Hi, my name is Michelle!
I am a curator, arts organizer and event planner with a passion for bringing people together to celebrate love, through art!
As an arts professional with a HUGE imagination and a love for romance, I view marriage celebrations as specially curated art exhibitions that bring people together to celebrate and express your unique love story. With the immense talent of contemporary artists in my network, I see endless possibilities for progressive folks who love art and want to step out of the dominant traditional norms of the wedding industry.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been passionate about art and bringing people together to celebrate anything and everything while creating lasting memories. What I love about bringing people together to celebrate is providing a space with the capacity to heal, build strong communities, and respond to the problems of the world by celebrating people and their resilience in the face of adversity, through art.
For the last decade, I have worn many hats as an arts organizer. I’ve done everything from curating art exhibitions and programs in traditional gallery spaces and empty lots, to community organizing and planning events in public spaces such as restaurants and churches. Whether I am presenting art in an art gallery or a public space, I have dedicated myself to ensuring art is engaging, accessible, and socially relevant to tell our stories and bring about hope for positive change.
I'm all about community, expression, and inclusivity
While getting my Masters of Fine Arts in Curatorial Practice at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD, I had an interest in utilizing the arts to amplify the stories of communities of color, and people like me. With a longing to challenge the norms of curatorial practice found in arts institutions, I focused on expressing and celebrating people’s stories through collaborative, inclusive, and community focused curatorial practice to co-create relevant and accessible art exhibitions about community, cultural identity, and social issues in Baltimore. This work has influenced me to continue integrating my core values into everything I do, personally and professionally.
My Core Values
Art is everywhere
Art is engaging, relevant, and inclusive
Art expresses our stories
Everyone is born creative and we all have a story to tell
The 1st ever event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into weddings and life's celebrations.
With art, anything is possible.
From curating art to curating unions, because love stories matter too.
After attending school, living, and working in Baltimore for almost eight years, I was longing to bring more healing, love, and beaches into my life. I decided to bring my skills to my hometown of Miami, FL in order to expand my definition of curatorial practice even more and figure out how to integrate celebration and the love that surrounds celebration into my work.
The next step in my curatorial career became clear when my partner said to me: “Knowing you, you would end up curating our wedding.” Of course I would! BINGO!
On February 25, 2016, I came up with an idea out of the blue that I knew would be an innovative game changer for the wedding industry. I thought to myself, why not think of weddings as art exhibitions that utilize art to express love stories in powerfully unique ways that traditional weddings cannot express?
With all of the positive feedback from my community of artists, arts lovers, and couples in love, I took a leap of faith and started to build Creative Unions Event Design LLC, the first ever event planning company dedicated to integrating contemporary art into weddings and other life celebrations.
Because Art is everywhere. Because Art is engaging, relevant, and inclusive. Because art expresses our stories. Because everyone is born creative and has a story to tell. Because love stories matter too. And we definitely need more love in this chaotic world full of hate.
Curating your special day, together
A Creative Union is a specially curated art exhibition and marriage ceremony that brings people together to celebrate and express your love story.
Whether it’s an art exhibition in a gallery, a site-specific installation, a series of performances, or event design made by artists, your Creative Union is a unique experience that expresses your love story through art.
Together, we can go beyond what you ever imagined a union could be, because with art - anything is possible. You are the tastemaker.