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Eat Like a Local: 8 Tasty Christmas Recipes from Around the Islands

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As festive colors adorn the streets and extended family makes their way into town again, it can only mean one thing – Christmas in the Caribbean is upon us! In this season of joy and togetherness, what better way to celebrate than by bringing a taste of the tropics to your holiday table? For those planning a traditional dinner, we’ve curated a few Caribbean holiday recipes worth bookmarking – a blend of time-honored dishes passed through generations and modern twists on classics, each celebrating the rich culture and distinctive flavors that define Caribbean cuisine. So, don your apron, cue up our Reggae Christmas playlist, and let’s infuse your holiday season with flavor!

Let’s start with drinks

Trinidad and Tobago’s Ponche de Crème

Call this the Trinidad version of eggnog. Popular across the Caribbean, this recipe combines egg yolk with condensed and evaporated milk, but it also doubles down on the festive warm spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. One non-negotiable addition, however, is four dashes of Trinidadian Angostura aromatic bitters.

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

  • 1 cup rum
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1-2 teaspoons lime zest
  • 3 cans of sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 4 dashes of Trinidadian Angostura aromatic bitters
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon

What to do:

  1. Whisk eggs and lime zest with an electric mixer until fluffy. 
  2. Gradually add condensed milk, then pour in the evaporated milk and mix. 
  3. Add in the rum and bitters and sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon. 
  4. Transfer to a bottle and chill for at least 1 hour before serving over ice.

Caribbean Sorrel

Sorrel, also known as roselle, hibiscus tea and flor de jamaica, is a popular and refreshing drink in all of the Caribbean, but especially Jamaica during the holiday season. It is sweet, tangy and slightly spiced, and has a deep connection to West African history. Whether it’s 90° or 60°, this festive drink can be enjoyed everywhere and any time!

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

  • 2 cups dried sorrel petals (hibiscus petals)
  • 1 cup white rum
  • 8-10 cups water
  • 1-2 cups granulated sugar (adjust to your sweetness preference)
  • 6-8 whole cloves
  • 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks (optional)
  • 1 orange peel (optional)

What to do:

  1. Rinse the dried sorrel petals under cold water to remove any debris or dirt. Drain well.
  2. In a large pot, bring the water to a boil. Once boiling, add the sorrel petals, ginger slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks and orange peel (if using). Stir well, and then reduce the heat to low.
  3. Simmer the mixture for about 15-20 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and let it cool. Strain the liquid into a large pitcher, discarding the used sorrel petals and spices.
  4. Add sugar to the strained liquid, starting with 1 cup. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Add the rum to the pitcher and mix well. 
  6. Refrigerate, serve over ice and garnished with a slice of orange or a cinnamon stick.

Moving onto mains

Haitian Turkey Roulade

A dish that can be found at every Haitian Christmas Eve potluck is Turkey Roulade, a fusion of succulent turkey with aromatic herbs and spices. We talked with award-winning Haitian chef, Vicky Colas, to get her tips for the perfect recipe.

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

  • 1 turkey breast
  • 8 ounces celery, batonnet cut
  • 8 ounces carrots, batonnet cut
  • 8 ounces leeks, julienne cute
  • 8 ounces onions, julienne cut
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1⁄2 tablespoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

What to do:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 F. In a sauté pan over medium heat, add olive oil, celery, carrots, leeks, and garlic. Stir for about 5 minutes until vegetables are softened. Set aside.
  2. Butterfly the turkey breast with a boning knife. Lay out the breast on top of a cutting board and cover with a plastic wrap. Use a meat tenderizer to gently flatten the breast. 
  3. Remove wrap and season the turkey breast surface with salt, pepper, cinnamon, garlic powder and onion powder.
  4. Place the sautéed vegetables on top of the seasoned turkey and roll the turkey breast as tightly as possible, keeping the vegetables from spilling from the sides. Wrap the turkey in a sheet of aluminum foil, and secure the ends to prevent juices from leaking out. 
  5. Place the wrapped turkey on a cooking sheet in the oven and cook for about 40 minutes, or to an internal temperature of 165 F. 
  6. Use the turkey skin to make a turkey chip by placing it on a sheet pan in aluminum sheets. Add sheet pan on top to press, and season to taste. Bake at 350 F for 15-20 minutes.
  7. Once the turkey roll is cooked, slice it into rounds and serve with the crispy turkey chip as a delightful garnish.

Jamaican Curried Goat

Christmas dinner in Jamaica often includes a time-honored tradition – curried goat. Slow-cooked to perfection and typically prepared on the bone, this flavorful dish features succulent goat meat marinated in a rich blend of aromatic spices, including turmeric, cumin and coriander. This delicacy is often paired harmoniously with rice and gungo peas.

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

For the meat

  • 4 pounds goat meat, cubed
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 2 scotch bonnet peppers, sliced
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • Salt and black pepper

For the curry

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon curry powder
  • 2 cups water
  • ½ of a red and green bell pepper, chopped

What to do:

  1. Clean goat meat by soaking it in lemon juice, then rinsing and draining.
  2. In the same large bowl, season the meat with salt. 
  3. Add the onion, scotch bonnet peppers, green onions and garlic into the bowl and mix. Then, add the onion powder, paprika, ginger, curry powder, salt and pepper and toss. Cover and let the meat marinate for at least one hour in the refrigerator.
  4. In a large pot over medium heat, fry curry powder in oil. Then, add the marinated goat and a little water (if needed to prevent sticking) and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  5. Pour 2 cups of water into the pot, cover and let simmer for 2 hours, or until meat is tender. 
  6. Add the bell peppers to the pot and cook uncovered on low for 30 minutes, or until the curry thickens.
  7. Enjoy with your favorite sides!

What’s a main dish without a side

Yuca Con Mojo

Every Cuban household is likely looking forward to Yuca Con Mojo being on the table this Christmas. This is a simple dish that holds a ton of flavor, and bonus points — it’s so easy to make!

