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Community Resources Promoting Equality

ICA Miami is committed to equity and inclusion and opposes hate and discrimination of every kind. The path towards equity and justice starts with exploring our individual and collective roles in advancing these values within our communities. The ICA Miami staff has gathered a number of resources on this page to support education and dialogue around these issues, from community organizations to readings. We periodically update this list as more resources come to our attention.

Read June 2020 letter from ICA Miami

ICA Miami Community Partners

As we continue to show our solidarity in these times, we would like to highlight the partnerships we have within the community. These organizations listed are dedicated to providing resources to the communities that are greatly affected. Some of their efforts include aftercare programs, providing housing, intergenerational mentorship, intervention programs, and more. Learn more about ICA Miami Community Engagement here.

Breakthrough Miami: Educational organization using a unique “students-teaching-students” model to create a rigorous, vibrant learning community.

Girl Power: Prevention and intervention social change program that promotes positive behavior, enhances social skills and improves academic performance in at-promise girls ages 11 to 17.

Lotus House: Dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women, youth, and children through shelter, support, education, tools, and resources.

Miami Children’s Initiative: Organization focused on breaking the cycle of family poverty in Liberty City.

Overtown Youth Center: Youth development program that provides comprehensive services to at-risk youth.

PATH (Preserving, Archiving and Teaching Hip Hop): Organization teaching the history, philosophy, and main elements of Hip Hop culture to promote creativity, advance scholarship, strengthen leadership across generations.

Pridelines: Education, support, and resources for LGBTQ+ and questioning youth.

South Florida CARES Mentoring Movement: Community-mobilization initiative dedicated to healing the effects of centuries of structural disparities that are destroying multitudes of Black children’s lives.

Urgent Inc.: Youth and community development organization dedicated to empowering young minds to transform their communities.

Voices and Perspectives from ICA Channel

Key to our mission is a commitment to bringing underrepresented voices to the forefront and to providing a platform to acknowledge and explore pressing societal issues, including oppression in all forms. See below for videos that add to the conversation around community activism, the arts, and the Black experience.

Germane Barnes: We’re Here. Acknowledge Us.

During a Q&A session following his lecture at the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center, architect and urban designer Germane Barnes unpacks the significance behind the landmark Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C.

⏯ Watch Germane Barnes’ full talk on the role of the architect and architecture in today’s intersectional environment here.


ICA Ideas: Diamond Stingily in Conversation with Rindon Johnson

Artist and poet Rindon Johnson and Brooklyn-based artist Diamond Stingily discuss Stingily’s work included in her first solo museum presentation at ICA Miami, and myriad influences, including childhood memories, hair, fantasy, and the Amish.

⏯ Watch Diamond Stingily explain how the joy of Black art subverts expectations here.


ICA Stories: Matthew Angelo Harrison on “wrong history,” distance, and objective identity

Artist Matthew Angelo Harrison discusses how growing up with the “wrong history” and “books from a half-assed history class” inspired his practice, the significance of distance in his work, and how approaching identity from an objective perspective transcends the physical self.

Miami filmmaker Faren Humes gathers raw footage that she recorded at a Martin Luther King Parade in the Liberty City neighborhood from 2019. The images capture the joy and energy of community celebration but also suggests, through the presence of police lines and helicopters, the pervasive tensions of post-Civil Rights social relations.