There's not a whole lot happening in the South Florida blogosphere this Sunday morning. But the two posts that I do have are good ones. Make sure you check them out this morning in your morning Sift.
A- Eye on Miami reflects on what drives Miami and why it is holding her back.
All the pro-business, Chamber of Commerce led summits in the world can't subtract the fact that there are two industries in Miami that dominate public discourse; tourism, that over decades migrated from local attributes like the Everglades and Biscayne Bay as attractions to pass-through cruise industries whose profits accrue to offshore corporations while taxpayers foot their infrastructure costs. The second industry is construction and development. In terms of benefits to Miami, this Growth Machine depends on slight-of-hand magic tricks, along the lines of "build first, worry about quality of life and infrastructure costs (like those intended to protect the environment) later."B- Tropicult chats with Amy Rosenberg, Executive Director of the Overtown Music Project, and includes some great video in the post.
What goals does the OMP have for 2013?
We believe culture is a catalyst for social and economic change in Overtown. Our programs and events are developed with this in mind.
We will be launching a total of three programs this year. We’ve launched one program so far with UM’s Frost School of Music at Frederick Douglass Elementary in Overtown. It’s called Harmony Project- Overtown and it’s a free after school music program that teaches little ones how to appreciate and play jazz.
We need to raise more funds for our LunchBox Jazz series for kids as well as another program called Outside the Lines. Through the funding process, we’d like to secure enough money to hire two part time workers from Overtown. At the end of the day, we’d like cultural opportunities to lead to jobs in Overtown.