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Recreation and Culture

Recreation and Culture

Public, walkable spaces - parks, greenways, libraries, theaters and museums - enrich the lives of residents and visitors while creating a sense of pride in the community. Miami-Dade County oversees 260 parks and 48 libraries and maintains many of our treasured beaches and marinas. By investing in wide-ranging cultural programs, providing direct support to outstanding cultural organizations and promoting our vibrant arts scene, we offer great opportunities for families and children, instilling a sense of pride in our community while also attracting commerce and tourism.

• The Miami-Dade Department of Cultural Affairs secured the renewal of its annual grant from The Children’s Trust, enabling more than 197,000 children and families to benefit from arts activities.

• The free “Going to the Museum” guide, which provides young audiences with and without disabilities for a first-time museum experience, won a NACo Achievement Award and can be downloaded on the Department’s web site.

• The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center won $75,000 in the 2014 Knight Arts Challenge for “Sankofa: Looking Back, Going Forward,” a year-long series of events, performances, and educational workshops that celebrates four decades of artistic achievement by recognizing students, artists and community leaders who have been trained at the center in Liberty City.

• Culture Shock Miami, an online program that offers students ages 13-22 discounted admission to the arts, sold 10,382 tickets, an increase of 38 percent over the previous year. To date, the program, offering $5 tickets to the arts, has sold more than 46,000 tickets to high school and college students.

• The internationally celebrated Pérez Art Museum Miami completed its inaugural year, exceeding attendance projections and presenting celebrated exhibitions and programs.

• Construction of the Frost Museum of Science is making steady progress, reaching an exciting phase, the “tank pour” for the “Living Core” aquarium and the start of the planetarium component.

• The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) acted on recommendations made by the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for the MDPLS by successfully implementing several popular digital resources, including free one-on-one online tutoring, online streaming and downloadable movies, and mobile printing, allowing residents to print in library locations from any internet-connected device. Additionally, the MDPLS expanded its hours of operation, adding Sunday hours at eight regional locations.

• MDPLS hosted more than 240,000 community members in a variety of activities and programs including computer programming classes for children, robotics for teens, urban art and literacy programs for all ages and lifelong learning opportunities for seniors.

• The Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department is helping the younger generation learn healthy habits. Fit2Play, an after-school program designed in partnership with the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, is helping children combat obesity by making fitness fun and accessible. Articles recognizing the program’s benefits were published in prominent health journals.


• HistoryMiami expanded into the adjacent building at the downtown Cultural Center which was made available by the move of the Miami Art Museum. This has increased HistoyMiami’s public programming spaces by 133 percent and has enabled them to feature multiple exhibitions concurrently. Highlights for the museum’s offerings were the Smithsonian traveling exhibition American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music and Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles.

• With the support of Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond funding, Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden opened its new Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center. This building features plant-inspired friezes on its facade designed by artist Naomi Fisher which were commissioned through the Art in Public Places program. The Garden’s Chihuly at Fairchild: A Garden of Glass is artist Dale Chihuly’s largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date.

• This year Zoo Miami celebrated the groundbreaking of its newest exhibit – Florida Mission Everglades. This complex highlights the unique flora and fauna of South Florida and specifically Everglades National Park. Phase 1 will open in the fall of 2015 and Phase 2 in 2016.

• Funded through a National Endowment for the Arts Grant, the Artist in Residence Programs at the Deering Estate at Cutler explores the integrated relationship between people and the environment. It is comprised of more than 100 works, featuring 27 literary artists, 61 visual artists and 122 performing artists, and includes a simulcast water dance conducted in about 100 cities and institutions nationwide.

• By offering innovative and informative programs and exhibitions, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens provided meaningful experiences for more than 213,000 guests, including nearly 13,000 children ages 12 and under.

• More than 4,500 students participated in thematic guided tours of Vizcaya Museum and Gardens’ Main House and gardens. Vizcaya’s historic setting and cultural assets engage students in learning through big or enduring ideas designed to help them think critically in multifaceted ways about a broad variety of humanities-based themes.

• Vizcaya Museum and Gardens continues to enhance and restore the estate’s natural resources and formal gardens, which are among the strongest examples of European garden design and architecture in the United States.

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