Adrienne Arsht Center Hosts 15th Anniversary Reunion Gala

The event raised more than $1 million for arts education initiatives and expansion of the center's internship program.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County hosted its 15th Anniversary Reunion Gala on May 22 with a celebration that reunited arts supporters who have been longing to reconnect with each other and with the live performing arts for well over a year. Hosted in limited capacity to ensure everyone’s health and safety, the 15th Anniversary Reunion Gala welcomed South Florida philanthropists and community leaders to celebrate the arts and raised more than $1 million to support the Center’s art education and professional development programs.

AACF Founding Chairman and Gala Honorary Chair Adrienne Arsht & Johann Zietsman, President & CEO
AACF Board Chair and Gala co-chair Tony Argiz & Conchi Argiz

Proceeds from the Gala will benefit The Ninth, an immersive theater and hands-on workshop experience that will tour Miami-Dade County public high schools to reach up to 25,000 ninth graders. Premiering in 2022, The Ninth will be the first arts-driven, youth mental-health-awareness program of its scale in the nation. The evening also included support for an expansion of the Center’s internship program. Beginning next year, the Center’s Internship Program will become fully paid, reducing financial barriers and making this important career opportunity more accessible to all.

AAC PACT Board Chair & Gala Co-chair Aileen Ugalde & Dean Colson
Gloria Fonts Suarez & Mayor Francis Suarez

The Gala featured a special viewing of Lasting Impressions: The 3D LED Experience, a next generation installation of sight and sound that transports guests into the world’s most recognizable masterpieces using one-of-a-kind technology, directly on the Ziff Ballet Opera House’s 18,000 square foot stage. Guests were also treated to a fabulous dinner inside the Knight Concert Hall and an incredible live performance by Latin Jazz legend Chucho Valdés and his quartet.  

Dr. Robert Cava, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Adrienne Arsht

The Gala’s Honorary Chair was Adrienne Arsht. Gala Chairs were Tony & Conchi Argiz; and Aileen Ugalde & Dean Colson.  

The Arsht Center’s 15th Anniversary Reunion Gala was supported by Bacardi, Pommery and The Miami Herald. Visit for updates.

Diamond Sponsors Cheryl and Y. David Scharf
PACT Board Member Lucille Zanghi & James Dow
Donna Johnson and AACF Board Member Eric G. Johnson
AACF Board Member Nancy Batchelor & Jon Batchelor
AACF Board Member Kimberly Green & Matt Argondizza
PACT Board Chair-Elect Richard Milstein & Eric Hankin
AACF Board Member Trish Bell, Dan Bell & Adrienne Arsht
Michelle Adkins and PACT Board Member Rodney Adkins
Chucho Valdés performs at the Adrienne Arsht Center 15th Anniversary Reunion Gala
Adrienne Arsht, Scott Srebnick & Jessica Goldman Srebnick
Arsht Gala guests enjoy a screening of Lasting Impressions on the stage of the Ziff Ballet Opera House
Chucho Valdés performing
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