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Miami Book Fair International and Prometeo Theatre at Miami Dade College are honored as Recipients of the John S. And James L. Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge Grant 2013


Lissette Mendez from Miami Book Fair International receives a 2013 Knight Arts Grant from Knight Foundation President Alberto Ibarguen, left, and Matt Haggman, Program Director/Miami.

Miami, December 3, 2013 - MDCulture, the acclaimed Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College, announces that two of its initiatives, The Miami Book Fair International and Prometeo Theatre, are recipients of the  John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Knight Arts Challenge 2013. Their projects, The Swamp @ Miami Book Fair International and Play Time! An International Theatre Festival for Children (Prometeo Theatre), follow in the footsteps of the Knight Foundation’s mission to advance innovative approaches, participants, leaders and spaces to foster community engagement.

The Swamp @ Miami Book Fair International will be a pop-up lounge featuring Florida stories and writers whose works explore the beauty, contradictions, uniqueness and weirdness of life in the Sunshine State. The Fair will invite other literary and arts groups to curate individual nights, assuring that each evening is an event reflecting the personalities that animate the local cultural scene. The Swamp will honor and celebrate Florida, while providing a venue for local writers and lovers of literature to come together. Knight Foundation has awarded the Miami Book Fair International $120,000 for a period of two years

Play Time! An International Theatre Festival for Children will be produced and presented by Prometeo Theatre. This event will feature children's theatre from all over the world to be enjoyed by children and families of different ethnicities and cultures. By presenting all-accessible plays in different languages and with supertitles, children in the community will be introduced to different theatre forms as well as varying cultural traditions, in a fun, interactive way. Admission to all productions will be free for all children. Knight Foundation awarded Prometeo Theatre $50,000 for a period of one year.

"The Miami International Book Fair has helped propel our local arts community, becoming a signature event that engages South Florida and extends our reputation as a year-round center for arts and culture. These new programs will help fortify that effort and make the arts a part of more South Floridians everyday lives," said Dennis Scholl, VP/arts at Knight Foundation.


The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge funds ideas that help bring South Florida together through the arts. “We are so humbled by these awards,” said Alina Interián, Senior Executive Director, Cultural Affairs. “These events offer a fantastic vehicle to providing our community with new ideas and experiences while furthering the mission of both MDCulture and Knight Foundation.”

 The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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Miami Book Fair International and The Center @ MDC

Miami Book Fair International is the largest and finest literary gathering in America. It is the premier event of The Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. The Center promotes reading, writing and Theatre at locations throughout South Florida by consistently presenting activities open to all. Literacy projects target children and teens, as well as college students and adults. Its creative writing program has national appeal, and courses are taught by local and visiting authors. It is also home to Prometeo Theatre, the nation's leading Spanish language, conservatory-style program offering training for actors, and featuring performances throughout the year. In 2012, the Center celebrated its tenth year with a renewed commitment to the advancement of literary and theatre arts.


Miami Book Fair International is made possible through the generous support of the State of Florida and the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami; Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; Miami-Dade County Public Schools; the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Miami Downtown Development; and the Friends of the Fair; as well as many corporate partners.


Teatro Prometeo

Since its inception 40 years ago by Prometeo’s founder, Teresa Maria Rojas, our mission has been to preserve Hispanic culture through theatre. With the vision and support of Dr. Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, Prometeo Theatre serves more than 500 theatre arts students every year, transforming the landscape of Spanish theatre in Miami along the way. In the fall of 2006, Prometeo entered a new phase, becoming part of the Florida Center for the Literary Arts at Miami Dade College under the direction of Joann Maria Yarrow and the guidance of the Center’s Executive Director, Alina Interián. Prometeo offers classes throughout the year in Acting, Voice and Speech, Movement, Singing, Playwriting and Camera-acting Technique as well as specialized workshops in Stage Combat, Commedia del’Arte, Contact Improv, Viewpoint training and much more. Our 2-year Professional Actor Training Conservatory in Theatre Arts Program is unique the nation offering the opportunity of conservatory-style actor training in Spanish.



MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of the College. Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theatre, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts, Prometeo Theatre and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences.


Miami Dade College

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 through MDCulture, it’s cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, MDC Live Arts performing arts series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and Theatres, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 175,000 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 outreach centers offer more than 300 academic pathways leading to baccalaureate degrees, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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