NWSA Receives $90,000 from Knight Foundation

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NWSA Receives $90,000 from Knight Foundation
to launch ARTSEEN, a studio, performance and exhibition space in Wynwood


  Future home of ARTSEEN located at 2215 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood

MIAMI--- New World School of the Arts ranks among the 31 recipients of the Knight Foundation Arts Partnership grant. The Visual Arts Division will utilize these funds to create ARTSEEN, a space that will be used for student-work studios and exhibitions.

With limited studio and performance area in its current building, ARTSEEN will provide New World School of the Arts College students with additional space to create and showcase their work. The area will host workshops, art exhibitions, performances, lectures and mentoring programs free and open to the South Florida community.

Dr. Mercedes A. Quiroga, Provost of New World School of the Arts said, “As an arts leader it is our responsibility to engage the community and showcase the artistic readiness of our students.  By having a venue outside of our school, we hope to connect with our diverse market in a much more intimate and personal manner.

“This initiative will enhance our student’s artistic experience by giving them the opportunity to work with other artists from our community,” concluded Maggy Cuesta, Dean of Visual Arts at NWSA.

The ARTSEEN space, located in the Wynwood District, will be accessible to NWSA students and to local artists, the public and the international arts community. The building will house a gallery space to hold monthly exhibitions, performances and lectures free and open to the public.

The Knight Foundation Arts Partnership is a five-year, $40 million initiative to transform the South Florida arts. The effort includes endowment grants to leading arts institutions, plus a community-wide contest to fund the best arts ideas.

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation:
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation promotes excellence in journalism worldwide and invests in the vitality of the U.S. communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. Knight Foundation focuses on projects with the potential to create transformational change. For more, visit www.knightfoundation.org.

About NWSA:
NWSA is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, and provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development. NWSA grants the four-year Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees, as well as the high school diploma. 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 of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. For more, visit www.mdc.edu/nwsa.

Contacts:
New World School of the Arts: Maggy Cuesta, Dean of Visual Arts, 305-237-3597; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Knight Foundation: Marc Fest, Vice President for Communications, 305-908-2677; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo Caption: Future home of ARTSEEN located at 2215 NW 2nd Avenue, Wynwood.

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