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

  • 1 pound yuca root
  • ½ stick of butter
  • ½ large onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste

What to do:

  1. Trim the yuca ends and slice into 2-3 inch pieces, cutting the skin off of each piece and any dark areas on the white flesh. 
  2. Remove the core by cutting each piece in half lengthwise, then quartering. Cut off the core and chop the usable yuca into chunks.
  3. Transfer yuca to a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook on medium-low for 30 minutes or until it can be easily pierced with a knife. Drain and cool.
  4. Heat butter in a skillet. Cook onion for 3-5 minutes until translucent. Add garlic and let it get fragrant. 
  5. Add the remaining butter, lime juice, lemon juice, salt and black pepper and simmer for 10 minutes.
  6. Toss the cooked yuca chunks in the garlic sauce in the skillet. Transfer to a serving pan and enjoy!

Haitian Djon Djon Rice (Black Mushroom Rice)

A popular side dish with Turkey Roulade, this black mushroom rice is perfect for a holiday meal.

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

  • 1 cup parboiled rice
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup djon djon mushrooms (for broth)
  • 2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2 sprigs of thyme
  • 2 tablespoons onions, small dice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pepper
  • 1⁄2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1⁄2 cup green peas

What to do:

  1. In a large saucepan, add water and djon djon mushroom. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, then turn it down to a simmer for 6 minutes.
  2. Strain the mushrooms and preserve the water.
  3. Wash and rinse rice under cold water and set aside.
  4. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add olive oil, then sauté onion and garlic for three minutes, until soft.
  5. Add 1 1⁄2 cup of the reserved mushroom water to the pan. Season with salt, pepper, ground cloves and thyme, and bring to a boil.
  6. Add rice. Let it cook for about 8 minutes or until 2⁄3 of the water has evaporated. Gently stir the rice and cover it.
  7. Bring the heat down to low. Leave it covered for 10-15 minutes before checking. Cook until fluffy. If the rice is dry, add more mushroom water.

Dessert? We’ve got that covered too

Bahamian Coconut Cheesecake

With coconut trees on every island and cay in the Bahamas, adding this fresh fruit into desserts is a no-brainer. ‘Wow’ your guests with this tropical take on a classic cheesecake dessert. 

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

For the crust:

  • 1 ½ cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 ½ cups shredded coconut, toasted
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted

For the filling:

  • 4 packages cream cheese (8 oz each), room temperature
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups cream of coconut
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, sweetened

What to do:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and wrap the outside of a 9-inch baking pan with foil.
  2. For the crust, mix graham cracker crumbs, toasted shredded coconut and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the melted butter and mix until well blended. Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the prepared pan. Set in the fridge to chill while preparing the filling.
  3. For the filling, beat cream cheese and sugar in a large mixing bowl until well blended. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition. Beat in the egg yolk. Add cream of coconut, whipping cream and shredded coconut, mixing until just blended. Pour the mixture into the chilled crust.
  4. Bake the cheesecake until it’s puffed and golden, approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. 
  5. Once done, transfer to a rack and let it cool completely. Refrigerate until well chilled.

Bajan Sweet Bread

While not technically a dessert, Bajan sweet bread should most definitely be enjoyed post-meal with a cup of tea! And, you can even have it for breakfast the following morning for a sweet start to your day.

8 Favorite Caribbean Holiday Recipes From Around the Islands

What you need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ grated nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 sticks of butter (1 cup)
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups coconut, grated
  • ½ cup baking cherries, washed and dried (can substitute raisins)

What to do:

  1. In a large bowl, sift the flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and cinnamon together. 
  2. In a separate bowl, cream the butter. Add the sugar into the mix, a little at a time and continue to beat until the texture is light-colored and fluffy.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, beating thoroughly after each add. Then, add the vanilla and mix.
  4. Fold a small portion of the dry mixture into the butter mixture. Alternate adding the milk and the flour mixture, mixing in between, until all incorporated.
  5. Add the cherries to a small bowl and mix with a little bit of flour to remove excess moisture. Then, stir them into the batter.
  6. Add in the coconut and mix well.
  7. Pour the bread mixture into two greased loaf pans and bake at 350ºF for about an hour, or until lightly browned on top and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. 

6 Interesting Ways We Celebrate “Navidad” in the Latin Caribbean

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Christmas tree lined road in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

In the heart of the Caribbean, Christmas takes on a unique and lively character. Latin Caribbean Christmas traditions, especially, are a blended celebration of cultural richness, incorporating indigenous and African influences into one big, festive celebration. Here’s how Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico celebrate the holidays.

Latin Caribbean Christmas

Parrandas and Aguinaldos

Unlike the serene midnight masses of some other regions, the nights leading up to Christmas Eve in the Latin Caribbean are often marked by lively musical processions. In Cuba, one of the most highly anticipated parades is Las Parrandas de Remedios. In the 18th century, the priest of the Grand Cathedral of Remedios assembled groups of children to roam the village and make enough noise to draw people to the midnight masses held in the week leading up to Christmas. Over time, this novel idea transformed into a cherished tradition, evolving into the grand street celebration that persists today. Contemporary Parrandas feature conga groups, rumba dance parades, elaborate and colorful floats, costumes and an awe-inspiring fireworks display. 

Puerto Rico features pretty similar Parrandas complete with friends and neighbors gathering to surprise each other with spontaneous visits and singing traditional Aguinaldos, a genre of music inspired by Spanish Christmas carols, accompanied by instruments such as guitars, drums and maracas.

Nochebuena

Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena, is a night of grand celebration in itself. Homes are adorned with festive decorations and the extended family assembles to savor the festive Christmas Eve meal, accompanied by the joyous melodies of Christmas songs. Following this, they proceed to attend the Misa de Gallo (“Rooster’s Mass”), a special Christmas mass held precisely at midnight. This tradition stems from the belief that a rooster’s crow marked the sacred moment of Jesus’s birth.

Folkloric Dances and Celebrations

Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic are all known for their vibrant and energetic dance forms, and Christmas provides the right occasion to showcase these traditions. Bomba and Plena, two Afro-Caribbean dance styles, are often performed during Christmas festivities. Random salsa, bachata and la bamba performances along the streets are also common. These dances, accompanied by rhythmic drumming and colorful costumes, perfectly capture the spirit and joy of the season.

