County proclaims day to honor New World School of the Arts

Pictured (l-r) are Dr. Bernard A. Mair, associate provost for Undergraduate Affairs – University of Florida; Miami- Dade County Commissioner Jean Monestime; Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez; Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, interim provost of New World School of the Arts; Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools; Dr. Rolando Montoya, college provost – Miami Dade College, and Dr. Lawrence Feldman, Miami-Dade County Public Schools vice chair.

During a very special New World School of the Arts (NWSA) Rising Stars event, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez presented a proclamation to NWSA interim provost Jeffrey Hodgson, naming Mar. 23 as “New World School of the Arts, 25th Anniversary Day.”

The recognition was shared by members of the three educational partners that have made NWSA a reality in the community — University of Florida, Miami Dade College and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, along with the Florida Legislature.

It was announced during a NWSA Silver Anniversary Rising Stars Showcase in Miami’s iconic Gusman Theater where more than 1,200 guests gathered to celebrate the school’s talented young artists. It was a stellar evening for the 25-year-old arts conservatory, which has become one of South Florida’s most prominent centers for arts education.

“It is an honor to receive this distinction during this particular Rising Stars Showcase, Hodgson said. “Our 25th Anniversary celebration recognizes not only the community in which we’ve grown but also the incredible support that our institutional partners have offered us for more than two decades.

“It is thanks to their trust and commitment that New World School of the Arts has been able to transform the artistic landscape of our state and local community, and nurture and develop the next generation of artists.”

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