little haiti arts and cultural center
Imagination, creativity, positive thinking and Afro-Caribbean culture are alive every day at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. This community center promotes programs of a wide variety for all ages, backgrounds, abilities and education levels. Whether you want to take a cultural dance class, see a living Haitian folk legend perform, take in a museum-quality art exhibit or build something in the ceramics studio, the Little Haiti Cultural Center is a great resource for visitor and local alike. Notably, its thriving event calendar is always full of upcoming fun.
The Little Haiti Cultural Center opened just a few years ago in 2009. Facilities include a ceramics studio, 270-seat theater, art gallery, spacious open-air courtyard for special events and performances, art studios, dance studios and educational spaces. The mission of the Little Haiti Cultural Center is to operate as a great community resource where neighborhood school children and adults can take classes, expand their horizons and express themselves creatively. The Center also wants to be an internationally recognized space for contemporary Caribbean culture.
Thanks to a grant form the James L. Knight Foundation, the Center can continue to grow into the place and space they hope to be. The on-site gallery has held shows of increasingly high quality focusing on Caribbean and Caribbean-American artists that have been praised by the local art community. Events throughout the year include the popular Big Night In Little Haiti, a monthly cultural festival held on the third Friday of each month that brings together Haitian musicians, local indie-acts, dance troupes and more, the African Diaspora Dance and Drum Festival of Florida, and dance showcases.
Dance NOW! Miami, is in residence at the Little Haiti Cultural Center and putting their stunning dance facilities to good use. Dance NOW! creates and promotes contemporary dance of the highest caliber through performance, arts education, community leadership and innovative programming. It nurtures new talent, fosters artistic collaborations and makes the art of dance accessible to diverse audiences locally, nationally and internationally.
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