Latin Caribbean Christmas
Cuban dancers dancing La Bamba folk dance

Good Eats

While the other islands tend to look forward to honey ham, fish and various forms of rum cake, for the Latin Caribbean Christmas feast, the main item on the table is succulent roast pork, known as lechón asado. The lechonera, where the pig is slow-roasted over an open flame, becomes the focal point of many celebrations, especially in the Dominican Republic on Nochebuena (the night before Christmas). 

Accompanying the lechón are pasteles, a traditional dish made of plantains or yucca filled with seasoned meat, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed to perfection. 

Coquito and Crema de Vie

No Christmas celebration is complete without the indulgence in festive beverages. Coquito, a coconut-based eggnog with a hint of rum and spices, is a beloved holiday drink in Puerto Rico. Similarly, Ponche Navideño, a creamy and spiced Dominican version of the concoction and Crema De Vie (Lechita) from Cuba both are local favorites.

Latin Caribbean Christmas

Need a recipe? Try our delicious take on the classic Coquito:

What You Need:

  • ½ can of coconut milk, about 7 ounces
  • 5 ounces evaporated milk
  • 2 ounces sweetened condensed milk, or to taste
  • 5 ounces white rum
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼  teaspoon nutmeg
  • cinnamon stick, to garnish

What To Do:

  1. Gather all ingredients except the cinnamon stick, place into a large blender and blend for about two minutes or until all ingredients are incorporated and the mixture is slightly frothy.
  2. Pour the mixture into an airtight container or mason jar and refrigerate until cold.
  3. Before serving, shake well to make sure the settled spices are incorporated.
  4. Serve the coquito in short glasses with sprinkled cinnamon and cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!

Three Kings’ Day

While Christmas Day is, of course, celebrated with enthusiasm, the holiday season extends to January 6th with the observance of Three Kings’ Day, or Día de los Reyes. This day commemorates the arrival of the three wise men, and it is common for families to exchange more gifts and share a special meal on this day too. The celebration often includes the cutting of a rosca de reyes, a sweet bread adorned with candied fruit, with a hidden figurine inside. Whoever finds the figurine is believed to have good luck for the coming year!

As we embrace these traditions, we not only partake in the joyous festivities but also gain a deeper appreciation for the culture that makes Christmas in the Latin Caribbean a truly magical experience.

Deck the Halls with Eco-Friendly Cheer: A Guide to Thoughtful Holiday Fun

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As the holiday season approaches, many of us find ourselves caught in the whirlwind of festive preparations, from decking the halls to checking off gift lists. This year, however, there’s a growing desire to infuse our celebrations with more than just glitter and tinsel – a desire to embrace sustainability and thoughtfulness. With this in mind, we set out to explore sustainable ways to make the season special while minimizing our environmental impact. Here are eight ways you can have a more eco-friendly holiday without giving up any of the joys of the season.

Personalized Ornaments from Nature’s Bounty

Embrace the beauty of nature by crafting personalized ornaments using recycled or reusable materials! Try molding clay into festive objects, or take a trip to your local beach to gather intricate seashells or driftwood and turn them into unique decorations. Not only do these ornaments add a touch of your creativity to the holiday season, but they also help reduce waste and celebrate the wonders of the natural world. These can become a truly one-of-a-kind gift to relatives or friends, or you can make it a fun family tradition to start the season for years to come.

8 Tips to Have a More Eco-Friendly Holiday

Sustainable Finds at Your Local Holiday Market

Support local artisans and reduce your carbon footprint by exploring holiday farmers or art markets. From handmade soaps with organic ingredients to reusable bamboo utensils and even vintage art, these markets offer a plethora of thoughtful gifts that make a positive impact on both the environment and the community.

Reusable Fabric Gift Bags

Say goodbye to traditional wrapping paper and opt for reusable fabric gift bags adorned with vibrant Caribbean patterns. These stylish bags not only add a touch of island flair to your presents but also contribute to reducing the environmental impact of disposable wrapping paper. Plus, they make for excellent and eco-friendly gift options themselves!

Community Cleanup and Tree Planting

What better way to spread the holiday spirit than to gather your community for a day of giving back to the environment. Organize a beach cleanup followed by a tree-planting event, turning the holiday season into an opportunity to enhance the natural beauty of your surroundings. The sense of accomplishment and shared purpose will make your holiday celebrations even more special.

Secret Santa Meaningful Gifts from the Heart

Give your gift-giving traditions a thoughtful twist by organizing a Secret Santa exchange with a focus on meaningful, not store-bought, presents. Encourage participants to find something special from their homes, shop from a second-hand store or create a personalized gift. 

8 Tips to Have a More Eco-Friendly Holiday

DIY Treats for Sweet Celebrations

Spread joy with homemade treats that not only delight the taste buds but also minimize packaging waste. Bake cookies, craft jams or create personalized recipe books as gifts. Your friends and family will appreciate the effort you put into their unique and tasty presents.

Gifts that Grow

Give the gift that keeps on giving with plants or seed packets. Whether it’s a sprawling pothos, a fragrant herb or a packet of wildflower seeds, these gifts symbolize growth and renewal. Not only do they make for charming presents, but they can be enjoyed well past the holiday season. Include a hand-painted pot for a personal touch.

Digital Wishes

Embrace the digital age. Save paper by sending heartfelt messages electronically, or consider gifting online classes, subscriptions or virtual experiences that bring joy without adding to the material clutter. 

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum and Broward Mall Anchor New “Art Week Comes to Plantation” Event Series

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Mixed media artist Sonya Sanchez Arias explains the social justice theme of her work during a 2023 Island SPACE Exhibit | Photo courtesy of Island SPACE Caribbean Museum

Plantation, Florida: This year, as thousands descend upon South Florida to enjoy fine art from the world’s most celebrated artists, they can add West Broward to their itinerary. Island SPACE Caribbean Museum and Broward Mall will become the anchor point of “Art Week Comes to Plantation,” a lineup of gallery shows, events and activities offering the best features of the creative mecca to the south, but located in the lush suburb. During Art Week, From Thursday, December, 7th through Sunday, December 10th, visitors can attend an exciting lineup of related activities. Future attendees can learn more and reserve their spots at islandspacefl.org/artweek2023.

