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MDC and Miami Art Museum Form Collaboration to Bring More Meaningful Art Opportunities to Students

Partnership Supported by MetLife Foundation’s Museum and Community Connections Grant

<ie>Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue (Ash Wednesday/Epilogue)</ie>, an Image from Rivane Neuenschwander's <ie>A Day Like Any Other</ie>.

Miami, February 28, 2011 - Miami Dade College’s (MDC) InterAmerican Campus recently announced a partnership with the Miami Art Museum (MAM) to create a unique bridge between the world of academia and the arts.

The initiative is made possible through a national grant from the MetLife Foundation’s Museum and Community Connections Program. 

This summer, MDC and MAM will collaborate to present a lecture and exhibition by renowned Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander, which will be held at the InterAmerican Campus.

Other facets of the partnership include increasing access to art and enhancing learning opportunities for approximately 6,000 underserved college students both on campus and at the Museum, as well as bringing awareness of career opportunities in the world of art. 

Only eight grants were awarded to museums for imaginative exhibitions and an educational public program that extend their reach in diverse communities and make art part of people’s lives.

MDC’s InterAmerican Campus is the only higher learning institution in the State of Florida to be included in the program.

Miami Dade College has more than 170,000 students overall and is recognized for meeting the multiple and unique needs of Miami’s diverse population. 

In addition to the long term benefits, this partnership will also expose students to Neuenschwander's satellite video exhibition, Quarta-Feira de Cinzas/Epilogue (Ash Wednesday/Epilogue). During the exhibition and lecture, Neuenschwander will speak with students about the art profession. 

“The summer collaboration between the Museum and MDC’s InterAmerican Campus will give our students a unique opportunity to meet the visiting artist, Rivane Neuenschwander, enjoy more art experiences by attending many of the activities at the campus and MAM, bring an awareness of career opportunities in the world of art, and most importantly, broaden their vision and appreciation of modern and contemporary art,” said Michaela Tomova, chairperson, MDC’s communication, arts and philosophy department.

“We all look forward to the summer art activities that will bring the Miami Art Museum to our students and community.”

 “MetLife Foundation has long understood that the arts and art education play vital roles in progressive communities and are particularly important in promoting community cohesiveness within diverse populations,” said MAM Director Thom Collins.

“While this initial program focuses on the InterAmerican Campus, just three miles from the Miami Art Museum, our hope is that this partnership will pave the way for other vital, long-term collaborations.” 

The MDC and MAM collaboration featuring Brazilian artist Rivane Neuenschwander’s A Day Like Any Other exhibition will be on display beginning July 14 through August 7, 2011 at the InterAmerican Campus in Little Havana.

There will be an opening reception and artist lecture for this exhibition on Thursday, July 14, 2011 from 6 to 9 p.m.

Additional details will be available closer to the event date. For more information about this event or MDC’s InterAmerican art programs, call 305-237-6049 or visit  

About the Miami Art Museum

Miami Art Museum, a modern and contemporary art museum located in downtown Miami, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim—the Americas, Europe and Africa—from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail. Miami Art Museum’s collection and artistic focus reflect the diverse population of its region, and its wide-ranging and powerful educational outreach programming serves more than 30,000 annually.  Miami Art Museum is always free for students, and docent-guided tours are provided to college and university groups, free of charge. The new Miami Art Museum at Museum Park, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, is scheduled to open to the public in 2013. The new facility will provide room to showcase growing collections, expanded exhibition space to bring more world-class exhibitions to Miami-Dade County, and an educational complex. The museum is located at 101 West Flagler Street in downtown Miami. For hours, admission, and parking information visit or call 305-375-3000.

About 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 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, the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 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 eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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