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Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President of Miami Dade College Co-Hosts the 2015 Global Fine Art Awards Ceremony

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Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President of Miami Dade College (MDC) states, “We are pleased to host the Global Fine Art Awards Ceremony.  As leaders in education and the arts, we applaud this initiative and all programs that create a larger audience for art and education.”

As appears in the post event press release, the college’s spokesperson states, “MDC and GFAA will engage in collaborative educational initiatives that support the ongoing academic research in organizing and implementing curatorial and artistic endeavors.”

12/1/15 press release

10/16/15 press release

About MDC Museum of Art + Design

MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) is Miami Dade College’s flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed at the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. The mission of the Museum is to promote the appreciation and understanding of art and its role in society through direct engagement with original works of art from within the College’s extensive permanent collection and temporary exhibitions. Furthermore, the Museum presents year-round lectures, symposiums and art related events to expose, educate and engage the greater public through related creative processes.


For more information about the Global Fine Art Awards, please contact Judy Holm, GFAA President and CEO, (917) 589-0247, judyh@aspirationspr.com, http://www.globalfineartawards.org/.


For more information about MDC’s Museum of Art + Design, please call 305-237-7710, e-mail museum@mdc.edu, or visit www.mdcmoad.org.

MDC Media-only contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu; Hessy Fernandez, media relations director, 305-237-3949, hfernan5@mdc.edu; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu, or Allison Horton, 305-237-3359, ahorton2@mdc.edu.


This and other MDC releases are available on the web at www.mdc.edu.



Arts and Culture Council of Miami Beach – Chamber of Commerce

ice Chair, Arts and Culture Council

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

Miami Beach, FL


This Chamber of Commerce Council was formed to enrich and elevate the importance and success of arts and culture in Miami. We develop programs and communication to support this mission.

Ms. Holm is a regular contributor to the Miami Beach News – editor of a column entitled Arts and Culture (PRE)view and (RE)view.

3/28/14 – CEO Jerry Libbin wrote:

I want to thank you for all of the efforts that you have put into making our Chamber a vital player in the Cultural Arts community. Your energy and enthusiasm are a tremendous asset along with your strong professional knowledge and commitment to your clients. I wish you much continued success and look forward to seeing you at many upcoming cultural arts events.

All the best,

Jerry Libbin

President & CEO
Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce

“Haskins Takes Miami” ~ private charity event produced by Aspirations


Haskins Takes Miami

A private charity event with cocktails & silent auction

The stars aligned on Thursday, December 6th at an exciting event featuring the vintage fashion photography of Sam Haskins.  Hosts Adam Smith, CEO of V&M, Adrian Grenier and Peter Glatzer Co-Founders of  SHFT, and Nevena Borissova, Owner of Curve Boutiques in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Miami Beach welcomed over one hundred international guests.    Ludwig Haskins, son of the late photographer, flew in from London to attend, carrying on the plane four of the most precious works of his father from the 1967 series “November Girl.”

Guests arriving at the Perry Hotel were treated to an amazing experience- a vintage white Rolls Royce photo op and a red carpet greeting.  After their photo op, guests were ushered by lovely, “black&white clad” hostesses to the VIP-only entrance of the boutique.  The ever-elegant Curve boutique was transformed into a sophisticated and sexy backdrop for the vintage black and white fashion photography of Sam Haskins.  Matching the theme of 1960’s avant-garde fashion photography of Sam Haskins, a custom “007  Collins” cocktail was provided by Grey Goose.

Lively music, art, fashion and beautiful décor created a frame for the beautiful space under the stars of South Beach.  Guests mingled and appreciated the art, the fashion and the warm ambiance.  Art and fashion were infused throughout the evening- creating a total look of sophistication and beauty.

The connection between V&M and SHFT was a dynamic aspect of the event.  V&M (Vintage and Modern), the leading online source for unique vintage furniture, antiques, art, jewelry, fashion and design from around the world, regularly partners with “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.

Proceeds of the silent auction at the event provided funding for SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a new nonprofit organization that provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about food politics, food justice, nutrition, and to teach basic cooking skills to prepare healthy, affordable, and delicious meals.




