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What was the artistic "cloth" of Tigertail?

Season Events
Each season Tigertail featured five to six produced events by regional, national, and international artists of all disciplines. Our focus was on the new – art of our time that reflects current directions and thinking. These events fostered creative explorations between artists and audiences. Our final 2016/2017 season included presentations and exchanges with artists from Netherlands, Scotland, Germany, Belgium and the U.S.

Tigertail Youth Projects – WordSpeak and SpeakOut
Tigertail youth programs engaged, educated and enriched youth. We saw the use of art as a positive change agent for youth and a catalyst in community revitalization. Tigertail initiated an after school spoken word project WordSpeak & SpeakOut for 1000 teens primarily from the inner city immigrant-based neighborhoods.

Artist Access
Artist Access is a Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs professional development program that was administered by Tigertail from its launch in 1997 until 2017. 401 awards were granted during the time that it was administered by Tigertail. The Artist Access Grants Program is designed in an easily accessible format to provide approximately 21-24 mini-grants of up to $1,500 to Miami-Dade County based, working individual artists to take advantage of professional development skill-building opportunities to advance their work and careers. Such opportunities may include, but are not limited to, advanced workshops, conferences, master classes and residencies, or activities that enable the artist to acquire techniques that improve his/her ability to present a body of work. Applications are reviewed three times annually by a local peer panel.

ScreenDance Miami
ScreenDance Miami is a festival that takes place each year at various venues. It offers skill-developing workshops, panel discussions and screenings. The festival was initiated by Tigertail in 2014 and produced by Tigertail until 2017, during which time it was directed by Marissa Alma Nick, and then Pioneer Winter. ScreenDance Miami highlights Miami-based choreographers and directors who are working with emerging and new concepts in regard to movement and dance on film and dance on camera. The festival was created to support professionals in this field and to support the development of dance created for the camera. Miami Light Project took over ScreenDance Miami in 2017.

FLA-BRA (Florida Brazil), FLA-FRA (Florida-France), WATER, FIRE, danceAble
These were dynamic, robust, multi-week events that took place from the 1990's through 2017. Tigertail's FLA-BRA brought cutting-edge Brazilian artists to Miami from 1995 through 2001, when the incidents of 9/11/2001 made it difficult to impossible. FLA-FRA was a month-long francophone event that took place in April 2014 & April 2015, a community-wide fête of site-specific events and new performance from France and elsewhere appearing throughout Miami at theaters and un-expected locations. FLA-FRA dismantled labels and provided opportunities for audiences and Miami artists of all media to explore the dialogue between artist and participant, examine how artists help re-imagine the world, and engage in the vital role artists play as critical thinkers and catalysts for social evolution. FLA-FRA's scope and atmosphere continued for two more years with WATER and FIRE, two April-long festivals featuring artists and activities apropos to these classic elements.

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