What has 7,000 people, 150 local arts and community service organizations, 8 bands, and 20 epicurean selections — on wheels? The FALL FOR THE ARTS FESTIVAL! An astounding 7,000 Miamians – from toddlers to seniors – took over the Adrienne Arsht Center campus for an afternoon of free performances on Sunday, September 12. They interacted with exhibits from more than 150 local arts and service organizations, children’s activities, gourmet food truck treats, and unlimited opportunities to engage and volunteer with local non-profits. FALL FOR THE ARTS FESTIVAL was an unprecedented collaborative effort to showcase the coming arts season, and celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture and community of Miami.
During the course of the day, the Adrienne Arsht Center and participating organizations gave out more than 40,000 flyers and brochures and more than 150 arts and community service organizations connected with thousands of potential patrons.
CBS 4 anchors Lissette Gonzalez, Marybel Rodriguez, and Jawan Strader served as special guest MCs, and kept the vibe cool even on the sultry Miami afternoon. The free main stage performances by Grammy Award-winning urban Latino fusion band Ozomatli and New Orleans kings of funk Rebirth Brass Band had audiences on their feet dancing and cheering.
Families filled the Adrienne Arsht Center’s Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for performances on the family stage, face-painting, and craft-making throughout the festival. On the family stage, Peru Expresion, Fushu Daiko, and the thrilling break-dance crew Flip Side Kings delighted and inspired audiences of all ages. Inside the Carnival Studio Theater in the Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the Center offered free acting and break-dancing workshops. Nearly 1,000 Miami kids attended, and learned to “pop and lock” with mom and dad watching – and sometimes even joining in the fun!
The Adrienne Arsht Center also offered free workshops and seminars throughout the day, with nearly 200 Miami community members in attendance. The Center also called on their volunteer to ensure smooth operations throughout the festival, contributing more than 600 combined hours of service in just one day!
“The Adrienne Arsht Center was absolutely delighted to partner with The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald, the Knight Foundation, and our many media sponsors on this grand-scale festival, transforming our campus into a ‘town square’ for arts, culture, and meaningful community building,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with the community in an impactful way, providing an opportunity for arts organizations to engage with the community, build new audiences, and hopefully to inspire Miami’s next generation of arts lovers.”
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