Local to know: Brian Butler aka The Upper Hand Art

If you’ve seen this guy at a concert, you are probably in one of his sketches. (📸: Rod Deal) MEET THIS LOCAL: Brian Butler is the artist behind the moniker The Upper Hand Art. He is a radical dude who likes pizza and is totally a F.T.N.T. (Friend of The New Tropic). WHAT HE IS […]

/ October 17, 2019

Why this Miami filmmaker focused her lens on Little Haiti

Miami filmmaker Monica Sorelle has focused her lens on Little Haiti as the neighborhood grapples with gentrification.

/ October 15, 2019

‘This isn’t about me being good, it’s about me doing it.’ A conversation with Miami artist A.G.

Miami-based artist A.G. is the first featured artist of Commissioner’s second season The program aims to grow Miami’s art collection scene.

/ September 16, 2019

Here’s why a Miami native decided the Magic City needed its own creation myth

Miami environmentalist Andrew Otazo decided that Miami needed its own creation myth to celebrate the city, and show its imperfections.

/ July 25, 2019

From Range Rover shop to arts space: How two locals created the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience

Ashlee Thomas and Bart Mervil are the locals behind the Miami Urban Contemporary Experience, an events space and art gallery in Little Haiti.

/ July 17, 2019

Meet Miami legend Serge Toussaint

Serge Toussaint is a Haitian-born artist and muralist who’s been painting storefronts and walls around the 305 since 1994. If you don’t already know him by name ($erge), you’ve definitely seen his work if you’ve ever driven through Little Haiti, Overtown, or Wynwood. It started with an illustration of a sandwich outside a “boutik” and […]

/ June 19, 2019

Get to know local artist Jamilah Sabur

Miami-based artist Jamilah Sabur is the final local to be featured as part of Commissioner’s first season.

/ June 12, 2019

Meet these locals: Code/Art

Last year, Code/Art received a $25,000 grant from Inspire305 powered by United Way of Miami-Dade. Who will win this year? (📸: Inspire305) MEET THESE LOCALS: The team behind Code/Art has been working to increase coding education and opportunities for young girls by using art, and showing students the cool, creative things they can create through […]

/ April 17, 2019

The history of Miami’s hottest ‘hood

The Cuban seamstress, played by Angelina Lopez Catledge. (📸: Christopher Duarte) WHAT IT IS: With its street art, award-winning restaurants, and hopping bars,Wynwood is unquestionably one of the most popular neighborhoods in Miami. It attracts waves of tourists and locals every year, but like so much in Miami, it wasn’t always that way. The latest […]

/ April 12, 2019

How one musician is helping bring another MTT vision to life

John Wilson is a fourth-year Piano Fellow at New World Symphony. (📸: Ezequiel Williams) MEET THIS LOCAL: John Wilson is a fourth-year Fellow at New World Symphony. He’ll play two solo piano showpieces on April 20 for NWS’s presentation of Michael Tilson Thomas’s (aka MTT) orchestral concert, Carnegie Hall Preview: MTT’s Playthings of the Wind. […]

/ April 10, 2019