Miami Beach Culture Crawl
‘This City Is’ - @ Sundown - O, Miami comes to The Betsy ORB located between Collins Avenue and Ocean Drive at 14th Place. It’s one of the sites during the region's month-long festival in a large-scale projection piece created by UK-artists Naho Matsuda and Paul Angus. This work engages and reconnects with multiple versions of this city (Miami Beach/Miami) through the re-edit – and projection - of found text. (This is an outdoor event taking place @The Betsy ORB).
‘Under the Influence’ – @ 7 (ish) PM - This is The Betsy’s 10th annual Under the Influence reading by poets reading their own work and the work of those they admire. Featured poets: spoken word legend, Rebecca ‘Butterfly” Vaughns and Piano Slam Youth poet award winners, past and present (This is an outdoor event taking place near the work of Langston Hughes @ The Betsy Poetry Rail.)
ABOUT O, MIAMI - OMIAMI.ORG
O, Miami builds community through literature. We produce a poetry festival, a publishing imprint, an educational program, a podcast, and other initiatives that expand access to literature in Miami and re-think the role of the literary arts in society. O, Miami values inclusiveness and strives to create an environment where everyone’s voice is heard and everyone’s statements are met with respect. We value diversity across a spectrum of identities, including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, religion and ability. We recognize access to information as a basic human right.
ABOUT REBECCA 'BUTTERFLY' VAUGHNS
“Rebecca Maria Christina Vaughns ~ is also known as Butterfly. Vaughns, a Miami native, is the voice of the Black community. As a Grammy-nominated poet, she uses spoken word and beat poetry to illustrate and speak on the issues many Black Miamians face.
ABOUT PIANO SLAM 13
PIANO SLAM is a classical performance and education program and annual poetry competition which brings live classical performances to classrooms and uses music and arts-integrated curriculum as a tool for students to learn core subjects in public middle and high schools.
For 13 years, the Dranoff 2 Piano Foundation’s PIANO SLAM has been a highly successful Classical performance and education program, and annual poetry and Spoken Word competition which has brought live Classical 2 piano performances to classrooms and uses music as a tool to learn core subjects in Miami-Dade public middle and high schools. PIANO SLAM uses every student’s connection and love of music to develop language in arts-integrated learning models and academic concepts through creative writing. The program deepens and sustains student growth through extensive teacher professional development in Classical music and creative writing for curriculum and classroom activity development for both language arts and STEM subjects. PIANO SLAM has reached 75,000 students in the last 12 years - it has touched 4,000 teacher, and impacted more than 100 individual schools.
The Betsy Hotel is a lead corporate sponsor for the project - and for the last three years has funded all of the awards provided to winning student poets.