Arts becoming an increasingly vital part of Miami life

Posted on: June 6, 2011

In Saturday’s (6/4) Miami Herald, Jordan Levin writes, “On this sunny Saturday, Monica Amador has driven from her home in Coconut Grove with her sons, Henry, 4, and John, 2, to join the crowd flocking to the gleaming new South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center in Cutler Bay. Hundreds of people line up for art classes and activities, for music, theater and magic shows, in a bright, balloon-splashed family celebration of this new arts center in an area where cultural offerings have been a rare and special species. … Culture is exploding here. The trend became starkly visible as arts events filled the calendar in the past year and crowds swelled at museums, performances, and festivals—highlighted in Miami Beach by the landmark opening of the New World Symphony’s New World Center and an unprecedentedly popular Art Basel. … At the New World Symphony, 75,400 people went to concerts during the 2010-11 season, compared to 43,000 in 2008-2009 at its former theater nearby; next season the symphony will double from six to 12 the number of free outdoor Wallcasts, which drew an estimated average crowd of just under 2,000.”

Posted June 6, 2011