Miami is Nice

by Zachary Handler

MD

UPDATE: Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, we have officially reached our goal! THANK YOU! We have been blown away by the response to our project and now want to shoot for the stars! If we reach our stretch goal of $4500 we will be able to produce a variety of additional large scale community events in the gallery space like a moderated Q&A discussion with noted Golden Girls screenwriter Stan Zimmerman, a live broadcast of "Out on The Lanai" : A Golden Girls Podcast, and an evening of drag performances with artists from Philly and NYC. We hope you'll continue to help us make "Miami is Nice" golden! 

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“Miami is Nice” is a group art exhibition, queer performance series, and gay wedding celebration, inspired by the fearless irreverence of the hit television show The Golden Girls.

“Miami is Nice” will take guests to an idealized version of the warm and leisurely energy of South Florida in the 1980s, a decade primarily known within the queer community for the devastating aftermath of the AIDS crisis and the triumphant acts of perseverance which mobilized a generation to fight for recognition. Utilizing The Golden Girls as a symbol of strength, subversion, and profound acceptance, “Miami is Nice” continues that fight by offering a joyful and nostalgic escape from the struggles of daily life to an actualized paradise: a world in which love wins.

My name is Zachary Z. Handler and my arts partner is Nicholas Horan, and we are the two lead organizers whose wedding has been designed to take place within the gallery space as a component of the exhibition itself, presenting a tongue-in-cheek response to the growing anti-LGBTQIA+ movement in America today. “Miami is Nice” presents a world more aligned with compassion and tolerance, while paying homage to those four remarkable female characters who played such a prominent role in their upbringings. The venue, SpaceCamp, is a public gallery space and will havea  public opening reception on October 7th, 2017. The wedding featuring the two lead organizers of "Miami is Nice" will take place one evening during the exhibition for a private audience.

Zachary and Nick’s non-traditional wedding celebration and art performance will take place at the beginning of the month-long exhibition. Their wedding will expose heteronormative rituals by undermining cliched expectations, and reclaim the joy of two lives joining. Decorative remnants from the celebration will stay in the space for the remainder of the exhibition as an additional art installation. The intention behind this is to symbolize how quickly the saccharine opulence of the 1980s came crashing down, and to remind all viewers of the ever-present fragility of the queer experience in America.

Your support will provide us with the means to lift up our local artist community by creating a platform for expression which will pay artists for their participation. Additionally, funds will be used for materials to create new collaborative artworks, exhibition installation, and de-installation supplies, as well as exhibition-related printed materials for marketing. We've already been generously awarded The Awesome Grant from The Awesome Foundation as well as The Artist Grant from O' Miami Poetry Festival but we still need your help! Please note that we will not allocate any of these funds towards the actual wedding ceremony.

Proposed Budget

Installation and Marketing Materials: $500.00

Gallery Rental: $500.00

Shipping and Handling: $1000.00

Artist Stipends: $1000.00

Art Supplies: $1500.00

Total: $4500.00

The participatory elements of “Miami is Nice” are what will bring the art exhibition to life. Alongside the exhibition, “Miami is Nice” will feature a variety of programs that open doors for LGBTQIA+ artists who are often underrepresented in the established arts industry and excluded from mainstream opportunities. We are planning to collaborate with groups that primarily serve LGBTQIA+ people of color to ensure that programming is relevant to queer communities of all intersectional identities. Potential groups we will approach for partnerships include: Balti Gurls, Werk for Peace, the Charm City Kitty Club, Hyrsteria zine publication, artists from the Bell Foundry, and George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology LGBTQIA+ United Club where Nicholas Horan volunteers his time mentoring queer youth.

Potential programming includes, but is not limited to the following:

An opening reception for the public with additional opportunities for our partners to co-create programmatic platforms for queer communities and artists.

An open-mic salon series inviting Baltimore’s local LGBTQIA+ artists and modern dancers, performance artists and poets from the aforementioned groups, etc.

A closing reception for the public with additional opportunities for our partners to co-create a programmatic platform for queer communities and artists

By helping us, you are not only helping to celebrate queer love, you are helping keep safe spaces open for local artists and marginalized people.

Please feel free to contact us directly with any questions at miamiisnicenicenice@gmail.com. We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making it possible for us to express ourselves creatively and keep queer safe spaces alive in our Baltimore community.

External Links  www.miamiisnice.com

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