The Tout-Monde Festival closes each year with a ceremony in which the Tout-Monde Jury proudly offers the Tout-Monde Awards to two artists of the Festival, one for visual arts (since 2018), one for performing arts (since 2019), granting them respectively a  residence at the Fountainhead Residency in Miami and with Miami Light Project.

The Fountainhead Residency was founded in 2008 in order to develop and support artists as well as promote the arts by inviting both national and international artists to Miami. It is a real nexus of artistic talent from all around the world: artists are invited to live and work in a wonderful space hosting 3 to 4 artists simultaneously for up to two months. This total immersion in an artistic environment enables them to create, converse, inspire and be inspired by the local community. Artists staying at the Residency are able to attend openings and talks,  visit museums and galleries, and receive feedback from art professionals.

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a not-for-profit cultural organization which presents live performances by innovative dance, music and theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by South Florida-based artists; and offers educational programs for students of every age. Since its inception, they have reached a diverse cross-section of communities throughout Miami-Dade County with an extensive outreach effort that includes partnerships with other arts organizations, universities and social service agencies. Miami Light Project is a cultural forum to explore some of the issues that define contemporary society.

The 2019 jury of the Tout-Monde Festival

For this second edition of the Tout-Monde festival, the jury will be composed of four renowned personalities of the art industry or of the academic world:


Franklin Sirmans
Director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami

Franklin Sirmans was born in New York City (Queens), he is an American art critic, editor, writer, and curator. He received a BA degree in 1991 in the history of art and English from Wesleyan University. Early on in his career, Sirmans worked at the Dia Art Foundation in publications (1993–1996). He curated annual exhibitions for Los Angeles (1999), Atlanta (2003) and Baltimore (2005). Sirmans became curator of modern and contemporary art at The Menil Collection in Houston in 2006 until 2010. In 2010, he moved to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) as department head and curator of contemporary art where he remained until the fall of 2015. He has been the director of the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) since October 2015. His initiatives there include ensuring that PAMM’s art program reflects the community in Miami and securing donations. In his first six months at PAMM, he managed to secure the largest donation of works in the museum’s short history, over a hundred pieces of art were donated by Design District developer Craig Robins.


Maria Elena Aguayo
Director for interinstitutional relations at the Fondation “Cultural Center Eduardo Léon Jimenes” and curator at the Centro Leon in Santiago (Dominican Republic)

With graduate studies in integrated marketing communications at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and in University Administration (Spain), Maria Elena Aguayo developed a relevant career in the beer market in her home country, the Dominican Republic. Her exposure and interest for aesthetics evolved as she dabbled in academics, heading the School of Marketing at Universidad Iberoamericana – UNIBE and later became commercial director of a family construction firm, Industrias Aguayo, producers of utilitarian handmade design cement tiles. She later joined the executive team of her family-sponsored Eduardo León Jimenes Foundation, envisioned to promote Dominican art and cultural development through its main institutional project: Centro Cultural León, in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

Erica Moiah James
Assistant Professor at University of Miami, Art Critic and Independant Curator

Erica Moiah James is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Miami.  Before arriving in Miami she taught at Yale University and was the founding Director and Chief Curator of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas (NAGB- 2003-2011). Publications include, “Speaking in Tongues: Metapictures and the Discourse of Violence in Caribbean Art” (Small Axe, 2012); Dreams of Utopia: Sustaining Art Institutions in the Transnational Caribbean (Open Arts Journal, 2016) (Manchester UP 2017); Every Nigger is A Star: (1974) Re-imaging Blackness from Post Civil Rights America to the Post Independence Caribbean (Black Camera, 2016) and Crisis of Faith: Charles White’s J’Accuse! (1966) and the Limits of Universal Blackness (AAAJ, 2016). She recently coedited a special issue of Small Axe Journal entitled ‘Art as Caribbean Feminist Practice’ (March 2017).  Curatorial projects and essays include Reincarnation: R Brent Malone a Retrospective, NAGB, 2015;  “Sunsplash” for the exhibition Nari Ward: Sunsplash (Perez Art Museum Miami, 2015); Caribbean Queer Visualities (Belfast 2016 and Glasgow, 2017) and “Graham Fagen: Opus V” for the exhibition Graham Fagen: The Slave’s Lament (Galerie de L’Uquam,  Université du Québec à Montréal, 2017). Her forthcoming book is entitled After Caliban: Caribbean Art in the Global Imaginary.

Tatiana Flores
Associate Professor at Rudgers University, Independent curator and Art Critic.

Tatiana Flores is an associate professor of art history and Latino and Caribbean studies at Rutgers University and an independent curator.

She is the author of “Mexico’s Revolutionary Avant-Gardes: From Estridentismo to ¡30-30!” (Yale University Press, 2013) and curator of the critically acclaimed exhibition “Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago” (Museum of Latin American Art and others, 2017-19). A 2017-18 Getty Scholar, Flores received the 2016 Arts Writers book prize from the Andy Warhol Foundation. She is chair of the editorial board of Art Journal.

Valérie Loichot

Professor at Emory University, Author and Specialist on Edouard Glissant

Valérie Loichot is Professor of French and English and Chair of the Department of French and Italian at Emory University. She obtained her Ph.D. in 1996 from Louisiana State University where she studied with Martinican poet and theorist Edouard Glissant. As an Americanist in the hemispheric sense of the word, she focuses on the literatures and cultures of the Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean and of the U.S. South. Loichot is the author of three books: Orphan Narratives: The Postplantation Literatures of Faulkner, Glissant, Morrison, and Saint-John Perse (University of Virginia Press, 2007), The Tropics Bite Back: Culinary Coups in Caribbean Literature (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), and Water Graves: Poetry and Art of the Unritual in the Caribbean and the US South (Forthcoming, December 2019, U of Virginia Press). She has also authored articles on Caribbean literature and culture, Southern literature, New Orleans, creolization theory, transatlantic studies, hurricanes and ecocriticism, feminism and exile, and food studies published in journals including CallalooFrench Cultural StudiesMississippi QuarterlyThe French ReviewThe International Journal of Francophone Studies, and Small Axe. Her edited book on Edouard Glissant (Entours d’Edouard Glissant) was published with La Revue des Sciences humaines (2013).

Julie Abalain

Director for Development and Partnership at Tropiques Atrium Martinique