A overview from FAN Grants Manager Michaela Segall:
It is with pleasure that I present the grants awards highlights for the season. Arts Ballet Theatre of Florida received the Miami Life Award for the performance of “Ballets with Latin Flavor,” partially funded by FAN. Festival Miami produced a mix of high-quality classical, jazz and popular music that continues to be a strong, meaningful tradition in our community. Bakehouse Art Complex’s show, “Older Than Jesus: A Survey of Contemporary Works by Artists 34+,” prompted the respected art blog ArtFCity to say that this was “an exhibition to see in Miami beyond the art-fair season.”
One of the most rewarding accolades for a work that we supported came from the Arsht
Center, which commissioned Miami native Robert Battle to choreograph “Awakening,” starring another Miami son, principal dancer Jamar Roberts, for their Alvin Ailey troupe. The ballet inspired 4,596 spectators to attend the three performances, and FAN was given credit front and center.
The plays we sponsored at Zoetic Stage commanded outstanding reviews in the Miami Herald and Florida Theater On Stage.com. “Stripped” was nominated for Carbonell awards for Best New Work, Best Director and Best Actress in a Play, and Bill Hirschman called “Rapture, Blister, Burn” “the kind of work that makes you grateful to be a patron in the South Florida theatrical community.”
Then, at Perez Art Museum Miami, we sponsored “Nari Ward: Sun Splashed,” which found material to challenge, unsettle and fascinate viewers at every turn. The reviews in the print as well as in the digital media were indeed impressive, and our FAN sponsorship landed us a mention in the exhibition catalog.
Nothing can describe the flawless performances when the New World Symphony presented “Pablo Heras-Casado Conducts Emanuel Ax and the New World Symphony.” These unforgettable concerts were the third “stop” in an international tour that also took the Heras-Casado-Ax team to Rome and Israel. NWS was then invited to accompany them to Puerto Rico to perform in the Casals Festival.
The Jewish Museum of Florida presented “Mark Podwal: All This Has Come Upon Us,” consisting of 42 drawings and paintings of historical threats to anti-Semitism that had one common theme: survival. This is a theme that resonates in South Florida way beyond the Jewish community. The show was attended by 27,650 visitors.
On a similar theme, 5,650 spectators attended “The Passenger” at Florida Grand Opera, in addition to 2,135 high school students who attended the dress rehearsal.
Yes, FAN is making its mark in the transformation that has turned Miami into a cultural incubator. Our
highest award went to Miami City Ballet’s George Balanchine’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Reimagined,” the grand finale of its 30th anniversary season. The work garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Dance Magazine, and the ballet produced a record for the highest ticket sales of any repertory program MCB has ever presented.
Friends of Chamber Music enthralled us during its entire 60th Anniversary Season of concerts that were lauded in both the English and the Spanish press. The featured artists from the U.S. and abroad elicited comments such as “a performance of great distinction,” “outstanding in every respect,” and British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor was described as “possibly the greatest pianist of his generation.”
And so goes the season of FAN-sponsored performances that nurture the hearts and minds of our community and put Dade County on the map as a cultural destination. Let us partake in FAN Cultural Camaraderies and enjoy!