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Deering Estate co-presents "Creative Technologies and the Arts of Resilience in Miami: An Interactive Dialogue"

MIAMI (March 22, 2017)

On April 22nd, 2017, Deering Estate, the FIU History Department's Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis project, and special partners are pleased to co-present "Creative Technologies and the Arts of Resilience in Miami: An Interactive Dialogue." This moderated discussion will explore how artists and organizers can use technology, new media, and creative data collection to foster collaboration and education. The discussion will take place in the Deering Estate Visitor Center Theater on Saturday, April 22, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, and will kick-off the Deering Spring Contemporary exhibition opening for Platform 450. The event is free and open to the public. RSVP is required through Eventbrite. Light refreshments will be provided.

The Deering Spring Contemporary exhibit Platform 450 presents artworks that use scientific data and new technologies as tools to explore the Deering Estate’s 450-acre natural and historic site. "Creative Technologies and the Arts of Resilience in Miami" will complement the exhibition through an interactive small-group dialogue format that will engage participants about how technology in the arts can motivate community resilience. Local artists and activists will share their experiences, and participants will join the conversation with featured speakers. This format provides an opportunity to meet and talk with other Miami residents, to explore the roles of both speaker and listener, and offers a space to test new ideas. Directly following the event, the Deering Spring Contemporary exhibit opening of Platform 450 will take place inside the homes and historic grounds of the Deering Estate from 3:30 pm - 10:00 pm.

Panelists include Kevin Arrow and Barron Sherer of the picture and film archive Obsolete Media Miami (O.M.M.) and Willie Avendano of the Wynwood education lab 01, with moderator Danni Washington of the arts and media-based ocean conservation initiative The Big Blue & You.

Platform 450 will remain on display through June 26, 2017, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, and is free with Estate admission.

The Ecohumanities for Cities in Crisis project is funded through a grant from the Humanities in the Public Square Initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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 National Endowment for the Humanities, Miami Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs Playwright Development Program administered by the South Florida Theater League, University of Miami Theater Arts, Leeds U.K., Florida International University, 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. Discover More history, art, culture, science, preservation, conservation and ecology at the Deering Estate!

About the National Endowment for the Humanities
In 2015, the NEH awarded a total of $21.8 million in grants for 295 humanities projects. This round of funding marks the first grant awards made under three new NEH grant programs: Common Heritage, Humanities in the Public Square, and Humanities Open Book. The Humanities in the Public Square program aims to bring together humanities scholars and the public for dialogue on contemporary issues of concern to communities. Institutions and independent scholars in 46 states and the District of Columbia will receive NEH support. For more information, please visit the NEH website

"NEH provides support for projects across America that preserve our heritage, promote scholarly discoveries, and make the best of America’s humanities ideas available to all Americans," said NEH Chairman William D. Adams. "We are proud to announce this latest group of grantees who, through their projects and research, will bring valuable lessons of history and culture to Americans."