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MDC Live! to Launch Continuing Education Program for Local Artists with Knight Foundation Grant

Knight Foundation

Miami, November 29, 2011 - South Florida artists will be able to participate in a new professional development program offering advanced, summer master classes taught by visiting artists, thanks to a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, as part of its Knight Arts Challenge. Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live! Performing Arts Series designed the program and will offer the courses in a variety of disciplines, such as acting, playwriting, directing, music composition and performance, dance, choreography and multi-disciplinary work.

The Knight Arts Challenge is a community-wide contest to bring South Florida together through the arts. MDC is one of 31 winners in the contest’s fourth year, and the only higher education institution to receive an award in 2011.

For 20 years, MDC Live! (formerly the Cultura Del Lobo performance series) has been hosting master classes by featured artists for MDC and New World School of the Arts students. Now it’s expanding that opportunity to South Florida’s artistic community without having to enroll in a degree program.  

“There’s no other program like this in the area,” said MDC Live! Executive Director Kathryn Garcia. “This is a long-term residence opportunity, an entire month of quality time for artists to develop their skills with masters in their craft. Through this program, we aim to expose artists to new approaches and techniques in their respective fields.”

“Miami's cultural community is growing, and key to that future success is the ability of local talent to hone their skills here in South Florida," said Dennis Scholl, Knight Foundation's vice president/arts.

The MDC Live! Summer Intensives program is projected to begin summer 2013. 

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit Learn more about the Knight Arts Challenge at

MDC Live! is an initiative of MDC’s Cultural Affairs department with a 20-year legacy of bringing unique, diverse performances from around the world to South Florida. Behind the scenes, the Series provides master classes by visiting artists, an essential component of Miami Dade College’s mission to not only present the best in the arts, but also foster future artists and audiences through meaningful educational experiences.


For more information about the grant, please contact MDC Live! Executive Director Kathryn Garcia at 305-237-3303, or

Knight Foundation contact: Marc Fest, vice president for communications, Knight Foundation, 305-908-2677, or

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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