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Multi-Talented Artist Carlos Betancourt

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CARLOS BETANCOURT (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico 1966) is a multi-disciplinary artist. His artwork is part of public collections such as the Smithsonian’ National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale; San Antonio Museum of Art, Texas; New Orleans Museum of Art, Louisiana; Palm Springs Art Museum, California; Bass Museum of Art, Florida; Perez Art Museum Miami, Florida; and Museo de Arte Ponde, Puerto Rico.

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Ana Menéndez: Author, Journalist, Educator

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ANA MENÉNDEZ has published five books of fiction: “The Apartment” (2023), “Adios, Happy Homeland!” (2011), “The Last War” (2009), “Loving Che” (2004) and “In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd” (2001), whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald.

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“The Hours” & “Day” — A Video Chat with Pulitzer Prize Recipient Michael Cunningham

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MICHAEL CUNNINGHAM is an author and screenwriter. He has written eight novels, two screenplays, and a collection of short stories and non-fiction pieces. Cunningham is most well known for his 1998 novel, “The Hours,” which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was later adapted into a movie starring Meryl Streep, Julianne Moore and Nicole Kidman.

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Cameron Basden: Gotta Dance — From The Joffrey to MCB

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CAMERON BASDEN is a director, educator, répétiteur, writer and former professional ballerina who brings passion and spirit to her art as well as a keen sense of organization and integrity to the projects she undertakes.

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Laurence Gartel: Digital Art Pioneer

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LAURENCE GARTEL is a very innovative and eclectic artist, who is a pioneer of digital art. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum, Palm Beach Photographic Center and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History.

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Mary Benton: Art + Environmental Activism

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MARY BENTON is a portrait painter, sculptor, and jewelry designer who put down roots in Miami Shores after 30 years of living all over the world. She founded Bound by Beauty with a group of friends as a means of creating paradigm shifts in people by opening their eyes to the beauty and importance of nature through butterflies and the magical process of metamorphosis.

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