Secret Service, City of South Miami Police, security guards, dignitaries, guests, and members of the press gathered at Dante Fascell Park on September 27th to usher in a “first” in South Miami’s history–the hosting of a president from a foreign nation. Colombia’s Ivan Duque Marquez was on his way to the Park to recognize a series of initiatives involving the Sister Cities of Medellín and South Miami, including Colombian Art in Public Places, a video teleconference language exchange program, and the celebration of Medellin’s flower festival in South Miami.
The event featured remarks by Mayor Philip K. Stoddard, City of South Miami, Commissioner Josh Liebman, Medellin Sister City Ambassador, Pedro Agustin Valencia, Consulate General of Colombia, President Ivan Duque M., and Dr. Santiago Medina, sculptor and Colombian Sculpture Garden curator.
Photos above: South Miami Mayor Philip K. Stoddard presents President Iván Duque Márquez with a plaque commemorating his visit; President Duque addressing the guests at the Colombian Sculpture Garden event; South Miami Commissioner Josh Liebman and the President; Members of the South Miami City Commission with President Duque, and joined by sculpture garden artists and the Colombian Consul General.
Read more about the event and the Sister City program in our exclusive cover feature starting on page 31. SOMI Magazine also published a Sister City feature in its October/November 2018 issue. Click below.