Letter From the Editor

From the editor, Monica Torres:

Founded in May 2017, Miami Chronicles is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the arts for cultural evolution in the community. Our conscious online magazine provides a platform for expression, inspiration, and news-sharing that is built on awareness, not exploitation.

We create spaces for creativity 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 forward into the light of creativity and away from the darkness of self-destruction.

We document the cultural renaissance that is now happening in the midst of an impending environmental crisis. Conscious artists are leading the way to enlightening others into living a more environmentally friendly, animal-friendly and health-conscious, sustainable future.

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, a conscious “woke” Miami. Other local media outlets focus on mainstream news, overlooking talent and merit for shock value.

Talented individuals need a platform to showcase their work because seeing others create provides one with the motivation to continue creating. It is even more important to have safe, nurturing and healthy environments in the community where people can explore their creativity.  Many entertainment venues enable sexism, carnism, intoxication and other self-destructive behaviors.

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 of the venues in the city are fueled by toxic substances like alcohol, 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.  We need to evolve, especially in regards to our relationship with nature and animals in order to prevent further environmental degradation. Our treatment of the earth and her 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 mainstream media, which is more focused on exploitative methods of making money than truth-seeking.  Our goal is to create safe and nurturing creative spaces for the community.

Cultural programming in the form of open mic events, conscious dining parties, literary magazine publishing, educational meetings, and art exhibits is also part of our 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. We will provide an outlet for all forms of artistic expression, especially those that heighten our consciousness towards the light.

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.

All material, writing, art, and photography is © copyright The Miami Chronicles Corporation as of the date published unless otherwise credited.