June 2012, Volume 16, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

25 Glorious Years of Rising Stars

Every year, MDC’s New World School of the Arts shines a spotlight on its most talented students at its Rising Stars Showcase. This year, celebrating 25 years as the region’s premier arts education institution, NWSA pulled out all the stops for its silver anniversary event with an evening of top-notch exhibitions and multidisciplinary performances that wowed South Florida audiences.

More than 300 guests visited New World Gallery to view an exhibition of artworks by 15 of NWSA’s top visual arts students. Following the anniversary celebration’s  “black, white and red” theme conceived by NWSA graphic design student Alfredo Useche, the paintings, drawings, installations and ceramic works drew viewers into a dialogue that explored the artists’ thought processes.

Just a short walk away, at the Gusman Center for Performing Arts, the showcase continued with a plethora of invigorating dance, music and theater performances. An audience of more than 1,500 people enjoyed the energetic and beautifully rendered acts, including Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Giménez, who gave his own special presentation in honor of NWSA, proclaiming March 23 “New World School of the Arts 25th Anniversary Day.” In addition, award-winning playwright and 1999 NWSA graduate Tarell Alvin McCraney received the conservatory's prestigious Alumnus Award in recognition of his outstanding success in the realm of theater.

A Silver Anniversary Party at New World Dance Studios capped off the evening, with community leaders, arts supporters and friends of the College joining the NWSA family in toasting the school’s achievements over the past quarter of a century.

“From the start, New World School of the Arts has set the bar for excellence in arts training, nurturing talented students,” said Interim Provost Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson. “We couldn’t have celebrated this incredible institution in a more fitting way than to allow the public to appreciate the hard work of our students and faculty.”

— MR

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