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For Immediate Release:
June 12, 2015
Media Contact:
Kim Yantis
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Juneteenth observation at the Deering Estate at Cutler

(MIAMI, June 12, 2015) — Deering Estate Artist in Residence Michelle Grant-Murray will lead an observation of Juneteenth, the oldest and most celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. The event will take place on Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 1– 4:30 p.m. at the Deering Estate at Cutler Visitor Center. The afternoon will feature a panel discussion on the context of Juneteenth as part of the history of Black Miami, a dance performance by Olujimi Dance Theatre, and a special tour of the historic site and homes. Special panelists and performers will include Moderator Michelle Grant-Murray, Choreographic Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate at Cutler, with panelists Phyllis Baker, Professor Emeritus of Social Sciences at Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus and author of "Myth, Ritual and Mysticism,” Vanya Allen, Choreographer, Vocalist and Performer, Allah Emmanuel Gore, Visual Artist, and Brittany Williams, Founder and Director of Dancing for Justice and National Coordinator for Million Hoodies Movement for Justice.

The event is free and open to the public, welcoming all community members, performing artists, and guests from the Dance USA Conference in Miami. R.S.V.P. is preferred at [email protected] or by calling 305-235-1668 ext. 238 as seating is limited to 50 guests. Regular park admission rates apply to those not attending the event by 1:30 p.m.

The Deering Estate at Cutler is located at 16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157. The Visitor Center and parking lot are located at the end of SW 168th Street east of Old Cutler Road in the Palmetto Bay Area.

About Juneteenth: Proclaimed as African-American Emancipation Day in Galveston, Texas on June 19th, 1865, Juneteenth has grown to highlight the multi-generational educational, intellectual, spiritual, and artistic achievements of African Americans. Today, Juneteenth celebrations continue to venerate the united spirit of freedom and African-American Emancipation across the United States and beyond.

About The Artist: Michelle Grant-Murray, choreographer, performer, educator, author, and social activist, is the Artistic Director of Olujimi Dance Theatre and MDC Jubilation Dance Ensemble, and the Coordinator of Dance at Miami Dade College Kendall Campus. Michelle has trained with prominent artists across the world and she has presented work in Europe, South America, Asia, the Caribbean, and the United States. Michelle holds a Master of Arts degree from Florida International University in African Studies and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Jacksonville University in Choreography. Grant-Murray is a current Artist in Residence at the Deering Estate at Cutler, representing the first choreographer in Residence during the program’s eight-year history.

Deering Estate at Cutler: Located along the edge of Biscayne Bay, the 444-acre Deering Estate at Cutler is an environmental, archeological and historical preserve. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida. The Deering Estate is also a cultural and educational facility that features classes and programs for children and adults, teacher training and research opportunities. The Estate also serves as a small conference center for community organizations and corporate groups who share Charles Deering’s interest in the environment, botany, history, fine arts, antiques, rare books and wine. Visit the Deering Estate website for more information on educational and cultural programs.

With the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami- Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, Celebrity Cruises, Pinecrest Travel, and The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

Deering Estate Artist in Residence Michelle Grant-Murray
Observation of Juneteenth commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States
June 21, 2015, 1:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Deering Estate at Cutler Visitor Center located at the Deering Estate at Cutler
16701 SW 72nd Ave, Miami, FL 33157