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South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

About the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center

South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center provides a world-class, multi-disciplinary cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. The Center plays a key role in the economic and cultural development of the area and opened on October 1, 2011.

In addition to providing a diverse range of quality entertainment to people from all backgrounds and ages, the Center's mission includes an emphasis on educational and outreach activities in partnership with community groups. The Center's multiple rehearsal and performing spaces also offers accessible state-of-the-art facilities to the Miami-Dade artistic community, presenters and audiences throughout South Florida.

After Hurricane Andrew devastated South Miami-Dade in 1992, Commissioner Dennis C. Moss developed a comprehensive vision, known as the Moss plan for revitalization of the area, which included among many things, the building of a state-of-the-art cultural center. In 1994 Miami-Dade County purchased land to accommodate a new cultural center in the southern part of the county. The building was completed in 2011.

The Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

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About the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and its volunteer advisory board, the Cultural Affairs Council, develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for our community’s thousands of artists and not-for-profit cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council provide grants and technical assistance to cultural organizations and individual artists; develop and improve cultural facilities; create and advance arts education, public information and outreach programs; advocate for effective cultural policies and for more public and private resources to invest in cultural development; and promote and market our cultural assets broadly and innovatively.
 
Founded in 1976, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council cultivates Greater Miami‘s thriving, vibrant, international cultural community.The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by Ticketmaster for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Miami-Dade County Communications Department, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.
 
       CULTURAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL 2015

Adolfo Henriques
Cultural Affairs Council Chairman
 
Mr. Alejandro J. Aguirre
 
Mitchell Bierman, Esq.
Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman
 
Ms. Mireille Chancy-Gonzalez
World Wide Foto
 
Mr. Xavier Cortada
Office of Engaged Creativity at Florida International University
 
Ms. Denise Gerson
 
Ms. Susana Ibargüen
 
Mr. Robert J. Jensen
 
Mr. Jorge M. Perez
The Related Group of Florida
 
Janá Sigars-Malina, Esq.
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
 
Ms. Phyllis W. Simpkins
Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue
 
Ms. Rosa Sugrañes
 
Mr. Monty Trainer
Coconut Grove Arts Festival


 
 

Affiliate Organizations

 

Culture Shock Miami

Culture Shock Miami provides access to the arts. Students ages 13-22 can buy tickets for only $5 to the best performances and two for $5 for museums in and around Miami-Dade. With the purchase of one $5 student ticket, a second $5 ticket can be purchased for an individual of any age to join them. It’s Easy … So Order Now!

 

Art in Public Places

Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, serves the community through the implementation of art installations dedicated to enriching the public environment and to preserving and enhancing the artistic and civic pride of Miami-Dade County. Miami-Dade Art in Public Places promotes collaboration and creative art projects that improve the visual quality of public spaces. These public art installations transform public spaces from ordinary civic areas to sites that can lift the spirit and connect with the community.

 

African Center

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center formerly the Model City Cultural Arts Center opened in 1975 with funding support from the Model City Program initiated by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This regional facility of Miami-Dade County government Center has served South Florida communities for more than three decades. In 2011, The facility management transitions to the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

 

Miami-Dade County Auditorium

Miami-Dade County Auditorium opened its doors in 1951. It has a splendid history as one of South Florida’s premiere performing arts center. Over the years it has hosted countless numbers of operas, symphonies, theater presentations, ballets, concerts, lectures, presidential candidates, graduations, naturalization services and a host of other programs of great community interest. This popular multipurpose theater features Art Deco Revival décor. Recently renovated, this state of the art facility has for decades served as the center for showcasing the diversity of our cultural life and celebrating the Hispanic arts community. The operation of Miami-Dade County Auditorium was transferred to the Department of Cultural Affairs in January 2012; the Department has a track record and reputation for innovation and artistic excellence.