Dark Chocolate Japan

Art Exhibit Opening Night Reception

Sunrise, FL (May 14, 2015) – The Sunrise Art Gallery is holding a Meet the Artist Reception featuring Carlos Aleman on Friday, August 28th from 6:30-9:30pm.

In the spring of 2013, Carlos Aleman made a short trip to Kyoto during cherry blossom week. He returned home to Sunrise, Florida and recorded his impressions of Japan as drawings and paintings.  Often working in ‘dark chocolate’ acrylic paints, he integrated elements of cosplay, manga, anime, geisha, maiko and samurai into a whimsical style of pop surrealism and magical realism, ranging from the finely rendered to the loose and experimental.

This is Carlos Aleman’s second exhibit at the Sunrise Art Gallery.  His 2012 exhibit, The Asian Philosophy of Carlos Aleman, was inspired after a trip to China in 2010.  His new exhibit, Dark Chocolate Japan, will explore the concept of mono no aware (a sensitivity to ephemera) juxtaposed with the fun and color of cosplay and kimono.  Harajuku and Shironuri fashion as well as Japanese monsters and ‘American Geishas’ will create a showcase of luminous dreams.

Carlos Aleman is a Cuban American writer, painter, illustrator, book cover designer, product and web designer. An early e-book draft of this novel entitled As Happy As Ling was a finalist in the 2012 International Latino Book Awards. In 2013, the release in paperback of Happy That It’s Not True was named one of the best novels of the year by the Latina Book Club. He is a judge in the 2014 National Association of Hispanic Publications’ José Martí Awards.  His upcoming novel, Diego in Two Places will be released later this year by Aignos Publishing.

Event Details

Sunrise Civic Center Art Gallery
10610 West Oakland Park Boulevard
Sunrise, FL  33351

Gallery Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Wednesday and Thursday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Admission: Free

For more information, call Gallery Information: (954) 747-4641 or visit



Carlos Aleman
954 917-6655

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Job openings at the Morikami Museum and Gardens in Delray Beach, Florida.

Digital Marketing Coordinator

The Digital Marketing Coordinator is a full-time professional position responsible for conceptualizing and executing the museum’s digital marketing strategy. The desired candidate is a talented content creator with a deep passion for analytics, social media community development, a strong grasp on high-quality design principles and an appreciation for art and culture. In addition, this position provides an essential support role with annual festivals & provides insight for long-term marketing goals & objectives.  This position reports to and receives direction from the Director of Marketing & Events.

Responsibilities & Duties

  • Email campaigns
    • Works cross-functionally with other museum departments to gather and create content
    • Designs e-blast templates and graphics
    • Builds and updates email lists
  • Website maintenance & development
    • Maintains the integrity and usability of Morikami’s responsive design website
    • Manages the calendar, online forms, e-commerce reporting, media library, product pages, etc.
    • Updates/creates website pages as needed
    • Manages the registered website user database and ongoing website development projects
  • Social Media
    • Updates social media content calendar and contributes to digital strategy planning
    • Plans/researches/writes engaging content for social media and blog
    • Monitors and joins conversations on social media platforms and peer review sites
  • Analytics
    • Monitors, tracks and analyzes statistics for email campaigns, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, youTube and blog.
    • Tracks website traffic and user behavior though Google Analytics
    • Creates and executes post-event surveys and tracks responses
  • Designs various museum collaterals, signage and graphics on an as-needed basis
  • Provides essential support in the planning and execution of Morikami festivals and Sushi & Stroll series of events.
  • Assists in budget management

Skills & Abilities

  • B.A. or B.S. in Communications, Marketing or related field
  • 2-3 years experience in a similar role
  • Strong writer and communicator
  • Proficient use of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, WordPress, Website Maintenance and Microsoft Office, required
  • Experience with Google Analytics, SurveyMonkey and MailChimp preferred
  • Experience working in a museum, with a membership organization or not-for-profit a plus

Desired Characteristics

  • Must be organized and work efficiently with a personal commitment to maintain a collaborative work environment
  • Ability to prioritize, track and meet deadlines, use good judgment, remain flexible and work under minimal supervision
  • Must be proactive, reliable and possess excellent interpersonal skills

Interested applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Kizzy Sanchez Sherven, Director of Marketing & Events at kmsanche@pbcgov.com.  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

 Opportunities at the Cornell Cafe

  • Wait Staff:  Responsibilities include taking customer orders, bringing drinks and food, ensuring satisfaction, clearing tables, as well as side work before, during, and after shift. Fast paced environment. Experience preferred. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  10:30 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Host/Hostess:  Responsibilities include seating customers, ensuring enough seats and/or high chairs, maintaining waiting list, cleaning menus, cleaning tables. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  11:00 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m.
  • Kitchen Prep Staff:  Responsibilities are basic kitchen duties, cleaning and cutting vegetables, prepping and slicing meats and fish, prepping food items. Shift days available: Tuesday through Sunday, excluding holidays. Shift hours:  10:00 a.m. until approximately 4:00 p.m.

To apply, please email resume to oriennes@yahoo.com.


More info on their website: http://morikami.org/about-the-institution/#tabs-about-us-tab-2

CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S., JET alumni welcome!
—————————————————————————DISCO International, organizer of the world’s largest job fairs for
Japanese-English speakers, cordially invites you to participate in
our only event focused on positions in the U.S.

