By: ANETTA NOWOSIELSKA
To claim that Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts is going big for its 15th anniversary would be an understatement. When it comes to one of the largest spectator spaces of this sort in the United States, scale at this César Pelli-designed arts hub carries a significant meaning. Credited with having spearheaded new development in the city’s downtown area, today this local behemoth of cultural engagement sits at the apex of a thriving cultural district. Just ask Adrienne Arsht, the art doyenne credited with securing its financial footing. “A performing arts complex offers an extraordinary value to a city,” Arsht says. “The Arsht Center has played a key role in the resurgence and transformation of the immediate area, the city, and beyond.” To pay homage to this achievement the planned celebration certainly matches in its grandeur.
The season ahead reflects Arsht Center’s growth over the years, as well as new programming that broadens its appeal without alienating the classic pillars on which it was founded. With symphony, opera, ballet, and the Broadway and jazz series still making up its backbone, going forward the agenda will champion Miami stories and local artists as part of its repertoire. There are talks of artistic residences, extension to its theater and visual arts programs, plus a development of a film element. Another cause for celebration will be the center’s focus on programs and initiatives that make meaningful connections with all members of the community. This progress resonates with Arsht’s early vision for the complex. “I knew the center would serve as a catalyst for much growth and excitement, and enhance the quality of life for our community,” she explains. “I am delighted, but I am not surprised.”