Art helped Serge Toussaint determine his career.
“Art inspires people,” he said.
As art motivated him, Toussaint planned to do the same sharing artwork and techniques to children at the annual El Portal Art Fair.
Toussaint, an art teacher at the Little Haiti Cultural Center, painted with neighborhood children as he sketched the logo of the art fair, which will be used at next year’s event.
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“This could be inspiration to future artists that are here today,” he said.
The annual El Portal Art Fair took place Saturday at Radar Church, 205 NE 87 St. The free event was hosted by the village and residents who are members of the El Portal Mayor’s Task Force.
Mayor Claudia Cubillos said the event promotes unity.
"'The success of the second annual El Portal Art Fair is the resulting reality of when a motivated group of volunteer residents and the Mayor's Task Force work together toward a shared vision of building a great community where everyone matters," she said.
At the event, there were musical performances, food trucks and art vendors who sold their latest works. Rikki Kamensky of Yoga Inhale Miami worked with families.
John Ise and his two children practiced their shoulder stand pose.
“This is better than being at home,” he said. “If not they would be playing video games. If not they are vegetating in front of a screen. It’s a good way to get them out.”
Miami-Dade County Commissioner Audrey Edmonson, a former El Portal mayor, also attended.
“I am excited to see what’s happening here in El Portal,” she said. “I think its fantastic. I come and visit. You never forget where you started from. It’s good to come back and see all the people I used to work with. It’s like I never left.”