Playing Royal

Between Christmas Day and New year's Eve, we had a mini-Carnival Arts session on Playing Royal. West African traditions of masquerade often include a celebration of kings and queens. We spent an hour each day exploring and writing about the qualities that make each one of us royal, sang a Haitian carnival song for 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. [...]

Maroon Chronicles – The Movie

Mariama and Youssou, two teenagers in love, are abducted from their village in Senegal and sold into slavery at different plantations on a Caribbean island. Each escapes with the help of friends, but the slavers chase after them. Will they find freedom? Will they find each other? Watch and see. Young artists at Miami Bridge [...]

Spiffing Up Old Masks

http://vimeo.com/63773153 To get ready for the closing party of the Carnival Arts exhibit on Thursday, April 11, at the Miami International Airport, the Carnival Arts crew spiffed up old masks and tried them on. Singing and drummer performed by Catelus "Ton Ton" Laguerre, master Haitian drummer, who will lead a workshop at the opening party. [...]

Banner Days

Today was day 2 of the banner workshops. We are making 10 banners -- 8 feet by 10 feet -- to hang over the Carnival Arts exhibit at Miami International Airport. Some young artists dove right in. Others protested that they couldn't draw, then proceeded to produce amazing drawings. Everybody contributed. Tomorrow, we start assembling [...]