South Florida Artists Flourish at Local Art Festivals

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Miami Herald 

February 3, 2017

“Regardless of where you are in your path toward cultural appreciation, these fairs provide an entry point for everyone,” says Xavier Cortada, an artist-in-residence at Florida International University’s School of Environment, Arts, and Society. “It’s not just northerners who fly in during Art Basel to consume art, it’s a home-grown cadre of thousands of residents who populate these festivals.”

The goal is to foster a community that is “culturally engaged and well informed about what the creative class is doing,” explains Cortada, an openly gay painter who was once selected as the poster artist for the Coconut Grove Arts Festival (CGAF).

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