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The BEST Way to Experience INSPICIO ARTS

The BEST Way to Experience INSPICIO ARTS





THIRTEEN complimentary editions of Inspicio’s e-Magazine are ready for installation and download to your Apple iPad (preferably) and iPhone from the Apple App Store.


From your iPad desktop or iPhone desktop, tap on the App Store icon.  Search for “inspicio” in the App Store and follow instructions.


We should note that ever since the Covid-19 pandemic gripped the world, we have been recording video interviews via Zoom. While the videos present the same high-quality, in-depth content you have come to expect from Inspicio, the quality of the Zoom-recorded video and audio is similar to the mixed results we see every day on TV news programs.


THE CURRENT EDITION OF INSPICIO ARTS features a video interview with cover person CARL-PHILIPPE JUSTE, a Haitian-born, politically active photographer and photojournalist. Since 1991, Juste has been working with the Miami Herald and has been showcasing his work throughout the world. Juste has covered national and international stories for the Herald, including assignments in Haiti, Cuba, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Juste is also the founder of the Iris PhotoCollective, which produces collaborative projects, often in partnership with organizations and non-profits.

Also community and collaborative minded, IGNACIO FONT and JEAN BLACKWELL FONT are an artist couple operating Warehouse 4726, a studio space in Miami. Together as Font Squared, these practicing artists bring a lifetime of combined experiences as creators, curators, arts administrators, marketers, and educators.

The “I Ching” states, “Perseverance Furthers,” and film producer CARLA BERKOWITZ defines the expression. Berkowitz is the Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed independent feature film “Critical Thinking.” The film, directed by and starring the Emmy-award winning actor John Leguizamo, tells the true story of the 1998 Miami Jackson Senior High School chess team, which was the first LatinX inner city team to win the U.S. National Chess Championship. Berkowitz spent more than 20 years developing the project from story to screenplay to film.

On March 8th, 2020 I attended one of the final previews of “A WONDERFUL WORLD,” which was scheduled to open on March 14th. On March 10th, I recorded video interviews with the five key cast members. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic of 2020-21, the opening of the play was postponed. Before the opening was postponed, theatre critic CHRISTINE DOLEN wrote a story about the play. We will publish our video interviews with the cast members when the play opens, but we decided to publish Dolen’s story in this issue of the Inspicio Arts e-Magazine to whet your appetite to see this wonderful musical.

Miami is blessed to have the extremely well-traveled and well-educated LUDLOW BAILEY in our midst. Bailey is a curator of “culture as art.” As an art broker, writer, and art advisor, he is extremely passionate about contemporary global African Diaspora art and culture. He is the founder and managing director of CADA, (Contemporary African Diaspora Art). Bailey graciously came to a class I teach at FIU and was interviewed by all of my students.

There is no shortage of arts leadership in Miami and South Florida, and one of the most engaged political leaders is MAYOR DAN GELBER of MIAMI BEACH, host of Art Basel, the New World Symphony, the Bass Museum, the Jewish Museum of Florida, the Holocaust Memorial, and many other arts institutions. Born in Miami Beach, Gelber was raised to believe in public service and the importance of community. His father, respected former Miami Beach Mayor and Judge Seymour Gelber, and his mother, Miami Beach High foreign language teacher Edith Gelber, were models of that service.

While we are on the subject of Miami Beach, we have long maintained that The Betsy Hotel on Ocean Drive in South Beach is one of the greatest cultural hotels in the world, offering opera, chamber music, jazz, poetry, art, and lectures free of charge. Meet DIAMANTE PEDERSOLI and CARMELINA SANTORO, the interior architects responsible for converting an outdated aging hotel into a comfortable Upper Eastside Manhattan salon.

Also within the confines of the City of Miami Beach is the New World Symphony, where JUSTIN TRIEGER manages all of the NWS collaborative, internet-based projects. Trieger is an award-winning composer, sound designer and experienced multimedia engineer and producer. He also currently serves as a member of the Cultural Affairs Council for the Department of Cultural Affairs in Miami-Dade County.

What do surfing, fly fishing, sailing, paddle boarding, environmental activism and yachts bigger than 100 feet have in common? Meet JIM GILBERT, founding publisher/editor of Showboats International magazine and co-founder (with Jean-Michel Cousteau and Prince Albert of Monaco) of the International Seakeepers Society.

If we have learned anything since the death of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, it’s that Black history – like the Tulsa Massacre and Juneteenth – have long been excluded from American K-12 education. DR. YANELA G. MCLEOD, Ph.D. has spent her professional career as an educator, journalist, and social historian researching the history of the Black Press, particularly in Florida. McLeod is the author of The Miami Times and the Fight for Equality: Race, Sport, and the Black Press, 1948-1958.

Particularly in Miami and South Florida, the dark history of the Holocaust is never far from our thoughts. In UNSTOPPABLE: Siggi B. Wilzig’s Astonishing Journey from Auschwitz Survivor and Penniless Immigrant to Wall Street Legend, author JOSHUA GREENE and recording artist IVAN WILZIG bring us a vivid account of the remarkable life of Wilzig’s father.

As always we end this edition of Inspicio Arts’ e-Magazine with The Last Laugh.

JOSHUA RODRIGUEZ is the latest FIU grad to create a cartoon for Inspicio Arts. Rodriguez says, “I was born with a pencil in my hand. My faith in Christ and desire to create has been an integral part of who I am.” In 2020, he started HumbleDog Design to provide logo design, brand development, comics, character development/design, and a variety of other visual concepts.

Throughout history, the arts and humanities have been an instrument for identifying, discussing, and enacting positive social change. I hope what you read, hear, and see in Inspicio Arts adds value to your appreciation of the arts in Miami and South Florida.


– Raymond Elman, founding editor-in-chief