Since 2009, James Echols, the Founding Director of Life Is Art, Inc., and his sidekick life partner, Annette Piekert, have been organizing the artistic community in Miami and creating synergies to help it thrive. Having produced well over 100 shows, seminars and other arts events, Life Is Art has introduced dozen of local artists to thousands of new fans, as well as providing needed education to help market, sell and protect their work. “Art is an economic driver, as well as a source of cohesion and intellectual growth for the people of the community,” says Echols. “Art creates a sense of belonging and well-being amongst residents and can tell the story of a community. It impacts all aspects of life, health, wealth and happiness, unlike anything else.”; LifeIsArtFest.org.
Around the world, Jackson Health System is known for saving lives. At the new, state-of-the-art Christine E. Lynn Rehabilitation Center for The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis at UHealth/Jackson Memorial, they go even further: They give patients their lives back.
As we all experienced the most unprecedented year in modern history, the resilient young professionals you’re about to meet withstood all the challenges that came with the pandemic, and stepped up to the plate like never before to hit the professional homeruns of their lives while inspiring the next generation to dream big and reach for the stars.