A profile of Miami’s own choreographer Rosie Herrera and Delray Beach’s Arts Garage, a cultural hub for visual artists, musicians and performers, kicks off WPBT2 public television’s new original series Art Loft, beginning Tuesday, February 5, 7:30pm. The weekly 30-minute art program will showcase local and national artists, openings, installations, performances, and art organizations that are positioning South Florida as an emerging leader in the world of art.
“With most media outlets cutting back on arts coverage at a time when this region is actually beginning to define itself as an international leader in the arts, it seemed like the right time to shine a light on our local community,” says Neal Hecker, Chief Content Officer for WPBT2. “Art Loft will draw on the wide variety of local producers to help develop and produce content that will provide viewers a lens on this thriving and exciting arts scene.” Art Loft is designed to be a collaboration between WPBT2, local artists, producers and other PBS stations around the country.
Art Loft is hosted by Kalyn Chapman James. James has performed and worked in the arts since age 9. She has studied tap, jazz, ballet, modern, and acrobatics, and hip-hop dance at various schools in Alabama, New York and California. She has been a model and spokeswoman for the UPN Network and served as a television journalist for Fox Sports Network. James worked as a teaching artist for Arts for Learning Miami where she instructed after school programs in some of Miami’s most underserved communities.
James also performed in the MTV Video Music Awards, the Latin Video Music Awards, the Latin Billboard Awards, and danced and choreographed for the Univision and Telemundo Television Networks in Miami. She has worked extensively as an events emcee, a print and television model appearing on the pages of Glamour, Ebony, Essence, Jet, and O Magazine and has been featured in national commercials for Crocs, Hershey’s Air Delights Chocolate Candy, Old Navy and Walt Disney World. James is currently Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator for the Adrienne Arsht Center, where she secures funding to support the Center’s education and outreach programs.
Funding for Art Loft is made possible through generous grants from Newman’s Own Foundation and Chappman Foundation.