Director of Education at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Curator-in Residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC)
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado. She currently lives and works in Miami, Florida. Marie completed her studies at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, and Florida State University, which includes degrees in both Visual Arts and Public Administration. Marie Vickles is the Director of Education at the Pérez Art Museum Miami and Curator-in- Residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Complex (LHCC). She has organized arts educational programs, workshops and exhibitions across the United States and the Caribbean for over 15 years and maintains an active practice as an independent curator producing over 30 exhibitions and curatorial projects. Her curatorial work includes the co-curation of Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL (2013), Visionary Aponte: Art and Black Freedom, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2017), walls turned sideways are bridges: narratives of resistance at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU), Tallahassee, FL (2019), and Dust Specks on the Sea, Little Haiti Cultural Complex, Miami, FL (2019).
In her work as an arts educator and cultural practitioner, she is concerned with the development of new ways to bridge the connections between creativity and community engagement – with the goal of supporting equity, sustainability and access for all, through the arts.
Museum educator, independent curator and artist
Visionary perspective leading to effective partnerships of public and private sector Arts and non-arts entities.Proven ability and successful track record in arts education and programming; creating opportunities for communities to engage in the arts; facilitating spaces that foster a love of learning and participation in the arts.
“I am concerned with the development of new ways to bridge the connections between creativity and community engagement with the goal of encouraging livability through the arts. Attributes that best describe me would include optimistic, empathetic, creative, persistent, problem-solver, motivated, responsible and flexible.
I am committed to Miami because this is my home and as a part of this community I am responsible for contributing to the greater good of what Miami is and can be. The possibilities in Miami to achieve success are limitless and our rapidly changing neighborhoods, public places and social institutions reflect the desire of Miami’s communities to embrace change for the better while remembering the past. I choose live and work in this beautiful and challenging environment because I am inspired by both the people and the environment.
As an arts administrator I have the daily pleasure, and challenge, of engaging the community through the arts. I strive to provide children and adults with the opportunity to participate in high-quality arts programs that have lead to opportunities for self-reflection, community engagement and holistic thinking. The creation of public-private partnerships, both large and small, have allowed me to experience first-hand the various channels available to reaching the community, and understanding the importance of utilizing more than one method. The issues and needs of Miami’s communities are as diverse as the people that make up this unique place.”