Film, Music, Arts & Culture (FMAC) Conference



Florida International University • Biscayne Bay Campus
3000 NE 151st Street • North Miami, FL 33181




Thursday, March 16, 2017

8:00 A – 9:00 A

Registration and Continental Breakfast


8:55 A – 9:05 A


Jawan Strader • NBC 6


9:05 A – 9:30 A
Negro National Anthem • LaJoyce Ingraham
National Anthem • Sarah Gracel
Invocation • Minister Richelle Williams, Jesus People Ministries


9:30 A – 9:35 A


Mayor Oliver Gilbert • City of Miami Gardens

Artistic Intro by Rico Love


10:00 A – 11:15 A

The Conversation of Art/Technology & Media

Felecia Hatcher, Sir Charles Hill, Troy Simmons, Brian Brackeen, Chris Bosh, FIU Robotics Representative, Mary Spiro, Birame Sock and Jarmarlin Martin.
Moderated by Stichiz


11:15 A – 12:15 P

FMAC Hackathon with Felecia Hatcher of Code Fever

Artistic Intro by Marquise


12:45 P – 2:00 P

The Conversation of Art in Public Places

Dr. Willie Logan, Adrienne Chadwick and Chire Regans

Moderated by LaToya A. Stirrup


Artistic Intro by Muhibb Dyer & Q


2:00 P – 3:30 P

The Conversation of Painting/ Photography

Troy Simmons, Alfrena Mesa, David Muir and E-Mackey
Moderated by Kalyn James

Artistic Intro by Muhibb Dyer & Q


3:30 P – 5:00 P

The Conversation of Videography and Film Making with film screenings

Michael Gardner, E-Mackey, Cathleen Dean, Josh Miller and Bernadette Stanis
Moderated by Fun Tillery


4:15 P – 4:45 P

Movie and Film Screenings

Michael Gardner of Headliner Marketing Group – Screening of Film
E-Mackey – Documentary
Cathleen Dean – Screening of Film

Poetry in the Gardens

The Rooftop Terrace @ City Hall
Soundtrack by DJ Sco
Powered by Tootsies • Hosted by GS

8:00 P


Germaine Coleman

8:05 P


Mayor Oliver Gilbert • City of Miami Gardens

8:10 P – 8:20 P

Rules of the Contest

8:20 P

Spoken word piece

Fun Tillery

8:45 P – 11:20 P

National Poetry Contest

11:30 P– 1 A

Jam Session with Eric Roberson

Friday, March 17, 2017


8:00 A – 9:00 A

Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00 A – 9:10 A


by Kristine Alicia


9:10 A – 9:25 A

Greetings & Welcome

Connie Kinnard • Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
Mayor Oliver • Gilbert City of Miami Gardens


9:25 A – 9:30 A

Musical Interlude

Lorea Turner

Artistic Intro by Rico Love


9:30 A – 10:30 A

The Conversation of Loving the Skin You’re In

Powered by Bronner Bros.

Dr. Jackie Walters, The Wonder Twinz, Zoe Terry, Eveyln O, Eva Marcille, Cynthia Bailey and Simone Hylton
Moderated by Connie Kinnard

Artistic Intro by Rico Love
Musical Interlude by artist April Racquel


11:00 A – 1:00 P

The Conversation of Music & Business

Monica Michael Mauldin, Ted Lucas, Trina, Bigg D, Lamb, Dhaima Lindo and Abebe Lewis
Moderated by Rico Love & Teri Williams, President & Owner • OneUnited Bank


1:00 P

Closing Remarks

by Connie Kinnard

The Knight Foundation Arts In The Gardens Conference focusing on Film, Music, Art and Culture (FMAC at JITG) provides professional development and networking opportunities for arts managers and organizations, artists, community and economic development professionals, students, educators, and others working in the arts and cultural industry in South Florida and across the Nation.

This conference will change the way people think about South Florida’s film, music and art scene through exposing them to some of the best artists across diverse genres and highlighting a wide array of homegrown talent.


FMAC at JITG is a multi-purpose event that will educate, showcase and celebrate the diversity of art forms and artists in and around South Florida.

FMAC is a one and a half-day conference filled with intimate discussions with prominent figures in the art industry covering a wide-range of topics to include but not limited to:

  • Filmmakers will obtain insight into developing ideas, making films and getting them seen
  • Musicians will be inspired by industry professionals who understand their music and how to connect them with their audience
  • Artists will obtain insight on how to monetize their art and maximize their reach
  • Leaders will explore how art can be used as a catalyst for social change and economic development
  • Music, Film and Art lovers will benefit from art exhibits, art installations, interactive art experiences, performance art stations and Q&A sessions

Other aspects of the conference include:

  • Finals of the National Poetry Competition (cash prize)
  • A juried competition for musicians (cash prize)
  • A showcase of locally produced films
  • A concluding luncheon featuring a robust panel discussion with industry leaders to talk about longevity, how to reinvent yourself as a businessperson and other topics of interest (Women’s Panel)