Years of Supporters’ Dedication have Brought Miami to Prominence as Cultural Destination

Miami’s relatively recent prominence as a cultural destination is the result of years of dedication from many of its citizens.

“Two persons who have contributed a lot in recent years to the Miami art scene are Angela Valella and Adalberto Delgado,” said Janet Batet, a freelance art critic, curator and art historian.

“Angela Valella is an artist/teacher who is currently the director of The Nightclub project, which aims to create dialogue among diverse artistic practices and practitioners through curated exhibitions presented in various venues for one night only,” she said.

“From 2005-2011 she co-founded 801 projects, a comtemporary space dedicted to promote the arts that included exhibitions, workshops and talks.

“She is one of the founding members Design and Architecture School in South Florida (DASH), contributed to the book ‘Memoria, Cuban Art of the 20th Century,’ and  has organized many curatorial shows and conference.”


Janet Kyle Altman, a marketing principal with Kaufman Rossin, CPAs, cited attorney Charles “Chuck” Tatlebaum, partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson law firm, for his achievements as board chair of Friends of WLRN, a National Public Radio and public television affiliate.

“Chuck was able to focus Friends of WLRN on really supporting programming,” she said. “He had the ability to create good conversations among all stakeholders to improve the processes. He brought great leadership to the organization.”

In 2012, Mr. Tatelbaum was awarded  the Arts Hero Award by the Arts Hero Award by the Aet Council of Miami-Miami Beach for his efforts in promoting the arts in South Florida.

Mr. Tatelbaum said he is proud of being able to introduce sponsorship programs that allowed more people become members at lower rates “so that we weren’t relying as much on the big donors.”

Under his leadership, he said, WLRN was able to extend its reach from Key West to north Palm Beach County.

Mr. Tatelbaum, who is also a professional clown performing annually in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. “I love music, visual arts and photography,” he said, “and studies show that when businesses and people want to relocate, availability and quality of the arts are very important. My view is that with no government support on the horizon, if the community doesn’t support it, it won’t be there.”

Janet Altman is a Marketing Principal at Kaufman Rossin, one of the Top 100 CPA and advisory firms in the U.S.