(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- Promises made, promises kept. Today this Cultural Arts Center is proof that we are delivering on a promise made to a community devastated by Hurricane Andrew almost twenty years ago. I am proud today of what we have accomplished." Those were the opening remarks proclaimed by Miami-Dade Commissioner Dennis C. Moss during the grand opening ceremonies Saturday evening, October 2, 2011 at the newly opened and celebrated South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center located at 10950 SW 211 Street in Cutler Bay, Florida. Saturday, October 1st, marked the official grand opening of the SMDCAC to the public at large.
The two-day October 1st & 2nd Grand Opening events featured an array of countless performances by international artists, as well as some of Miami's highest caliber performers. Both days were filled with free outdoor pre-show activities and family-friendly events, bringing together residents, community leaders, and elected officials to commemorate the long-awaited opening of South Miami-Dade's new state-of-the-art facility. The main shows took place inside the theater on Saturday at 8:00PM and Sunday at 3:00PM with tickets ranging from $5.00 to $40.00.
Mr. Adolfo Henriques, Chair of the Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Council, served as emcee for Saturday evening's official grand opening ceremonies. Commissioner Moss was joined on stage by other guests, such as, Florida State Senator Larcenia J. Bullard, Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, Commissioners Lynda Bell and Sally Heyman, and Town of Cutler Bay's Mayor Ed MacDougall. Former County Commissioner Katy Sorenson and both Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs Director Michael Spring and SMDCAC Manager Eric Fliss were acknowledged for their roles in bringing the Cultural Arts Center to South Miami-Dade.
Commissioner Dennis C. Moss was the visionary behind the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center which was one of several projects included in The Moss Plan. The plan came about as a result of the devastation caused by Hurricane Andrew in 1992, the second worst natural disaster in the history of the U. S., after Hurricane Katrina. The Moss Plan, originally referred to as "South Dade Neighborhood Development Concept Plans", was renamed by a unanimous vote of the Commission, to "The Moss Plan". Other projects benefiting from The Moss Plan include business expansion and development, street paving and road improvements, affordable housing, community centers/recreation facilities, community gateway signs, redevelopment and expansion of parks, beautification projects, crime prevention, and homebuyer's counseling. During his remarks inside the cultural arts center, Commissioner Moss recognized former County Commission Chairman Arthur E. Teele, for appointing him to spearhead the county's effort to rebuild South Miami-Dade after Hurricane Andrew, which gave him the opportunity to create a project like the cultural arts center.
Commissioner Moss stated, ""The arts give us a way to learn about who we are, and enable us to dream of who we can be."