Submit to New Times' MasterMind Awards, Make Miami a Better Place

This one goes out to all the Miami haters.

You know who you are. You're that guy who won't shut up about how there's "no culture" in the 305. You're the one who dreams of moving to New York or Los Angeles so you can finally spend some time in a "real city." You're the person who's still posting that same GIF of Bugs Bunny sawing Florida off the rest of the U.S. on all your friends' Facebook walls.

But here's the thing, hater: You can complain all you want, but until you actually do something about those complaints, you're just part of the problem. If you want more culture in this town, better start making it yourself.

Lucky for you, New Times is here to help.

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New Times' Mastermind Awards seeks to give back to Miami's cultural community in the form of city-wide recognition and some sweet, sweet cash. Last year, New Times' editors and experts from Miami's cultural community selected bizzaro digital artist Bleeding Palm, dancer/choreographer Rosie Herrera, and booty bass freakmaster Jesse Perez to receive the honors. Previous winners have included filmmaker Jillian Mayer, experiential arts collective the end/SPRING BREAK, and local music label Roofless Records, among others.

This year, we're continuing the search for the best artists, musicians, filmmakers, and other culture producers in the Magic City. As in past years, Mastermind grants of $1,000 will be given to three winners at Artopia, New Times' annual arts soiree, taking place February 27, 2014, at the Coral Gables Museum. Ten award finalists (including the winners) will be featured in New Times in print. And in an added twist, MasterMind finalists will also receive exhibition space at Artopia, putting their work right out in front of Miami's arts community.

It's a pretty sweet deal. But to be considered, you have to let us know who you are. Here's how to apply.

To be considered, send us the below before Friday, December 27:

  • Your name
  • Contact info: phone, email, and home address
  • Short bio
  • Description of your work
  • Your Artwork, either via a link to a website or in emailed images
  • Your vision for your showcase at Artopia, should you become a finalist

Email all of the above to masterminds@miaminewtimes.com by December 27. Finalists will be notified by January 8, and winners will be announced at our annual art soiree, Artopia, on February 27, 2014. Good luck!

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