Point of View

June 6, 2011, 3:38 pm
Filed under: At the Center

Amid the excitement of the approaching end of what has been a remarkable 5th Anniversary Season, the Adrienne Arsht Center hosted its first-ever State of the Arsht presentation earlier this month.  The event was part of the Center Advancement team’s series of  5th Anniversary signature events, which also included the season preview Insider’s Look, the Bombay Sapphire Lounge Private Donor Opening, the 5th Anniversary Season Gala, and the recent Green Room Society Spring Fling.

Photo by Manny Hernandez

Designed to showcase the Center’s history and ambitious goals for the future, State of the Arsht was attended by business and civic leaders, diplomatic representatives, Board members, staff and some of Miami’s most noted philanthropists.  Suzanna Valdez, Vice-President of Advancement, welcomed the crowd,  saying “Today’s event is an opportunity for us to share with you some of the highlights of our first years in service to the Miami community.”  In the presentation by John Richard that followed, the Center’s president and CEO said, “The Arsht Center’s mission has evolved just as our community has matured. ‘Entertain, Educate, Stimulate and Impact’ – this is the staircase of our mission.”

Indeed, the Center has come a long way since it opened its doors in the fall of 2006 by serving the community through its many and diverse arts education and outreach programs. For example, Learning Through the Arts thus far has invited 52,000 Miami-Dade fifth graders to come see a free live performance at no cost and will soon bring a new class of fifth graders to the Center this fall. Free Gospel Sundays brings nearly 2000 music lovers four times each year to the Knight Concert Hall for a free concert by the finest local gospel choirs and award-winning gospel stars from around the country.

All these accomplishment have come about with strong leadership and responsible fiscal management—the Center, in fact, has maintained a balanced budget for the last three years. In this regard, Carlos Garcia, partner at Goldstein Schecter Koch, stated “we believe in the Center and what it is doing for our city.” Indeed, these accomplishments underscore strong private, corporate, and public support, for which the Center is grateful.

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