YoungArts New Home
Iconic Bacardi Buildings sold to National YoungArts Foundation
On October 3, 2012, Facundo L. Bacardi, chairman of the board of Bacardi Limited, handed over the iconic landmark Bacardi Tower and Museum building complex to National YoungArts Foundation (YoungArts) co-founder Lin Arison and executive director Paul T. Lehr. In an act of civic and cultural philanthropy, Bacardi has conveyed the property to YoungArts at a significant reduction of its market value, ensuring that an important part of Miami’s architecture, social and cultural fabric will be preserved and honored. YoungArts will convert the buildings into the organization’s first national headquarters, creating a permanent home that will allow YoungArts to carry forward an expansion of activities unprecedented in its history. World-renowned architect and YoungArts’ artistic advisor Frank Gehry has been commissioned to design the master plan for the historic Bacardi campus, preserving the beloved features of the iconic blue and white tiled Tower and stained glass “Jewel Box” buildings, while creating a multi-disciplinary arts complex and park.
Above right: Lin Arison and Frank Gehry; Below right: 2100 Biscayne Building courtesy of Bacardi Archive View Photo Gallery
Artistically Social with Amy Rosenberg
New World Symphony blew the roof off the joint at their season opener for 2012 at the Shore Club featuring DJ Irie and quintet Opus Love. Several folks, like Erin Newberg, suggested it was the best event New World Symphony has ever thrown. Greg Clark, of Deutsche Bank, was moved by the symphony. Rebecca Mandelman and Marcia Martinez, long time supporters of the Friends group were seen shaking their booties. When was the last time you saw that at a symphony?
Pictured: Tony Cho and Ximena Cho
Cocktails at FirstBank Florida
FirstBank Florida celebrated the grand opening of its newest branch in Hialeah with community events that included music, food, giveaways, and live remotes from Javier Romero, Miami’s #1 Hispanic DJ from Amor 107.5.
Pictured: Calixto Garcia-Velez and Mayor Carlos Hernandez