Point of View

July 6, 2010, 7:45 pm
Filed under: Awards and Recognition

When John Richard arrived at the Adrienne Arsht Center as President and CEO in late 2008, he vowed to raise the organization’s prominence as one of the nation’s foremost presenters of arts education programs. He envisioned a day when the Center’s campus would be surrounded by a sea of yellow school buses. Today, less than two years later, the Center is earning public recognition for its mission-driven commitment to arts education initiatives.

Most recently, Miami Today, a leading local business and civic-oriented newspaper, included the Center and Richard in the education category of its annual ‘Best of Miami’ edition. The award stems from a nomination submitted by Miami-Dade Superintendent of Schools, Alberto Carvalho.

Adrienne Arsht Center President and CEO John Richard with fifth graders at Rock Odyssey performance.

The nomination honed in on the Center’s “Learning through the Arts” program, which exposes students to live theater in conjunction with their in-class curricula. As part of this initiative, this past spring more than 26,000 fifth graders were invited to the Center for free performances over two weeks of Rock Odyssey, an original musical production based on Homer’s Odyssey, created especially for elementary school students. A second installment of Rock Odyssey kicks off this fall.

As the Adrienne Arsht Center embarks on its fifth year, Richard and his team are redoubling the organization’s focus on arts education – with the goal of further advancing the Center’s mission and enriching the lives of students.

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