Even when its cultural events are open to the general public and do their part in enriching the local social fabric, the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College does not end its community involvement there.
It recognizes that stewardship and civic engagement not just broaden the cultural horizons of those who participate in them, but build a caring sense of fellowship that widens the scope of who locals consider part of their community.
To further fulfill its mission of bridging the local community to China–through meaningful, cross–cultural partnerships–the CI at Miami Dade College organizes fundraising events to advance social causes in China and relief efforts abroad.
Examples of these events include:
Organized by the Federation of Florida Chinese Associations and co-hosted by the Confucius Institute and the Chinese Association of Science, Education, Culture of South Florida (CASEC), this event featured Chinese performing artists and raised funds for the survivors of the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 200 people and injured at least 11, 000 in the Sichuan province. This event took place at the Miami Dade Kendall Campus and engaged faculty, staff, students and the general public in a common service effort.
Reading of “The Pet Dragon” at JFK Library (September 8, 2011)
On September 8, 2011, the Confucius Institute held a free reading of the Chinese story “The Pet Dragon” for children and their families in Hialeah’s JFK Library. This event featured giveaways, refreshments, demonstrations of traditional Chinese arts and crafts by CI’s faculty and a story about adventure and friendship in China. The event was sponsored by the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, Miami Dade College-Hialeah Campus, Hialeah Public Libraries, the Confucius Institute and the One-Picture Book-One Community Initiative at the Florida Center for the Literary Arts.
“The Night of Golden Dragon” at Florida Grand Opera (November 13, 2010)
On the evening of November 13th, the Confucius Institute at Miami Dade College and Florida Grand Opera co-hosted “Golden Dragon Night” to expose Miami locals who have not traveled to China to learn about it and experience its diverse cultural traditions live. Performance schedules were carefully made by the Confucius Institute as to provide audience members a chance to experience Chinese culture first hand and even participate in interactive performances with the featured artists and their crafts.