Point of View

March 9, 2010, 4:45 pm
Filed under: Out in the Community

Do arts partnerships and collaborations really work? The Adrienne Arsht Center answers this question with a resounding “YES!” The Adrienne Arsht Center depends greatly on partnerships with businesses, artists, foundations, and government agencies in order to build participation and to reach new audiences. 

The Adrienne Arsht Center could not fulfill its commitment to education without its invaluable partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. This partnership creates opportunities for music, dance and theater master classes, workshops and residencies for students and faculty with local and visiting artists. These activities take place at the Center and in individual schools around the county and feature special daytime performances at the Center such as Rock Odyssey, especially tailored for school audiences. In the case of Rock Odyssey, every fifth grader in Miami-Dade County Public Schools will experience a professionally staged show at the Center at no cost to either the student or his or her school. 

Adrienne Arsht Center has also teamed up with VSA arts of Florida, a not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to create a society where people with disabilities can learn through, participate in and enjoy the arts by providing performing arts experiences for students. The program includes training for performing arts facilitators to support their efforts in making the performing arts accessible to populations with special needs. 

The Center’s wildly successful Free Gospel Sundays series has also been fostered on a very strong partnership with AM 1490 WMBM, a media pillar in the community that has served South Florida with gospel music for over a decade. WMBM, is one of the first black-owned and operated stations in South Florida, with a coverage map of over 1,500,000 homes and businesses. This year marks the third year of the Free Gospel Sunday’s partnership and WMBM’s 15th anniversary. 

From the Boys & Girls Club and Miami Children’s Chorus to American Airlines and Bayfront Park Management Trust, the Adrienne Arsht Center values collaboration among diverse institutions and thanks them for their help in carrying out the Center’s mission.


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