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Leticia Bajuyo: Interdisciplinary Artist, Educator

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Through her large-scale works, LETICIA BAJUYO engages audiences and connects with communities through her site-specific installations that involve community collections of media and memories. Bajuyo’s drawings, sculptures, and installations highlight the impact of cultural capital, assimilation, and desire. Her interest in unpacking value perceptions began with her autobiography growing up bi-racial on the border of Illinois and Kentucky

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David Schaecter: Spearheading the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach & the March of the Living

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DAVID SCHAECTER is one of the founders of the Holocaust Memorial Miami Beach and of The March of the Living.
“I was born in Czechoslovakia in 1929 in a very small ‘hamlet,’ not even the size of a town, in the Tokai Mountains area close to the Czech / Hungarian border. In April 1940, my father was taken to Auschwitz. A one year later, they came for the rest of us. I was eleven years old. All of my family of 105 people perished.”

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John Okrent: Poet & Family Doctor

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JOHN OKRENT (b.1981) is a poet and a family doctor.  Okrent’s first book of poems, “This Costly Season,” about the covid pandemic in 2020, was recently published by Arrowsmith.  One of the poems was first published on the front page of the “Seattle Times,” above the fold.

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Frannie Sheridan: Comedian, Author, Actress, Playwright

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FRANNIE SHERIDAN is the daughter of Jewish Holocaust survivors but was brought up as a Catholic in Canada to protect her from imagined antisemitism. Her father was a successful ophthalmologist with three practices but was tormented by his experiences during the Holocaust. She has had careers as a successful playwright, comedian, author, and actress.

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Luiz Silva at Miami City Ballet

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LUIZ SILVA grew up in a small town in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and started dancing at age 15 at Escola de Dança Fundação Porto Real under the direction of Maria Angélica Costa. He officially joined Miami City Ballet as a corps de ballet dancer in 2016.

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