Adriana De Welde
Founder, Past Member
Adriana, born and raised in Miami (yes a true native!) to Cuban parents, has had an interest in the arts since early on. Raised learning ballet and foreign languages, she spent her childhood watching her father, the true artist in the family, paint and sketch. Instead of following her father’s lead, Adriana chose writing as her creative outlet, reporting for both the Miami Dade College and the FIU newspapers throughout her higher education. Despite her desire to pursue more artistic outlets she went on to pursue a broader degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, from Florida International University.
While studying for her double major at FIU in women’s studies, Adriana found a passion for the theatre. In 2004 she, with the collaboration of her fellow feminist students, directed and produced several performances of “The Vagina Monologues” on campus. All of the proceeds from these performances, centered on “V-Day” (http://newsite.vday.org/), were donated to local organizations that help end violence against women and girls. For her work on campus and within the community, Adriana was awarded a Women’s Studies Award for Excellence from the University.
Most recently she has become more of an appreciator of the arts than a participant, becoming a member of several museums (Bass, Miami Art Museum, GenArt, etc.) and attending art events whenever possible. When the opportunity arose to help found Life Is Art and to participate in facilitating an outlet for local artists, she could not pass up the chance. “I am excited to be a part of a grass roots movement to help give an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work and to help others gain access to the amazing regional artistry that surrounds them.”