South Florida’s First And Largest Runway Production Featuring Culturally Inspired Fashion, Art & Entertainment Exclusively From Africa And The African Diaspora
MIAMI, FL – With every passing year Ankara Miami continues to expand on its commitment to making a positive impact on South Florida’s thriving art scene showcasing African fashion and culture. This year’s Ankara Miami 2015 saw the evolution of the fashion production into Florida’s first ever African Fashion Week.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and the Board of County Commissioners recognized Ankara Miami founder Evelyn Onyejuruwa for establishing the first and largest major runway production in South Florida, to feature designers, entertainment and art solely from Africa and the African Diaspora with an official proclamation recognizing Ankara Miami as Florida’s first ever African Fashion Week.
City of North Miami Beach Mayor George Vallejo and the City Council also joined Ankara Miami in celebrating the growth as the “sole venue with a runway production featuring designers, music, and art exclusively from Africa and the Diaspora,” with a proclamation presented by North Miami Beach Councilman Frantz Pierre on closing night of the runway showcases.
In its fourth year, Ankara Miami continues to attract the best talent, promising artist and trends showcasing innovative culturally inspired fashions and the use of Ankara, Kente, and other popular African fabrics. Hosted by radio personality Supa Cindy (WEDR 99 Jamz) and BET Comicview Comedian Marcellus “Chello” Davis, Ankara Miami 2015 featured over 16 designers from Senegal, Paris, Nigeria and locally as well as a live art installation by Grammy-award winning artist Betty Wright.
After two nights of successful runway showcases, guests were able to purchase pieces straight off the runway during the finale Pop-Up shop held at Alessandra Gold Concept Store in Miami’s Art District for a meet & greet with the designers and other event participants.
Supporting community initiatives and recognizing community leaders for their continued support of the arts and education of African heritage is an integral part of Ankara Miami’s mission. Expanding on the celebration of arts, culture and community, this year Ankara Miami honored community leaders Sam Morrison and Dr. Freddie G. Young (Nana Sena Ekna II). “We’re committed to promoting talent and positivity within the African Diaspora,” shared Ms. Onyejuruwa when speaking about this year’s honorees. “Dr. Young and Mr. Morrison share that commitment and their legacies will leave a lasting impact in South Florida.”
Morrison received the “Distinguished Service to the Arts and Education” award in recognition for his passion for improving the education of children and families, as well as access to African arts by development of the African American Research Library & Cultural Center, among many other accomplishments.
Esteemed retired principal of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Dr. Young was instrumental in establishing successful programs in inner city and South-Dade schools to include culturally focused, and critical thinking curricula and received the “Cultural Arts Advocacy” award for her deep support of the African Diaspora and her unparalleled commitment and dedication to helping others.
The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center (AHCAC) was awarded a donation of $500 in support of their long-standing commitment to support and assist emerging young artists, provide quality performances and exhibitions, and foster the rich and diverse cultural arts perspective of the people of African Heritage.
Ankara Miami 2015 was sponsored in part by Macy’s, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Toyota of North Miami, Arik Air, INGLOT Cosmetics, Natural Trendsetters, Deep Blu Media, Diaspora Arts Coalition, Chinye & Co, CPA and various others.
The 5th Annual Ankara Miami production will take place February 18-21, 2016. For more information on Ankara Miami – Florida’s FIRST African Fashion Week, visit: www.AnkaraMiami.com or follow @AnkaraMiami on social media.