Miami Herald

Season of the Arts: Don’t expect to find this artwork, music or drama elsewhere. It’s uniquely 305

Article by Anne Tschida, September 7, 2018

Unlike most metropolitan cultural centers, with long-established institutions and histories, Miami-Dade is an ever-transitioning city, and until the last few decades, one without much of a cultural groundwork. But with a spurt of growth in almost all arts genres, the days of second-cast companies performing retreaded work are past. The touring companies that do land here — such as the Cleveland Orchestra, which makes an annual appearance — are world renowned. More often, South Florida audiences are sampling some of the most diverse homegrown experiences offered anywhere in the country.

Much of the recent evolution is due to the $29.6 million investment made by the Knight Foundation over the past decades. Those dollars have bolstered established institutions and made it possible for new — and sometimes more experimental — groups to get on their feet…

Endemic to Miami’s art scene are themes that have taken on global importance: immigration and climate change. Works responding to immigration, assimilation and diaspora are part of nearly every local exhibition. Increasingly, so are works relating to ecology. Artists in Residence in Everglades, known as AIRIE, has invited artists from around the world to explore the unique Everglades ecosystem. Several local artists have developed practices relating to our endangered environment, including Xavier Cortada, who has focused his science-based work on such issues as the endangered mangroves and coral reefs. The art-science collective Coral Morphologic also emphasizes the ailing reefs in images and huge projections, for example the colorful swirling coral video that was shown on the giant outdoor screen at New World Center.

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