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Meet artist and former educator Karen Rifas

📸 Photo courtesy of Emerson Dorsch Gallery Hi, Karen. Who are you and what do you do in town? I am a visual artist, born in Chicago, who has lived in Miami for about 68 years. For many of those years, I taught art at the New World School of the Arts, the University of Miami, and […] Read more.

Debunking the Orange Blossom Myth

By Seth H. Bramson It is high time that the orange blossom myth is debunked once and for all, for the truth and fact is that Julia Tuttle did not send Mr. Flagler orange blossoms, a bouquet of flowers or anything else except, as did Mary and William Brickell, letters to get him to extend […] Read more.

Meet Islandia Journal’s Jason Katz

Hi, Jason! Tell our readers a little about what keeps you busy. Born and raised in Miami, I’m a writer, editor, and publisher. I founded Islandia Journal in 2021 and work as a contributing editor to Burnaway Magazine, writing and editing about contemporary art in South Florida. I contributed two chapters to Florida!, a guidebook published by A24 Films. […] Read more.

Meet “Water Woman” Karen Monteagudo

📸 Photography by Femke Tewari Hi Karen! The floor is yours — what role have you carved out for yourself in our community? I am the founder of Water Women Collective Miami. I started it in June 2020 in the middle of the pandemic. It’s something I’d wanted to do for a while, to create a place where […] Read more.

Meet Alliance Française Miami’s Stanislas Riener

📸 Photo provided by Stanislas Riener Bonjour, Stanislas! What do you do here in town? Bonjour! I’m an educator and I manage a local not-for-profit organization called the Alliance Française Miami Metro; we’re a part of a worldwide network. We teach French and we develop cultural and educational programs with and for the local community […] Read more.