From the editor, Monica Torres:
Miami Chronicles is an online arts magazine I founded in May 2017 for The Miami Chronicles Corporation, a non-profit organization whose mission is to chronicle the local arts and culture for future generations and support the arts for cultural evolution in the community. The magazine provides a platform for expression, inspiration, and news-sharing for local artists and cultural engineers. Miami has many talented creative individuals including artists, writers, performers, business owners, dancers, poets, yogis, visual artists, fashion designers, photographers, chefs, activists, entrepreneurs, politicians, and musicians. They are creating the new Miami .Other local media outlets focus on mainstream news, overlooking talent and merit for sensationalism.
Talented individuals need a platform to showcase their work because seeing others create provides one with the fuel to continue creating. It is even more important to have safe, non-sexist, non-destructive, non-racist, nurturing and healthy environments in the community where all people can explore their creativity. Many entertainment venues enable sexism, carnism, intoxication and other unhealthy behaviors.
Our mission is also to create spaces that honor all beings and Mother Nature, so conscious people from all walks of life may build a community that is committed to pushing Miami’s artistic community forward into the light of creativity and away from the darkness of self-destruction. We will document the cultural renaissance that is now happening, a response to the scientific evidence of an impending environmental crisis. Young, conscious artists are leading the way towards enlightening others into living a more environmentally friendly, animal-friendly and health-conscious life.
As a local Arts and Culture Writer for over four years, I have published articles in miamiartzine.com, The Miami New Times, ArtSlantStreet.com, ArtSlant.com, Cultist, and Tropicult.com. During this time, I have witnessed the local arts scene explode into a supernova. The Miami Renaissance, as I like to call it, is alive and strong, so it should be chronicled, not only for present-day artists but for the community of the future.
I have also witnessed destructive behaviors in the creative community. Many the venues in the city are fueled by unhealthy behaviors, creating unsafe and sick environments. We are at a crossroads in time when a change is absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of our environment.
This time in history is also significant because of the threat of climate change and sea level rise. Many of our historical sites are threatened. We need to evolve, especially in regards to their treatment of nature and animals in order to prevent further environmental degradation. Our treatment of nature and earth’s creatures is directly linked to how we treat our own bodies.
The local arts scene is vitally interconnected with activism, bringing attention to issues affecting our community. There is a strong community of conscious individuals striving to make the city healthier for all people and they are often overlooked by the sensationalist mainstream media, which is more focused on exploitative methods of making money than truth-seeking. We need to create safe and healthy venues and spaces for the community. Cultural programming in the form of open mic events, conscious dining parties, literary magazine publishing and art exhibits for fundraising is also part of the organization’s mission.
Many artists are also activists or change makers because art stems from a freedom of self-expression and love of freedom. It nurtures individuality and acceptance of people’s differences. Art also heightens sensitivity, emotion, and empathy to all around, making one more attune to the environment.
Sharing art and newsworthy stories out about the arts is a crucial part of nurturing local culture. Miami is a nexus of culture and art, attracting talent from all over the world to display their creations.
Art is a vehicle of cultural evolution. How else can we stand if not united? How else can we connect if we do not express? I challenge you to express yourself in The Magic City. I challenge you to wake up and evolve. I challenge you to rise up and leave footprints for those who follow.
All material, writing, art, and photography is © copyright The Miami Chronicles Corporation as of the date published unless otherwise credited.