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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 the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department manages, programs and operates the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, Joseph Caleb Auditorium, Miami-Dade County Auditorium, and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. 
 
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 Council on Arts and Culture, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Peacock Foundation, Inc. and The Jorge M. Pérez Family Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.
 
       CULTURAL AFFAIRS COUNCIL 

Xavier Cortada
Cultural Affairs Council Chairman
University of Miami
 
Alejandro J. Aguirre
 
Mitchell Bierman, Esq.
Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman
 
Mireille Chancy-Gonzalez
Second Vice Chairman
Carousel Studios
 
Sandra Curbelo
 
Denise Gerson
 
Adolfo Henriques
Immediate Past Chairman
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Susana Ibargüen
 
Brian E. May
Floridian Partners
 
Cheryl Rees
Ocean Bank
 
Janá Sigars-Malina, Esq.
First Vice Chairman
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.
 
Phyllis W. Simpkins
Miami-Dade County Fire Rescue
 
Rosa Sugrañes
 
 
Monty Trainer
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
 
Justin Trieger
New World Symphony


 
 

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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.