Founded in 2006, V&M (Vintage and Modern) is the leading online source for unique vintage furniture, antiques, art, jewelry, fashion and design from around the world. Dedicated to offering a high quality and unique shopping experience, V&M gives the trade and savvy public insider access to some of the best shopping on the web.


The V&M team, like its clientele, is passionate about design. They provide members the ultimate destination for discovering unique and original pieces as well as inspire and educate with innovative editorial content, including: industry news, interviews with top tastemakers, trend spotting, and exclusive curated columns.


One of the integral aspects of V&M is their “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.


One of the integral aspects of V&M is their “Connoisseurs”- design icons and influencers who promote and fund select charities through special curated sales on V&M.


The net proceeds of our silent auction next week will benefit SHFT Mobile Kitchen Classroom, a new nonprofit organization that provides high school students with the opportunity to learn about food politics, food justice, nutrition, and to teach basic cooking skills to prepare healthy, affordable, and delicious meals.  The nonprofit organization is the first charitable effort of SHFT.com, a multi-media platform founded by film producer Peter Glatzer and actor-filmmaker Adrian Grenier. Their mission is to convey a more sustainable approach to the way we live through film, design, art and culture.


Curate your life.™

Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Presents the 90TH Annual Gala, June 2, 2012


The Arts and Culture Council is proud to be an integral part of the program planning for the upcoming Annual Gala.  We thank Gala Chair Aaron Perry and the Gala Committee for including us in this exciting process.  Incorporating a multitude of cultural elements as a backdrop to the awards celebration, we will orchestrate a number of exciting and alluring artistic jewels not only to entertain the guests, but to highlight the caliber of arts and culture in Miami Beach.  We wish to honor the award recipients and celebrate their individual contributions to the community through carefully selected and choreographed works of art in many forms, ranging from the invitation design and the awards creation, to visual arts, music and dance.


A Commemorative Gift

Gala invitees received a commemorative print, gift representing the 90th Annual Dinner Gala and its theme, “Celebrating Success.” This limited series of prints was designed by celebrated local artist Mark T. Smith, from the original 48” x 48” work of art- a gift to the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce. Proceeds of the sale of the painting will be used to fund the Chamber’s Miami Beach Education Foundation, a 501c3 dedicated to bringing together the strengths and resources of the community to support the needs of public education in Miami Beach by way of financing scholarships, school programming and in particular the International Baccalaureate program.

A Musical Grand Entrance and Visual Delights


On the evening of June 2, 2012, guests will enjoy many musical interludes.  One of the most-anticipated musical components will be the FIU Jazz Ensemble.  We are so appreciative of Our Arts and Culture Council Chair, Dean of the FIU College of Architecture + the Arts, Brian Schriner for this musical contribution.  Music will set the tone for the evening, with an upbeat and sophisticated style.


During the cocktail hour, the main focus will be the silent auction, and mingling with other guests.  With a black-tie optional dress code, there is bound to be a high-fashion cultural component to enjoy.  Dare we say “eye candy?”  And of course, accessories are an important part of every fashion statement.  The jewels, shoes and evening bags will add to the dazzle of the crowd.


There are several surprise performances that will be revealed throughout the evening, and the dinner portion of the Gala will be infused with creative installations of art from the Bass Museum, the Wolfsonian and from the Art in Public Places of Miami Beach.  Each visual masterpiece will serve as a reminder of the importance of art in our community, and to acknowledge the lifetime of civic contributions of our five honorees.

During the award ceremony, each honoree will receive a hand-crafted trophy designed by students from FIU College of Architecture + The Arts.  Our Arts and Culture Council Chair, Dean of the FIU College of Architecture + the Arts,  Brian Schriner and Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Art + Art History, Jacek J. Kolasiński have worked closely with the students and alumni to create these personalized trophies.



