Painting the Carnival Arts Courtyard

On Saturday, the Thomas Jefferson Jaguars spruced up the school courtyard, transforming it into the Carnival Arts Courtyard with the help of street artist (and TJ neighbor) Hec "One Love" Andrade and Carnival Arts master drummer Ton Ton and the percussion apprentices, who drummed to inspire the painters and gave a drum clinic to the [...]

We Have 7 New Apprentices

Last night roughly a dozen young artists from Miami Bridge and Eckerd Youth Alternatives auditioned for 6 apprenticeships funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. They showed so much promise that Eckerd was able to provide an opportunity for an additional apprentice, bringing our total to 7: Hakeem Hannam and McGregor Surmondre will apprentice [...]

Anansi and the Sky God

In Spring 2014, Carnival Arts explored the folktales, music, dance, and visual art of the Ashanti people of Ghana. The Ashanti made up a significant portion of the people who were abducted in the black Atlantic slave trade, so there is a strong Ashanti presence in the cultures of the Americas. We were blessed to [...]

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 [...]