New World School of the Arts photography professor Maria Martinez-Cañas was one of 13 fellows and one Director's Guest at the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Umbria, Italy. Nominated by a Museum curator, Martinez-Cañas was offered the opportunity to live and create work during six weeks in a 15th century castle located in rural Umbria. The fellowship alsoincluded round-trip travel, room, board and studio space.
Miami, Florida—New World School of the Arts has selected a new dean to lead its award-winning music program. Dr. Daniel Andai, an internationally acclaimed professor and performer, will begin in his new post this August when classes resume at the renowned arts conservatory. Dr. Andai brings a wealth of artistic, academic and administrative experience to NWSA, having held leadership positions across the nation. As the Dean of Music, Dr. Andai will serve as the chief academic and artistic officer for the Music Division of New World School of the Arts, overseeing administration of both the high school and college programs in Music.
Written by Jose Garcia, NWSA Visual Arts BFA 2014, College Class Valedictorian
Looking back on Paris, I can only think of how splendid the experience was. Paris has a historic presence from every angle of the city. With museums housed in opulent palaces and lush gardens located in the middle of chaotic urban life, Paris did not have a corner that did not have a rich history attached to it. Monuments, like the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Trompe, adorn the city and appear right as one dissolves into the cityscape. Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, La Madeine, Basilica of the Scare Coeur, and the Cathedral of Chartes are churches and cathedrals that all resonant with you regardless of your religious position. Opulence is taken into a whole other form at Versailles. Versailles at times feltcomical with it's over the to grandeur and its gold-leafed gates and outrageous paintings in every inch of the wall, not to mention the hall of mirrors. As you would leave one room, the other would leave you just as astonished as the next. The skill and dedication used to create these cathedrals, churches, and chateaus are astonishing. Similar to the city themselves, these monuments have no corner that hasn't be skillfully and artfully rendered. The artful detailing illustrated, so beautifully, throughout Paris is only a foreshadowing of the exhibitions this marvelous city has to offer.
Miami – Kaley Schwartz has become the eighth student from New World School of the Arts (NWSA) high school to receive the prestigious Silver Knight Award. The Miami-Dade winner in the Art category, Kaley’s project entailed painting portraits of children in the Cardiac Unit of Miami Children’s Hospital and donating them to the parents. “By capturing the innocence and beauty of a child in a portrait without the heartache of medical tubes and wires, I feel I am giving the families hope and peace,” said Schwartz.
To date, Kaley has gifted more than 50 framed portraits and plans to keep her project alive as a way of offering a respite to parents with children in the Intensive Care Unit. “When I present the parents with the portraits after being framed, I always get different emotions. Some parents are very quiet, yet appreciative while others cry and thank me so much.”
Inspired by her sister, who underwent open-heart surgery as a child, Kaley remembers“the tension and the hushed conversations between [her] parents.” She highlights the fears and difficult moments that parents and family members endure during a life-changing situation such as her sister’s, and notes that she “realized how lucky [her] family was to have a successful outcome.” Nonetheless, she notes, “I also learned that not everyone is as lucky.”
Her project was not only a conceived as a way to cope with the difficult life situation she endured at a young age – but it has also become a community-centered project that touches the lives of parents facing the uncertainty and hopelessness of caring for a sick child in the hospital. “I recognized a need that no one else recognized, not even the intended recipients,” said the young artist. “I met with the child life department of MiamiChildren’s Hospital and presented my idea to become not only a volunteer for the hospital, but to be the first portrait artist in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit,” explained Kaley.
“As many of these patients are admitted as newborns to our hospital, these portrait pictures are often one of the first artistic pictures families are able to have of their infant,” commented Regine Duret-Msimanga, Certified Child Life Specialist at Miami children’s Hospital. “This is a very unique gift she provides for our families.”
Not all experiences were pleasant for Kaley throughout this process – facing challenges not only helped her validate her commitment to this cause, but also allowed her to delve into alternative projects at the hospital. “The most serious challenge was when I witnessed parents who had to deal with the loss of their child in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Some of these children were the ones I drew portraits of previously.” Kaley also mentioned that this project helped her “acquire a sense of accomplishment and purpose through [her] interactions with the patients, parents and staff at Miami Children’sHospital.”
