Rojas + Rubensteen Projects Contemporary Art Gallery in Miami, FL Presents First US Retrospective of Acclaimed Artist Manal AlDowayan from Saudi Arabia


Solo Exhibition “I Am Here: Manal AlDowayan” to open Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.; on Display through March 26

Miami, FL — Feb. 16, 2017 — Rojas + Rubensteen Projects, a contemporary art gallery and community hub in Little River, Miami, is pleased to present the exhibition “I Am Here” by world-acclaimed female artist Manal AlDowayan, hailing from Saudi Arabia. In the exhibition, featuring photography, installation and mixed media, AlDowayan explores what defines humans at the most granular level — our thoughts, bodies, personal histories, religious choices. While AlDowayan’s work was most recently on view at White Chapel Gallery in London, this will be the first comprehensive look at her work in the U.S.

Rojas + Rubensteen Projects is partnering with Florida International University’s Initiative for Muslim World Studies to utilize this exhibition as a platform for dialogue about Muslim art and culture. The exhibition expresses the concept that “On the heels of the inauguration, personhood will not be denied, concealed in fabric, or turned into a number on a registry … Acknowledging our differences, we all can nonetheless find commonality in our aspirations, in the importance of roots and in the inescapable journey from womb to death.”

Co-hosted by Florida International University’s Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs, the exhibition’s opening will take place on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m.

The artist, Manal AlDowayan, will be present at the opening reception.

To RSVP, email info@rojasrubensteenprojects.com.
Manal AlDowayan, Misunderstood Sounds (The State of Disappearance Series), 2013

“We are particularly excited about this show given the timing — it showcases this remarkable body of work by a Muslim woman, almost directly following the inauguration,” said Eira Rojas, co-founder of Rojas + Rubensteen Projects.

Aimee Rubensteen, co-founder of Rojas + Rubensteen Projects, said, “Although AlDowayan’s work is particularly about Muslim identity, it’s also very poetically about the individual as a universal proposition. We are honored to show her first retrospective in the US at our gallery.”

About Rojas + Rubensteen Projects

Rojas + Rubensteen Projects is a contemporary art gallery and community hub in Little River, Miami. Co-founders Eira Rojas and Aimee Rubensteen are South Florida locals and graduates in Art History from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Their gallery is the product of several years of conversation about the art market, pop culture and politics.

Rojas + Rubensteen Projects seeks out underrepresented local and international artists to create exhibitions which engage with the wider world and current events. The gallery hosts conversations reflecting these themes with local scholars, publications and the multidisciplinary arts community in South Florida. Featured artists are steeped in a research-based practice, original in their modes of expression and work from an informed intention. The gallery values the artistic process in all media, consistently collaborating to encourage experimentation, the creation of new work, site-specific installations and live performances. Grounded in an intellectually rigorous curatorial practice, Rojas + Rubensteen Projects is purposefully accessible.

Rojas + Rubensteen Projects is located at 8051 NE 2nd Ave Miami, FL, 33138. Hours are Wednesday–Sunday 12–6 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, please visit rojasrubensteenprojects.com, call 786-534-7559 or email info@rojasrubensteenprojects.com.

FLIPANY’s Jan. 7, 2017, 11th Annual Fun Run to Feature 5K or 10K Run/Walk or Paddle Boarding for All Ages, Free Kids’ Activities, Health Fair and More


Miami HEAT Dancers to Perform; LITE 101.5 FM’s Julie Guy and Evelyn Curry to Co-Host

Who/What:

The non-profit organization FLIPANY (Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth) is presenting its 11th Annual Fun Run. Over 1,000 runners/walkers of all ages will enjoy a 5K/10K, or paddle boarding, natural juice bar, free kids’ activities at the Fun Run Kids’ Zone, vendor tables/health fair, silent auction/raffle and much more. Participants can register individually or create a team with friends and co-workers. Proceeds will help end childhood obesity in the local community through health and wellness programs.

Julie Guy and Evelyn Curry, hosts of the LITE 101.5 FM morning show, will co-host the event. The Miami HEAT Dancers will perform as part of a flash mob.

Sponsorships at the $750 to $5,000 levels are available. Some trade opportunities at the $350–$1,000 level are available. School sponsorships are available at the $1,500 level that include training for students to complete the Fun Run. In addition, anyone can donate a raffle item, create a fundraising team, make a donation, or sponsor a child.

This year, over $20,000 was raised at the event, with the support of local communities which shared a common goal to better the lives of today’s youth through health and wellness.

