This March, the Spoken Soul Festival (SSF) celebrates 10 years of supporting and presenting women artists! The celebration will be recognized with a weekend of FREE activities here at the Arsht Center.
SWAN Community Program "Speak Your Soul" | March 24 @ 3 p.m. | Peacock Foundation Studio
Every year the Spoken Soul Festival (SSF) selects a community organization that benefits from arts programming as part of the Spoken Soul Festival (SSF) Support Women Artists NOW (SWAN) Community Program. Past organizations have included ASPIRA Muchachos & Muchahcas Conference, Boys & Girls Club, DASH Film Club, Miami Art Studio & Artoconecto, SafeSpace, and Little Haiti Cultural Center's After School Program. To mark the 10th year of SSF, this year's Community Program will serve the entire city!
We invite Miamians to speak from their souls. Upon arriving to the SWAN Community Program on Friday, March 24th, attendees will be ushered along an artistic, enclosed trail, which will include: 4 interactive art exhibits that are built to challenge our perception of one another and provide Miami's multicultural and diverse community with a much needed platform to create a dialogue about people's similarities versus their differences.
Installations include: “The Ballot Box”, an exploration of commonalities through opinion and age. Results revealed with an arts installation composed of oversized emojis and colorful pins. “Freedom of Speech”, an invitation to 60 seconds free of judgement and uninterrupted speech. Performing artist Monica Lynn will compassionately listen to participants vent about whatever issue they currently are worried about, a la and in homage to Marina Abramovic “The Artist Is Present”. “What’s Your Hash Tag”, a fun interactive photo booth with props where one is invited to share on social media their thoughts on the importance of the arts. “Think it, Feel it, Draw it, Post-it”, guests are asked to draw or write on a Post-It note what their thoughts are regarding the importance of women, art, and women artists to our world community. These Post-It notes will then become the feathers of our SWAN Day mural.
Upon exiting the exhibits patrons will arrive at the Swan “Call To Action” forum where various local non-profit organizations will be on hand to provide information and an invitation to civil engagement including: Borinquen Clinic providing FREE healthcare screening and information on healthcare for artists, No More Tears providing information on their services that protect abused women, Urgent Inc providing information about their various youth organization, and more! This uplifting event will culminate with a spoken word open mic, featuring past SSF alumni, Viking Freedom Writers, Urgent Inc Poets, and SSF alumni DJs rocking the house. FREE. No passes required for entry.
SWAN Spoken Soul Showcase Vol 10: SWAN DAY MIAMI | March 25 @ 6 p.m. | Peacock Foundation Studio
FREE but a First Access pass is required for entry into the showcase on Saturday.
As the signature event of the SWAN Spoken Soul Festival, the showcase provides a evening of live musical and poetry performances, art and photography exhibits, and the chance to meet and mingle with the artists and other art aficionados.
Take in performances by vocalists and spoken word artists, and explore the work of photographers and visual artists—15 featured women artists in total. Featured artists this year are all Spoken Soul Festival alumni, such as filmmaker Omilani, who will be screening her short documentary, “Latinegra,” about the black Latina experience; and vocalist and radio personality Lyrists Stichiz, from iHeartradio’s 103 The Beat, who will put on a performance the likes of which you've never seen. This free and open to the public annual event progressively pushes women featured artists to BRING IT, resulting in a truly unique event.