This event series is presented in partnership with Broward Mall and the Plantation Chamber of Commerce, and made possible in part by the support of the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Broward County Cultural Division, “King” George Jograj, Dr. Lydia Malcom of Authentic Behavioral Health LLC, and her husband, Mr. Waynewright Malcolm, and the following funds at the Community Foundation of Broward: Judith Cornfeld Fund for the Arts, Helen and Frank Stoykov Charitable Endowment Fund, The Frederick A. DeLuca Foundation Broward Community Fund and Samuel F. Morrison Community Impact Fund.

From November through December in a show titled “New Wave: Contemporary Caribbean Art,” a collective of Caribbean and South Florida artists will have selected works on display inside the museum and in the mall’s gallery space. Featured artists will include renowned Jamaicans Karl “Jerry” Craig, Paul Campbell and David I. Muir, Preston Hanna of The Bahamas, Suhame of Cuba, and Chris Mendez of Panama.  

While on-site during the holidays, enjoy an art walk through the gallery at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum, the mall gallery near the food court and JCPenney, and through Young At Art Museum’s latest exhibition, “MAGIC, MIRTH, AND MORTALITY: Musings On Black Motherhood,” celebrating the resilience of Black mothers through the lens of visual and literary art, on display there through June 9, 2024.

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum and Broward Mall Anchor New "Art Week Comes to Plantation" Event Series
Artist Karl “Jerry” Craig, with his work on the wall behind him, speaks with art aficionados at the 2019 Island Imprint exhibit, produced by Island SPACE co-founders Calibe Thompson and David I. Muir.

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Opening Reception – Thursday, December 7th (evening) – SOLD OUT

Visit Broward Mall for an opening reception to “Art Week Comes to Plantation.” Enjoy wine and light refreshments as you meet, greet and learn about the artists on display throughout the mall and at the museum. Wear comfortable shoes, so you can enjoy an art walk to see all the collections on display.


Performance Showcase and Mixer – Friday, December 8th | 6-10pm

Island SPACE Caribbean Museum will host a spoken word night and after work mixer featuring spoken word and musical performers. Also support local artisans.

Admission: $25


Family Friendly Crafts – Saturday, December 9th | 3-5pm

Visit Young at Art for Sensory Saturday 11am-12pm for unique experiences with community vendors during this sensory inclusive event. 

Then, in the afternoon, the whole family is invited to Island SPACE two doors down for a holiday crafting session where parents and kids can get artsy, hands-on, creating island-inspired holiday ornaments for the upcoming season.

Admission: $15


Paint & Sip – Saturday, December 9th | 6-8pm

Enjoy a fun, relaxing evening creating your own personal masterpiece with a surprise instructor and a glass of wine in hand.

Admission: $35


Brunch & Fashion Show – Sunday, December 10th | 11:30am-2pm

Enjoy an afternoon brunch featuring a fashion show and live performers at Island SPACE Caribbean Museum. Graze from a buffet of tropical fare while taking in the fabulous work of Caribbean clothing and accessory designers.

Admission: $45


Additional Details

To learn more about the event lineup and to reserve your spot at any of the Art Week Comes to Plantation events and activities, visit islandspacefl.org/artweek2023.

To learn about sponsorship or becoming a participating artist or designer, contact [email protected] or call 954-999-0989.


About Island SPACE Caribbean Museum (islandspacefl.org)

Island Society for the Promotion of Artistic and Cultural Education (Island SPACE) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of arts, culture, history, and educational initiatives that represent the Caribbean region, in South Florida and the broader diaspora. The public is invited to visit the Caribbean museum Thursdays through Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. through 7:00 p.m. and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. General museum entry is $10 per adult and $5 per child. Visit islandspacefl.org to learn more.


About Young At Art Museum (youngatartmuseum.org)

Young At Art Museum (YAA) is open Wednesdays- Sundays 11am-6pm and has been a staple in Broward County since 1989. YAA’s mission is to enrich our community through artistic, interactive experiences for all ages which inspire creativity and encourage an understanding of the world in which we live. Immersive contemporary exhibits along with artmaking stations are meant to create meaningful bonds between families and visitors alike.

#GivingTuesday 2023: Food For The Poor Donors Provide More Than 8.6 Million Meals

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Food For The Poor donors raised enough funds on #GivingTuesday to provide more than 8.6 million lifesaving meals to families in need. Thanks to a generous match from longtime partner Feed My Starving Children, every dollar provided by FFTP donors by midnight, Nov. 28, was matched to deliver $3 worth of food, up to $750,000, that could aid children suffering from malnutrition and possibly even save their lives. Photo/Food For The Poor

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2023) – Food For The Poor (FFTP) donors opened their hearts on #GivingTuesday to provide much-needed food for families in need.

Donors gave enough funds to provide more than 8.6 million lifesaving meals.

Thanks to a generous match from longtime partner Feed My Starving Children, every dollar provided by midnight Tuesday was tripled to deliver additional food that could aid children suffering from malnutrition and possibly even save their lives.

The meals come at a critical time in the countries where FFTP helps after inflation and surging food prices have left many families in poverty suffering even more after crippling economic hardships sustained during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are incredibly grateful to all the donors who opened their hearts on #GivingTuesday,” FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine said. “Their support will make a significant difference in the lives of children who are in need of food and hope. The triple match from Feed My Starving Children will allow us to reach even more vulnerable children and provide them with the nourishment they need to survive.”

For the past decade, Food For The Poor has been part of the global movement #GivingTuesday.

Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City, #GivingTuesday is recognized on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is a day set aside to inspire people to collaborate to improve their communities and support the causes they believe in.

Over the years, FFTP donors have responded generously. Last year, donors provided funds for 9.4 million meals. In 2021, they generously provided more than 100 homes for families in need of shelter, plus $2.2 million worth of MannaPack rice meals from Feed My Starving Children.


Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit foodforthepoor.org.

