Point of View

January 28, 2010, 10:11 pm
Filed under: About the Center

The Adrienne Arsht Center strives to bring the very best in performing arts to the South Florida community.  The breadth of our programming reflects the diversity of our Miami community and  represents a dazzling array of  world class performing artists from all corners of the globe. We place great importance on programming that is relevant, accessible, and inviting for the widest possible audience living in and visiting South Florida

Supporting local performing arts  companies illustrates our view that “world class” and “local” are not mutually exclusive–some of the nation’s leading up-and-coming creative artists live and work in our own backyard! As we grow and mature as a cultural hub for our community, we have developed our programmingl with an eye topresenting on our stages the vast creativity and diversity reflective of the cultural mosaic that makes South Florida unique..

Since its inception, the Adrienne Arsht Center has proudly provided a global stage for three critically acclaimed resident companies—Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony, America’s Orchestral AcademyOur partnerships with the The Cleveland Orchestra and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater strengthens as they further immerse themselves in our community through the Orchestra’s annual residency education programs and Ailey Camp Miami. Furthermore, the Center has developed deep relationships with many South Florida artists, helping them in the creation of new work through commissions, access to artistic advice from Center staff, and public presentations.

This year, we are working with some bright, homegrown talent and local organizations in these efforts including award-winning local choreographer Rosie Herrera, award-winning local playwright Michael McKeever, , Dranoff International Two Piano Foundation, City Theatre Summer Shorts Festival and the International Hispanic Theater Festival, one of the jewels of Miami’s theater scene. 

In April, Miami’s Mad Cat Theatre Company and the Adrienne Arsht Center will team up for a co-presentation of Paul Tei and Marco Ramirez’, Broadsword, to be performed in the Center’s   Carnival Studio Theater. After their initial 2009 workshop production was heralded by critics, and a second workshop further developed the work at the Kennedy Center; the Adrienne Arsht Center will take on the risk of presenting the latest incarnation of this home-grown theater piece,, resulting in a win-win for both organizations, the playwright, and the community.

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s Miami Made Program, which expanded from a commissioning program into a full festival in 2009, funds free workshops of works in progress, readings of unproduced plays, and discussions with artists and arts professionals.  Additionally, it serves as a showcase of world-premieres presented during the annual Here & Now program, a joint commissioning project with Miami Light Project dedicated to the professional development of South Florida-based artists. Here & Now annually subsidizes Miami’s most innovative, ground-breaking works, and marks the debuts of many promising local talents.

The Center’s new works range from the Center-produced Miami Libre, which featured dozens of South Florida’s spiciest musicians, singers and dancers, to the  current work-in-progress and collaboration with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Rock Odyssey, which will première at the Center in April to every 5th grader in the County– that’s over 2,400 kids! – for free. The Adrienne Arsht Center expands the boundaries of “world class” performing arts by nurturing and supporting artists, particularly those working and living in our own community. 

More than 355,000 people attended performances at the Center last season. This season we anticipate half a million patrons will walk through our doors, and it’s our job to make sure that the programming contains something special, exciting, representative and personally compelling for everyone in our diverse South Florida community.


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