Coral Gables Museum is proud to present the Artist-In-Residence program. Artist-In-Residence is an artist, group of artists, or cultural organization that will share their expertise, programming, and products regarding cultures of the world with the community. These presentations will take the form of public events, school programs, classes, workshops, among others.
November 2020 – Summer 2021
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: South Florida Chamber Ensemble
South Florida Chamber Ensemble (SFCE) is a non profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of South Florida residents through music. The group formed in 2011 when the Art Trio and the New York Wind Trio merged. The vision of the ensemble is to use music as a catalyst for change with respect to education, social justice, economic equality, and health and healing.
SFCE presents iLUMA (Inter-generational Literacy Using Music and Art) at Coral Gables Museum, an arts integration that pairs art, music, world culture and literature to improve reading comprehension.
Reading comprehension is assessed through a series of visual art activities where students draw or color their answers to questions about the story. Programs are available in English, Spanish or French.
iLUMA is available for ages 5-105. Each level gets a specialized storybook but the story and the music remains the same for all. Preschool and kindergarten students get a storybook that contains the story and the illustrations. 1st-5th graders get just the illustrations. Middle School and High School students get a blank storybook so they can create their own illustrations. Adults for whom English is a second language get the story in English with the illustrations and seniors get the illustrations.
Stories are narrated live and contain live music that was originally created to for a stage version of the story.
March 2021 – Summer 2021
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Dr. Federico Musgrove Stetson
President and Executive Director of Florida Guitar Foundation
Federico Musgrove Stetson is a classical guitarist, educator, and concert presenter based in Miami. He is active in the performing arts scene as founding President and Executive Director of the Florida Guitar Foundation, a non-profit organization, dedicated to the classical guitar and its music. Through this organization Dr. Musgrove Stetson has presented over 40 concerts and received over 20 grants to bring classical guitar programming to Miami. In 2017, The Miami Foundation recognized him as a Miami Leader for his contributions to the local cultural scene.
Federico also serves as Director of Regional Symposia for the Guitar Foundation of America and had the honor of co-hosting the 2019 GFA National Convention and Competition in Miami.
Dr. Musgrove Stetson is currently a Lecturer of music theory and composition at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, where he serves as a member of the Experiential Music Curriculum Leadership Team.
Federico is very fortunate to be able to share his passion with different audiences. With over 18 years of solo performance experiences that have taken him to South America, Central America, North America, Europe, and China, he has also played with several groups including the Miami Guitar Trio, the FIU Symphony Orchestra, The Frost Symphony Orchestra, the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, the Florida Grand Opera, the New World Symphony, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and has had the opportunity to play under the baton of Michael Tilson Thomas, Jeff Beal, and James Newton Howard.
Federico has recorded guitars for several musicians including a project with Jorge Mejia and the HMI Orchestra that received a Latin GRAMMY nomination in 2018, and a track for Ernesto Fernandez, which received a Latin GRAMMY nomination in 2020.
Background and Education
Federico was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and moved to the USA in 2001, where he completed all of his undergraduate and graduate studies in music. In 2017, he graduated from the Frost School of music at the University of Miami with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree, where he studied with Rafael Padron and attended under a full scholarship and served as a Teacher Assistant and Henry Mancini Fellow.
Throughout his studies, he played in masterclasses for artists such as Denis Azabagic, Manuel Barrueco, Margarita Escarpa, Máximo Diego Pujol, Berta Rojas, LAGQ, and Hopkinson Smith to name a few. Dr. Musgrove Stetson has given several lectures on pedagogy and arts management including a discussion on his DMA Essay on Music Memorization for the classical guitarist at the 2017 Guitar Foundation of America Convention in Fullerton, CA. Federico is very passionate about all aspects of music and also holds an audio technology diploma from SEA Miami.
Florida Guitar Foundation presents Open Mic at Coral Gables Museum, an event that provides the community with a friendly environment for classical guitarists of all skill levels to perform for others and a forum to discuss guitar and music related subjects with all participants.
November 2020 – March 2021
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Aurora Molina
Miami artist Aurora Molina’s interdisciplinary fiber art practice is dedicated to social change and raising awareness of far-reaching issues such as ageism, the objectification of beauty, the failings of government and political apathy, anti-immigration and the border separation of families, and the mistreatment of indigenous communities, to name just a few.
Using the tools of embroidery, sculpture-making, drawing, photography, and video, she uses the radical potential of fiber art to communicate ideas about social and political issues. Her multifaceted platform provides a sustained and powerful critique of a society that “dismisses” the elderly as they become invisible and hidden from everyday life.
Aurora Molina conducts sewing circles with the community and imparts professional development workshops for MDCPS teachers at Coral Gables Museum.
May 2021 – October 2021
ARTIST-IN-RESIDENCE: Lourdes Fuller
Lourdes Fuller is an artist-teacher and a 2018 Teacher Travel Grant recipient from Oolite Arts. Her work focuses on mosaics and is rooted in the traditional art forms of Spain.
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