Exhibition on Display: January 15 - February 27, 2020

Community Reception: Saturday, February 1, 2020 from 3pm - 5pm, $10; free entry for ArtServe Members and children 12 and under. Includes pizza, punch, a mask-making workshop for kids and an African dance class!

Mask Making Workshop with Santiague Deprez

Learn about African cultures in this mask-making workshop experience!

Participants will explore patterns and prints at separate stations while using a range of materials and golden accents to embellished their masks.

This workshop is open to kids of all ages and is free with event’s admission! *All materials included

African Dance for Everyone!  3:30-4:30 p.m.

Designed for ages 7 and up, this exuberant class introduces dancers of all levels to the fundamentals of West African dance.  Class starts with a thorough warm up, followed by a movement sequence across the floor.  Participants will walk away invigorated by the energy and joy of African dance!

Please wear comfortable attire appropriate for movement; the class is conducted barefoot.

Free with exhibition admission.  Class is limited to 25 participants on a first come, first-served basis.


Mask Making Workshop is conducted by:

Santiague Deprez is a visual artist originally from the vibrant Caribbean island of Ayiti. She is an anthropology major, has a minor in psychology as well as a certificate in African Diaspora Studies from Florida International University. With over two decades of experience as an early childhood educator, private tutor, and practicing community artist, Santaigue has maintained her insatiable appetite for both teaching and learning. She hopes to pass on a legacy of scholarship and community engagement through the arts onto her own three gifted and imaginative children.  As a lifelong artist herself, her work ranges from garment design and construction, mural installations, to feng shui home decor. Her latest ventures consist of a series of community mural projects around the Liberty City area as a community beautification efforts funded Miami Children’s Initiative (MCI).

Santiague is currently a teaching artist at the Perez Art Museum Miami where she serves the community by engaging students of various ages and abilities in conversations led by their very own visual interpretations. She works alongside a team of incredible teaching artist with whom she develops public programming for artistic exploration both in and out of the museum.  In addition, she works with Arts 4 Learning Miami, (A4L), and Art Studio Miami (ASM), as a visual teaching artist at various Miami Dade Schools aftercare programs.


African Dance for Everyone! is conducted by:

Dario J. Moore (Choreographer/Dancer/Educator)  is a nationally recognized Choreographer and Teaching Artist having earned five prestigious awards from the National Endowment for the Arts. Mr. Moore is known for his keen ability to create moving choreographic landscapes inspired by the Beauty of Our Universal stories. He credits the evolution of his craft to professional work with world-renowned arts organizations like Djerassi Resident Artists Program, the National Dance Institute and the Center for Contemporary Dance. Moore's 'Sacred Slave Stories,' 'Primordia,' 'MAKULU' and 'Together We Rise' are compelling testaments of the power of the arts to elicit social change, inspiring equity and inclusion in communities. As a result, the Florida State Division of Cultural Affairs and Florida Alliance for Arts Education have awarded Moore honors for Diversity and Inclusion in the Arts and also as Arts Educator of the year. Mr. Moore earned his MA in Dance Education from American University and currently works as an independent choreographer and adjunct professor at Miami-Dade College.


About the Exhibition

Under the curatorial direction of Cultural Ambassador Ludlow E. Bailey, this multi-media exhibition stimulates awareness of the significant philosophical and spiritual ideas that have emerged from Africa and its diaspora. Highlighting the work of contemporary artists in visual arts, puppetry, music, film and dance, “Roots of the Spirit” is a multi-sensory experience that inspires dialogue about the evolving African Diaspora and art landscape in a modern world.


In addition to gallery works by South Florida artists, both emerging and accomplished, featured elements and artists in "Roots of the Spirit" include:

Haitian artist Samdi

Haitian-American artist Morel Doucet

Nigerian artist Moyo Okediji

Jamaican artist Ya La'Ford

Ethiopian filmmaker Indris Kassaye

Afro-Cuban artist Duwane Coates

African American artist T. Eliott Mansa

Haitian painter Stephen Arboite

Haitian painter Asser Saint-Val

Afro-Cuban painter, sculptor, and performance artist Manuel Mendive

Painter, photographer, installation and performance artist Stan Squirewell

African American opera singer Kunya Rowly (VIP reception only)

African American performance artist Hattie Mae Williams (VIP reception only)

View the complete list of exhibiting artists here.

"Imagine Puppets"

The Miramar Cultural Trust in collaboration with ArtServe is proud to present “Imagine Puppets,” a featured component of the Roots of the Spirit exhibition.  Crafted entirely by contemporary African-American artists, puppets appearing in “Imagine Puppets” represent the post-slavery-era evolution of African-American puppetry.  Offering intimate, whimsical and sometimes profound perspectives in modern Black Culture, the puppets bring attention to the significance of self-preservation through oral tradition.  Used to communicate customs, beliefs and history from one ancestral generation to another, puppets have a rich and perpetual purpose in African culture.

As one of the earliest forms of theater and communication, puppetry art is a fitting medium to underscore the Miramar Cultural Trust and ArtServe’s commitment to expanding the language and function of art in the area.  More than just interesting art pieces, puppets are also important tools to educate, engage and inspire audiences of all ages. Through puppets, spectators and emerging puppeteers are given a relatable gateway into the world of visual and performing arts.

Furthermore, and most importantly, accessibility to the puppetry arts leads to the responsible cultivation of creativity, pro-social skills, academic success and a lifelong appreciation for diversity.  Along with ArtServe, the Miramar Cultural Trust deeply believes in these values and, for this reason, we present to you a very magical way to “Imagine Puppets.”



Artist Stephen Arboite

Performance Artist Hattie Mae Williams

West African Puppet by Schroeder Cherry

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