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ARTS & CULTURE 18 MIAMI TODAY WEEK OF THURSDAY, JANUARY 13, 2011 County’s arts taskforce spawns Kennedy Center partnership BY Z ACHARY S. F AGENSON One of the most tangible results of the “It’s an opportunity for our groups to 2009 proposed zeroing out cultural af- taskforce’s work today is a partnership showcase their work, make money, get fairs department grant programs. While finding permanent funding for with the Kennedy Center in Washing- prestige, and that all arose from the That move would have spelled the end the arts – the No. 1 suggestion of a ton, DC. taskforce,” he added. of hundreds of arts groups across the county-backed taskforce charged with They’re “bringing faculty to Miami In a previous interview, Mr. Spring county, but a cultural community out- examining the state of Miami-Dade’s and are going to lead 60 cultural organi- said the department has followed the cry led commissioners to restore 70% cultural community – is as far from zations through a year of workshops on taskforce’s suggestion of creating an of the $11.1 million plus $1.5 million reality as ever, the group’s laundry list sustainability,” said Michael Spring, di- online database of spaces that cultural from library district reserves. of suggestions has been taken to heart rector of the county’s Department of groups can use for exhibitions, perfor- Despite preserving the grant program by the Cultural Affairs Council and some Cultural Affairs. mances or rehearsals and is “aggres- and putting new initiatives in place, the are already being worked on. Furthermore, the taskforce, which sively pursuing new technical-assistance top goal of Miami’s artistic community “It’s been incorporated into what we held a series of town hall-style meetings opportunities for our cultural groups, remains its own source of funding. are going to be doing, and quite frankly with cultural organizations of all sizes ways in which they can improve their “I think the most important thing is we’re following up on every element from across the county, also served as skills.” that they, the policymakers, and we, the there,” said Adolfo Henriques, chair of impetus for the cultural affairs depart- The 19-member taskforce, the result people who recommended it, under- council who also chaired the temporary ment to pursue and secure the Perform- of an initiative by Commissioner Rebeca stood that it’s not possible to sustain taskforce. “There was a whole list of ing Arts Exchange conference in 2012. Sosa that produced that and other sug- that commitment through time when actionable items, and each one of them “This is a conference where groups gestions, was charged with examining there are competing interests in a county is being ticked off. perform and where the people that run the sustainability of Miami-Dade’s more budget as big as ours,” said taskforce “When we have our meeting in Febru- facilities book them,” Mr. Spring said. than 1,000 cultural groups, trends in member and local artist Xavier Cortada. ary that’s where we’ll address what’s “Our department actually contacted Arts public and private funding for the arts, “That’s why the taskforce ultimately happened, what we’ve done and where South, flew down their conference team and consolidation and collaboration strat- decided to recommend a direct source we’re taking the rest,” he added. and showed them our facilities. egies arts after Mayor Carlos Alvarez in of funding for culture in Dade County.” 2-year-old Frost Art Museum at FIU draws 60,000 visitors B Y JACQUELYN W EINER Prize-winning Portuguese writer José Saramago’s “The Tale of Just past its two-year anni- the Unknown Island.” Photo- versary at its Florida Interna- graphs and sculptures make up tional University facility, the the exhibit, aimed at capturing Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Mu- the author’s literary symbolism seum has established itself as an and exploring “themes of integral part of the school’s com- memory and dreams, roots and munity, its director says. growth, death and notions of Since opening in December renewal.” Ends March 13. 2008, more than 60,000 have ”As of 24-03-07" displays visited the museum’s nine-gal- the works of María Brito, a lery facility, said Carol Damian, Cuban-American artist and director and chief curator. Florida International University She attributes the success to alumna. Ends April 3. positive reviews, aggressive out- ”Women in Motion: Fitness, reach and impressed visitors. Sport, and the Female Figure” “There’s no doubt that word explores depictions of female of mouth is really important,” athletes in the first half of the she said. twentieth century, examining And while funding continues whether it conforms to to be slim from the state and society’s view of femininity. other past sources, Miami-Dade Includes posters, magazines, County didn’t trim the arts as fine art and other media from much as feared. Photo by Marlene Quaroni The Wolfsonian-Florida Inter- Ms. Damian said she expects national University’s collection. Italy’s consulate general here helped connect museum with auto manufacturer Fiat, says Carol Damian. to receive about $135,000 from Curated by the university’s Miami-Dade County this year – ian automobile manufacturer Frost’s “Crossing the Boundaries: Contemporary Art” presents Laurie Shrage, professor of similar to past years. Fiat for its upcoming “GRAN Art and Music” speaker series. work by a select group of philosophy and director of In addition, Florida Interna- TORINO: Italian Contemporary Mr. Amram’s work includes Torino artists, introducing women’s studies, and Dionne tional University left the Art” exhibit, she said. two operas, more than 100 or- trends in new Italian art. Curated Stephens, assistant professor of museum’s budget – which cov- And the upcoming Robert chestral and chamber works and by Paolo Facelli and Francesco psychology and African and ers operating expenses – un- Farber photography exhibit is scores for films “Splendor in Poliwill. Ends April 17. African Diaspora studies. touched, she said. being sponsored by Canon cam- The Grass” and “The Manchu- ”My Eyes Have Seen” cap- The Patricia & Phillip Frost “That’s a vote of confidence on eras, Ms. Damian said. rian Candidate.” tures the timeless images of Art Museum is at 10975 SW their part,” she said. “They see the “The reality is that you need Following his talk is an intro- American photographer Robert 17th St., Tamiami, on Florida museum as an integral part of the corporate, private sponsorship duction of the artists, curators Farber, whose signature style International University’s main university community.” to do exhibits,” she said. and exhibits. has influenced photographers campus. The museum is also getting The museum’s newest set of “It’s a big night,” Ms. Damian for generations. It is open Tuesday-Saturday creative with corporate spon- exhibits is to open with a recep- said. “It has really got an energy ”The Tale of the Unknown 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday sorship, seeking companies that tion from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 26. all by itself.” Island,” curated by Spanish art- noon-5 p.m. Admission is free. have a connection to exhibits. The event kicks off with com- The five exhibits opening Jan. ists Esther Villalobos and Mar The Italian consulate helped poser David Amram discussing 26 are: Solís, interprets “a journey into Details: (305) 348-2890 or connect the museum with Ital- his compositions as part of the ”GRAN TORINO: Italian the unknown” inspired by Nobel http://thefrost.fiu.edu. F ILMING IN M IAMI These film permits were issued last RDF MEDIA USA/CLOCK TOWER PRODUCTIONS. Santa WALL TO WALL MEDIA. London. Drugs, Inc. 2. City of SIX DEGREES PRODUCTION. Miami Beach. Stills for sidewalks, Fashion District sidewalks, José Marti Park, Monica, CA. Lizard Lick Towing. 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