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    Engaged Communities

    New managing director guides The LAB Miami

    July 31, 2014, 10:27 a.m., Posted by Tamara Wendt

    Tamara Wendt photo by Catalina Ayubi.

    More than two months ago, Danny Lafuente and Wifredo Fernandez, co-founders of The LAB Miami, announced they were setting their sights on new projects and creating an opportunity for  someone else to carry on the day-to-day management of the vision they brought to life. While I’ve been supervising operations at The LAB Miami since late last year, I’m excited to build upon that work as the new managing director.

    I have been fortunate to be part of The LAB since the Cirque du Cowork, the launch party for the current location in 2013. Danny invited a maker space project I was involved with to base itself in one of The LAB’s offices.  I began to see the story unfold of brilliant hard-working founders, an impressive board, and the support of the forward-thinking Knight Foundation, all set against the backdrop of Wynwood, one of Miami’s most creative and progressive neighborhood.. It was clear that there was a demand for a place like The LAB, which hosted more than 25,000 people in its first 12 months. More than 160 members spanning 80 diverse, but commonly social-minded, organizations began to co-work and collaborate here. The ethos of openness, trust and sharing is palpable when you walk into The LAB. It is relaxing, invigorating, inspiring, and, as I hear visitors say almost every day, it “feels really good in here.”  

    In the next year we will continue to support open programs such as the Wynwood Maker Camp, the Maker Educational Initiative, Code for Miami and a number of new community initiatives and social events started by members and non-members alike—and many supported by Knight. Groups such as Code Fever, Colony 1 Sustainability Hub, LadyFest and the Overtown Youth Center will all have a hand in shaping our approach to community building.

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    Arts

    Hot ticket: Square Lake Film and Music Festival with performances by Low and a live film score by Anonymous Choir

    July 31, 2014, 8:23 a.m., Posted by sschouweiler

    Mark your calendars: the August 9 Square Lake Film and Music Festival is going to be a hot ticket again this year. (Last year’s festival sold out for the fourth year in a row, so it’s smart to act sooner than later to reserve your spot if you’d like to...

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    Arts

    One Voice offers three ways to get your kids excited and engaged in community building

    July 31, 2014, 7:33 a.m., Posted by Valerie Nahmad

    By Jane Ramseyer Miller, One Voice Mixed Chorus Start with the arts, particularly music. Music is one of our first experiences in the womb. And it’s one of the last memories we retain as we age. It is an equalizer and universally accessible, even if only to help keep the...

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