Pridelines started 2019 off with the generous help of the FIU LGBTQA Initiative, UM LGBTQ Student Center, and Aqua Foundation for Women who came to Pridelines for a day of service, and what a wonderful job they did. With a total of 38 FIU students, staff members, and community volunteers, the LGBTQA initiative came to help with a few hands-on tasks in and around the community center. The group cleared the back garden area, collecting and removing all trash, fallen fruit, and palm fronds from the ground, as well as swept and washed the back patio. Inside the center, the group added a fresh coat of white paint in the main lobby area, the main gallery, and The SMART Ride room, giving our beautiful gallery a fresh new look for all the beautiful art we display in the space created by local LGBTQ artists in Miami.
Among those lovely LGBTQ artists is Jose Castro who hosted his “Painting & Photographs" art exhibit at Pridelines on Saturday, March 9th from 5:00 to 8:00pm. In this exhibit Jose shares his art by intentionally placing each piece strategically around the gallery to engage viewers on an emotional level so they can be inspired to find the beauty and harmony that his work radiates. Jose’s exhibit is not only the first showing of the year, but he is also the first to showcase his work with the help our new Pridelines Art Committee. The Art Committee is made up of a team of local LGBTQ artists and gallery owners who, in collaboration with local curators, will bring in new community artists to include in the rotation of exhibits at Pridelines. We're thrilled to have the support of such individuals to help us continue our gallery initiative that not only provides access to LGBTQ artists to display their work, but also allows those artists to donates a percentage of their sales to Pridelines. The program also gives the community knowledge about the space that Pridelines has to offer other artists and community partners, fitting in with the artistic theme of MiMo/Little River.
Pridelines also had the honor of hosting several local community members, both domestic and international, who came together from over 22 different countries for the Global Ties Miami panel discussion. The dialogue focused on the commitment to empowering marginalized youth through civic engagement. Among the panelists was our very own Chief Executive Officer, Victor Diaz Herman, Twan Russell- former NFL Linebacker and Youth Programs Ambassador for the Miami Dolphins, RaShauna Hamilton- Director of Youth Programs & Camps for the Miami Dolphins, Emery Grant- Director of Community Engagement, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, Justin Klecha- Field Director of SAVE, and Corey Davis- Executive Director of the Maven Leadership Collective. It was a successful discussion with some of the most influential community members in the world.
It’s been a successful start of the year, but we have so much more to share with the community throughout 2019. Stay tuned!