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African Heritage Cultural Arts Center Hosts 2017 Golden Globes Watch Party this Sunday to Cheer on "Moonlight," Nominated in 6 Categories

"Moonlight," the brainchild of two Miami natives, was executive produced by African Heritage Cultural Arts Center alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney and written and directed by Barry Jenkins

MIAMI (January 06, 2017)

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is hosting the best Golden Globes Watch Party in town (#AHCACMoonlight) on Sunday, January 8, 2017 beginning at 7:30 p.m. at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue in Miami.  The Center’s distinguished alumnus, Tarell Alvin McCraney, and Barry Jenkins, who both grew up in Liberty City, will be at the awards ceremony at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, CA representing their film “Moonlight,” which is among the contenders in six categories: Best Picture (Drama), Best Director (Jenkins), Best Screenplay (Jenkins), Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture (Mahershala Ali), Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture (Naomie Harris), and Best Original Score (Nicholas Britell).

Space is limited, and audiences will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.

“Moonlight” is based upon Tarell Alvin McCraney’s semi-autobiographical play, “In Moonlight Black Boys Look Blue.” McCraney, an award-winning playwright whose honors include a MacArthur “Genius” award, is an executive producer of the film. Barry Jenkins, already racking up top awards for this work, adapted McCraney’s story and wrote the screenplay as well as directed “Moonlight.” The film was produced and financed by A24 in partnership with Brad Pitt’s Plan B.

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is one of the locations featured in “Moonlight” and served as a local venue for the film, largely due to McCraney’s influence. Brad Pitt visited the Center for the filming of the scenes in the facility’s dance studio, music hall entrance and a classroom. Auditions were held in the Center’s theater and some of the actors affiliated with the Center were cast. The Center and its director, Marshall Davis, a mentor to McCraney, are listed in the movie credits.

In addition to the six Golden Globe nominations, Moonlight has garnered several other honors and distinctions, including Screen Actors Guild Awards (2), NAACP Image Awards (6), Independent Spirit Robert Altman Awards (6), Critics’ Choice Awards (2), a National Board of Review Award, and more.  The national media is also taking note: CBS News Sunday Morning contributor Nancy Giles is taping an interview for an upcoming broadcast with Tarell Alvin McCraney and actor Alex Hibbert, the child actor who plays “Little” in “Moonlight,” at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.

The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, has a long-standing reputation of providing high caliber art instruction. Students, ages 5 - 16 years old, receive professional instruction in music, dance, drama, and visual arts within a creative and secure environment after school and on the weekends. In addition to Tarell Alvin McCraney, other distinguished alumni of the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center include Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Bianca Brewton, a professional dancer with the production companies of Janet Jackson and Beyoncé; Shareef Clayton, a Jazz trumpeter, who studied with Arturo Sandoval and performed with Stevie Wonder; and tap dancer Marshall Davis, Jr., associate choreographer of the Tony nominated play, Shuffle Along.

For more information, call 305-638-6771 during business hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. or visit www.ahcacmiami.org.

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The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is managed and operated by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center was founded in 1975 to serve as the nesting ground for emerging talent in the performing and visual arts in the heart of Liberty City. By providing quality instruction, inspiration and encouragement to young people within the community, the Center has fulfilled its mission for more than 40 years, and everyday creates opportunities for youth to discover their artistic talents. The Center is located at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142. Visit the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center online at www.ahcacmiami.org and follow us on social media @ahcacmiami and #AHCAC.
                               
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council. Follow us @MiamiDadeArts, and #MiamiDadeArts