Senior lecturer Jenna Efrein works on shaping a glass fish.
Sepideh Kalani works on a sculpture in her art studio.

February guide to the arts at the U

Arts-related events for the month include a keynote presentation and student workshops with Jonathan Escoffery, author of this year’s One Book, One U selection; two film festivals; and a family workshop at the Lowe Art Museum.

February guide to the arts at the U

Arts-related events for the month include a keynote presentation and student workshops with Jonathan Escoffery, author of this year’s One Book, One U selection; two film festivals; and a family workshop at the Lowe Art Museum.

Welcome to The U Createsyour link to arts, culture, and creative expression at the University of Miami.

SPOTLIGHT OUR CREATORS

Yash Ramanujam, a theater arts major, performs on stage

Discovering the Power to Move People

Theater is more than performing, it’s living and experiencing how others experience. To be an actor you have to have empathy—the best actors are the most empathetic because they’re able to put themselves into other people’s lives and experience them honestly. That moves people.” —Yash Ramanujama theater arts major in the College of Arts and Sciences

Yash Ramanujam, a theater arts major, performs on stage
Angelina Mack, a first-year student in the Modern Artist Development and Entrepreneurship program, Frost School of Music

Finding Identity, Confidence

“This is what I'm meant to do—create music that gives people hope or inspires positive change.” —Angelina Mack, a first-year student in the modern artist development and entrepreneurship program, Frost School of Music

Angelina Mack, a first-year student in the Modern Artist Development and Entrepreneurship program, Frost School of Music
Nicole “Nicky” Jescinth Smith, UM theatre arts alumna, works on costume designs

Inspiring the Next Generation

“I feel that the University of Miami emboldened me to believe that costume design can do anything. I really want the students to look at [my work] and say ‘someone who went here created this,’ and I want it to inspire them to do their best.” —Nicole “Nicky” Jescinth Smith, UM theatre arts alumna, College of Arts and Sciences. Smith returned to the University to design costumes for the fall production of “The Threepenny Opera” at the Jerry Herman Ring Theatre.

Nicole “Nicky” Jescinth Smith, UM theatre arts alumna, works on costume designs
Portrait of Michael Bustamante, associate professor of history, Emilio Bacardí Moreau chair in Cuban and Cuban American Studies, and director of academic programs at the Cuban Heritage Collection

Preserving Cuban voices

“We have a responsibility to record testimonies of Cubans from all walks of life, from all racial and gender backgrounds, generations, professions, migration cohorts, and political affiliations. In doing so, we can better capture the history of eras and moments that are little understood.” —Michael Bustamante, associate professor, College of Arts and Sciences. The Cuban Heritage Collection aims to expand its library of oral histories recounting the community’s exile experience.

Portrait of Michael Bustamante, associate professor of history, Emilio Bacardí Moreau chair in Cuban and Cuban American Studies, and director of academic programs at the Cuban Heritage Collection
Benjamin Zuiderweg, assistant professor of professional practice, School of Communication, mixes audio in a studio

Finding a Love of Sound

“It's a highly detail-oriented job. The timing has to be right. The prop you're using has to be right. It's one of those things that not everybody succeeds at it at first. You have to be ok being in that space, trying things out and it not working, and going through that trial and error process.” —Benjamin Zuiderweg, assistant professor of professional practice, School of Communication. Zuiderweg learned that sound design wasn’t just for music, but could be used in other forms of media.

Benjamin Zuiderweg, assistant professor of professional practice, School of Communication, mixes audio in a studio
Leah Henseler, a third-year student studying marine affairs and art

Sculpting Climate Change through Data

“I’m inspired by abstract forms and minimalist design, and I enjoy transforming complex data into tangible objects that reflect my sculptural style.”—Leah Henseler, a third-year student studying marine affairs and art. Rosenstiel School Library showcases Henseler's innovative sculpture, which features wooden shapes derived from coral bleaching records from the Great Barrier Reef.

Leah Henseler, a third-year student studying marine affairs and art

Creators in the news

Learn about the work being done by University of Miami students and faculty in the arts and humanities, including research, scholarship, collaborations, and achievements.