Art of Transformation 2023 Announced for Miami Art Week, Featuring
Exhibitions and Events in South Florida

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Cartographies of Displacement / Cartografías del Desplazamiento (on view Dec 6 - 10) Javier Orfon El pergamino de la sierpe V Small table and found objects. Graphite and charcoal on paper. 39" x 123" x 98"

Ten North Group presents art from the African Diaspora and highlights Black scholars in a series of programs coinciding with Art Basel Miami Beach 2023 and Miami Art Week 2023

Opa-locka, FL— Ten North Group is pleased to announce Art of Transformation: AFRICA GLOBAL, the 2023 conceptual framework exhibiting the diversity of African Diasporic communities and their varied experiences, taking place during Art Basel Miami Beach 2023 and Miami Art Week 2023. This annual program is designed to explore issues in African and African Diaspora contemporary art and brings artists of African descent from around the world to Miami in a series of exhibitions, panel discussions, performances and film screenings. Ten North Group presents AFRICA GLOBAL in Opa-locka, FL, from December 3 through December 10, 2023. 

The arts festival in the architecturally distinct city of Opa-locka will offer six exhibitions, including works from Puerto Rican artists, a sculpture pavilion, a book installation resisting the erasure of Black literature, and works from Ten North Group’s extensive collection of art from Africa, the Caribbean, and the Diaspora.

Programming events include “Landscape Noir,” a conversation on how the arts can be used as a catalyst to transform previously forgotten communities (Dec. 4); A “Performance & Voguing Workshop” with Afro-Caribbean artist Edrimael Delgado Reyes (Dec. 8); an Afro-Cuban dance performance by the Ife-Ile Dance Company (Dec. 3); and the headline event featuring a panel discussion led by curator Tumelo Mosaka, followed by a film screening by artist Marrero Sanchez on grief, identity, colonialism and gender (Dec. 9). 

“We are thrilled to announce our participation in this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach,” says Dr. Willie Logan, the President and CEO of Ten North Group. “Art of Transformation strengthens our commitment to catalyze meaningful dialogue within our community and globally while establishing our City as a world-class destination to experience art of the African Diaspora. Our goal is to inspire, empower, and educate South Florida’s diverse communities and to expose our visitors to the exceptional artistic talent that exists in Africa and the African Diaspora.” 

INFORMATION ON ART EXHIBITIONS 

Fragmented Worlds / Coherent Lives (on view Dec. 6 – Feb. 28) 

Curator: Tumelo Mosaka (South Africa) 

Location: The Art & Recreation Center (ARC), 675 Ali Baba Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054

Fragmented Worlds / Coherent Lives is an exhibition drawing on concepts informed by fragmentation, mobility, and adaptation. Borrowing its title from Pnina Motzafi-Haller’s book by the 490 Opa-locka Boulevard Suite 20, Opa-locka, FL 33054 | (305) 687-3545 same name, artists in this exhibition present multiple narratives drawing on memory, history, and lived experience to express ways identities become fragmented and sometimes contradictory. Working between concrete and subconscious ideas, artists weave coherent narratives that challenge representations of Africa today. 

Cartographies of Displacement / Cartografías del Desplazamiento (on view Dec. 6 – 10)

Curators: Helen Ceballos & Abdiel D. Segarra Ríos (Puerto Rico) 

Location: The Pavilion, 650 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka, FL 33054 

Cartographies of Displacement brings together the work of Puerto Rican artists who, through their respective practices, reflect on what is produced in the junctures that displacement provokes. The exhibition comments on the experiences that accumulate in the everyday—the ways in which we live and negotiate with the forces that displace us, the changes that undergo the landscape—politically and infrastructurally inside and outside the city— and the ways in which we conceive geography within the archipelago and in the diaspora, physically and temporally.

Alongside these observations on the setting, the curatorial work reflects on the production of subjectivities and the questioning of hegemonic identities —individual and collective—and on how this has repercussions on the articulation of historical narratives and the right to remember. 

Garden of Humanity (on view Dec 6 – June 30) 

Curator: James Brazil (Australia) 

Location: The VFW Lot, 757 Ali Baba Ave., Opa-locka, FL 33054 

The sculpture pavilion presents two new large-scale sculptural acquisitions by the Ten North Group in a lushly designed garden: 

1. Yemaya Ten North Group is pleased to unveil the newest work by contemporary artist Juan Roberto Diago Durruthy “Diago” (Cuba), a six-foot bronze sculpture titled Yemaya, after the goddess of the living ocean, the mother of all. Yemaya will be exhibited in dialogue with the spirits that accompanied African peoples during the crossing of the Atlantic Ocean known as the Middle Passage. 

2. The Cedar Men Sculptor and performer Jems Robert Koko Bi (Côte d’Ivoire), whose work mixes avant-gardist influences and the artist’s African history, has created five six-foot-tall works which are sculpted from a single cedar trunk weighing half a ton each. The Cedar Men tells the history of humanity through the earth’s first inhabitants in Africa as the works initiate a conversation with the forces of nature, the ancestors, the native land, and the exile. 

New Acquisitions: The Ségou Collection (I’ve Known Rivers) (on view Dec. 6 – 10) 

Curator: Professor Abdoulaye Konaté (Mali) 

Location: The Hurt Building, 490 Opa-locka Blvd., Opa-locka, FL 33054 490 Opa-locka Boulevard Suite 20, Opa-locka, FL 33054 | (305) 687-3545 

The exhibition is a cartography of how continental African artists create in-situ modes of intervention in response to issues that beset their continent by providing counter-narratives of radical autonomy beyond the rehashed tacit necessity of the place of art in society. I’ve Known Rivers is an homage to the poem ”The Negro Speaks of Rivers” by Langston Hughes, first published in The Crisis in June 1921, but most importantly, for the 57th anniversary of his reading it at the First World Festival of Black Arts in Dakar, Senegal, in 1966.

The Ségou Art collection that Ten North Group acquired in 2022 comprises works by African artist finalists for the Ségou Art Fair selection on the banks of the mythical African Niger River. The Niger River echoes the Mississippi in a call and answer resonating across the Atlantic Ocean. 

Required Reading: Art in Public Places (on view Dec. 6 – 10) 

Location: The Airspace Around The Art & Recreation Center (ARC), 675 Ali Baba Ave, Opa-locka, FL 33054

As knowledge produced by African and African Diaspora intellectuals and artists is being debated, legislated, and litigated, Required Reading calls for a return to memory land where what “they” ban becomes required. This Art in Public Places exhibition appropriates a plurality of works by African and African Diaspora writers and artists as a reflection of polyvocality and decentering of knowledge in a time of a legislative construction of ignorance and new cartographies of power and exclusion. 