When asked about Kaley, Pamela Cabarcos, Guidance Counselor at NWSA explains that she is “organized, independent, compassionate, and diligent. She has been a motivated student and an exceptional visual artist in a very competitive and stressful environment.” Among other community service projects, Kaley curated and organized the gallery opening reception for Circulatory: Where Art and Altruism Connect, to benefit Miami Children’s Hospital. The reception and sale of artwork yielded more $1,500, which she donated to the hospital.
She also dedicated significant time to painting a mural at this hospital’s Outpatient Center; participated in Dancing with DisABILITIES at Jill Mallory Studio of Dance; and was a teacher helper during workweek at Temple Beth AmDay School. At New World School of the Arts, Kaley held a solid 5.9 GPA and received three Honorable Mention Scholastic Art Awards as well as an Honorable Mention in the South Florida Science and Engineering Fair. She was also the vice-president of the Science Honor Society and the National Art Honor Society. Kaley will be attending Florida State University in the fall and plans to double major in Anthropology and Art History. Ultimately, her goal is to become a curator.
This is the eighth Silver Knight Award presented to students at New World School of the Arts and the fourth in the Art category. The other awards were presented in the areas of Drama, Science and Music. According to the Silver Knight Awards InfoBrochure, to be nominated in the Art category, the “Service can be provided through creative ability in drawing, painting, sculpture, fabrics, photography, graphic design or any other medium in the visual arts. Service includes theteaching, inspiration or encouragement of others through the use of visual arts.”
The distinguished history of the New World School of the Arts began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the institution to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means to achieve both an academic education and artistic training. In September 1986, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve. NWSA’s audition-based programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater. NWSA offers the high school diploma as well as a four-year BFA or BM college degree.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership between Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For information about New World School of the Arts, please call at 305-237-3135 or visit http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
In its 56th year, The Miami Herald / ElNuevo Herald Silver Knight Awards is one of the nation’s most highly regarded student awards programs. The purpose of this Awards program is to recognizeoutstanding students who have not only maintained good grades but have alsounselfishly applied their special knowledge and talents to contribute significant service to their schools and communities. The Silver Knight Awards program was instituted at The Miami Herald in 1959 by John S. Knight, past publisher of The Miami Herald, founder and editor emeritus of Knight-RidderNewspapers and 1968 Pulitzer Prize winner. http://silverknightalumni.com/about.
MIAMI—All in the Timing, New World School of the Arts’ final theater showcase, is a collection of a half dozen humorous one-act plays written by David Ives. Although the American playwright began to write these in 1987, it wasn’t until 1993 that he finished and premiered the series off-Broadway. Directed by Stuart Meltzer, Artistic Director of Zoetic Stage and NWSA theater faculty member, the performance will be offered by the NWSA High School juniors and seniors. “Comedy is not easy,” stated Meltzer, “In fact, I think, it takes more rehearsal, more courage and more skill to effectively realize a comedy on the stage. It also requires intellect. Our evening includes six plays, which demonstrate the students’ ability to listen, live truthfully in a moment and explore relationships.”
The five-day schedule begins on Wednesday, May 14 at 7:30 PM at the Louise O. Gerrits Theater – 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami. Additional performances will be on May 15, 16, 17 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, May 18 at 2:00 PM. Generaladmission is $12, students and seniors $5. Tickets can be purchased online at http.nwsa.mdc.edu.
