Ruth Greenfield, now in her late 80s, sits in front of a painting of herself by her husband. Greenfield, a musical prodigy herself, started Miami’s first interracial arts school in the 50s, angering some whites when she taught black students.
Ruth Greenfield was a music teacher and a maverick. In the segregated 1950s and 60s, she ran a Miami arts school that included students and teachers from all racial backgrounds–even if she had to teach in a Masonic lodge or in a funeral home.
She came from a privileged background and was able to study music in Paris, where people of all kinds interacted more freely.
On an icy night in late December, Miami native Robert Battle, the new artistic director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, saw his past and future come together in the heart of New York City.
After a year and a half of public grooming, of working alongside his towering predecessor, Judith Jamison, Battle was finally at the head of modern dance's most famous company, and in programming the troupe's annual five-week season at City Center Theatre, a major event in the New York dance world, he had made his real debut as director.
If you’ve ever visited Little Haiti, you’ve probably seen Miami muralist Serge Toussaint’s work, which is sprinkled throughout the city. How can you tell it’s his work? His signature is a dollar sign instead of an “S” in Serge. He spends most of his time in Little Haiti, but his work can be seen in Liberty City, Little River, Allapattah, the Miami River and all the way to Fort Lauderdale.
When you stop and listen to your surroundings, what do you hear? We take sound for granted because it’s around us all the time. But when you are forced to listen in a different way, you hear a different story.
Under the Sun is pleased to announce that we won a grant to produce an episode about all things literary in South Florida. This third episode aired on Saturday, June 27 at noon on WLRN 91.3 FM and WKWM 91.5 FM. We are excited to bring you this program about writing and the arts throughout our communities.