November 2013, Volume 17, Number 4

Cultural Spotlight

MDCulture Activates the Senses

For more than five decades, Miami Dade College’s Department of Cultural Affairs has played a key role in Miami’s evolution from a sleepy tourist town into a vibrant international arts destination. By offering cutting-edge endeavors in film, the visual arts, literature and the performing arts, Miami Dade College has embraced the challenge of facilitating cross-cultural understanding through the arts and humanities, making these initiatives an integral part of its mission.

In celebration of this outstanding legacy, MDC’s Cultural Affairs Department held its new launch as MDCulture with a stimulating arts and culture showcase on Sept. 20 at the College’s National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower in Downtown Miami.
MDCulture now represents the College’s cultural and arts programming, including The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC, MDC Live Arts, Miami Book Fair International (MBFI), Teatro Prometeo, Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), the Koubek Center and MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOAD).

A Gift From Each Group

The festive opening event, titled “ACTIVATE: MDCulture,” coincided with Miami’s DWNTWN Arts Days and began with a toast to MDC’s various cultural and art programs, each of which in turn then offered a special presentation, which was free and open to everyone in the community. Throughout the evening, there was a rich and varied smorgasbord of film screenings by MIFF, an art exhibition by MOAD, a performance at the College’s acclaimed Prometeo Theatre, and the highly anticipated unveiling of the official poster of 2013 Miami Book Fair International (MBFI). In addition, renowned Brazilian jazz pianist André Mehmari offered an intimate performance presented by MDC Live Arts.

“MDCulture’s wide-ranging events reflect the diversity of our wonderfully multicultural community,” said Alina Interián, MDC’s senior executive director of Cultural Affairs. “While MDCulture serves as a guiding light for the arts throughout the region, its numerous programs give people new ideas and experiences that encourage communication at the same time that they broaden everyone’s global perspectives.”

Art That Enlightens

In addition to enriching life in South Florida, MDCulture puts students in direct contact with the most important cultural and artistic movements at home and abroad. One-of-a-kind encounters with artists and writers give students an insider’s view of how contemporary innovators perceive the world and express themselves in it. These unique, real-life experiences complement what students learn in the classroom by providing a very different type of artistic sensibility.

In enabling the community, students and the artists themselves to share their views and interact in meaningful ways, MDCulture creates unending opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to meet together on the common ground of artistic excellence.
To learn more about MDCulture’s exciting upcoming events, see

— BK

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