ABOUT TEN NORTH GROUP 

Ten North Group (formerly Opa-locka Community Development Corporation, Inc.) is a forty-year-old affordable housing developer and community builder. Ten North Group is determined to build wealth in under-resourced communities through creative placemaking—the act of using the arts and culture to write the future stories of previously overlooked places. To that end, Ten North Group actively commissions works of public art, offers residency programs in the United States and Africa, and is the steward of an important collection of African and African Diaspora modern and contemporary art with over 150 works. Please find more information on Ten North Group’s website here

#GivingTuesday 2023: Food For The Poor Donors Can Triple Aid to Hungry Families

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#GivingTuesday 2023: Food For The Poor Donors Can Triple Aid to Hungry Families
In Guatemala, Blanca lives with her mother and four children, including twin 19-month-old girls whose reddish blond hair is a result of childhood malnutrition common in developing countries. On #GivingTuesday, thanks to a generous match from longtime partner Feed My Starving Children, every dollar provided by Food For The Poor donors by midnight, Nov. 28, will be matched to deliver $3 worth of food, up to $750,000, that could aid children suffering from malnutrition and possibly even save their lives. Photo/Food For The Poor

COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2023) – As skyrocketing food prices, climate shocks, global conflicts, and the continued fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic continue to cause hardships for struggling families, Food For The Poor (FFTP) donors have an opportunity to triple their compassion on #GivingTuesday 2023.

Thanks to a generous match from longtime partner Feed My Starving Children, every dollar provided by FFTP donors by midnight, Nov. 28, will be matched to deliver $3 worth of food, up to $750,000, that could aid a child suffering from malnutrition and possibly even save their life.

“During these challenging times, our hearts go out to the countless families who are struggling to put food on the table and secure a better future for their children. It’s never been more critical to come together as a global community to extend a helping hand to those who need it most,” FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine said.

“Because gifts during this #GivingTuesday campaign can be tripled, donors can help us deliver additional food that could aid a child suffering from malnutrition and, possibly, even save their life,” Raine added.

Latin America faces the highest costs in the world to access and maintain a healthy diet amid the region’s chronic problem of food insecurity, according to a United Nations representative for Latin America and the Caribbean.

In Haiti, nearly 5 million people do not get enough food to eat on a daily basis, the United Nations World Food Programme said.

A strong El Niño and resulting warmer sea surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean will push additional people into food insecurity next year, experts warn, as too much rain in some areas, while not enough in others, will disrupt agricultural production and livelihoods.

In Guatemala, Blanca lives with her mother and four children, including twin 19-month-old girls whose reddish blond hair is a result of malnutrition common in early childhood in developing countries throughout the tropics.

Blanca’s husband left her, leaving her nowhere to go but back home to her mother, who is ill. Food is difficult to come by.

“We get by with beans and tortillas and some vegetables, sometimes eggs,” Blanca said. “We sometimes add a pepper and some weeds. Sometimes, we eat potatoes but those are hard to boil, it takes too much water to boil them.”

For the past decade, FFTP has been part of the global movement #GivingTuesday, celebrated on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Founded in 2012 by the 92nd Street Y, a community and cultural center in New York City, #GivingTuesday is set aside to inspire people to collaborate to improve their communities and support the causes they believe in.

Over the years, FFTP donors have responded generously.

Last year, donors gave enough funds to provide 9.4 million lifesaving meals. In 2021, donors provided funds for more than 100 homes for families in desperate need of shelter, plus $2.2 million worth of MannaPack rice meals from Feed My Starving Children.

Visit foodforthepoor.org/givingtuesday23 to support FFTP’s #GivingTuesday initiative for 2023 and help provide a family with lifesaving food.


Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit foodforthepoor.org.

The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora Premieres “This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now”

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The Boys-Mark Thomas Gibson-Photo by MOCAD and Clare Gatto Photography.

A Captivating Documentary and Digital Exhibition Exploring Contemporary Black Existence on December 4 to Kick Off Soul Basel at The Urban in Historic Overtown

The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (Miami MoCAAD) is set to kick off Soul Basel and Miami Art Week fully immersed in the digital space. Miami MoCAAD will celebrate the premiere of its groundbreaking documentary and digital exhibition “This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now” on December 4, 2023, at The Urban-(1000 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33136) from 7:30-10:30 pm. 

Attendees can also tune in virtually at https://shorturl.at/jxA49. Miami MoCAAD, through augmented and virtual reality experiences, delves into the intricate tapestry of contemporary Black existence through creative lenses and weaves together the personal narratives of four visual artists, offering an immersive experience that transcends geographical boundaries.

“This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now” is a testament to the enduring power of art to bridge gaps, ignite conversations, and inspire change. As the world grapples with issues of race, identity, and social justice, this documentary and digital exhibition offer a unique and timely perspective on diverse experiences of Black individuals. 

“This Life” is accessible to audiences everywhere, fostering a sense of community and shared understanding in an increasingly interconnected world. Curated by Dr. Anthony Bogues, the inaugural Director of the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University, this project promises to entertain, engage, educate, and empower. It will illuminate diverse facets of Black lives globally. This digital pilot exhibit/documentary is possible from funding from The John L. and James S. Knight Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor, and Board of County Commissioners.

The Southeast Overtown Park/West Community Redevelopment Agency founded Soul Basel. This celebration of art and technology would not be possible without the funding support from the Overtown CRA, Miami MoCAAD, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau’s 2023 Art of Black Miami featured events, New World Symphony (provider of giant LED mobile screen), and the Miami-Dade Public Library System (provider of its Technobus).Attendees are invited to share in this momentous occasion.

In a world where diversity and representation are paramount, “This Life” is a powerful testament to the richness and complexity of Black experiences today. Dr. Anthony Bogues, a distinguished scholar and curator, lends his expertise to ensure that the project offers an enlightening, engaging and thought-provoking experience.

