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Deering Estate Festival of the Arts "Intersections" Exhibition

MIAMI (March 18, 2016)

On Saturday, April 16, 2016, from 3:30 pm to 10:00 pm, the Deering Estate presents the Festival of the Arts "Intersections" Exhibition. Within the unique invitational format of this year’s event, artists in the South Florida Community and beyond, create site-specific works and performances. Events include a special performance by National Water Dance, an indoor and outdoor exhibit, a Curator’s and Artists’ Tour, a Literary Lounge, and interactive activities for all ages. The event is free & open to the public.

Schedule of Events for Saturday, April 16th:
• 3:30 pm: Gates open;
• 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm: National Water Dance (4:00 pm) & other ongoing performances throughout the Estate;
• 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm: Curator’s Tour with Kim Yantis, Cultural Arts Curator
• 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm: Literary Lounge readings in the Stone House Library
• 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Artists’ Exhibit Tour with participating artists;

Additionally, from 3:30 pm - 9:00 pm, a Courtyard Café will offer a select group of food and bar choices for a healthy, fresh picnic experience. Youth and families will also have the opportunity to explore and interact with art through the Bring Your Own Perspective (BYOP) Photography Competition and Artful Scavenger Hunt. Participation will feature the opportunity to win prizes such as a digital camera and a family membership to the Deering Estate.

Intersections: The nature of curiosity encourages us to move between boundaries, to explore new materials, and to expand our base of knowledge. Whether through structural creations, discoveries within a historical context, or through interdisciplinary interactions, the creatives in this exhibition investigate the act or fact of intersecting through a broad range of research, practice and materials.

Featured Performance: National Water Dance Directed by Dale Andree with: New World School of the Arts, Bridgeprep Academy of Arts & Minds, Cutler Bay Middle School, Conchita Espinosa Academy, and Miami dance companies: DanceNow Miami, Karen Peterson & Dancers, and Augusto Soldade’s BrazzDance with a percussion score by Brandon Cruz. Volunteers from Miami Dade College’s Earth Ethics Institute, MDC Honors College Students from the Institute for Community Engagement and Democracy and representatives from 350.org and Solar Choice will be offering information about South Florida’s water issues.

Readings by: Literary Curator, Nicole Hospital-Medina, Jaswinder Bolina, C.M. Clark, Vanessa Garcia, Carolina Hospital, Mia Leonin, Giovanni Turner, Mariam Zafar, and additional Miambiance Magazine readers.

Participating Artists include: John William Bailly, BYO-Lab (Chris Mejia, Noel Palacios, Andrea Perelli), Karla Caprali, Robert Chambers, Susan Lee Chun, Felice Grodin, Jason Hedges, Juraj Kojs, Don Lambert, Justin H. Long, Anja Marais, Ena Marrero, Suzanne Martinson, Laz Ojalde with Natalie Zlamalova, Jonathon Rockford, Onajide Shabaka, Alette Simmons-Jimenez, Yomarie Silva- O’Neil , Skip Snow, Stefan Tugrul, Juan Carlos "JC" Velazquez.

About National Water Dance: Founded by artistic director Dale Andree with the support of Daniel Lewis and Miami Dance Futures, National Water Dance was created to bring attention to the power and fragility of the nation’s waterways. Bringing dancers and musicians together from across the country and using dance as a form of social activism is, according to Ms. Andree, "a force that can create social change."  Dancers from Alaska to Mississippi, from California to Massachusetts, will be joining Miami-Dade County dancers in this simultaneous national live streamed performance. Artistic Director Dale Andree says "My desire in creating National Water Dance is to inspire artists of all ages to go beyond the studio and the stage with their art; to connect with the environment and realize the power of art in bringing awareness to environmental issues, particularly water." A 2014 participant from South Miami Middle Community School says "It was an awesome experience seeing dancers from around the nation come together for a cause."

The Miami-Dade portion of National Water Dance is sponsored in part by a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Grant, Florida Department of State - Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

The Intersections Exhibit will be on display daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from April 4 – May 20, 2016, and is free with Estate admission.

For more information, please visit www.deeringestate.org or call 305-235-1668 ext. 233.

Cultural Arts Programming at the Deering Estate is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and the Deering Estate Foundation, Inc.

About the Deering Estate
The 450+ acre Deering Estate is an environmental, archaeological and historical preserve. From canoe tours to bird walks and guided nature hikes, the Deering Estate has diverse activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Estate is part of the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department, which manages the Estate on behalf of the State of Florida.

The Deering Estate offers complementary exhibit viewing nights, highlighting a variety of contemporary, historic, and visiting exhibitions inside the Historic homes. Exhibit Evenings are free of charge and offer the public a chance to interact with artists and curators and to experience a variety of exhibit tours and talks. Exhibit Evenings are held 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm on the third Wednesdays per annual schedule.

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