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 support the arts for cultural evolution in the community. The magazine will provide a platform of expression, inspiration, and news-sharing for local artists and cultural engineers. Miami has many talented creative individuals including poets, writers, performers, dancers, visual artists, fashion designers, photographers, chefs, activists and musicians. It is important for them to have a platform to showcase their work because seeing other artists create provides one with the fuel to continue creating.
As an 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. The few other publication platforms in the city often overlook the arts for more mainstream entertainment, so Miami needs an outlet that caters to the creative, artistic, avant-garde and progressive community and those interested in the city’s culture.
Currently, magazine posts will include links to my exhibition reviews, artist interviews, and event preview and/or cover pieces for other publications. Most excitingly, they will also feature original contributions from other local writers about the arts and culture.
Miami Chronicles will also publish original lit(erature), such as poetry and stories from local writers, along with visual art from local artists.
Cultural programming in the form of open mic events, conscious dining parties, zine publishing and art exhibits for fundraising is also part of the organization’s mission.
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. Miami also has a rich underground of talented individuals who are often overlooked by the mainstream press. They are the ones who are as Jack Kerouac said: “the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels. The troublemakers. The problem child. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules and they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you cannot do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward. ”
Like at other times in history, people are at a crossroads in time when a change in path is absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of the human race. Many artists are also activists 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.
Like at other times in history, people are at a crossroads in time when a change in path is absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of the human race. Many artists are also activists 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. Being from Miami, I perceive the threat of climate change and sea level rise as all too real. So, humans need to evolve, especially in regards to their treatment of nature and animals in order to prevent further environmental degradation. Animal agriculture is the leading cause of climate change. A plant-based diet is the only sustainable diet for the future. Miami needs to rise up as a leader in this cultural evolution because of the threat global warming poses to the city. The local arts scene is vitally interconnected with activism, bringing attention to issues affecting our community.
Art is a vehicle of 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 evolve. I challenge you to rise up.
All material, writing, art and photography is © copyright The Miami Chronicles Corporation as of date published unless otherwise credited.