“As the director of the Southeast Overtown/Park West Community Redevelopment Agency, I am truly inspired by the transformative power of the technology-infused art program produced by Miami MoCAAD in the historic neighborhood of Overtown.  Miami MoCAAD’s vibrant murals in the heart of Overtown were thoughtfully created to reflect the community’s unique character and history.  The interactive murals add to the neighborhood’s artistic tapestry and provide a platform for meaningful dialogue and connection. The Soul Basel premiere of Miami MoCAAD’s virtual art exhibition together with augmented and virtual reality experiences embody the 21st century spirit of Overtown.” – James McQueen Executive Director-Southeast Overtown / Park West CRA

“To understand the complexities of Black Life today is to grasp in many ways how the world operates.  Black life brings to the fore what the African American thinker W. E. Du Bois once called a “second sight, “into this world. Each of the artists presented in this documentary and virtual exhibition engages with the world in unique ways. Their art tells us something specific and yet common about the world we live in. From Mark Gibson we see the contours of American society and the current dangers we face; from Renaldo Laurent, we understand the beauty and ways in which Haitian art is an oral language common to Haitian society.

From Rosana Paulino we see how the anti-Black structures of Brazilian society are confronted both at the level of representation and an Afro- Brazilian aesthetics and from Nontsikelelo Mutiti, we are drawn into the ways in which art and hair weave a mosaic about Black female art forms. The richness of all these artistic practices makes Black life alive. – Anthony Bogues, PhD, Curator, Inaugural Director of the Ruth J. Simmons Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University.

“The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is excited to be a marketing partner with this digital and historical experience. Under our Art of Black Miami marketing platform, says Connie Kinnard, SVP of Multicultural Tourism for the GMCVB, we will help to promote this locally and nationally to encourage anyone interested in learning more about Black culture in an engaging way to attend. The Miami MoCAAD continues to bring impactful programming to our community year-round.”

The featured artists lending their voices and talent include Rosana Paulino, an internationally acclaimed feminist Brazilian artist; Renold Laurent, Haitian artist whose dynamic and expressive paintings are rooted in imagined dialogue with his audience and between mixed media, cultural history, the present, and our collective future; Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Zimbabwean-born visual artist and educator; and Mark Thomas Gibson, Miami born and raised visual artist working in painting, print, ink, and watercolor.

The New World Symphony will be providing a Mobile WALLCAST® concert content for this event, as well the New World Symphony Fellows will treat attendees to a live performance.

The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora Premieres "This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now"

“Miami MoCAAD is creating a hybrid museum that leverages technology to inspire curiosity, expand accessibility, and innovate virtual and in-person museum experiences. We are excited about the platforms that allow MiamiMoCAAD to show the diversity of common denominators and connections within and outside the Diaspora. We look forward to the community joining us to explore these captivating narratives of four exceptional artists as they invite us to witness, learn, and celebrate the beauty and resilience of Black life in the contemporary moment”. We are also excited that the virtual art exhibit will be placed in the Microsoft portal as the art gallery for students to explore and receive inspiration for art+tech projects. – Marilyn Holifield-Co-Founder Miami MoCAAD.

“This Life: Black Life in the Time of Now” spotlights diverse artistic expressions showcasing a remarkable array of artistic mediums, from visual arts and literature to performance and digital media. Each artist brings a unique perspective and creative voice to exploring Black life today.

“Embrace the power of storytelling, for within the realm of documentaries lies the extraordinary ability to illuminate the vibrant tapestry of the Black Diaspora. As we delve into the depths of life, career, and influences, we unravel the rich threads that have shaped our culture. Let us embark on this transformative journey, crafting narratives that celebrate resilience, honor heritage, and inspire generations to come.” – Michael Anderson-5X Suncoast Regional Emmy Award storyteller.

“Miami MoCAAD is using the digital advantage to gather and distribute the expression of artists from the African Diaspora. We are proud to be a digital partner in our shared work to reimagine how we bring art to a broader public. New World Symphony’s Mobile WALLCAST® technology is a natural fit for Miami MoCAAD’s forward-looking digital strategy. Together and for Soul Basel, we will bring artists from across the African Diaspora to Miami’s Overtown neighborhood for a local and global celebration of Black artists.”- Howard Herring, President and Chief Executive Officer New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral Academy

“At Xennial, we’re grateful to have been selected as the digital partner by the Miami MoCAAD team to create this one-of-a-kind Virtual Reality (VR) experience. We hope the VR Miami MoCAAD museum serves as an example for the Arts and Entertainment world of how we can use immersive technologies to provide a new medium for artists to showcase their work without the limitations of time or physical boundaries.” – Douglas Fajardo – Founder & CEO, Xennial Digital.

About Miami MoCAAD

The Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora will discover, commission, collect, and preserve the work of the most advanced contemporary artists of the Global African Diaspora and its mother continent, Africa. 

As a museum of the future, the museum will embed technology in exhibitions, programs, and practices, going beyond digital art offerings to explore ways technology can elevate experiences, educate, and reach audiences around the world.

Miami MoCAAD won a Knight New Work grant to create new art incorporating technology, which will be accompanied by a virtual exhibit/documentary funded by the John L. and James S. Knight Foundation and Miami-Dade County, titled “The Day I Heard the Sounds of the World: ART” Connecting Communities — Overtown and Coral Gables. It will premiere in March 2024, at the Historic Lyric Theater in Overtown.

For more information about Miami MoCAAD visit: miamimocaad.org

Artist Gavin Jordan’s “Hoping for Today’s Tomorrow” A Must See at Spectrum Miami Art Fair

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Gavin Jordan's work Photos: Supplied by Harris Public Relations

Jamaican-born artist exhibiting his artworks at the Spectrum Miami Art Fair Booth #1519

“Hoping for Today’s Tomorrow” Masterpiece Art Series Sparks Meaningful Conversations And Encourages Empathy And Understanding About The World’s Issues And Complexities Through His Masterpiece Series.

Renowned artist Gavin Jordan is set to captivate art enthusiasts and connoisseurs alike with his latest masterpiece series, “Hoping for Today’s Tomorrow,” at this year’s Spectrum Miami Art Fair, December 6-10 at Mana Wynwood (2217 NW 5th Avenue @NW 22nd St, Miami, FL 33127 ). Attendees will experience his profound and thought-provoking creations. Miami is the center of the art world in North America during Miami Art Week, anchored by the world-renowned Art Basel Miami Beach and supported by many other high-end fairs and shows.

