Life is Art and PARK Project
Cordially Invite You To
A Community Meet & Greet
To Discuss the Revival of
The Miami Beach
Festival of the Arts*
(*NOTE: The name “Miami Beach Festival of the Arts” is owned and coypright by the City Of Miami Beach. Life Is Art and PARK Project are in no way currently associated with the MBFA.)
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Valentino Sul Mare
7330 Ocean Terrace
Miami Beach, FL 33141
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Join us for an evening of fun and friendship as we discuss the possibility of reviving the Miami Beach Festival of the Arts. Meet the Life Is Art and PARK Project teams. Discuss what we liked and disliked about past festivals and what we can do to improve it. We are very interested in bringing back a wonderful festival to Miami Beach’s Ocean Terrace. Valentino Sul Mare will be offering happy hour prices. Everyone is welcome.
Please invite other community members who might be interested.
About Life Is Art
Life Is Art is a South Florida based, certified 501c3 non-profit corporation founded in January of 2009. Our goal is to help elevate the South Florida arts scene to a level comparable with other international artistic cities, such as New York and Paris. We do this primarily through the production of arts events: Art Shows, Fairs, Parties, Showcases, Networkers, Seminars, Workshops and more targeted at supporting south Florida artists and arts professionals. We provide opportunities for artists to grow and share their work, as well as learn about the business of being an artist and how to better make a living at what they love. www.lifeisartfest.org
About PARK Project
PARK Project is a non-profit organization that is spreading the worldwide message to Perform Acts of Random Kindness. We are volunteers dedicated to facilitating opportunities for people, companies and organizations to unite in support of this Project. It is our mission that this action statement inspires and empowers people of all ages, capabilities and resources to PARK. PARK Project was established in September of 2010. PARK Project is a certified 501(c)3 charity. www.parkproject.org
James Echols & Annette Peikert – Founders of Life is Art
James & Annette are life partners and each have 20+ years of experience as business-owners and event producers. James excels at building community by finding needs and strategizing creative ways to solve them. Annette excels in administration, logistics and execution. Her bubbly demeanor is a joy for everyone to be around!
James’ business skills coupled with Annette’s focus on the logistical details, work harmoniously to bring a highly sought after entrepreneurial spirit to the non-profit sector. For the past ten years, James and Annette have resided in the beautiful City of Miami Beach and have been fans of the burgeoning art scene from its inception. They have attended and helped with countless art fairs, festivals and events in Miami Beach, Downtown, Brickell and Wynwood to support this growing culture any way possible. Noticing that many of the local artists were being left out of these larger events, James & Annette decided to take their passion and expertise to establish Life Is Art in January of 2009.
Since that time, Life Is Art has produced, co-produced or participated in over fifty events of all sizes, including art shows, festivals, fairs, parties and educational seminars. Most recently, they co-produced the wildly successful PhilanthroFest that united 90+ South Florida non-profit organizations this past April in Wynwood.
James and Annette also established and continue to manage the popular community calendar website, Soul Of Miami. It was created entirely through organic methods and has become a beloved community resource attracting tens of thousands of active South Floridians every month! Their combined talent at marketing and production has allowed them to lead Life Is Art and Soul of Miami to success despite the too common grim stories of most start up non-profit organizations.
MarlyQ & Humberto Casanova- Founders of PARK Project
Marlene Quincoces, better known as “MarlyQ”, is an award winning event producer, social entrepreneur and philanthropist. She is brilliantly skilled at invigorating government & non-profit agencies by strategizing, orchestrating and executing systemized events that make a positive impact and unite local communities. MarlyQ was recently recognized by BizBash, the leading media trade in the event industry, as the “Fund Raising Event Planner of the Year” for her work with PARK Project and the 5K Freedom Run & PARK Festival. This signature fundraising event was inspired by the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and united over 600 runners, hundreds of volunteers and dozens of corporate PARKners in just over three months! The inaugural event was featured on the front page of the Miami Herald and raised $13,000 in PARK Grants for five local non-profit organizations that serve our military, veterans, police, firefighters and service families. The 5K Freedom Run & PARK Festival is now established as an annual event and community tradition supported by Miami Dade County, the City of Doral and the US Southern Command among other prominent supporters.
Humberto Casanova is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of PARK Project, business development director and creative marketing visionary behind the organization. Humberto is the co-owner and Creative Director of a comprehensive Marketing & Advertising agency, which undoubtedly brings a wealth of resources and competitive advantage. Aside from his business acumen, Humberto is a creator and musician at heart. He has produced countless of successful concerts for the past ten years for his rock band and is also part of a production duo for the famed “Mr. 305 Inc.”, Pitbull’s record label. He has shared the stage playing his Saxophone with legends like Herbie Hancock, Bobby Watson, Tito Puente Jr, Javier Batiz and Prince Emmanuel Aderele of Nigeria to name a few!
MarlyQ & Humberto share an impressive track record of success despite their young age and have over a decade of professional experience producing large-scale public, non-profit and corporate events in South Florida. They, too, are an unstoppable power couple fueled by a passion for service and community-building events that leave a mark.
Mari Q. Colina & Chris Colina – Co-Founders of PARK Project
PARK Project is built on a strong foundation thanks largely in part to Mari & Chris’ brilliance and expertise in branding, design and creative marketing.
Mari is a naturally gifted visual artist and graphic designer. She is the CEO of brandQ and has been an active member of the AIGA, the professional association for design, since 2006. She is committed to advancing design as a professional craft, strategic tool and vital cultural force. Mari has worked on numerous high-profile projects during her 10 year career, successfully producing marketing collateral which have led to multimillion dollar projects for some of the largest firms in South Florida.
Chris is a market researcher, conceptual developer, and has worked alongside global leaders in real estate development. Having branded and relaunched a multitude of real estate projects, his expertise in marketing and advertising were able to accomplish many successful sales campaigns. Chris is a proud veteran of the United Stated Coast Guard having served in Operation Enduring Freedom. He has a passion for service, developing innovative ways to solve problems and successfully completing tasks. His strengths include brand strategy, conceptualization, market research and development.
This entrepreneurial husband and wife team specialize in a variety of design and marketing services for small businesses, corporations, municipalities, institutions, and non-profit organizations. They use their combined creativity to help launch new brands and give existing brands a new presence. They excel at creating new identities and revitalizing existing brands through graphic design, web design, logo design, marketing, advertising, packaging, proposal creation and coordination, art direction and photography. Chris and Mari are committed to excellence and to that end, go above and beyond to assess branding objectives, long-term outlook implications and ways to communicate strategic messages visually and experientially.
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