- Spirited High School Spring dance concert choreography evokes thought
- NWSA College Class of 2014 marched toward a brilliant future
- Adobe's “Make it with Creative Cloud” features Sue Montoya in May
- Et Al. Exhibition showcases cutting-edge artworks by the 2014 BFAs
- New Playwrights Festival showcases captivating, thought-provoking themes
- Adobe's “Make it with Creative Cloud” features Angelica Baini in April
- College Spring Dance Concert presents thought-provoking choreography
- College Opera Theater Ensemble presents Don Pasquale
- "A Flea In Her Ear" wraps up the College Theater Season
- “Rising Stars” - New World School of the Arts’ spectacular visual arts and performance showcase
- "Into the Woods" graces the Colony Theater
- Make Art Work’s 5th season welcomed Eduardo Vilaro, Artistic Director of Ballet Hispanico
- NWSA Symphony Orchestra, Opera Chorus and Concert Choir presents "From Russia with Love" featuring Italian sensation, Viviana Lasaracina
- Diversuality: BFA Dance Concert
- Three “Presidential Scholar in the Arts” nominations and a record of nine YoungArts finalists highlights New world school of the arts
- The Posse Foundation selects New World School of the Arts Visual Artist, and confers scholarship to top-tier university
- New World School of the Arts to launch Summer Theater Academy thanks to a 2013 Knight Arts Challenge Grant
- Premieres of new works by NWSA college dance students explore and touch the human spirit
- REVERENCE, site-specific performative installations of respect, admiration and appreciation joins the Art Basel tour at CasaLin
- NWSA lends tribute to legendary Cuban pianist and composer Ernesto Lecuona, with two-day concert featuring masterpieces from his world-acclaimed repertoire
- Popular One-Person Shows explore the good, the naughty and the whacky.
- World Dance Celebration, a collaboration between NWSA and UF dancers, celebrates diversity.
- Award-winning musical Once on this Island welcomes the holiday season with symbolism, color and Caribbean folklore
- NWSA Music Faculty Concert series continues with rousing jazz trio, plus Zivkovic, Bowers and Ford
- "Symplectic Structures" Exhibition Highlights the Work of New World School of the Arts College Junior, Rafael Domenech
- New World School of the Arts Repertory Dance Ensemble Offers a Vibrant, Wide-Ranging Program at the Aventura Arts & Cultural Center
- "An Enemy of the People" launches the NWSA College Theater Season
- Faculty Art Exhibition Highlights Professional Talent at New World School of the Arts September 20 – September 30
- End of year cutting-edge exhibit showcases work of high school visual arts seniors
- New World Dance Ensemble to present the choreography of Darshan S. Bhuller in Miami and in New York City
- "Properly Named" BFA Exhibition at CIFO opens May 24
- Kaufman’s poignant The Laramie Project closes the theater season
- NWSA College Theater BFAs travel to New York City to present remarkable showcase
- High School Spring Dance Concert
- “TIMESCAPES” CAPTURES THE VIBRANCY OF SOUTH BEACH THROUGH PAINT, MOSAICS AND MIRRORS
- NWSA Dancers to perform the work of Merce Cunningham at the 92Y in NYC
- Legendary jazz drummer, Duffy Jackson, joins NWSA Jazz Ensemble in concert
- College Spring Dance Concert presents dance masters’ choreography
- Jackie Albano, NWSA college visual artist, wins worldwide illustrating contest
- Entrances And Exits: Resonating Impressions student-curated exhibition explores artifacts from the private collection of Mitchell Wolfson Jr.
