Archive for “November, 2016”

Influence principals recognized for their work in the community

Influence Communications founders Helena Poleo and Andre Sebastian Rodriguez were honored by the Toys for Kids Miami Foundation for their philanthropy.

Influence Communications founders Helena Poleo and Andre Sebastian Rodriguez were honored by the Toys for Kids Miami Foundation for their philanthropy

Doral Councilwoman Christi Fraga and Influence Communications President Helena Poleo during the TFKM Annual Gala

Influence Communications President, Helena Poleo, and CEO, Andre Rodriguez, were recognized by the Toys for Kids Miami Foundation (TFKM) for their leadership, dedication and support for education and the community during the organization’s Annual Benefit Gala held on November 18 in Doral, Florida.

“It is an honor to be recognized by an organization such as TFKM, which helps thousands of families in our community,” said Poleo.

Through community events such as backpack giveaways and toy drives, TFKM strives to help disadvantaged children in our community and their families. The events also foster an atmosphere of community that many of these kids have never experienced before. Having someone who believe in your ability to succeed is paramount to a child’s development. TFKM Supports over 3000 needy children, students and their families.

“We look forward to continuing our work with TFKM to help families all over our county who depend on this organization to make ends meet,” said Rodriguez.

Visit Toys for Kids Miami Foundation to learn more.

Kathryn Moore, Andre Rodriguez, Helena Poleo and Oscar Musibay at the Toys for Kids Miami Foundation Annual Gala

Art of Black Miami Launches at Barlington Group Headquarters in Little Havana

Art of Black Miami Reception at Futurama 1637 Galleries

The third annual Art of Black Miami event series, opening in tandem with Miami Art Week and Art Basel, was officially launched on Tuesday, November 15 in Little Havana, a neighborhood that has drawn significant artistic influence from the African diaspora.

The reception was hosted by Viernes Culturales, Barlington Group and The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMVCB) at Futurama 1637 Galleries. At the gallery, guests of all backgrounds explored the importance of black art in the diverse mélange of art genres in Miami.

The event was also a preview of the upcoming Umbrellas of Little Havana Art Festival to be held Dec 2 – 4 at the Futurama 1637 Art Galleries, 1637 SW 8th St. The exhibition will showcase 36 beautiful patio umbrellas hand painted by local artists, an initiative of Viernes Culturales.

Carole Ann Taylor, founder of the Art of Black Miami series, introduced it as a vehicle to, “make sure we are represented in our art and in our culture.” President and CEO of GMCVB, Bill Talbert and Connie W. Kinnard, Vice President of Multicultural Tourism & Development at GMCVB echoed her message.

Attendees enjoyed Azúcar ice cream, scrumptious hors d’oeuvres, and vodka watermelon cocktails as they mingled with exhibiting artists at Barlington Group’s headquarters.

While Art of Black Miami features internationally renowned artists, it also showcases the work of local artists from historic neighborhoods including Little Haiti, Overtown, Coconut Grove, Wynwood and Opa-Locka. “We believe that great art transforms the world and the communities we live in; it is up to us to bring Art Basel into our neighborhoods and our neighborhoods into Art Basel,” said Graylyn Swilley-Woods, interim Vice President of the Multicultural Tourism Department at GMCVB.

The second event of the series, titled ‘Sustaining Local Art Institutions and Initiatives,’ will be moderated by Art of Black Miami curator Ludlow Bailey and will take place Friday, December 2nd at Yeelen Gallery.

Visit Art of Black Miami to learn more.

Ludlow Bailey, Graylyn Swilley-Woods, Dexter Bridgeman and Connie Kinnard pose with other Art of Black Miami creators

Ludlow Bailey, Graylyn Swilley-Woods, Dexter Bridgeman and Connie Kinnard pose with other Art of Black Miami creators