Point of View


HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS AT THE CENTER

There are a wide variety of opportunities for members of the community to volunteer at the Adrienne Arsht Center: as ushers, tour guides and wranglers, and as much needed support in the administrative offices, and at promotional events and outreach festivals throughout the city. In each case the volunteer is given wonderful insight into the business of guest and community service.

It’s particularly gratifying to see young people seek out and embrace these opportunities for involvement, and acquire the understanding that you always gain something, when you give something.

Recently, the Center had the pleasure of welcoming a group of 20 students of Miami Sunset Senior High School’s ESOL class (English as a Second Language), named the Close Up Club. The Close Up Club committed themselves to support the activities of the four-event FAMILY FEST, the Center’s ongoing series of free arts-related activities and performances, made possible by the support of Florida Blue Cross, Blue Shield and the Miami Downtown Development Authority.

Each student opened themselves up to the opportunity, unsure of who or what environment they might encounter, but with a great deal of courage and the desire to reach out and serve.

They ranged in ages, as did their proficiency in English – but they were unwavering in their committment to lend a hand. We are grateful to these fine young people, ready to challenge themselves, as well  as how the world sees them.

Nestor Cedeño, ESOL Department/Close Up Sponsor says, “I can say that as an ESOL teacher, I always tell my students that the best practice happens OUTSIDE of the classroom.”



LOCAL STUDENTS WILL HELP “THE SPARROW” FLY AT THE CENTER

Created by the award-winning team at The House Theatre of Chicago, The Sparrow is one of the most original and acclaimed new works to emerge from the Chicago theater scene in decades. In April, the Adrienne Arsht Center presents this story of tragedy, triumph, superpowers and good ol’ fashioned high school popularity contests at the Carnival Studio Theater, April 7 – May 1.

The Adrienne Arsht Center is reaching out to Miami-Dade high school and college students in drama and journalism programs to engage them in this national hit play. On February 19, The Sparrow creator and House Theatre founder Nathan Allen will be chatting directly with students via Skype about the inner workings of the show. Journalism students will receive press kits, credentials and an invitation to review the show in the Adrienne Arsht Center’s first “student press-only viewing.” Some student journalists will have their reviews published in local publications, the upcoming Sparrow micro-site, and on the Adrienne Arsht Center’s POV newsletter blog!  

Drama students will not be left out! Allen will recommend scenes for classroom exercises and they will be invited to participate in the maiden “Ghost Class” program. Similar to Spring Awakening’s “Guilty Ones,” the “Ghost Class” is a group of young Sparrow enthusiasts who will build interest and spread the word about the show. From posting on Facebook, to passing out flyers, to creating viral videos on YouTube, these students will serve as ambassadors for the Adrienne Arsht Center and its highly anticipated production of The Sparrow. In addition to prizes such as tickets to the show and merchandise, one lucky “Ghost Class” member will be selected to win a walk-on role on Opening Night!




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