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Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Event Title: SUMMER SHORTS
Where: Adrienne Arsht Center
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
City Theatre and the Adrienne Arsht Center present
SUMMER SHORTS
Featuring Signature Shorts and undershorts

June 2-26, 2011
City Theatre's SUMMER SHORTS is the hottest ticket for the coolest night in town!
Signature Shorts is the series that put City Theatre's "shorts" on the map! A "short" is a one-act play running 5-20 minutes. Now celebrating it's 16th anniversary season, this year's Signature Shorts features South Florida's finest talent in a brand-new mix of hilarious comedies and heartfelt dramas in one fast and furious program.
undershorts is City Theatre's late-night series of short plays that are provocative, irreverent, and hilarious. Featuring an all-new roster of edgy plays, undershorts pushs the envelope with social and political material reflective of the times in one fast and furious program. undershorts contains adult content, language, and nudity. Not appropriate for those under 17.
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Where: Borders Art Gallery
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill Holds
23rd Annual Exhibition
Friday, May 27, 2011. 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
From May 27 through June 24, 2011
The National Art Exhibitions by the Mentally Ill (NAEMI) marks its 23 years of service to outsider art with its 23rd Annual Exhibition on May 27, 2011 at Borders Art Gallery.
NAEMI's mission is to reduce the stigma associated with mental disabilities by discovering, studying, promoting, exhibiting and preserving the art of artists with mental disabilities. NAEMI strives to increase public awareness, knowledge, and understanding of art that is conceived and created by artists with mental disabilities, and to provide opportunities for their employment through the exhibition and sale of art works. Art created by artists with mental disabilities, also referred to as Outsider Art, pertains to art produced by self taught individuals, usually without any formal artistic training, whose work arise from an intensity of innate-personal vision. Although there is an explosion of interest in this art, it remains difficult for the work of artists with mental disabilities to be discovered or seen.
For over 24 years NAEMI's deep concern with the lack of opportunity for artists with mental disabilities to have equal access to art exhibitions and employment in the arts has created notable exhibitions and catalog books. This project seeks to further the understanding of Outsider Art, the creative process, and the art exhibition experience with a uniquely enthralling art interpretation performance as well as through the work of artists with mental disabilities. The absence of this artistic expression in the cultural mainstream limits the scope of study of the human creative process, marginalizes the presence of a member in the community, and may perpetuate the stigma of mental illness. Experts uniformly contend that the whole community should be educated on the impact of mental illness and advocate for its complete parity with physical illness.
NAEMI collaborates with international arts organizations, local civic leaders, and artists to provide penetrating presentations and creative workshops on issues relating to mental illness, creativity, and advocacy.
Featuring the works of artists from the U.S., England, Spain, Chile, Mexico, and Paraguay. The exhibition is open to the public and sponsored by Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council and the Miami Dade county commissioners, Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceutica.
All 40 works featured in the exhibition will be available for sale with proceeds benefiting the artists and NAEMI's goal of helping artists with mental illness from around the world.
The exhibition begins with an opening reception May 27 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. - offering attendees a chance to meet the featured artists - and will continue through June 24.
About NAEMI
NAEMI an international organization dedicated to discovering, promoting and exhibiting work by artists with mental illness launches a new exhibition with an opening reception Borders Art Gallery.
NAEMI at Borders Art Gallery
1601 SW 1st Street
Miami, FL 33135
www.naemi.org
www.borderspictureframing.com


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