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Adrienne Arsht Center

Miami-Dade County

Jodi Farrell, Assistant Vice President, Advancement 

As Miami’s largest anchor arts institution, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County seeks to enlighten, educate and entertain the community through transformational arts and cultural experiences. The Arsht Center has driven more than $1 billion in new public and private investments in downtown Miami, drawing international developers to the once-desolate neighborhood.

Because of DCA...

the Arsht Center has grown bolder and more creative, connecting Floridians to each other through the power of the arts. The State helped build the Arsht Center and the Arsht Center in turn helped prove that culture builds Florida.
Aerial photo of performing arts center in Miami, Florida

The state’s investment in the Arsht Center created a 21st century facility for Florida. The construction of the Arsht Center generated a one-time impact of $690 million and an annual impact of $220 million. The human impact is even more powerful: more than 4 million people have engaged with the arts on the Arsht Center’s downtown campus since it opened in 2006, including over 350,000 children who have benefitted from the nation’s largest free arts education enterprise. A recent grant from DCA helped the Arsht Center launch an ambitious education initiative that annually serves more than 15,000 seventh-graders in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. “Kitty Hawk” is a Learning Through the Arts program implemented in partnership with the school system that aims to improve STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) instruction, increase youth engagement with STEAM and better serve groups historically underrepresented in STEAM fields by integrating the arts into classroom learning. Division of Cultural Affairs funding is crucial for the Arsht Center’s ability to continue and grow its mission-driven activities.