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Fluorescent Moon

Fluorescent Moon is a collaborative theater project by a collective of artists with and without disabilities. Following on Antiheroes’ recent success with its interdisciplinary work Nomadis, Fluorescent Moon will develop from the personal narratives of artists – in this case blind actors - based on childhood experiences and anecdotes revealing the way they learned to experience and interact with the world in terms of... more »
Who are you?

Founded in 2011, Antiheroes Project is one of a few non-profit organizations lead by artists with disabilities in Miami. Committed to create and present performing arts and year-round workshops, it fosters inclusion through arts and education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Fluorescent Moon increases artistic and cultural opportunities in our community, and focuses on community awareness surrounding accessibility issues, while also bridging various cultural/ethnic communities in the Greater Miami. Around 10% or our population lives with disabilities. However, just a few of them have had access to the current vibrant cultural life of our community.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Fluorescent Moon enriches the art and cultural opportunities in our community, dignify and unify our diverse multicultural and multilingual population. Its high artistic quality and the workshops series are representative of the Miami’s growing art community and at the same time, visibility of these artists will allow the artistic voices and concerns of people with disabilities to influence the general cultural landscape and identity of our community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

During 2012, Antiheroes produced Mahagonny, praised by local critics as one of the most relevant Latino theater productions that year. In 2013, Antiheroes won the NEAR Residency to develop Nomadis, cited by local press as a breakthrough work within the Miami theater scene, exhibiting the highest accessibility level of any local Latino organization. The popularity of the Wanderers workshops series inspired the creation of two new series: Finders Keepers for children and the Secret Performances.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Antiheroes Project, Inc.

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Civic Engagement

Engaging & Connecting our Diverse Communities via Group Dialogue

‘Celebrate Diversity Miami’ (CDM) is a new initiative inspired in part by the work of a well-established, local nonprofit called MCCJ, which creates safe spaces for dialogue between people of all cultures, religions and races; and by the renowned exhibit ‘Coexistence,’ which travelled the world throughout the 2000s to contribute to dialogue in communities about our differences, while encouraging people to think about... more »
Who are you?

Naomi is a connector dedicated to creatively developing initiatives that spark conversation on diversity, encourage collaboration, and inspire action for positive social change. She is currently pursuing a Master's in Community & Social Change at UM.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

As described by U of Michigan professors, intergroup dialogue “… represents a grassroots effort to meet one of the major challenges facing our democracy today: the lack of communication among diverse groups of people in schools … communities, and … workplace. By forging lines of communication among different elements of society, [it] helps to create a more just, harmonious, and strong democracy.” This approach can impact Civic Participation by developing a more empathic & collaborative culture.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

To effectively address the “unmet needs of … residents,” CDM will focus on bringing people of all cultural & economic backgrounds together. CDM believes that part of feeling “connected … to the place they live” includes cultivating stronger connections between residents themselves. Since there are so many “transplants from out of the state or country” it’s very important to familiarize them with what makes our community unique; and what better way to do so than by dialoguing with local citizens?

Please give examples of your project's success.

CDM held an interactive kick-off event in Oct. ‘14, bringing together 150+ people of all ages & cultural backgrounds on a bicycle ride to learn about several positive social change efforts taking place in Overtown, Liberty City, & Little Haiti. We've also been developing partnerships with local schools & community-based organizations in order to connect with the largest network of residents possible for the initial photo-voice exhibit, & upcoming intergroup dialogue component of our initiative.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Celebrate Diversity Miami

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