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InterAmerican Art Institute at MDC Extends its Cultural Programs to Little Havana Community

Venue will devote itself to building and sustaining interest in the arts for area residents
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Attendees and organizers gather for an art exhibition held at the InterAmerican Campus gallery in July 2008.

Miami, August 12, 2008 - A desire to unite all artists, professional and novice alike, has spawned the effort of Miami Dade College (MDC) to open the InterAmerican Art Institute, a community enrichment center located in the heart of Little Havana. Offering exhibits, lectures and classes to art enthusiasts of all ages, the Institute, organized by the College’s School of Community Education at the InterAmerican Campus, will officially open to the general public beginning in fall 2008. 

“The goal of the Institute is to provide a place where the artistic abilities inherent in our community can be discovered and stimulated,” said MDC InterAmerican Campus President Gina Cortes-Suarez. “By bringing together professional artists and those community individuals interested in pursuing their personal development, the program promotes creative arts in our community.” 

In addition to serving as an enrichment center, the Institute will provide regular activities that will include visits to local galleries, art classes such as acrylic painting, figure drawing for fashion, collage construction, mural painting, and more. Other activities to be held at the Institute in fall 2008 include, a lecture by art critic Carlos Manuel, and an art exhibit featuring the works of painter Baruj Salinas and sculptor Laura Luna, both of whom work as adjunct instructors at the InterAmerican Campus.     Coincidentally, through the College’s renowned School of Community Education based at its Kendall Campus, the InterAmerican Art Institute makes the second such cultural program initiated by MDC this fall. The Latin Jazz Institute, another culturally progressive program started by MDC is set to open in September 2008 at the Kendall Campus.

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, The Florida Center for the Literary Arts, The Miami International Film Festival, the Cultura del Lobo performance arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 165,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 200 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate of arts and associate of science degrees.

For more information about the InterAmerican Art Institute and event details, contact Sandra Garcia, 305-237-6195 or sgarcia3@mdc.edu.

Media-only contacts:
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, tcarroll@mdc.edu, media specialist
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu, MDC communications director




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