When Cuban sculptor Roberto Estopiñán, 93, died in Miami in January, he left behind a legacy of art depicting the human struggle.
Family members, friends and longtime admirers celebrated his life and work recently at an event co-hosted by the University of Miami Libraries Cuban Heritage Collection and the Cuban Museum.
Estopiñán, who pioneered techniques in woodwork and welding, was best known for his sculptures of the female form.
“At the heart of his work was always the human figure for he believed in the integral and spiritual value of the human person,” said art historian Alejandro Anreus in a release. Anreus spoke about the artist’s work and social activism in Cuba and throughout his life.
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The program included recognition of Estopiñán’s widow, Carmina Benguría, who was in attendance. His nephew, George Ramos Pace, also spoke about the artist’s vision and compassion.
Some of the 46 sketchbooks donated to the CHC were on display at the event. They will be carefully preserved there and are available for public viewing.
The program also included readings by poets Alina Galliano and Gastón Álvaro, and a screening of Artists in Exile: Roberto Estopiñán, the 1994 documentary by the late Cuban-American television writer and producer Ray Blanco.
To learn more about the CHC and to plan a visit, go to http://library.miami.edu/chc/
Congratulations to the Miami Music Project on a successful year celebrating the musical talents of our local children.
The group recently presented a season finale concert at Florida International University with nearly 300 children from the Little Haiti, Liberty City, Little Havana and Doral neighborhoods in the orchestra. Two concerts were performed at the FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center.
“It is wonderful to see our students’ talents and hard work, their parents’ sacrifices, and our staff’s dedication and expertise all converging on stage at one performance. Miami Music Project did a wonderful job in not only inspiring our children but inspiring all of us as well,” said Dr. Wasim J. Shomar, Miami Music Project president and chairman of the board of trustees, in a release.
Incorporated into the event were the Children’s Choice Awards. The students gave awards to their peers and teaching artists in recognition of their commitment, academic achievement, and artistic excellence.
Members and teachers of the Miami Music Project Children Orchestras have earned invitations to perform at Family Fest at the Adrienne Arsht Center, Winter and Spring Concert Series; Orchestral Masterworks Series at Florida International University; East Coast Seminario in Allentown, Pennsylvania; and in an appearance with Sony Masterworks Artists, The Piano Guys.
Miami Music Project is inspired by the El Sistema orchestral program started in 1975 by a music educator in Venezuela. Programs provide after-school and tuition-free classical music training to youth in underdeveloped and immigrant communities with the mission that music can transform lives.
The Miami Music Project tuition-free summer music camp is now in session, and the after-school program will start again Sept. 8. Learn how you can help, and be sure to watch the inspiring video, at http://miamimusicproject.org/
Rosann Whitten will speak about Sophia Loren’s book Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow — My Life at the Coco Plum Woman’s Club starting at 10:30 a.m. July 8 at 1375 Sunset Dr., Coral Gables. The public is invited to attend. Admission is $15 and includes snacks.
Proceeds from the event, hosted by the General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC) Coco Plum Woman’s Club will go toward Project Up-Start that helps homeless children in the Miami-Dade County Public School System.
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