Bass Museum hosts family art event to celebrate end of semester

For Miami Herald.

Ana Uran felt her 7-year-old daughter Ana Alcaza did not have enough exposure to art. So Uran started her own little art club for Ana and her friends.

Uran called the group the Goodness Gorillas and took them to museums and galleries, where the children looked at art and then tried to create their own.

For three years, Uran inspired the kids until she heard about a community outreach program run by Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach.

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Education, Events

Museum brings art to Miami-Dade summer-camp kids

For Miami Herald.

Starting with a pile of colorful twist-ties — those flat, wired ribbons that keep your bread in the bag — two dozen Miami-Dade kids made frogs, spiders and hats.

The kids, ages 5 to 14, then attached their creations to the ceiling of a community center at Juan Pablo Duarte Park in Allapattah, creating a larger work of art.

The art-making exercise was part of the Pérez Art Museum Miami’s outreach program, “PAMM in the Neighborhood,” in which the museum traveled to more than 70 camps and community centers throughout Miami-Dade County, from North Miami Beach down to Richmond Heights. The project reached more than 8,000 budding artists.

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Miami Beach names first female firefighter to rank of division chief

For Miami Herald. 

Sitting at the Miami Beach City Commission meeting on a recent Wednesday, Lt. Digna Abello waited alongside colleagues to be recognized for their recent promotions.

Abello, who was announced last, was promoted to the chief of training and support services for the Miami Beach Fire Department. She is the first female firefighter to reach the rank of division chief in the city’s history.

“Today is a special day because women have to work twice as hard,” Commissioner Deede Weithorn said.

Abello, 32, who has been with the department for more than nine years, does not see it that way.

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Local, Technology

New phone apps let drivers find and pay for parking in Miami Beach

Miami Beach residents and visitors have a new way to find and pay for parking. Rather than having to insert credit cards or carrying a pocket full of change, they can now pay through an app on their phones.

The city of Miami Beach introduced two new mobile apps this month, Parkmobile and ParkMe-Miami Beach. These apps help locate parking facilities as well as provide turn-by-turn direction to vacant parking spots in the area.

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