Point of View

September 10, 2010, 4:35 pm
Filed under: Education

Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools Alberto Carvalho shared his vision for the upcoming school year with school and community leaders at the Adrienne Arsht Center on August 17 during his annual Opening of Schools Address.

Carvalho repeated his promise not to cut art, music or physical education opportunities for students.  “The arts are more than just important in the classroom, they are what binds us together as a human race, what enriches our existence on this planet , what gives meaning to our lives, and we will not cheat our children of their right to everything a high-quality education should encompass,” he said.

The Opening of Schools program featured a world-premiere musical performance by the Miami Wind Symphony, and greetings from Ricky Arriola, Chairman of the Performing Arts Center Trust Board of Directors, and School Board Chair Dr. Solomon Stinson. “In many ways, the Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami-Dade Public Schools share a campus. From our earliest days, we have been looking for ways to collaborate with our schools with the goal of exposing our community’s youth to the power of the performing arts,” stated Arriola.

In what may be the best example of how the Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami-Dade Public Schools can partner together to enrich the lives of our students, this past May every fifth grade class in the County was invited to free performances of ROCK ODYSSEY. More than 1,000 classrooms from 112 schools attended the performances, making it the most exciting and ambitious arts education program in Adrienne Arsht Center history.

The Opening of Schools Address was made possible in part by the generous support of the South Florida Educational Federal Credit Union.


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