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Press Release:

Diamond Minds Presents: Art In The Gardens 

United Cerebral Palsy - Diamond Minds Transformational Leadership Academy

March 4th, 2017 from 10am-2pm “Art in The Gardens” exhibition.


This exhibition highlights and supports local artists and emerging student artists, creating an artistically rich environment for the Miami Gardens community at-large.This exhibition and full day event is designed to inspire creativity and an appreciation of the arts in our uniquely, gifted community.

Last years exhibition featured an amazing mural and canvas works by Asser Saint- Val, Eposki, Marcus Blake, and many more! Works were both commissioned and donated! This year the exhibition is back for its second year of transforming the school, a process that will eventually expand out to the neighboring industrial buildings.

The Diamond Minds TLA is comfortably nestled in an industrial nook of Miami Gardens. On March 4th from 10am-2pm, the school will open its doors to the public to share how the school has transformed its classrooms, hallways and public spaces into inspiring artworks that will grace the walls for the following year! Students worked side by side with well-known and accomplished Miami artists to create conscious and vibrant murals inside and outside of the school.


Octavia Yearwood is the lead curator on Art in the Gardens festival and exhibition. Yearwood was the 2016 American Express Emerging Arts Leader Awardee by Americans for the Arts. She has been both cultivating and fostering high caliber arts experiences for youth in Miami-Dade while supporting local artist over the last few years since relocating from New York City. Dr.Tamika Lewis, the director of the school, is a Miami native, born and raised in the inner cities of Miami. Lewis initially started the program providing after-school services and has since transformed it into a non-profit private school providing top tier education in both academia and the arts. Lewis’ passion for the arts stems from an intense desire to partake in dance as a child and being denied the opportunity. “Because we were poor, my mom was faced with the choice to feed the body or feed the spirit. I want no family to have to choose between feeding their children and feeding their creative desires. Although we couldn’t afford dance class, I found a love for music in school and it was through music that a world of opportunities opened up for me. I want to give this to every child we serve.”

The exhibition is fully interactive and will feature murals by:

Brandon Frazier: MIami Artist Marcus Blake: Miami Artist
Grisell Gajano: Miami/ Hialeah Artist Morel Doucet: Miami/ Haitian Artist David Lavernia: Miami Artist


For more information please contact curator, Octavia Yearwood at

Please be sure to RSVP: Art In The Gardens Exhibition and share! 

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