Ariante rehearses with Arelan Torres and a friend for his performance on Friday, April 17, opening for Big Night in Little Haiti. See Carnival Arts apprentices, master artists, and the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars from 6:30-7:30pm!
Just for fun, we tried on some of the costumes we've been making this year and paraded around the Barry campus. Look out for the real Splash! on November 23!
Today Carnival Arts had a great first day at Thomas Jefferson Middle School. We had a conga session in the morning that was too intense to document -- but here is some video from the starfish maskmaking session with Herve Norgues. Fish masks made by Miami Bridge youth with Damian Rojo.
Photo by Dana. Today the Carnival Artists explored ideas for a new movie. To build on past Carnival Arts projects, the group decided to make a movie and a series of music videos within the movie. Here are some initial ideas for the movie: Working Titles: Buccaneers Build a Bridge Seahawks of Abdul Characters: Evil [...]
Golden Bat and Fire-Breathing Dragon Chill in Storage at MIA In workshops at Miami Bridge in Homestead, we've been singing a song set to the tune of Super Blue's 2013 carnival hit, "Fantastic Friday." Our version is a homage to these two giant costumes made by artists at Homestead last year, with designer Brian Wong [...]
The artists at Miami Bridge Central are getting ready to play mas at the Miami Broward Carnival on October 5. We will be putting on a Fancy Sailor masquerade, and the theme for our band is Splash! Here are the first costumes to come out of the Mas Camp: Fish heads! Design by Damian Rojo, [...]
Brian Wong Won and Jeremy assist Maria in making a Midnight Robber Hat at Miami Bridge Homestead, 2010
Brian Wong Won is a visual artist known for his bright colors, expressionistic compressions of space, and distortions of architectural space. His subjects tend to be Trinidad carnival and the local vintage architecture. Born in Trinidad in 1970, he earned a BFA in Painting & Art History at Florida International University, writing a thesis on [...]
A Trinidad native, Michael Kernahan currently lives in Miami, Florida where he builds steel pans for bands across the United States and the Caribbean islands. He won a Florida Folk Heritage Award in 2005. He is the musical director and arranger of the Twentieth Century Steel Band. Mike conducted workshops in steel pan playing at [...]