Prestigious Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Award presented to NWSA for Outstanding Achievement

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New World School of the Arts (NWSA) has been selected to receive the 2018 Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. Award of Excellence, presented today by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce during a lunch reception at Jungle Island. Now in its fourth year, this prestigious recognition honors Outstanding Achievements of an individual, an organization and young leader who have made significant contributions and set standards for the development of Miami's central business core's economy, culture, promotion, education, beautification and preservation. New World School of the Arts will receive the award at a Trustee Luncheon at Jungle Island, Wednesday, December 5, 2018.    
“30 years ago, our founders opened the doors of access to rigorous arts education for talented college and high school students right here in the middle of downtown Miami and since then New World School of the Arts has changed the face of Miami and the nation, launching the lives and careers of some of the most important artistic leaders of today,” said Dr. Jeffrey Hodgson, Provost and CEO of NWSA. “The recognition and support the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce has shown us with this award strengthens our resolve to continue to build the next generation of leaders in the arts. The faculty, staff and students of NWSA past and present deserve this recognition and I’m proud to represent and support their efforts.”

Singular voices explore scenarios in One Person Shows

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The One Person Shows is an annual tradition at New World School of the Arts. It is a collection of 15 to 20-minute one-person plays written, directed and acted by the NWSA College BFA seniors in the Theater division. Though each student has a faculty advisor on their project, the entire artistic and aesthetic experience of each play is totally created by the student. This year, there are eighteen graduating seniors from our acting and music theatre tracks and the festival is divided into four programs, over two weeks. These plays vary in style and genre, but they stand as true representations of the mindset of these students. Themes of this year’s festival range from immigration, intolerance & xenophobia to women discovering their voice in male dominated societies to importance of comedy. These one-person plays are rich with creativity, thought and reflect our lives today. Faculty Advisors include: Dean of Theater, Patrice Bailey; Stuart Meltzer; James Randolph and Michael McKeever.

All One Person Shows will be presented at Louise O Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th Floor, downtown Miami 33132. All shows are Free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3541

Program A: December 13; 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM  |  Program B: December 14; 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM
Program C: December 20; 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM  |  Program D: December 21; 4:30 PM & 7:30 PM

NWSA Art Basel exhibitions explore the future

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Casalin 2018 picture with annoucement.New World School of the Arts (NWSA) returns to The Yard@CasaLin in Wynwood for the 13th consecutive year of successful installation and performance-based artworks.  This year, NWSA has also been invited to activate The Kampong National Tropical Botanical Garden in Coconut Grove.  The two shows, Diaspora and Diaspora 2, will continue the tradition of performative brunch events, examining the language of Miami’s sub-tropical location through the lens of our agrarian landscape and the people who live and work here.  

DIASPORA examines that relationship of land, people and plants through a simultaneous manifestation of past and present as seen from the perspective of our collective future. The act of fortune telling will feature prominently; guests will be able to have their fortunes told from a card set drawn from local narratives featuring imagery created by the NWSA’s foundational WARP studio class (Workshop in Artist Research and Practice). New World School of the Arts visual arts faculty members Kathleen Hudspeth and Don Lambert co-authored the works in Diaspora, working with the WARP students in collaborative production. The resulting performative installation, Fortunes, combines sculptural installation, performance, wearables, and food activations set in an urban backyard paradise.

Opening Breakfast Reception: December 6; 9:00 AM – 12:00 Noon. THE YARD@CASALIN, 55 NW 30 Street, Miami. Exhibition is free and open to the public. Information at 305-237-3620.

“In the Heights” graces the NWSA stage, bringing the production full circle

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Alex Lakamore playing the piano.The New World School of the Arts High School music theater students present the award-winning musical In the Heights, just in time to welcome the holiday season. With music and lyrics by Lin Manuel-Miranda, book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, and conceived by Lin-Manuel Miranda, In the Heights is the story of a close-knit Hispanic neighborhood in Washington Heights, New York.
Opening performance – In the Heights: Friday, November 30, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations: December 1, 7, 8 at 7:30 PM and Sunday, December 2 and 9; 2:00 PM. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. General admission is $10; Students and seniors $10. Tickets available at For more information please call 305-237-3541.

NWSA welcomes International Women’s Forum conference with Flash Mob

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More than 70 high school and college students from New World School of the Arts performed in this year’s International women’s Forum annual U.S. conference Opening Reception on October 24th. Set against a dramatic sunset by the bay, at the beautiful PAMM terrace, the performance not only welcomed but also surprised and delighted more than 800 guests from around the nation to beautiful Miami for IWF’s annual US Conference, with an inspiring medley from popular award-winning musicals.

“Incorporating a performance helped set the tone for the rest of the conference,” explained NWSA Executive Board member and past Chair, Maria C. Alonso, President & CEO of United Way, IWF member and Co-Chair of the Opening Reception. “When we first imagined the conference, particularly the Opening Reception, we aimed to create a warm and inviting welcome that would provide colleagues from around the globe with a taste for our diverse and exciting community. Our goal was to highlight the vibrancy of Miami’s cultural scene and the talent that is shaping our arts community. A collaboration with New World School of the Arts was the perfect fit, as these students will undoubtedly be our future leaders in the arts,” said Alonso.

“[10 DAYS OF ART] SALE” Exhibition allows community to purchase original student artwork at incredibly low prices

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[10 DAYS OF ART] SALE Exhibition, by New World School of the Arts, offers the South Florida community the exclusive opportunity to purchase original student artwork below market price. The compilation of work, which spans the academic period of over ten years, has been curated to reflect the diversity of mediums and concepts fostered at the school – both at the high school level as well as at the more advanced college level.
An opening reception and Art Sale launch is scheduled for Thursday, November 8; 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM at New World Gallery, 25 NE 2nd Street, downtown Miami. Art Sale: November 9, 12-16, 19-21; 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

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