We are in the throes of a dramatic realignment of life as we know it. As we struggle to orient ourselves in relation to a global pandemic, as we feel it reverberate through all areas of daily existence, we do know one thing for certain: it is having a particularly devastating impact on the lives of artists. In the early days of the Covid-19 outbreak, two developments paved the way for very tough times: the experience economy was canceled, and cultural institutions were shuttered. Suddenly, there were no more exhibition openings, performances, or concerts; no touring programs, no lectures. While it has saved countless lives, social distancing has put the arts—at least as we traditionally experience them—on hold. Read More Here
Whether she's hosting a spoken word event, music festival, or playing the role of a santera or vixen, Deborah Magdalena makes every emotion super real. This performance artist has acquired impressive TV & Film credits for the past twenty years including Sesame Street (CTW), Apollo Comedy Hour (Tribune Entertainment), Safe Harbor (Warner Brothers), Striptease (Castle Rock), Holyman (Caravan), and For Love or Country (HBO). As a published spoken word artist Deborah has released three CDs, a chapbook, and the spoken word musical FUNKdalena. As an artist-activist she’s the founder of Spoken Soul Festival, a twelve year old, three-day festival that helps women artists go from novice to professionals. As an educator Deborah for the past eight years has led in-school presentations in numerous high schools for the National YoungArts Foundation, is the co-founder of Piano Slam, and led various workshops for local art organizations like Miami Light Project and Institute of Contemporary Art Miami. Most recently and for the seventh year in a row, she was invited by the Arsht Center and Ailey Arts & Education Foundation to serve as the Creative Communication instructor for Ailey Camp Miami.