New World School of the Arts Silver Anniversary Rising Stars Showcase

Maggy Cuesta, Patricia and Bernard Mair

A very special Rising Stars Showcase, by New World School of the Arts, lit up downtown Miami this year. Celebrating its Silver Anniversary, NWSA’s showcase of its crème de la crème was nothing short of spectacular. As it has done for two and half decades, the showcase kicked-off with an exhilarating art exhibition at the New World Gallery, highlighting the work of 15 exceptional visual artists.

Charged with the theme “black, white, and red”, the young artists, from the high school and college programs at New World School of the Arts, created multi-disciplinary artwork that illustrated the many facets of their artistic training and technique. From larger-than-life abstract paintings, to intricate pencil drawings, and from multi-media installations to figurative ceramic work, the show drew the viewer into a dialogue that explored the artists’ thought process. More than 300 guests attended the exhibition and had stimulating conversations with the artists, faculty and administration and supporters of NWSA.

Ellery Brown, Frederic Conde, Lisa Noffo

Just a short walk away, the Rising Stars Showcase Silver Anniversary continued at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts with a plethora of invigorating dance, music, and theater performances and a very special presentation by Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos A. Gimenez, proclaiming March 23 “New World School of the Arts 25th Anniversary Day”. Along with its three educational partners – Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and the University of Florida – and its creator, the Florida Legislature, New World School of the Arts’ Provost, Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, proudly accepted the honors on behalf of the school.

The merriment continued with a New World School of the Arts 25th Anniversary Party at the New World Dance Studios, which was turned into a tastefully chic ballroom. Draped in black and white, with a touch of vibrant red, the converted space became the highlight of the evening as community leaders and luminaires, art supporters and NWSA friends joined the New World School of the Arts family to raise their champagne glasses in a very special toast to celebrate the school’s achievements over the past quarter century. Cheers New World School of the Arts.

Cricket Taplin, Gerald K. Schwartz, Catalina Roca

NWSA proudly acknowledges Bank of America, the 2012 Rising Stars supporter, who for more than two decades has been the funding force behind the school’s signature event. New World School of the Arts is equally grateful for the invaluable support of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, University of Florida, Radio Caracol, WLRN, and Classical South Florida.

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