The Gift: Workshop with artist Samson Kambalu
London-based, Malawian artist Samson Kambalu presented his first U.S. solo show at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. Featuring 12 of Kambalu’s most recent short films, Samson Kambalu: Nyau Cinema opened to coincide with Miami Art Week and Art Basel in Miami Beach.
During Art Week, Kambalu made several appearances at the museum, including two workshops for local elementary school kids. Each workshop included a lecture from Kambalu, and breakout sessions that enabled the kids to incorporate what they learned.
The theme of Kambalu’s lectures centered on the social impact of gift giving and Malawian traditions involving masks and play. During the breakout sessions, the kids had the opportunity to create art that incorporated these themes. The students also had the opportunity to view Kambalu’s exhibition with explanations provided by educators.
Aaron Glickman is a Miami native. After earning his degree in theatre from Florida State University, Aaron headed west to Los Angeles where he lived and worked for a decade. In 2006, he came home to launch Luxury Condo Living magazine – a print publication that covered the luxury condo lifestyle. As the impending real estate crash loomed, Aaron identified SocialMiami, a society blog with highly targeted following. After creating a business strategy designed to transform the platform into an online glossy magazine, Aaron became publisher, and the platform increased in revenue and site visitors by 10 times. He developed partnerships and marketing strategies with many of Miami’s most powerful brands, and created viral editorial strategies that highlighted the city’s greatest influencers. Additionally, Aaron became more involved with his community, sitting on committees and raising funds for Baptist Health, Miami Children’s Museum, Miami Children’s Hospital, YoungArts and many more. Aaron is currently a board member of Miami Theater Center and in 2015 was honored as a Miracle Maker by the Women’s Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami. That same year, Aaron returned to the stage playing Richard Sherman in The Seven Year Itch at Miami Theater Center. His new media venture, Current.Miami, is a video-based digital media platform with an emphasis on storytelling.