Collection ASM0252 - Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator records

Artist Profile: Contreras, Alejandro

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Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator records

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  • 1996-2013 (Creation)

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Rosie Gordon-Wallace is the founder and curator of Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, which specialize in cultivating Caribbean and Latin American art with a focus on supporting emerging artists. Originally from Jamaica, Gordon-Wallace studied medical microbiology at the University of the West Indies and immunology and microbiology at the University of Manchester. She worked at the University of the West Indies before coming to the United States in 1978 to research at the University of Miami. She was working as a senior consultant for Searle Pharmaceuticals when she decided to focus full-time on her cultural endeavors in 1999. Since then, she has initiated and produced a variety of transnational creative programs that redefine the concept of “diaspora,” including the International Cultural Exchange program, the Caribbean Crossroads series, the Artist-In-Residence program, and numerous community-based outreach programs. Gordon-Wallace is active in the local community, serving on the boards of the National Performance Network, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, the Design & Architecture Senior High School, and Bay Shore Lutheran Church. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the cultural community, including the In the Company of Women 2013 award for Arts and Entertainment and the Red Cross Spectrum award for culture. Mrs. Gordon-Wallace's interviewforms part of the Caribbean Diaspora Oral History Collection at the University of Miami Libraries Special Collections.

Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator was created to promote, nurture, and cultivate the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean and the Latin American Diaspora through exhibitions,  artists in residence programs, international exchange, and education and outreach activities that celebrate Miami-Dade's rich cultural and social fabric. Diaspora Vibe is the 2013 Andy Warhol Initiative Grant Recepient.

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Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator was created to promote, nurture, and cultivate the vision and diverse talents of emerging artists from the Caribbean and the Latin American Diaspora through exhibitions,  artists in residence programs, international exchange, and education and outreach activities that celebrate Miami-Dade's rich cultural and social fabric. Diaspora Vibe is the 2013 Andy Warhol Initiative Grant Recepient.The Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator Records include the gallery's organizational records, artists' information, programs, invitations, slides, catalogs, photographs, tapes, notes, and ephemera.

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Gift of Mrs. Rosie Gordon-Wallace

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Caribbean Art & Visual Culture : as far as the eye/I can see:

As far as the eye/I can see is the product of a 2008 Digital Library Fellowship awarded by the University of Miami Libraries to Dr. Patricia Saunders, a Caribbean scholar. The project shares artist's visions, voices and vantage points, a space where critics offer perspectives on current exhibits and critical debates in contemporary visual art and culture.

Information about related materials is available at http://www.dvcai.org

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