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.

Current Artist-in-Residence

The Lee Boys

January - March 2016

The Lee Boys

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.

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Past Artists-in-Residence

Nancy Billings

October - December 2015

Nancy Billings

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.

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Clarita Filgueiras

April - June 2015

Clarita Filgueiras

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.

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Plena Es

January - March 2015

Members of Plena Es

Plena Es specializes in Puerto Rican plena and bomba, percussion-driven musical traditions that reflect the island’s African heritage.

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21st Century Steel Band

September - November 2014

Members of 21st Century Steel Band

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.

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Flipside Kings

April - June 2014

Members of Flipside KingsFounded 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.

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Bahamas Junkanoo Revue

January - March 2014

Members of Bahamas Junkanoo RevueBahamas Junkanoo Revue practices junkanoo, a Bahamian parade tradition. The group's performances feature handmade costumes, music, and dancing.

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Perú Expresión

September - November 2013

Members of Peru ExpresionPerú Expresión is an ensemble that performs traditional Peruvian music and dance, including Afro-Peruvian traditions.

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Joe Zeytoonian

April - June 2013

Joe Zeytoonian with his oud

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.

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Serge Toussaint

January - March 2013

Born in Haiti, Serge Toussaint is a Miami-based muralist and sign artist. His creations can be found in several parts of Miami-Dade County, including Little Haiti.

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Mieko Kubota

September - November 2012

Mieko Kubota with an ikebana pieceMieko Kubota practices a variety of Japanese arts such as ikebana (flower arranging), origami, calligraphy, and the tea ceremony. She also teaches the Japanese language.

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James Kelly

April - June 2012

James Kelly holding his fiddleJames Kelly is a renowned Irish fiddler who is originally from the Emerald Isle. He learned the fiddling tradition from his father John, a respected musician from County Clare.

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Ezequiel Torres

January - March 2012

Ezequiel Torres with a bata drumBorn in Havana, Cuba, Ezequiel Torres is a master drummer and drum maker who specializes in the batá drum, a key instrument in the Afro-Cuban Orisha religion.

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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.