- College Theater Season wraps up the season with the once forgotten Restoration comedy "The Beaux Stratagem"
- Cimarosa’s The Secret Marriage (Il Matrimonio Segreto), with guest artist stefanos koroneos, to be presented by the new world school of the arts Opera theater ensemble
- NWSA Jazz Ensemble to compete in prestigious 18th annual Essentially Ellington (EE) High School Jazz Band Competition & Festival
- “Rising Stars Showcase” New World School of the Arts’ Spectacular Visual Arts and Performance Showcase Friday, March 15 New World Gallery and Gusman Theater
- NWSA Symphony Orchestra and world-renowned pianist Wolfram Schmitt-Leonardy join musical forces to showcase the stirring music of Dvorak and Grieg
- Official Rules for FELA!brate Sweepstakes
- New World School of the Arts receives $500,000
- NWSA brings The Kit Kat Klub to Miami with the Popular Musical CABARET
- Make Art Work presents Conversations with Bolcom and Morris
- Make Art Work (Alana Arenas)
- Walls of Artseen exhibition offers a unique artistic experience by New World School of the Arts co
- NWSA's "Talented Exhibition" offers affordable original artwork to the South Florida community
- Collaboration between NWSA, Wet Heat Project and NADA brings video art to the Deauville Beach Resort
- The New World School of the Arts dance division offers the South Florida community an exhilarating 3
- The NWSA Repertory Dance Ensemble offers a vibrant, wide-ranging program at the Aventura Arts and Cu
- NWSA and MDC welcome Miami City Ballets New Artistic Director, Lourdes Lopez, with a warm reception
- Award winning Balm in Gilead opens the theater season
- NWSA joins hundreds of cultural institutions world wide in peace initiative
- Evonne S. Alvarez to lead the high school as she becomes the new Principal of New World School of th
- Milton Rubén Laufer, DMA is new Dean of Music at New World School of the Arts
- Major group exhibit presents cutting-edge work of HS seniors
- A dozen Silver Knight nominations for NWSA establishes a record at the arts conservatory
- Three Posse Foundation Scholars this year for NWSA - Kandyse Samuel, Alexis Holliday and Emily River
- Gates Millennium Scholarship is awarded to dance student Javier Aranzales
- Kelley Kessell and Jessica Suhr named 2012 US Presidential Scholar in the Arts
- High School Spring Dance Concert showcases Balanchine masterwork
- OUR TOWN marks the end of the Silver Anniversary theater season at New World School of the Arts
- "Our Moment of Truth the Five Archetypes" highlights success of multi-disciplinary initiative
- Venus Williams shares passion for the arts with New World School of the Arts
- Miami-Dade County Mayor, Carlos A. Gimenez names Friday, March 23, 2012 "New World School of the Art
- BFA exhibition showcases innovative artwork and engages the audience through compelling interaction
- College Spring Dance Concert presents powerful iconic choreography
- Tennis icon Venus Williams names NWSA recipient of her new arts initiative: Eleven by venus williams
- Spectacular "Rising Stars Showcase" celebrates NWSA Silver Anniversary
- New World School of the Arts college dancers will dance at the Joyce Theater in New York City, in ce
- DO TOUCH a tactile exhibition offers an interactive artistic platform for visually challenged studen
- New World School of the Arts is honored to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts' "Nati
- BFA Dance Concert explores the meaning of sisterhood
- "Three Sisters" by Anton Chekhov, graces the stage of NWSA in celebration of the school's silver ann
- Beethoven's 5th Symphony comes to life with the NWSA Symphony Orchestra.
- Symphony Orchestra joins violin virtuoso and rock icon Alexander Markov for debut of world-acclaimed
- New World School of the Arts 25th birthday celebration honors alumni with three-day fete
- NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS HIGH SCHOOL AMONG THE BEST IN THE NATION WITH A "GOLD MEDAL" FROM U.S.
- Alltogethernow exhibition
- NWSA High School Choir offers retrospective holiday music selection during its popular annual Holida
- Stirring One-Person Shows highlight theatrical genius of Theater BFA Candidates
- The hilarious musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" celebrates NWSA's 25th anniversary
- World Dance Celebration celebrates diversity
- "80 inches of art" - Impressive alumni art auction at the Sagamore Hotel yields top funds for the vi
- New World School of the Arts establishes the Legacy Society with sparkling reception in Coral Gables
- Cutting-edge collaborative exhibitions with Wet Heat and Casalin celebrate NWSA's 25th birthday
- "Mi Cultura" by Audrey Gair garners national acclaim as the National Winner of 2011 Latino Art Beat
- Dance for the Community performance series celebrates NWSA's 25th anniversary
- NWSA partners with Honey Shine to celebrate the sixth anniversary of ArtopiA with "I Am Me"
- 80" of Art exhibition and art auction, sponsored by the Cricket Taplin Collection at the Sagamore Ho
- Spring Awakening launches NWSA's theater season at the Colony Theater
- New World School of the Arts celebrates its 25th anniversary with the NWSA All-Alumni Reunion.
- New World School of the Arts and Bass Museum of Art join to create the Art History Institute
- Orientation Week welcomes new College students
- Mary Lisa Burns leads the Dance Department at New World School of the Ar