ARTIST BIOGRAPHY Jean Minuchin opened the WORLD AND EYE ARTS CENTER in FAT Village Arts district, Fort Lauderdale in 2010. The venue is a culmination of her work as an artist and director of programs and services artists and participants through monthly performances, exhibits and workshops. World and Eye explores the role of the artist as visionary and truth teller on questions of social justice. It was Jean’s goal to provide a place for herself and other professional artists who needed a venue for their art and to provide a lens on creativity and social concerns. Jean received her BFA in art and MA in performing arts. Her performance pieces are highly visual including mask and puppetry. Sculptures include character and story, blending the forms of theater and art. She has exposed herself to direct contact with contemporary artists in dance, theater and puppetry such as Pilobolous Dance Theater, Bread and Puppet in London and Superior Concept annual puppet pageant in Morenesio, Italy. Her work as an artist has appeared at The Boca Museum of Art 61st Annual Exhibition and Competition; Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Gross-McCleaf gallery in Philadelphia; In Boston at the Brazelton-Cutting Gallery; In New York she showed annually at the Ward-Nasse Gallery and in Mexico City at Galeria Kin. Her original theatrical works have appeared at the 2013 National Puppetry Conference Fringe Festival, as part of NYU’s “Forum for Citizenship and Applied Theater”, The Rane Gallery in New Mexico, Inku8 in Miami, The Playground Theater “Field Days” sponsored by Camposition, The Eugene O’Neill Puppetry Conference, MOCA’s 5 Minutes of Fame with Bonnie Clearwater and the Puppet Rampage and Orlando puppet slams. Her new theatrical group the World and Eye Ensemble, most recently completed production on Jean's puppet play "Odyssey in the Land of Shadows." The World and Eye Ensemble is dedicated to bringing socially relevant theater out into the community. As a director/educator Jean has created and run two programs in addition to World and Eye. Jean conceived of and implemented a bilingual drama program at Milam K-8 Center in Hialeah helping teens to create and perform original theatrical works. Jean also developed and ran a multicultural theater program at the Charles River Studio in Boston including yearly productions by her group "The Fables Repertory" and yearlong workshops for adults.