Heritage Spotlight Series
HistoryMiami’s South Florida Folklife Center is proud to present the Heritage Spotlight Series, an annual artist-in-residence program that highlights Miami-area traditional artists and cultures. Each year, the series showcases three individual artists or ensembles and their traditions. Participating artists share their art through public events, school programs, and multimedia products.
April - June 2016
Leandro Rojas is a master musician and instrument builder who specializes in the tres, a guitar-like instrument with three pairs of strings, and the primary instrument in the Cuban son genre.
The Lee Boys
January - March 2016
The Lee Boys is an ensemble specializing in sacred steel, an African American gospel music tradition.The family group consists of two generations of musicians, all of whom learned the tradition growing up in the House of God Church.
October - December 2015
Nancy Billings is an expert textile artist specializing in art quilting and Jewish textile traditions. She utilizes traditional and experimental techniques in order to add a contemporary style to her pieces.
April - June 2015
Clarita Filgueiras is an expert flamenco dancer and choreographer. She has spent a lifetime mastering this Spanish art form and performs across the United States, Latin America, and Europe.
January - March 2015
Plena Es specializes in Puerto Rican plena and bomba, percussion-driven musical traditions that reflect the island’s African heritage.
21st Century Steel Band
September - November 2014
The 21st Century Steel Band performs Trinidadian steel pan (steel drum) music and is led by pan maker and player Michael Kernahan. Founded in 1978, this band performs at festivals, cultural programs, and Carnivals worldwide.
April - June 2014
Founded in Miami, Florida in 1994, the Flipside Kings are an acclaimed B-Boy dance crew. Over the past 20 years, the group has grown into a collective of artists that includes dancers, graffiti/visual artists, musicians, and educators.
Bahamas Junkanoo Revue
January - March 2014
September - November 2013
April - June 2013
While growing up in Boston's Armenian community, Joe Zeytoonian learned to play the oud, a Middle Eastern guitar-like instrument. An oud master, he also specializes in doumbek, a chalice-shaped drum played with the hands.
January - March 2013
September - November 2012
April - June 2012
January - March 2012
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is also supported by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Additional funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.