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The Magical Month of March for Amy Rosenberg

Amy Rosenberg is an attorney and arts advocate who founded the Overtown Music Project and the Arsht Center’s young patrons group. She is the co-founder of the environmental non-profit Dream in Green. Amy is a member of Art Basel’s Junior Host Committee and sits on the Board of the Funding Arts Network. She also serves on the New World Symphony’s Friends Committee as well as The Wolfsonian-FIU’s Visionaries Committee.

Ebony Smith and friend at the New World School of the Arts Visual Arts programs' silent art auction

A little torque, a splash of classical music, some history and a dash of glam. That sums up the magical month of March in Miami.

In an effort to raise money for the tragedy in Japan, New World Visual Arts Senior Class 2011, Diego Singh, Inga Loyeva and Tomm El-Saieh created a silent art auction to benefit the earthquake victims. All proceeds benefited the Prefecture Miyagi, the most damaged of all areas in Japan. Artists included personal faves Bert Rodriguez, Adler Guerrier and Mette Tommerup. (Though I was determined to bid on Bert’s work, I was outmaneuvered by a man who blocked my every attempt to sign the bidding sheet with his entire body.)

In recognition of Women’s History Month, Ford Motor Company Fund announced the South Florida Freedom’s Sisters Honorees. The Ford exhibition travels the country and features 20 African American women who fought for justice and freedom during the Civil Rights movement. Currently in the midst of a four year, 12 month city tour, the exhibition features African American women ranging from 19th century pioneers to contemporary leaders. Our local honorees included Alison Austin, Dorothy Jenkins Fields, Shirley Gibson and Audrey Edmonson.

Freedom's Sisters honorees including Mayor Shirley Gibson

Speed was my friend at the 2011 edition of Supercar Experience Panamerican Concours that took place at Fairchild Tropical Gardens. In general, I think of the Gardens as an idyllic and serene respite from the outside world. However, this time around, the Gardens hosted the car obsessed and an assembly of the world’s most alluring collection of privately owned supercars. My only quibble: my dream car, a Delorean that can time travel, was no where in sight.

New World Symphony lit it up with a concert showcasing the music of Mendelssohn, Haydn and Prokofiev. Following the concert, guests headed over to the gorgeous Maxine’s Bistro at the nearby Catalina Hotel for Symphony After Hours, featuring Grey Goose vodka cocktails, Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, light bites and a live musical performance by the local favorite Cleaveland Jones. The show highlighted music from his latest album – Tao Jones – an electrifying blend of reggae, soul and samba.

Alison Thompson premiered her film, The Third Wave, at the Colony Theater to hundreds of friends. The film, produced by Sean Penn and Morgan Spurlock, is a pulsating expose’ about the courageous exploits of four volunteers who arrived in Sri Lanka just 4 days after the 2004 tsunami occurred. Alison gives us all a lesson in courage.

Dina Mitrani, Peggy Nolan Levison and John Manrique at Bal Harbour's Art Night at Bal Harbour Shops

Glam came in the form of Bal Harbour’s Art Night featuring installations by luminaries like Iran Issa-Khan, Greg Lotus and Peggy Levison Nolan (courtesy of Dina Mitrani Gallery). Swells of well – dressed people flooded Miami’s prettiest mall for a glorious co-mingling of art and fashion.

Until next time…

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