Miami Vote Float

Carnival Arts has been on pause during the pandemic, since no visitors are allowed at the Miami Bridge youth crisis shelter, and the youth we usually work with are staying safe on site. But we are on the cusp of a historic election, so we had a short Carnival Arts revival to help produce the [...]

Les Mis Miami

Today was the first Carnival Arts workshop of the 2019-2020 school year. Miami Bridge staff members Dimychal, Iva, and Pierre accompanied the young artists T., Sk., Shy, J, Sh, Sa., A., J., Jo., who participated and two more who observed. Two students from HUM 308 Storytelling for Social Impact joined: Sergeant Braxton and Miss Chandra. [...]

Super Hero Mask Building Step 1

Last week, the youth and Barry students all invented superheroes, with special superhero moves. This week, we started building masks for our superheroes, using papier mache. This is a tradition used most famously in the Kanaval of Jakmel, Haiti. To inspire us, master drummer Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre played Haitian rhythms throughout the workshop. Attendance [...]

Eyebrow Slicer and Super Friends

Eyebrow Slicer Today was the first day of a new project: we are creating our own carnival characters by inventing our own superheroes. Master drummer Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre accompanied 17 young artists from Miami Bridge, 4 staff members, Dr. Landeros, 9 Barry students, and 1 community volunteer. We began as always with the energy [...]

Siren Song: A Battle between $$ and Culture

Siren Queen and Her Court

What's more valuable: money or culture? Carnival Arts pondered that question with our performance "Siren Song" on November 27, 2016. The Scavenger Queen led her army of skeletons and carrion birds, with their shopping carts overflowing with the discarded treasures of a throwaway consumer society, into a battle against the cultural wealth of Haitian Kongo dancers and drummers and the fierce ancestral power of Brazilian guerreiros. The battle was close, until the Siren Queen and her court descended from the sky and decided the winner. Singing a Cameroonian pop hit in her native Duala, the Siren Queen commanded the youth: "Oh, child, cherish your light. Know your worth!"