South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center to host Grand Opening celebration

A brand-new $51 million state-of-the-art performing arts venue will be officially introduced to the South Miami-Dade community on October 1 & 2. The new South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay) opens with two days of performances open to the public, and is followed by an inaugural season of performances.

The Grand Opening Celebration is highlighted by a multidisciplinary show featuring international artists, as well as performers from Miami. The show takes place on Saturday, October 1 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, October 2 at 3 p.m. On both days, the Center offers additional free pre-show outdoor activities, for all to enjoy.

Tickets for the Grand Opening performance are $50, $35, $20 on Saturday night and $40, $25, $10 on Sunday afternoon (Family Day). Sunday pricing also includes $5 Culture Shock tickets for youth ages 12-22, 50% of for kids ages 6-12 and $5 off for Seniors at all ticket levels.

For information on how to buy tickets the public should call (786) 573-5300 or visit www.smdcac.org.

The Grand Opening performance spans genres and cultures of south Miami-Dade and includes jazz, classical, Latin, Caribbean and gospel music and dance, as well as, theater and multimedia presentations created from interviews with community members.

The Grand Opening Celebration is a community event that represents both the artistic and demographic diversity found in Miami-Dade and is designed to present outstanding cultural offerings to people from all backgrounds.

An official Ribbon Cutting Ceremony takes place on Saturday night along with free outdoor pre-show activities, bringing together residents, community leaders, and government officials to commemorate the opening of the facility. Sunday’s activities feature outdoor family-friendly events and a children’s price for the Grand Opening performance.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, designed by a design team that includes Arquitectonica International, Inc. (architects), Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. (theater design), Artec Consultants, Inc. (acoustics), and AMS Planning & Research Corp. (theater management), provides, for the first time, a state-of-the-art cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County.

The Center features prominent works of art created by Miami artist Robert Chambers who was commissioned by Miami-Dade County’s Art in Public Places program to design a kinetic light wall and sculptures for the theater.

The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community.

Source : www.examiner.com