CAREER FORUM for Positions in the U.S.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Metropolitan Pavilion (North Pavilion)
110 West 19th Street, New York, NY 10011

– No fee to register or attend
– Meet and interview face-to-face with companies
– Approximately 25 companies expected to attend
– Positions available all over the U.S.

Register now to receive updates about participating companies as
they sign up. It’s free, easy, and doesn’t require cancellation if
you decide not to attend.
Register here: http://www.careerforum.net/event/register.asp?evid=153001&lang=E

[Current Participating Companies (as of 5/11)]

CDH, P.C. (Public Accounting)
DAIEI TRADING CO., INC. (Wholesale Food Distribution)
JTB USA, INC. (Travel)
NHK INTERNATIONAL (Auto Parts Manufacturing)
RELO REDAC, INC. (Real Estate)
VALQUA AMERICA, INC. (Manufacturing)
Y’S PUBLISHING GROUP (Publishing/Media)

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us
at cfn@careerforum.net.

We look forward to seeing you at the Career Forum!


DISCO International, Inc.

Thank you to everyone who cast their vote! The election results are now in.

The positions that were up for election this term were Vice-President, Secretary, and Webmaster. For more information about the responsibilities of these positions, please visit this link.

We’d like to welcome our new officers, Jennifer Hwang as Vice-President, Autumn Widdoes as Secretary, and Lauren Sorondo as Webmaster. We have no doubt they will do a wonderful job in the coming year.

We’d also like to thank our outgoing officers. Allan Mortdetsky did a wonderful job as Vice-President, assisting at multiple events with the consulate, representing Florida JETAA at the JETAA USA national and regional conferences, and reaching out to the JBA. Thank you for your hard work.

Adriana Jenkins, our Keys Region Rep, stepped in as interim Secretary when our last secretary moved. Thank you for doing such a stellar job filling in.

Last, but not least, thank you to our outgoing Webmaster, David Shaw, for everything you’ve done.

Over the course of the next month, the outgoing and incoming officers will transition, with the new officers fully taking on their responsibilities on June 1st.

Read on for the bios of our new officers.


Jennifer Hwang

Originally from Southern California with an MA in Linguistics from San Jose State University, I was a JET in Shizuoka prefecture from 2008 to 2012. My first two years were spent as an ALT at a small, low academic level high school in rural Kawanehon-cho. I was later transferred to a high academic level high school in Yaizu City where over 90% of the students went on to universities. In my final year as an ALT, I was invited to transfer to the Prefrectural Education Center where I planned and facilitated several training workshops including Orientation for new JETs, Mid-Year Seminar for ALTs and JTEs, as well as mandatory refresher training for Japanese teachers only. I also helped piloted the Elementary School Foreign Language (ESFL) Program which was nationally institutionalized in 2011.

Since returning to the United States, I have taught English for Academic Purposes at Hillsborough Community College and am now an academic advisor for international students at INTO USF. In the past couple of years, I have declined recommendations to join the Florida JETAA board. However, now that I have become more familiar with Florida’s relationship with Japan–through attending Tampa’s Tsudoi and Natsumatsuri, participating in the 2013 JET PDO, volunteering with the Japan-America Society of Tampa Bay (JASTB), as well as meeting with the Deputy Consul General and attending the Networking Meeting for Sister City Representatives–I feel that I can make a productive contribution to our association as Vice-President. I am eager to support the President in bringing alumni across the state together as well as providing more support for JET at both the national and local level. I know that Japan holds a special place in all of hearts and I would love to help people maintain their relationship with the country.


Autumn Widdoes

I was born and raised in Florida and currently call Tampa my hometown.  I’ve lived in Germany, Vietnam, England, and Japan.   I completed my BA at the Wilkes Honors College of FAU and my MA in Performance Studies at Tisch/NYU.   I spent 4 years on JET in Okinawa from 2010-2014, where I lived in both Ishigaki and Naha. While in Japan, I helped organize Tohoku relief efforts via the SHINSAI:  Theaters for Japan fundraiser and we raised more than 70000 yen in one afternoon of live performance presented in both English and Japanese.  I also founded a bilingual performance collective called TASK 沖縄 after teaching several performance/dance theater making classes at ひやみかち学校 culture school in Naha, Okinawa.  Since returning to Florida, I have been actively involved in the JETAA community in the Tampa Bay region, speaking at JET recruitment events at Eckerd College and helping organize the Tampa screening of LIVE YOUR DREAM: The Taylor Anderson Story.  My long term goals are to promote Japanese performance/arts in the US and to bring more Japanese and Japan-related arts, film, and performance to the Tampa region.   I look forward to working with the JETAA communities throughout Florida to instill a sense of importance in maintaining our connection to Japan via JET.


Lauren Sorondo

Hello! My name is Lauren Sorondo, and I’m a Miami native. In September 2014, I returned from 2 years in Kumamoto with JET. Since then, I’ve been participated in FL JETAA events, such as the Bounenkai and the recent  film screening for the Taylor Anderson Story down in Miami. I’ve also stated hosting “Coffee 会話,” a conversation circle in South Florida. While I don’t have prior experience as a webmaster, I am passionate about JETAA and supporting the new and old alumni. In a state as large as Florida, I believe the best way is through communication of events. I hope to be able to continue improving the website that our previous officers have worked hard to create.  🙂