Gavin Jordan’s “Hoping for Today’s Tomorrow” masterpiece series delves deep into the human experience, specifically exploring the dreams, struggles, and aspirations of people of color who seek a brighter future. With a keen eye for the urgency and longing that shape the present moment, his series emphasizes that actions taken today profoundly impact tomorrow’s opportunities and outcomes.

Artist Gavin Jordan - "Hoping for Today's Tomorrow" A Must See at Spectrum Miami Art Fair
Artist Gavin Jordan

The fusion of industrial screws into Gavin’s art finds its roots in a captivating duality between his professional training and his creative aspirations. He brings a unique blend of skills and sensibilities to his work. Jordan is a trained accountant and a certified CPA who’s been accustomed to thinking in linear, analytical terms. However, his innate creativity yearned for expression in more imaginative, non-linear dimensions. This intriguing marriage of Gavin’s structured, methodical mindset and unbridled creative spirit form the foundation of his artistic approach. The incorporation of industrial screws is a reflection of this intricate interplay. It symbolizes the convergence of Gavin’s rational, calculated side with his vivid, imaginative essence.

Gavin wants his potential clients, followers, and art enthusiasts to know that his work goes beyond mere aesthetics; it tells stories, provokes thought, and evokes emotions. He is dedicated to crafting artwork that transcends singular narratives and sparks conversations about the richness of human experiences. He hopes to ignite a sense of wonder and contemplation with his artwork, encouraging viewers to explore the often-unspoken nuances of our shared existence.

“I am thrilled to participate in this year’s Spectrum Miami Art Fair because it provides an incredible platform to showcase my work and my latest series, “Hoping for Today’s Tomorrow.” The fair offers a diverse and engaged audience, providing the perfect opportunity to share the emotional depth and powerful narratives behind my art. It’s not just an exhibition; it’s a chance to connect with art enthusiasts, fellow artists, and potential collectors who may find a personal connection with the themes I’ve explored in my work.”- Gavin Jordan.

“Hoping for Today’s Tomorrow” series promises to be a highlight of this year’s Spectrum Miami Art Fair, inviting audiences to contemplate the interconnectedness of today’s actions and tomorrow’s aspirations through the lens of remarkable artistry.

About Gavin Jordan

Gavin Jordan is a celebrated artist known for his captivating and thought-provoking artwork. With a unique technique involving industrial screws, Jordan creates three-dimensional masterpieces that explore the human experience, emotions, and the interconnectedness of today and tomorrow. His work has garnered acclaim and recognition at prestigious art events and galleries in Jamaica.

About Spectrum Miami Art Fair

The Spectrum Miami Art Fair is an annual showcase of contemporary art, attracting artists and art enthusiasts worldwide. Located in the vibrant heart of Miami’s art scene, the fair provides a platform for artists to display their work and engage with a diverse audience during Miami Art Week and Art Basel Miami Beach.

For more information about Gavin Jordan please visit: gavinjordanart.com. Follow on  social media instagram.com/gavinjordanart and facebook.com/gavinjordanart.


Spectrum Art Fair Hours

VIP/PRESS PREVIEW

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 5 PM – 6 PM

OPENING NIGHT PREVIEW

Wednesday, December 6, 2023 | 6 PM – 9 PM

SHOW HOURS

Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 12 PM – 8 PM

Friday, December 8, 2023 | 12 PM – 8 PM

Saturday, December 9, 2023 | 12 PM – 8 PM

Sunday, December 10, 2023 | 12 PM – 6 PM

Helpful Tips When First Moving to the Caribbean

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Helpful Tips When First Moving to the Caribbean

Embarking on a new journey to the vibrant, sun-soaked islands of the Caribbean can be an exciting yet overwhelming experience. This handy guide is here to ease your transition with helpful tips for first moving to the Caribbean. From adapting to island time to understanding local customs and finding your way around, we’ve got you covered. Pull up a beach chair, and let’s dive right in.

Find Your Way Around

One of the initial challenges you might face when moving to the Caribbean is orienting yourself to a new and unfamiliar environment. Learning to navigate the island is great advice for adjusting to life in the Caribbean, and it allows you to explore local hotspots, hidden gems and everyday essentials.

We recommend starting with a good local map and combining digital tools such as GPS with locals’ advice to comprehend the lay of the land. Engaging in neighborhood walks and local tours can also be beneficial. Remember, each wrong turn is a chance to discover something new.

Learn the Language

While being conversant in English may serve you well in many parts of the Caribbean, embracing local dialects and understanding unique idioms can significantly enhance your island living experience. Each Caribbean island is a melting pot of cultures, and their languages are as rich and diverse as the people themselves. A grasp of the local lingo allows for more meaningful interactions with island residents, fostering a deeper appreciation for their heritage and way of life.

Additionally, understanding the everyday vernacular can be particularly useful when immersing oneself in local markets, restaurants or events. Begin by learning a few key phrases and colloquial expressions to build connections and integrate more seamlessly into the island community.

Understand Local Customs

Acclimating yourself to the local customs of the Caribbean can provide a deeper understanding of the region’s unique societal norms and values and aid in your cultural integration. The Caribbean islands have warm hospitality, vibrant festivities and rich traditions, which vary from island to island. For instance, many Caribbean societies have a relaxed approach to time, often called ‘island time,’ where punctuality isn’t as stringent as in other cultures.

Similarly, greetings and communication are often informal and friendly, emphasizing community and family ties. It’s also common to see grand celebrations, such as carnivals, local festivals and national holidays, marked by music, dance and elaborate costumes. By embracing these customs and participating in local traditions, you show respect for the culture and make your transition to island life more enjoyable and enriching.

As you settle into your new island home, remember these helpful things to know when moving to the Caribbean. Each aspect is crucial for a seamless transition, from learning to navigate the beautiful landscapes to appreciating and partaking in the unique local customs. With a little time, patience and an open mind, you’ll soon find yourself feeling right at home, basking in the rich cultural heritage and beauty of the Caribbean.

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