More than 400 activists and allies on Friday attended La Santa Cuba, a downtown Miami art-show benefit for South Florida LGBT group Coming Out Cuba.
From the group’s Facebook page: “The event serves to engage the LGBTQ and Cuban communities and their allies to celebrate the Cuban culture. This year’s theme is homage to the Afro Cuban roots. The event will feature 15 local and international artists, live art performances, open bar and renowned DJ Citizen Jane will be spinning.”
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“This is benefiting an LGBT scholarship fund,” said Osmany Caballero-Halabi, who co-founded Coming Out Cuba with his husband, Lior Halabi-Caballero. “We have 15 international and local artists. Some artists are even from Latvia. One brought his art all the way from Cuba.”
La Santa Cuba helped raise money for the annual Unity Coalition LGBT college scholarship program, Unity Coalition President Herb Sosa said.
“These are $2,500 scholarships to qualified college students who are LGBT or LGBT friendly in art, design and education,” Sosa said Sunday.
The scholarship fund is named for late interior designer Anita Priest. Each year, Unity Coalition and the Anita Priest Whispering Angels Memorial Scholarship Foundation sponsor at least one scholarship, he said.
Coming Out Cuba is “putting money into the pot for a scholarship,” Sosa said. “Applications officially start Jan. 1. They’re available online all year at unitycoalition.org. We make our announcement in March who the recipients are.”
Local artists participating included Havi Shanz, Marcello Holzinger and Kfir Moyal. The event, at Nina Torres Fine Art gallery near downtown Miami, also featured entertainers including singer EnVee and drag star Athena Dion. “All of our drag performers, we couldn’t have done it without them,” Caballero-Halabi said.