Musical High Notes


One of the most exciting components of the evening is the performance by the New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy.  A select group of musicians from the Symphony will create an indelible memory of the evening, playing a customized classical musical selection for the Gala, Mozart’s Serenata Notturna, or “evening serenade”- a perfect tribute to the guests and honorees!  This unique cultural institution has proudly supported and saluted local businesses for twenty-five years, and is pleased to celebrate the vibrant business community and leaders on this occasion.  Our Arts and Culture Council member and Assistant Vice President, Development of the New World Symphony, Stacey Glassman Mizener, has been actively involved in not only the performance prepared by the New World Symphony, but in all of the artistic elements of the evening’s program.


Dance the Night Away

What is a Gala without dancing? Guests will be riveted by a sizzling performance by the Miami Contemporary Dance Company.  We are grateful for the wonderful collaboration with this premier dance company, and its Founding Artistic Director, Ray Sullivan.

Not only will we have the opportunity to watch some of the finest dancers in Miami Beach, but the dance vibes will also get us ready to dance the night away in the post-dinner lounge sponsored by our generous sponsor, City National Bank.


From all accounts of last year’s Gala, everyone who stayed to enjoy the dessert and dancing had a wonderful time.  This year, we have added yet another exciting musical component… sshhhh it’s a surprise.


The Brightest Spotlights – Our Honorees


With arts and cultural elements shining in the background, we wish to point the biggest and brightest spotlights on the five exceptional honorees.  We thank them for their outstanding contributions to the community, and congratulate them on their well-deserved awards.

The 2012 Gala celebrates ninety years of history of the Chamber of Commerce as it honors five individuals who have created success in their own lives and for our community.

STEVEN D. SONENREICH, President & CEO, Mount Sinai Medical Center, Citizen of the Year Award


GARY R. GERSON, Founding Partner, Gerson, Preston, Robinson and Co., PA, City National Bank Hi-Tides Outstanding Achievement Award


DR. ROSANN SIDENER, Principal, Miami Beach Senior High School, Distinguished Service Award


JOSE ABREU, Director of the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, Excellence in Tourism Award


TONY GOLDMAN, Chairman, The Goldman Properties Company, Lifetime Achievement Award


We are very dedicated to community service and charity: public relations, marketing, fundraising, board membership, corporate partnerships and events


  • Arts and Culture:
    • Vice-Chair, Arts and Culture Council, Miami Beach (current Chamber appointment)
    • Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco- (2010); led marketing and PR for Maria Callas exhibition and gala event; exceeded fundraising and attendance goals by 40% ; Emmy Award for Red Carpet television editorial coverage  and garnered significant press-22 articles written about the exhibition and gala
    • San Francisco Ballet Auxiliary Board (1998 to present); $2 million annual net contribution
    • Tahoe International Film Festival – (2001) Marketing and Event Director; produced all materials and events; negotiated all corporate sponsorships
    • Member: Guggenheim Museums (Venice Italy, New York), Miami Art Museum, Bass Museum Miami Beach, The Wolfsonian, MOCA, Headlands Center for the Arts; MOMA; Fine Arts Museums (FAM); French Historical Society


  • Conservation/Wildlife:
    • South Florida SPCA (rescue and rehabilitation of abused horses); volunteer and fundraiser
    • Humane Society of South Florida; volunteer and adoption counselor
    • San Francisco Zoo Auxiliary Board (2007 to present); Public Relations Chair (2009 to 2011)
    • WorldWildlife Fund (WWF), Nature Conservancy;member


  • Humanitarian and Health Causes:
    • American Red Cross, Bay Area Chapter; Gala Committee (2006-2010)
    • Little Lighthouse Foundation, Miami FL – Hearts and Stars Gala Committee (2012)
    • Edgewood Center for Children and Families (2006 to present); Hope Ball founding member and PR Chair
    • Fritz Institute; Public Relations and Marketing; (2008-2010)
    • Breast Cancer Emergency Fund; (2007 to present) promoter/ auction contributor

Live Painting with Wyland –May 3rd and 4th 2012



The Arts and Culture Council, in conjunction with the Wyland Foundation, is preparing a unique live painting experience – the Wyland Art Mural Project of Miami Beach.  On Thursday May 3rd and Friday May 4th, internationally acclaimed artist and conservationist, Wyland, will mentor the Miami Beach Public School Students with the live painting of a ninety foot mural. This project is open to the public, and will take place from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. both days, at 410 and 420 Lincoln Road, directly in front of the FIU College of Architecture + the Arts.

