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 [...]

Shopping Cart Sculptures

For Make a Difference Day 2016, 7 Barry University students assembled shopping cart sculptures from the dolls and shoes decorated by youth at Gang Alternative in the summer of 2016 and the abstract paintings made by youth at Miami Bridge Central. The Barry students also decorated a toy car left by the side of the [...]

Areito Masks

Fall 2013 Carnival Artists from Miami Bridge Central and Barry University explored the legacy of the Arawak people -- the indigenous people of the Caribbean -- also known as the Taínos. Inspired by artifacts discovered in archeological digs, we designed masks using cardboard, paint, wire, cork, and straw in two workshops led by Rebeca Gilling. [...]