A Decade of Creativity and Artistic Excellence in Orlando

Discover the next generation of creative voices at UCF Celebrates the Arts, exclusively at Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Orlando.  University of Central Florida (UCF) Celebrates the Arts is an annual event that has become a cornerstone of Orlando’s cultural calendar. The next edition of the festival is taking place at […]

Snap! Showcases Artists from Los Angeles and Chicago

Get to see up and close the work of renowned photographers at Snap! Orlando’s  upcoming exhibitions: “T I M E L E S S,” “Gotta Go, Gotta Flow,” and “Life-As-Is.” The show opens on Friday, March 22 from 7 – 10 p.m. followed by an artist talk on Saturday, March 23, 2024. GALLERY 1 : […]

Embracing Life’s Journey with VIDA, Open Scene’s new show

Latina-led theater company Open Scene debuts a new family-friendly show with choreographer Ana Cuellar, former artist of Cirque du Soleil’s La Nouba, at Fringe ArtSpace in downtown Orlando. VIDA is an immersive and captivating musical journey, a timeless invitation through dance and color to embrace our emotions and the beauty of life. The show runs […]

Celebrating the Legacy and Future of DiverseWord

Diverse Word, established in September 2006, stands as the longest-running open mic in Orlando, offering a platform for local artists to showcase their talents. At the heart of this artistic haven is Shawn Welcome, founder and long-time host, who has been a critical figure in nurturing the city’s creative spirit. Diverse Word has become a […]

How an Individual Artist Grant Led to Some of Orlando’s Biggest Celebrations

tree of light

Cole NeSmith is a Florida-based artist and founder of the Creative City Project, an organization “birthed out of the belief that artists can change a city for the better by making it a more beautiful, meaningful, and interesting place to live.” NeSmith has produced hundreds of public art installations, which began with his and Josh […]

Jessica Caldas: Artist, Advocate, Activist

Jessica Caldas

Jessica Caldas, Puerto Rican American artist, advocate, and activist always knew that art would be a part of her path. Growing up in an artistic family where the arts were always supported and present, Caldas never hesitated in pursuing her dream of being a full-time artist. Throughout her artistic journey, Caldas became inspired by her […]

Juried Student Show Winners: Willy Lopez & Mimi McDowell

Willy Lopez & Mimi McDowell

Although these two Juried Student Show winners come from different parts of the world, they share a common interest in one thing – their love for Crealdé School of Art. While their journeys were unalike, Willy Lopez and Mimi McDowell found their way to Crealdé while discovering their passion for the arts. Willy Lopez grew […]

Nadia Garzón: Descolonizarte TEATRO

Nadia Garzón

The theater was no unknown territory to Nadia Garzón, Executive Director of Descolonizarte TEATRO. Growing up in Colombia and attending a primarily performing arts-based school and acting academy, Garzón always knew that she had a dream of one day opening her own theater organization. After 20 years of acting, directing, playwriting, and pioneering several projects […]

N.Y. Nathiri: Preserve the town of Eatonville, Florida

N.Y. Nathiri

Truth be told, Black History Month isn’t a special time for N.Y. Nathiri, executive director of the Association to Preserve the Eatonville Community (P.E.C. for short). For her and the rest of the (mostly volunteer-driven) team that spends 365 days a year working tirelessly to preserve the town of Eatonville, Florida, the first incorporated all-Black […]