“We are honored to be a part of this wonderful collaboration between the Wyland Foundation, the Arts and Culture Council and Miami-Dade Public Schools,” said Brian Schriner, Dean of FIU College of Architecture and the Arts.  “Hosting the live mural painting in front our Miami Beach Urban Studios is precisely the vision behind establishing this space as a creative environment that ultimately contributes to the good of our community.”

We invite the public to join us as we conduct this important undertaking – from the first brush strokes to the finishing touches.   Art, conservation, education and fun will come together in a highly visible and memorable production.  For two days, the artist and the students of Miami Beach will paint this gigantic mural, right on Lincoln Road Mall.


In advance of the live painting, Wyland will conceptualize the work in his studio, producing a painting that will then be recreated with the students in the form of a large mural consisting of two panels. The panels (each measuring ten feet tall and forty five feet wide) will depict indigenous marine life of South Florida. This unique painted homage to Miami Beach and its natural habitat will help remind us of the fragile aspect of nature, and the importance of environmental conservation.


Wyland’s accomplishments are prolific –from his iconic artwork portraying idyllic oceanic scenes, to his important foundation that promotes water conservation worldwide.  Globally recognized for his work with large-scale murals, Wyland’s work is held in private collections and public places in over a hundred countries.  His public works are viewed by an estimated one billion people each year.


The educational component of this project is key – each of the six Miami Beach public schools will participate, as well as the Hebrew Academy, with the fourth-grade students helping paint the murals.  Additionally, prior to the event, the schools will participate in the Wyland Foundation “Mayors’ Challenge” for conservation.  During the month of April, students are working in their science class to collect and conserve rain water, in water barrels decorated with a Wyland design, which will be used to irrigate the schools’ gardens.


“We are thrilled with this opportunity to partner with such an important artist and conservationist.  Wyland and his Wyland Foundation provide a great platform to help communicate the mission of our Arts and Culture Council,” stated Jerry Libbin, President of the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce and Miami Beach City Commissioner. ” And, the great part of this project is that it touches the lives of so many young folks in a meaningful way and incorporates Art, Culture and Education.”


This project will achieve many wonderful benefits- not only the involvement and education of the Miami Beach students, but it will create a means to raise funds for three pertinent charities –each of which will receive one third of the revenues.  The completed murals can be purchased for $50,000 each, with all proceeds benefiting these charities that support the environment, public education and the arts. Signed lithographs of the murals along with branded t-shirts will also be sold to raise funds.


Perhaps our greatest desired outcome for this project is to showcase to residents of Miami Beach, and to the general public, that we encourage the arts and conservation; and that we actively support educational efforts in our community.   We are honored and proud to work with Wyland and his Foundation – with the hope that through this project, more of our children will nurture their artistic talents, and gain a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation.


The partnership between the Arts and Culture Council and the Wyland organization is founded on much generosity by all of the team members, in particular as the artist and his Foundation team, who are donating much of their personal time, and project costs.  We thank Wyland for sharing his vision, his talents, and in demonstrating leadership and commitment to the future of our planet.

IMOW Save the date! 2012 annual benefit

Save the date!

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Join IMOW on International Women’s Day to celebrate women’s global art, vision and creativity!

Celebrating Change Gala
6 pm – VIP Reception
6:30 pm – Guest Reception
7-9 pm – Dinner & Entertainment
Tickets starting at $300

Art Live Lounge
8 pm – VIP Reception
8:30 pm – Dancing, Live Art & Refreshments
Tickets starting at $85

At the first club in San Francisco to admit women!
San Francisco City Club
155 Sansome Street, 10th Floor, San Francisco

For information on sponsorships please contact Noelle Colome at ncolome@imow.org.


One of ASPIRATIONS’ missions is that to improve the quality of life of others: we offer our support to charitable organizations.