HANDS ON MIAMI BRINGS DIVERSE
COMMUNITIES TOGETHER THROUGH ART
ELDERLY MURAL: HAITIANS,
CUBANS "ON THE SAME BOAT"
Hands On Miami, South Floridas premier volunteer service organization, is
coordinating a community-based art project designed to bring diverse communities together. Senior citizens from the Little Havana
Activities and Nutrition Centers and the Haitian American Foundation will be creating an
intercultural mural focusing on the similarities of the Cuban and Haitian communities.
The mural, a
collaborative effort facilitated by Miami artist Xavier Cortada, will include a collage of
drawings, writings, photos and cultural symbols important to the elderly participants. Students from Miami Coral Park High School act as
the Creole and Spanish translators. The
artistic development of this distinctive mural is the result of a series of meetings
during which the participants gave oral histories. The
mural is based upon these shared experiences, both in their homeland and in Miami, and
focuses on the similarities between each immigrant community. The project is coordinated by Hands On Miami and
is funded by the Dade Community Foundation.
only is invited to attend the joint painting sessions on Monday, May 21 and Tuesday, May
22 at 104 SW 9th Street, from 10 AM until 12:30 PM. For additional details and directions to
the painting site, visit www.cortada.com.
and press are invited to the mural unveiling and celebration that will take place on
Thursday, May 31, from 11AM to 1 PM at the Coconut Grove Sailing Club located at 2990 S.
Bayshore Drive in Coconut Grove.
Hands On Miami
is a non-profit organization that coordinates over 60 weekend and evening volunteer
projects each month. The group is the largest
coordinator of volunteer services in the Greater Miami area, and works in partnership with
United Way of Miami-Dade. Its mission is
building community by engaging people in volunteer service.
information on the mural project, contact Bobbi Wald at Hands On Miami at 305-646-7207 or
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