June 2014, Volume 18, Number 2

Cultural Spotlight


MDC Receives Coveted NEA Support

Three of MDC’s renowned cultural programs were chosen from more than 1,500 applicants nationwide to receive an Art Works grant from the National 
Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support their 2014-15 seasons.

These prestigious grants support the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, including public engagement, lifelong learning and enhancing the livability of communities.

“We feel very proud with this year’s distinction and the national recognition of the quality of MDC’s cultural programs,” said Alina Interián, executive director of MDCulture, the College’s Cultural Affairs Department. “The support of the NEA allows MDCulture programs to continue to offer opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to meet together on the common ground of artistic excellence.”

With this year’s grant, MDC Live Arts performing arts series marks another season of collaboration with NEA to present the series’ 24th year of programming, featuring dance, music and theater performances. MDC Live Arts is highly regarded in South Florida as it not only brings world-class artists to the area but also creates multiple educational opportunities for Miami Dade College students and the general public through artist residencies.

Miami International Film Festival – considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. and a major launching pad for international and documentary cinema – also received significant funding. The annual extravaganza attracts more than 60,000 audience members and hundreds of filmmakers, producers, talented artists and industry professionals. It is the only major film festival within a college or university.

The Center for Literature and Theatre @ MDC was awarded a grant to support its annual Big Read program. This initiative encourages a love of the literary arts through a monthlong series of discussions, public readings and other events that explore various themes in a selected work of literature.

— AMS


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