The photo exhibition “Black is a color” invites us to take part in the conversation on race, culture, politics

When you look at Tim Tadder’s latest photographs, you wonder: “Are they real?”

The characters appear to be mannequins and yet they are humans with paint on their heads.

The vivid colors and striking compositions of Tadder’s new series of photographs, titled “Black is a Color,” create universal images and evoke emotions that we can all relate to in these difficult times.

And they invite us to take part in the conversation about our current cultural and political environment.

“I have always believed that the most powerful art is the art that represents what is happening in society,” Tadder said.

Avant Gallery has extended the photographer’s exposure, and the images can be viewed in three locations simultaneously – in the heart of Miami at Brickell City Center; The shops of Hudson Yards, New York City; and in its most recent space at the Aventura Mall in South Florida.

Tadder is also known for his portraits of such figures as George W. Bush, Bill Gates, Tom Brady, Michael Phelps, Ice Cube and many more. He said his father, who was also a photographer, had inspired him.

In “Black is a Color”, the models are coated with non-toxic acrylic paint mixed to create a variety of viscosities and sometimes a marbled effect.

Tadder hopes the latest series fosters “empathy, unity and a non-binary view of the race.”

If you cannot visit the installation sites, the compositions can also be viewed virtually on

To see more photographs from Tadder’s viral “Nothing to See” series, visit

Scientific competition for middle school students

A national environment and sustainable development challenge is open until April 22 for college students.

This is the second year of the competition organized by EarthEcho International, a non-profit association founded by Philippe Cousteau, Jr., grandson of French explorer Jacques Cousteau.

“At the first OurEcho Challenge last year, we were blown away by the ingenuity, passion and determination of young leaders ready, willing and able to face the growing global decline in biodiversity,” said Cousteau.

“The challenge provides students with a platform to turn their love of nature into a plan of action to support the various native species and habitats that exist in their own communities and inspire others to do the same. “

Teams of college students, guided by a teacher or tutor, are invited to find the threats to our natural resources and to develop solutions.

Ten finalists will compete for project grants ranging from $ 1,000 to $ 5,000.

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Join the Virtual Walk for Animals

You can walk, run, cycle or even dance to rack up miles to help shelter animals in the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Virtual Animal Walk through April 30.

The 22nd Annual Fundraiser is more exciting than ever as it gives you the flexibility to choose where and how you fundraise. Simply create your fundraising page, then ask your friends to donate for every mile you walk through your Fitbit or Apple Watch.

Prizes will be awarded to the best three people and the best pack based on fundraising and miles.

“This year’s event allows registrants to use their hobbies and fitness goals to help raise funds when it’s most convenient for them, which could make the Walk for Animals the most popular. most successful and life-saving to date, ”said Laurie Hoffman, Executive Director. Visit save.

Rotary raises $ 73,000 for service

In eight years of its popular Golf Ball Drop, the Rotary Club of Coral Gables has raised over $ 600,000. The funds extend beyond the polio eradication mission of Rotary, and now help clubs in District 6990 with service projects in their communities and around the world in the form of grants.

The last Golf Ball Drop raised $ 73,000. District 6990 includes clubs from Broward, Miami Dade, and Monroe counties, as well as Grand Bahama Island.

The event still takes place at the Biltmore hotel golf driving range, but this year with social distancing. It was started in 2013 by member Chris Morrison and renamed Chris Morrison Memorial Golf Ball Drop in 2018 after his death from pancreatic cancer.

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This story was originally published April 1, 2021 14:27.

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