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Miami Dade College Homestead Campus Presents Everglades National Park’s AIRIE Collection Exhibition and Panel

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Miami, November 8, 2013 - Miami Dade College’s(MDC) Homestead Campus will kick off Fresh AIRIE: Artists’ Experiences in a World Heritage Site, a traveling exhibition featuring works by more than 30 artists as part of the Everglades National Park’s AIRIE Collection, including painting, photography, video, audio composition and poetry. An opening reception and panel discussion will take place on Thursday, Nov. 14. The art work will remain on display at the Homestead Art Space through Dec. 13.  

“It is important to expose the campus and local community to the unique destination landscape, located within our reach, and known worldwide as the River of Grass,” said MDC Homestead Campus President Dr. Jeanne Jacobs. Art education is a critical part of the academic equation and creates an atmosphere that inspires learning and innovation.”  

Free and open to the public, the opening reception begins at 5 p.m., followed by a panel discussion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The panel discussion will open with a welcome by Everglades National Park Superintendent Dan Kimball. Guest panelists include writer Bill Maxwell, composer Gustavo Matamoros and Linda Friar, Everglades National Park’s Chief of Public Affairs, who will share their experiences living and working in a World Heritage Site.  

“Everglades National Park is proud of our World Heritage designation,” Kimball said. “This recognition highlights the international importance of this unique resource as one of the globe’s most significant cultural and natural areas. Aspects of this very special place have been captured by talented artists and I hope that all will take time to experience this unusually engaging and creative depiction of the World Heritage values of the park.”

The Fresh AIRIE exhibition is made possible through a generous grant from Robin Tauck, of Tauck Romano Innovative Philanthropy, and AIRIE programs are supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation through the Knight Arts Challenge. The exhibition will travel to four South Florida universities, followed by a special showing at the park’s Ernest Coe Visitor Center Gallery.


South Florida is home to the only subtropical wilderness area in the country, and Artists in Residence in Everglades (AIRIE) is the only program bringing artists to the Everglades.  Since 2001, AIRIE has brought over 100 artists, composers, writers and dancers to Everglades National Park for month-long residencies. AIRIE Fellows have the unique opportunity to get to know the ecology of the Everglades by being immersed in it, and then share their perspective through creative public programs. Description:

About World Heritage Sites

Everglades National Park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979. It was among the first of 21 sites in the United States that received this international designation, given to important natural and cultural resources around the world.  World Heritage sites demonstrate the importance, for all the peoples of the world, to safeguard a unique and irreplaceable property. 

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MDC Homestead Campus to Host Fresh AIRIE: Artists’ Experiences in a World Heritage Site

  • WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 14, 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • WHERE: Exhibition: Homestead Art Space, Building D (adjacent to the library) Panel: Building F, Room 222 500 College Terrace, Homestead

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