Monday, July 20, 2015

10:00 am

Kroma Gallery, 3628 Grand Avenue, Coconut Grove, FL 33133-495


Tuesday, July 21, 2015  

Noon-4:00 pm  

Bahamian Youth Culture in Action  

Junkanoo Costume Workshop- Directed by Dr.  Ann Higgins-100 Bahamian youth will share the Art of Junkanoo Costuming with 100 children and youth at City of Miami Armbrister Park.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015  

9:00 am-5:00 pm  

Leadership Prep Foundation Youth Leadership Conference, Cultural Immersion, and Careers in Creative Industry Introduction  

Location-George Washington Carver Middle School 4901 Lincoln Drive, Miami, FL 33133



Guest Speakers

African Roots and Wings- History of African, Bahamian migrations and connections.  Dr. Edmund Abaka, Africana Studies, University of Miami  

Dr. Ann Higgins- Bahamian Art and Cultural Heritage 

Cultural Ambassador of the Bahamas through the arts, Commonwealth of the Bahamas, President Caribbean Christian Dance Network, Co-Owner of CCAMI a community Center in the Urban Area in the Bahamas, Professional Dancer of 40 years plus. 



Citizenship Education-Senator Dwight Bullard 

Citizenship education teaches knowledge, understanding about politics, the law, and the economy and skills to participate effectively and responsibly in public and democratic life.  

At the days conclusion participants will work together in a visioning session led by Senator Bullard to create solutions that try to address challenges facing Coconut Grove Village West, and wider communities.  

Dwight Bullard (born February 4, 1977) is a Democratic member of the Florida State Senate, representing the 39th District, which includes all of Hendry and Monroe Counties and parts of Collier and Miami-Dade Counties, since 2012.  

Bullard was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and moved to Florida in 1981; his father, Edward B. Bullard, (Bahamian-American) served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, and his mother, the late Larcenia Bullard, served in the House from 1992 to 2000 and in the Florida State Senate from 2002 to 2012. He attended Florida A&M University, graduating with a degree in history education in 1999.  

In 2008, when his father did not seek another term from the 118th District in the House, Bullard ran to succeed his father; he emerged victorious from a crowded Democratic primary.   

Florida State Senate districts were redrawn in 2012, and the 39th District, in which his mother could not seek another term due to term limits, was reconfigured, with the Palm Beach County sections removed and more sections from Miami-Dade County added. Bullard ran to succeed his mother.   

He has affiliations with The South Dade Democrat, the Ron Brown Democratic Caucus, Richmond-Perrine Alumni Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Incorporated, the J.L. King Prince Hall Masonic Lodge, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  He is also a Zoological Society of South Florida, Board Member, and holds a lifetime membership to the NAACP.  

His extensive and remarkable role in Educational leadership has granted him tremendous recognition; Bullard was a recipient of the Florida Education Association's Freshman Friend of Public Education Award, the Florida Education Association's Friend of Education Award, and the Florida Association of School Administrators' Next Generation Leader Award. Representative Bullard is also affiliated with the Miami-Dade Democrats, and hence was awarded the Young Democrats of Miami Dade Outstanding Leadership Award. He was recognized as an honorary member of City Year Miami and received their official jacket after keynoting their annual day of service. He was awarded the National Rattler F. Club Distinguished Alumni Award and the Alumni Inaugural 40 Under 40 Award.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

The Honorable Ricardo Treco, Consulate General of the Bahamas

Bahamas Independence Celebration Official Miami International Welcome     

Reception: Location-The Kampong4013 Douglas Road, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Invitation only-International Delegations, Elected Officials, Bahamian   Diaspora Leaders, Grove Pioneers and Families, Sponsors, and Coconut Grove Community Leadership.         


Friday, July 24, 2015

8:15 am-10:30 am

Leadership Prep Foundation, Inc.

Doctor's Hospital International Sports Hall of Fame Inc.

Sonesta Coconut Grove, Miami, 2889 McFarlane Road, Miami, FL 33133


9:00 am-9:00 pm

International Sports Festival

Esther Mae Armbrister Park, 236 Grand Ave. Miami, FL 33133

Elizabeth Virrick Park, 3255 Plaza Street Miami, FL 3313315


4:00 PM

*Special Softball Invitational- City of Miami Police versus the Royal Bahamian Police Force

Esther Mae Armbrister Park-236 Grand Ave. Miami, FL 33133


Saturday, July 25, 2015  


9:00 am-2:00 pm

International Sports Festival

Esther Mae Armbrister Park, 236 Grand Ave. Miami, FL 33133

Elizabeth Virrick Park, 3255 Plaza Street Miami, FL 3313315


9:30 am

Remembrance Blessing by Coconut Grove Ministerial Alliance, Poetry and Musical Selection - "Lift Ev'ry Voice"   and "Allawe Is One Family"

Roll Call of Pioneer Settlers of  Evangelist Street/Charles Avenue

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony- Mayor of Miami and Consulate General of the Bahamas

10:00 am

Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Rush-Out

Theme- "Allawe Is One Family"

Staging- parking lot Douglas Rd. and Grand Avenue

Route- Grand Avenue and Douglas Rd. West to Jefferson back to start site.

Pioneer Family Descendants will join authentic award winning Junkanooers, and the Royal Bahamian Police Force Urban Renewal Youth Junkanoo Marching Band, costumed and rushin' to rhythms with rake and scrape instruments, dancing to the rhythmic accompaniment of cowbells, drums and whistles.  Junkanoo/Carnival Costumed Children.


Miami Bahamas Junkanoo Festival Street Party on Grand Ave. from Douglas to US1

10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Baptist Health of South Florida Wellness Pavilion -1

Nassau Daddy- Corner Grand Avenue and Douglas Rd.

Senior and Family Health Screenings

Coconut Grove Community Resources-

For information call- Coconut Grove Drug Free Community Coalition 305-790-5836

Live International Broadcast/Webcast - 11:00am- 1:00 pm

Steel Pan and Calypso Music – all day

11:00 am – Welcome key dignitaries

11:30 am- Bahamas Miami Connections- Dr. Edmund Abaka, University of Miami  Africana Studies

12:00 pm- Bush Medicine- Ancient Plant Healing

12:30 pm- Herb Gardening for Health and Beauty 

12:45 pm- Drawing for a family trip to the Bahamas (Must be present.  Registration in Pavilion)   

Bahamian Treasures Marketplace-

Authentic Straw, Arts, Crafts, Fashion, Jewelry, Textile Coconut and Natural Health    and Beauty Products               

African and Bahamian Treasures

Coordinated By-Bahamian Culture Links, Inc., and Ankara Miami, Inc.

Chirren's Pirate Cove-3

* Location- Armbrister Park

Presented by the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, Diaspora Arts Coalition, S.T.A.R.T

bounce house, stilt walking workshops, face painting, Abrakadoodle art, crafts, sand art, coconut tree climbing races, limbo contest, Junkanoo Bear Storytelling, Anancy Trickster Readers Theater,  and more!

*It is the goal of the Committee to integrate a Bahamian Cultural Education curriculum into Coconut Grove

MDCPS  "Our Bahamian Heritage: A Resource Guide for Teachers," compiled by the Ministry of Education, the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies, and the Embassy of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and produced in 1995.