June 2016, Volume 20, Number 3

Cultural Spotlight

A Night for Cosmic Talent

Exceptional talent is always rewarded at New World School of the Arts (NWSA) at Miami Dade College. This year, the region’s premier arts conservatory pulled out all the stops for its 2016 Rising Stars showcase, which put a spotlight on the remarkable talent of its student body with dance, music and theater performances, and a visual arts exhibition.

The evening affair started off with the annual exhibition at New World Gallery, which welcomed hundreds of guests to view dozens of impressive works by NWSA visual arts students. Pieces ranged from traditional media to installations and interactive works, including collaborations between student artists.

The celebration moved on to the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, where student performances wowed enthusiastic audiences with classic and contemporary theatrical, dance and musical performances.

At the event, acclaimed actress and NWSA theater alumna Katie Finneran was honored with the conservatory’s Alumni Award.

“I was born with maybe a little bit of talent, but New World School of the Arts gave me a voice; they gave me the skills to set my talent free,” Finneran said in a heartfelt acceptance speech. “They gave me professional teachers and professional circumstances to learn how to express myself creatively – and that’s what this school is doing for all its students here.” The Broadway star most recently finished shooting Season 2 of the Netflix hit series Bloodline, in which she plays Belle Rayburn.

— MR

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