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Building Community at the Adrienne Arsht Center
December 13, 2009, 8:54 pm
Filed under: At the Center, Out in the Community

The Miami Herald’s annual event, the Herald Hunt, presented by the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, rang in South Florida’s holiday season on Sunday, November 29, 2009 with a resounding hurray! The Hunt headquartered for the second year in a row at the Adrienne Arsht Center, and featured a festive holiday theme, with Dave Barry proving to be the season’s most merrymaking elf.

Cartoon Illustrations: Otis Sweat Illustrations

Celebrating his first year as President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center this month, M. John Richard believes the choice of having the Arsht Center serve as host and hub of Miami’s annual Herald Hunt, was a natural one, saying: “Our aim at the Adrienne Arsht Center is to serve as the quintessential town square, providing a cultural, family, and community gathering space, welcoming and unifying the South Florida community.”

Cartoon Illustrations: Otis Sweat Illustrations

One of Miami’s favorite events since its inception in 1984, the Herald Hunt, brain child of Miami Herald columnist Dave Barry and Tropic editors Gene Weingarten, and Tom Shroder, is a unique urban adventure in which, over the course of one memorable afternoon, players attempt to solve a series of bizarre clues.

With the event held Thanksgiving holiday weekend, over 3,000 South Floridians found The Hunt to be the perfect way to escape the insanity of the shopping malls and enjoy some family-friendly entertainment at the beautiful Adrienne Arsht Center in downtown Miami.

Photo Credit: The Miami Herald

In a Miami Herald article which ran on September 29, 2009, results in year two of a three-year study by Gallup report that “Miami has had the most significant jump in community attachment when compared to other large cities in the survey.” What’s the motivator? Individuals feel that there are a great variety of events and offerings, diversity and culture which keeps them involved and engaged. The Adrienne Arsht Center is proud and honored to be part of this exciting revitalization and community investment in South Florida.


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