Hi! I am Stewart Stewart, and I wear many hats. I am a visionary artist, an actor, and the Executive Director & program facilitator for Center for Folk & Community Art (“CFCA”) a non-profit Arts outreach organization I co-founded with my wife artist/author Dena Stewart. I’m a civic activist and an orator. I’m also the producer of Alive on South Beach, a video show I co-host with Dena for SyndicatedNews.NET.
And when I’m not doing all of the above, I produce and host CONVERSATIONS, an online Radio show created for LIVE365 Radio/SyndicatedNews.NET.
Dena and I relocated from New York to Miami Beach in January of 1987. We were offered studio/exhibition space on Lincoln Road at a price we couldn’t refuse. Besides, it was snowing in New York so joining the South Beach pioneers at that time was seductive (Miami Vice was the top-rated show, then).
As the head of Center for Folk and Community Art “CFCA”, I work with people of all ages, but mostly at-risk teenagers. The mission of CFCA is to use writing & drawing as tools of intervention, prevention and education. Watching the doubt on the faces of teenagers who at first said they couldn’t draw, turn into a full-blown, proud smile when they see their own artwork on display, makes my day rewarding.
As an orator, I have been a guest speaker at several universities and national conferences. My role as a civic activist included service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Miami Beach Lincoln Road Development Corporation; a member of the Creative Arts Initiative, a committee established by the Mayor of Miami Beach; member of the Miami Beach CANDO housing initiative; and a member of the Safety Committee.
As a professional actor, I am a dues-paying member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), American Federation of Radio and Television Artists (AFTRA), and Actors Equity Association (AEA).
I graduated from the University of Toledo with a degree in Public Relations and after several jobs with larger PR firms I opened my own, staging national promotions for such clients as Opera Star Roberta Peters, Musicians Doc Severinsen and Errol Garner, Singer Nancy Wilson, The House of Hermes, and Superba Cravats.
As a publicist, I also represented restaurants, as well as small and large companies. For one startup company, I launched a teaser campaign. A caricature of my face (I was the designated spokesman) appeared on stickers that the company paid teenagers to paste on buses, in subway cars, on the doors of restaurant and movie theater restrooms; hundreds of thousands of stickers were pasted all over New York. I got caught in the subway pasting one sticker over another one that had been defaced. After a night in jail and a fine, the charge of felonious mischief was dismissed. Apparently I had been on the Most Wanted list for committing graffiti. Shortly after, the startup company went bankrupt and I left New York. Many, many years later I was honored with the title of “The World’s First SLAPTAGGER” by Slaps Illustrated.
In 2012, I became the producer and co-host of Alive on South Beach, an internet video show that takes people behind the scenes to meet some of the people that make Miami such a great tourist attraction.
Posted on SyndicatedNews.NET, in addition to being seen on the internet all over the world, Alive on South Beach is also bookmarked by over 100 universities and public libraries around the world.
1.Vice President Hubert Humphrey and Opera Star Roberta Peters; 2.Singer Harry Belefonte; 3.Songwriter/Composer Johnny Mercer; 4.Actor Bert Lahr; 5.Musician Benny Goodman; 6.Composer Harold Arlen; 7.Singer Nancy Wilson, Songwriter Sammy Cahn, Singer/Actress Diane Carroll; 8.Hall of Fame Baseball Player Willie Mays