Writer, Singer, and Songwriter
Melanie Rodríguez is a Cuban-American writer, singer, and songwriter born and raised in The 305 who believes storytelling is the catalyst for social change. As a lifelong creative, Melanie is fascinated by the connections between the arts, health, and healing– especially within Latinx and immigrant communities. She is passionate about working at the intersection of arts, education, and advocacy. In high school, she began creating and producing community performances addressing social issues, earning a Silver Knight nomination for Music and Dance. She was also an activism and entertainment writer and editor for indie magazine Make Muse. In 2020, she co-founded Let Your Voices Echo which facilitates conversations about social justice topics through the arts with events such as open mics, workshops, and film screenings. Last summer, she was one of the selected storytellers for Creative Studios Miami; her work is included in Unfinished Concrete: An Audio-Anthology of Miami Voices, O, Miami’s first Audio Original. In the future, she aspires to build a community arts center in Miami for youth with disabilities and youth from low-income backgrounds.