When:

Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017

Registration: 6–7:45 a.m.

Event: 7:30–10:30 a.m.

Where:

Hollywood North Beach Park

3601 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, FL 33019

Why:

The race provide a great opportunity for individuals, companies or community programs to become part of the solution in ending childhood obesity.

Cost:

Children – $15, Adults 18+ – $25, Running Club – $20, Race Day – $30, Paddle – $35, Paddle Race Day – $45

How:
To register and learn more about sponsorship opportunities, visit www.FLIPANYFUNRUN.org For more information about the event and/or sponsorships, donations and more, contact Angie Rodriguez at arodriguez@flipany.org or 954-636-2388. 

Background:

Today, about one in three American kids and teens is overweight or obese, nearly triple the rate in 1963. Childhood obesity is now the No. 1 health concern among parents in the U.S., topping drug abuse and smoking (American Heart Association).

FLIPANY implements programs that focus on improving the health and wellness of overweight/obese children and their families, and preventing heart disease and diabetes in these children as they become adults. Its programs use evidence-based curriculums to teach essential skills for lifestyle changes. Its programs include childhood weight management intervention, nutrition education, dietary counseling, promotion of physical activity, structured exercise and family behavioral modification. FLIPANY gives parents and children a positive, safe approach to a healthier lifestyle, regardless of where they live or income level.

About FLIPANY 

FLIPANY’s (Florida Introduces Physical Activity & Nutrition to Youth) mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community. FLIPANY serves youth and families, including seniors, through collaborations with community centers, parks, and other social services agencies. For more information, visit www.FLIPANY.org.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017, 6th Annual Jon Jay FMSbonds Celebrity Bowling Challenge, Featuring Jay & Other MLB Players, to Benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade


Jay, Chicago Cubs Outfielder and Miami Native,  to Host Event Open to the Public at Splitsville Lanes

 What/Who:

Jon Jay, Chicago Cubs outfielder, player on the St. Louis Cardinals World Championship team, Miami native and Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade alumnus, will host the 6th annual Jon Jay FMSbonds Celebrity Bowling Challenge. All event proceeds will benefit Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade’s Project Learn After-School Program, serving Club members in grades K–8.

Along with other Major League Baseball stars and local celebrities, Jay will bowl with attendees during the fun-filled fundraising event. The evening will include red carpet arrivals, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, exciting bowling matches and more. Sponsorships are available.

“We’re very thankful that Jon Jay is partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade for the sixth consecutive year to offer this exciting community event,” said Alex Rodriguez-Roig, president of Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade. “Through the efforts of Jon and many others who support Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade, we are able to continue to make a difference in the lives of many area youths.”

“The enthusiastic response to this event has been fantastic over the past five years, and we’re looking forward to raising even more funds for Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade in 2017,” said Jay.

When:

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 6–9 p.m.

6 p.m.                      Red carpet arrivals/media availability

6:15 p.m.              Cocktails/hors d’oeuvres

6:30 p.m.              Opening remarks/Bowling Challenge begins

8:45 p.m.              Winners announced

9 p.m.                      Event concludes

Where:

Splitsville Lanes

5701 Sunset Drive

Miami, FL 33143

Cost/Sponsorships:

Individual tickets: $475 per bowling team (five people), $125 per individual bowler (single bowlers will be matched with other single bowlers), $75 per individual non-bowler

Sponsorships: Event sponsorships range from $2,000 to $10,000.

How:

For sponsorship or additional event information, call Jennifer Brasile at CAA Sports at 212-277-9000 or jennifer.brasile@caa.com. To purchase individual or team bowling tickets, non-bowling tickets, become a sponsor, and for more information, visit www.jonjaychallenge.com.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade

Boys & Girls Clubs of Miami-Dade has been serving youth in the community since 1940. What once was a single building and site for boys has grown to five Clubs serving thousands of boys and girls year round, providing programs in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, cultural arts and sports, fitness and recreation. Club staffing, initiatives, and programs are designed to inspire and enable young people and provide them with the resources to succeed and share in the American Dream. For more information, please visit www.bgcmia.org.

About title sponsor FMSbonds, Inc.:

FMSbonds, Inc. is a municipal bond firm that provides bond investors with exceptional value and insight in the tax-free municipal bond market. Co-founded by James A. Klotz and Paul Feinsilver in 1978, the firm’s South Florida offices are located in North Miami Beach and Boca Raton. For more information, visit www.fmsbonds.com.