It’s just coming together.

The goal is to raise $500,000 with all proceeds going to the school to hire teachers. Their vision goes beyond this school with the premise that this “template” could potentially be applied at other schools.

I wish this project the best.

This is awesome and it’s totally grassroots community engagement.

Coming soon, students at JDD will be bragging because their facilities are getting a serious makeover that might just make them the coolest looking middle school on the planet.

Just imagine how those barren white walls will look after Art Basel, only a few short weeks away.

Keep your eyes peeled for major upcoming announcements by the Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA)

Keep your eyes peeled for major upcoming announcements by the Wynwood Arts District Association (WADA)

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