JITG: More than just a concert experience
Jazz In The Gardens (JITG) is more than just a two-day concert party experience. It’s also about FMAC — the film, music, arts and culture conference; the Impact Luncheon, where this year the topic is “The Future Is Female”; and, this year, a partnership between JITG and CHAT (Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours) South Florida for a pre-show heritage tour and tasting experience, where attendees can enjoy a mix of culture, history and food tasting before the music fest.
FMAC: Film, music, arts and culture conference
FMAC is an action-packed multipurpose one-day event that will educate, showcase and celebrate the diverse art forms and artists in and around South Florida. Participants can expect intimate discussions with prominent figures in the arts, covering a wide range of topics by industry.
FMAC will offer dynamic discussions exploring various subjects in the arts with journalist and founder of NiteCap Media Peter Bailey speaking on film; American soul, R&B singer-songwriter Betty Wright, addressing music; muralist Addonis Parker talking on art; and Kimberly Tignor, executive director for the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, also participating.
Filmmakers will obtain insight into developing ideas, making films and finding distribution options.
Musicians will be inspired by industry professionals who understand the ins and outs of music and how to monetize their art and maximize their reach, and leaders will explore how art can be used as a catalyst for social change and economic development.
FMAC offers professional development and networking opportunities for those who are passionate about art and culture, including artists, musicians, poets, filmmakers, legal counsel, those in artist management, community and economic development professionals, students, educators and others working in the arts and cultural space.
FMAC takes place Thursday, March 7 at the FIU Kovens Center, Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus. Registration opens 10:30 a.m., appetizers will be served at 11 a.m. and there will be the opportunity to network before the FMAC panel from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The Impact Luncheon will center on the topic “The Future Is Female”, with panelists Arian Simone, entrepreneur, author and philanthropist; Rashan Ali, co-host on Sister Circle TV/multi-media personality; Stephanie Mills, singer-songwriter and actress; and Kristin Campbell, attorney and NFL agent.
The luncheon takes place at the FIU Kovens Center, Florida International University, Biscayne Bay Campus. on Friday, March 8. Registration is at 10:30 a.m. Tickets are $60.
JITG has also partnered with CHAT (Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours) South Florida to offer a little culture and history with a pre-show heritage tour and tasting experience, during which attendees can enjoy a mix of culture, history and food tasting before the music fest.
The experience will showcase the rich culture, history and music of historic Overtown, Little Haiti and Liberty City; participants will get to explore new developments in Miami Gardens, a progressive city on the rise and the host city for JITG.
Led by a local professional tour guide, the three-hour bus and walking tour highlights historic sites in heritage neighborhoods, iconic African Americans and Caribbean people who helped to incorporate and build Miami. Tour participants visit historic sites in Overtown and Liberty City, where many black celebrities and renowned leaders such as Duke Ellington, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Muhammad Ali, Lena Horne, Malcolm X and millionaire Dana Dorsey slept, performed and partied back in the day.
The tour includes food tasting of southern and Caribbean cuisine made by local black restaurants. Tours take place on March 9 and 10; tickets are $48. To reserve seats, visit www.chatsouthflorid.com or telephone 786-507-8500 ext 901.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.
Education: Saint Augustine’s College, BA in Mass Communication