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    Artistic expression gives Miami students a ‘motivational edge’

    Aug. 12, 2014, 11:22 a.m., Posted by Carolina Wilson

    Photo: The Motivational Edge's second annual student showcase took place Aug. 10 at The Stage. Students engaged in lyrical expression performances to showcase the past eight weeks of instruction from the program. Pictured: Dwayne Dopson, Ryan Everett, Rudy Sablon (director of programs), Axel Sierra and Tarrell Newell. Credit: Carolina Wilson.

    Tarrell Newell, a rising senior at Miami Jackson Senior High School, wants to attend Full Sale University in Winter Park, Fla., to study music management and sound engineering.

    It’s an aspiration that’s been nurtured by The Motivational Edge, a nonprofit after-school program that uses the arts to inspire youth toward educational achievement.

    “The Motivational Edge is literally the best place in the world. It’s my second home,” Newell said. “The art bonds us, and the instructors are interested in you before themselves.”

    Newell has trained since January with the organization’s Art of Creative Writing and Lyrical Expression program, which received $50,000 in the 2013 Knight Arts Challenge.

    On Friday, about 20 youth from The Motivational Edge community demonstrated their skills in singing, dancing or drawing during the second annual student showcase at The Stage in the Miami Design District.

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    Arts

    Red Bull House of Art runs out a wild new summer collection

    Aug. 12, 2014, 10:44 a.m., Posted by rsharp

    The crowd gathers outside Friday's Red Bull House of Art opening. The Red Bull House of Art opened its newest season with a brand new collection, featuring artists working in a broad range of media. Austin Brady, Chad Davis, Paolo Pedini, Rashaun Rucker, Tiff Massey and...

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    Gary Petersen divides objects from experiences at Tiger Strikes Asteroid

    Aug. 12, 2014, 8:21 a.m., Posted by CSchwartz

    Gary Petersen is first and foremost a painter, but it seems that he's got a knack for installation too, as evidenced by his solo show, “zip line tow rope,” at Tiger Strikes Asteroid. The New York-based artist has wound up in Philly for the exhibit curated by Alexis Granwell, which...

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