New World School of the Arts honors its original founders and visionaries

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New World School of the Arts honors its original founders and visionaries in a special 20th anniversary tribute. Cocktail reception and performance at the New World Gallery on Friday, September 7.


New World School of the Arts founders bronze plaque

MIAMI--- As a tribute to its original founders, New World School of the Arts is hosting a cocktail reception on Friday, September 7 at the New World Gallery, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown, Miami. The 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM reception, courtesy of Northern Trust Bank and Premier Beverage Company, will include a special student performance by NWSA students and an impressive art exhibition by visual arts faculty titled Medium.

             With an extended list of invitees, NWSA is reaching out not only to its original founders, but also to its comprehensive list of loyal donors, patrons of the arts, community leaders, and institutional partners. To honor the original founders in attendance, NWSA has created an original student artwork which will be presented to each founder during the evening.

             A dream that began with an ambitious idea twenty years ago became a reality as New World School of the Arts has claimed its rightful place among the top arts conservatories in the nation and has reaped the rewards by producing some of Miami’s most successful and passionate artists and performers. It is thanks to the foresight and persistence of its 96 original visionaries, whose names were forever inscribed in a bronze plaque on August 31, 1987, that the conservatory proudly stands among the most coveted arts institutions.

               With a distinguished history that began in 1984 when the Florida State Legislature established the New World School of the Arts to provide artistically talented high school and college students the means for achieving both an academic education and artistic training, NWSA opened its doors to students in grades ten through twelve in September, 1986. The first college freshmen were enrolled in September 1988 thereby identifying NWSA as the first high school college dual-enrollment arts program to provide academic and artistic opportunities for the nation’s gifted young people. Since that time, more than 3000 students of every ethnic and economic background have passed through its doors, many of whom have created exciting careers as professional artists, entertainers and educators, and many of whom return frequently to NWSA to participate in the school’s continually expanding curriculum and year-round public performances.

New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.
For more information please call Dianne Raulson, NWSA Development and Government Relations, at 305-237-3753 or visit