Since its spectacular grand opening on December 31, 1999, the American Airlines Arena–South Florida’s Waterfront Showplace and proud home to the 2006, 2012 NBA Champion Miami HEAT–has become one of the nation’s premier facilities in sports and entertainment and a center of activity in South Florida.
Built with state-of-the-art sound and lighting and HD and electronic media signage inside and out, the impressive 19,600-seat American Airlines Arena ranks among the nation’s top 10 venues annually for total ticket sales and among the top 5 for Latin entertainment.
From opera to Broadway, dance to drama, symphonic to pop concerts, cabaret to comedy, jazz to world music, and beyond, this center is home to the greatest artists and productions from around the world.
With three state-of-the-art theaters: the 2,400-seat Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat Knight Concert Hall, and the intimate Carnival Studio Theatre; the beautiful Thompson Plaza for he arts, designed as a perfect stage for outdoor performances; a street-level Bombay Sapphire Lounge housed inside a historic Art Deco Tower and Prelude by Barton G, a full-service upscale restaurant, this is a premiere showcase for the performing arts and all types of events.
Bayfront Park Management Trust manages two downtown waterfront parks, which also serve as host sites for many special events. Bayfront Park is located in the heart of Downtown Miami on beautiful Biscayne Bay.
It has 32 acres of lush greenery, with a small sand beach, tropical rock garden and waterfall, playground, fountain, Light Tower, and many different monuments.
Special event facilities within the park include Klipsch Amphitheater and Tina Hills Pavilion. Bicentennial Park, a 29-acre park, is also located in the heart of Downtown Miami on Biscayne Bay.
Centro Cultural Español de Cooperación Iberoamericana (CCEMiami), is a non-profit organization that aims to promote and make tangible the cultural presence of Spain and Latin American countries in Florida by means of a culturally relevant and multidisciplinary annual program.
CCEMiami emphasizes the support of local creativity, collaboration with other cultural local institutions and the promotion of those values that contribute to the improvement of coexistence and respect of human and cultural rights.
CCEMiami, founded in 1996, belongs to the network of Cultural Centers that AECID (Spanish International Agency for Cooperation and Development) has throughout Latin America.
This non-profit organization was established in 2002 by Ella Fontanals-Cisneros and her family to support art and artists who are exploring new directions in contemporary art.
The Cisneros Foundation (CIFO) fosters cultural understanding and educational exchange through primary initiatives: Grants and Commissions programs for emerging and mid-career visual artists from Latin America; an exhibitions program showcasing work by Latin American artists and international contemporary art from the Ella Cisneros-Fontanals Collection at CIFO Art Space; and foundation-initiated support for other arts and culture projects.
Constructed in 1925 as a home for The Miami News, the MDC Freedom Tower is one of South Florida’s most distinctive historic buildings. From 1962 to 1974, it was a reception center for Cuban refugees. In 2008, the U.S. Department of Interior designated it as a National Historical Landmark.
Today, the Freedom Tower is a part of Miami Dade College and home to the MDC Art Gallery System. Its galleries has served as a venue for major exhibitions including The Divine Comedy, Salvador Dalí’s masterful series illustrating Dante Alighieri’s epic poem, and Read My Pins: The Madeleine Albright Collection, an exhibit exploring the subtle messages behind the former Secretary of State’s famed wardrobe accents.
MDC Gallery at Freedom Tower will be exhibiting Elena Sisto: Between Silverlight & Orange Shadow in the Main Gallery during DWNTWN Art Days.(Sept 7 – November 2, 2012)
HistoryMiami is the premier cultural institution committed to gathering, organizing, preserving and celebrating Miami’s history as the unique crossroads of the Americas.
We accomplish this through exhibitions, city tours, education, research, collections and publications. HistoryMiami advocates for helping everyone understand the importance of the past in shaping Miami’s future.
Founded in 2003, LegalArt has dedicated itself to providing artists with affordable legal services, grants and educational opportunities.
By empowering artists with access to legal and professional support, resources and information, LegalArt creates opportunities and protections for Miami’s art community; fostering a generation armed with the skills to legally protect their creations.
All LegalArt programming helps artists by creating a community both dedicated to, and invested in, their success.
Miami Art Museum (MAM), a modern and contemporary art museum located in Downtown Miami, is dedicated to collecting and exhibiting international art of the 20th and 21st centuries with an emphasis on the cultures of the Atlantic Rim “the Americas, Europe and Africa” from which the vast majority of Miami residents hail.
MAM serves one of the most diverse and fast-growing regions of the country, where a confluence of North and Latin American cultures adds vibrancy and texture to the civic landscape. MAM’s move to Museum Park in downtown Miami is scheduled for 2013.
Miami Children’s Museum, (MCM) a non-profit educational institution, is dedicated to enriching the lives of children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential.
The Museum’s primary audience is children ages three months to 12 years, their families, caregivers, and educators.
Through arts and educational programs, MCM seeks to include and target all audiences in Miami’s changing and diverse community by becoming the ‚”tow” center” for Miami-Dade County’s children and families.
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival.
MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960.
Miami International University of Art & Design is a multi-campus, career- oriented institution that provides students with academic preparation and practical skills through programs in the applied arts and design industries.
The institution prepares its undergraduate students for entry-level positions and its graduate students for advancement in their chosen fields. The University is dedicated to fostering a culture that encourages creativity, research, and learning- centered endeavors.
The Miami Science Museum, a Smithsonian Institute Affiliate, features a Wildlife Center, Planetarium shows and a brand new Energy Tracker exhibit featuring anything from basic energy principles to the future of renewable energy.
Visitors can dance on a huge Energy Dance floor that captures their energy and converts it to electricity, or rocket themselves 10 feet in the air. Live Science demonstrations and theater shows daily. Laser shows every first Friday of the month.
Celebrating its 25th year, New World School of the Arts (NWSA) is a world- class center of excellence in the visual and the performing arts providing a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development.
With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Dance, Music, Theater, and Art and Design, NWSA offers the high school diploma, the AA and the four-year BFA and BM college degrees.
Tucked into Miami’s contemporary skyline is an enchanting Mediterranean courtyard with shimmering stars and golden balconies. Majestic turrets and towers suggest another era when performances were events, and grand theaters provided a dreamlike escape from the modern world.
The Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts is not just a “venue” – is the jewel of South Florida arts and entertainment facilities, affording South Florida’s diverse community and its international guests a unique cultural experience that defies comparison.