Cultural Arts Center sets soft opening this month

By Gary Alan Ruse….


The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) has completed its construction and finishing work, and although the formal grand opening isn’t until this October, the “soft opening” is taking place, Apr. 23 to May 22.

Located at 10950 SW 211 St. in Cutler Bay, the center already has a number of confirmed programming events for area residents. Eric Fliss, managing director of the center, is excited about the opening and the programming.

“The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is thrilled to host the fifth annual All Kids Included Family Arts Festival at the new South Miami- Dade Cultural Arts Center on Apr. 23,” Fliss said. “This free community event provides an opportunity for families and residents of South Miami-Dade to be among the first to experience their stateof- the-art facility.

“These introductory shows provide a preview of the type of quality programming the community can look forward to and also allows for invaluable training for theater staff and volunteers. I welcome residents to visit their new performing arts center at one or more of these wonderful events. I also look forward to the October grand opening of the facility and an exciting 2011-12 season.”

The All Kids Included Festival will have school field trips on Apr. 24 and 25. Funding is being provided by the Children’s Trust.

Next is Diavolo, a company comprised of dancers, gymnasts and actors who create performances collaboratively under the guidance of Jacques Heim. There are nonticketed school performances on Apr. 29 at 10:30 a.m. (for Miami-Dade Public Schools only), and public performances on Apr. 29 and 30 at 8 p.m. For more information visit

Then on May 14, at 8 p.m., Doug Varone and Dancers will present a performance including the Coral Reef Senior High Orchestra and Chorus following workshops with students at McArthur Academy for Young Men and Coral Reef Senior High. Funding is provided by South Arts/Dance Touring Initiative and by New England Foundation for the Arts-National Dance Project.

Additional information is available at

Finally, there is Las Meninas, a presentation of the Asolo Repertory Theater and SMDCAC, with a non-ticketed student matinee on May 20, 10:30 a.m. (for Coral Reef High and other high schools). The public performance is May 20 and 21 at 8 p.m., and May 22 at 2 p.m.

For additional information visit or for ticket info call 786-573-5300.

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