Friday, September 17, 2010

Uncovering the Miami arts scene

By Alexandra Figueredo

September 17, 2010

Miami has long been the place to visit for its beaches and glitzy nightlife. But the City’s burgeoning arts and culture scene has become a major attraction for both tourists and locals for its many exciting and unique art exhibits and cultural events.

Dennis Scholl, vice president for the arts/Miami program director at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation said, “Miami is having a true cultural moment. Years ago, it was common to hear Miami called a cultural wasteland. Today, we have one of the country’s top visual arts scene, a world class ballet, a beautiful cultural arts center and much more.”

Much of the success of local arts organizations is due to the Knight Foundation and the many projects and grants that are offered throughout the year.

“The Knight Arts Challenge is adding to that momentum. We’ve funded 51 truly innovative ideas for the arts. Knight Foundation does this because we believe the arts bring this community’s diverse residents together,” said Scholl.

The Patricia and Philip Frost Museum collaborates with several local organizations and has been a recipient of grants from the Knight Foundation over the last few years.

Carol Damian, the Director and Chief Curator at the Frost, said, “There is no doubt that in this cultural climate, we are all struggling and cooperation is the answer.“

“The beauty of the Knight Arts Challenge is that it’s open to anyone – large institutions, small nonprofits, individual artists. We’ve funded the Miami City Ballet to put an orchestra back in the pit to accompany the dancers, and an individual artist to publish local art books. Along the way we’ve received more than 4,200 applications – showing just how creative this community is.”

For video footage of Carol Damian at the Fall for the Arts Festival, visit: Carol Damian @ Fall for the Arts 

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