Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida

Embracing World Class Art to Change Communities

Miami Beach, Florida:  Neighborhood Housing Services of South Florida (NHSSF) announces its 40th anniversary celebration “Celebrating the Past/Embracing the Vision” with international artist and designer Jeroen Koolhaas.


What:        Celebrating 40 years of affordable housing and community development services to

South Florida.


When:        Thursday, March 21, 2019; 6:30PM-9:30PM


Where:       The Bass Museum, 2100 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, valet parking available


Who:          Jeroen Koolhaas, Marietta Rodrigues, President and CEO of NeighborWorks

America; the Honorable Daryl Jones, Board Chairman and former Florida Senator


The keynote presenter, Jeroen Koolhaas, Dutch artist and designer, for over a decade has contributed to the resilience of marginalized communities through creating art, designing, teaching young and old to paint, and employing local community members, to beautify neighbors. He builds trust and community ownership of these projects through consultation and involving the people in telling their stories through highly visible images and colors designed for the buildings and streets in their neighborhoods.  These are most often multi-year projects requiring co-founders of to reside in these communities intermittently for several years, returning to update the artwork, to deepen the relationships established during the project and its contribution to community sustainability.  Favela Painting’s work has included creating art in Rio de Janeiro, Port au Prince, Curacao, Miami and North Philadelphia.


Architecture, patterns, textures, color and music are integral to his work. Hip Hop and jazz music have inspired and informed his work. Koolhaas has delivered Ted Talks on his work with communities and has been commissioned to create designs and illustrations for Prada and The New Yorker magazine.

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