Community activist, historian, preservationist and freelance writer Herb Sosa, explores the contributions of the LGBT community in the Historic Preservation movement – locally and globally with panelists Avra Jain, George Neary and Clark Reynolds.
Herb Sosa served for more than a decade as the Chair of the City of Miami Beach Historic Preservation Board. As the past president of Dade Heritage Trust (Miami-Dade’s leading Historic Preservation organization), he was involved in the restoration and re-lighting of the 1825 Cape Florida lighthouse in Key Biscayne in 1996 - which you can see on Sunday, May 28th as part of World OutGames Icons of the Bay boat-tour. Sosa has also served as Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League, Art Deco Weekend Festival and as advisor to the World Congress on Art Deco. A founding member, and currently President of Unity Coalition |Coalición Unida, an organization in South Florida that offers Leadership, Protection & Promotion of Latino|Hispanic LGBTQ rights; he is also Publisher | Editor-In-chief of AMBIENTE Magazine; a publication offered in English, Spanish & Portuguese, produced bi-monthly, offered free of charge, and distributed digitally around the globe to thousands of readers.
Avra Jain. Founder of The Vagabond Group, Jain’s career path has taken her from bond trading on Wall Street to developing properties along some of Miami's trendiest streets. She has earned a reputation for identifying the next it neighborhood. The recipient of three Sundance Film Awards for the documentary Dark Days, this industrial engineering graduate from Purdue University develops projects based around two of her favorite pursuits: art and architecture. To date, that vision has resulted in 26 boutique projects that range from converting a 100,000 square foot warehouse to luxury loft condominiums in New York's Tribeca neighborhood to the remake of The Vagabond, from Motel to Hotel on Biscayne Boulevard. When she is not re-imagining skylines, Jain can be found with her 10-year-old daughter Alexandra, whom she affectionately refers to as "my greatest accomplishment".
George Neary has been Associate Vice President of Cultural Tourism for the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau since 1998. He directs promotional programs which encourage and increase visitor attendance at local cultural events and attractions. His job also includes creating linkages and partnership between Greater Miami businesses and the arts community. His targets are cultural tourism, heritage tourism and gay & lesbian tourism. Prior his current position, Neary was the Executive Director of the Miami Design Preservation League of Miami Beach, Florida, where he was responsible for creating marketing and public outreach programs to preserve the historic Art Deco District, better known as South Beach for seven years. He is currently serving as a Trustee for Dade Heritage Trust, a board member of Dance Now!, Chair of The Miami Beach Sister Cities International Miami Beach Committee, and a member of The Miami Beach Cultural Arts Council. Additionally, he serves on the Miami Beach Gay Pride Committee, is a member of the Miami-Beach Miami LGBT Sports & Cultural League board (the governing body for World OutGames Miami), and serves on the LGBT Business Enhancement Committee. He is a past Trustee of Miami-Dade Art in Public Places and a former board member of the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation.
Clark Reynolds born in Alabama, Reynolds arrived in South Florida in 1989 from Boston and invested in residential buildings on South Beach where he became involved in city politics. He served on the City of Miami Beach Planning Board and the Cultural Arts Council. In 1992, Reynolds led the effort to pass the City’s Gay Human Rights Ordinance. Additionally, he was one of the leaders of the fundraising effort to defeat the statewide referendum to overturn the ordinance, which led to him being one of the co-founders of the Dade Human Rights Foundation. The Foundation was formed to raise money and distribute it to Gay and Lesbian political and social service organizations and to date has awarded more than $2 million in grants. At the same time he also was a founding member of SAVE Dade, the countywide Gay and Lesbian political organization, which advocated and obtained the passage of a countywide Human Rights Ordinance to protect Gay and Lesbians from discrimination in housing and jobs. In 2001, Reynolds came to North Miami to purchase and renovate buildings in the downtown area. He worked with the City of North Miami’s Economic Development department to secure grants to rehabilitate several buildings and encouraged others to do the same. He has been a leading advocate for redeveloping downtown and been instrumental in the façade renovation of many downtown office and retail buildings. He was the first chair of the North Miami Community Redevelopment Agency. Currently, Reynolds serves on the City of North Miami Educational Foundation, Community Redevelopment Agency and the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami.
1001 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
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