NWSA kicks off the Theater season by honoring playwright, actor and guest artist Michael McKeever followed by an evening of “The Orphan”

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orphan prNew World School of the Arts continues to celebrate it’s 30th Anniversary as it launches the 2017-2018 Theater season of events with a special Recognition Award & Reception honoring playwright, actor and NWSA guest artist Michael McKeever. The award-winning playwright has written twenty-seven full-length plays that have been produced at theaters across the United States, Canada and Europe. McKeever’s play Daniel’s Husband just finished an extremely successful Off-Broadway run for Primary Stages at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre, and was nominated for an Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best New Work. “The theater division has been so fortunate to have Michael McKeever work directly with our students in the classroom and with our alumni onstage in professional theaters during the past few years,” said Patrice Bailey, Dean of Theater at NWSA. “His work is generated and developed in South Florida for South Florida actors and as a result has had a major impact in contributing to Miami as being one of the nation’s hubs for play development. His writing has brought the various communities in South Florida together and has been produced in almost all of the theaters in South Florida.”

New World School of the Arts is among only ten schools nationwide to be distinguished as a National Demonstration School by Magnet Schools of America

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New World School of the Arts aerial view.Led by New World School of the Arts High School Principal Evonne Alvarez, NWSA has been identified as a National Demonstration School, a distinction the school shares with just nine other schools in the United States. Announced by Magnet Schools of America (MSA), NWSA is among the first cohort of National Certified Magnet Schools, comprised of 55 schools located in 12 states. The cohort successfully completed a nine-month evaluation process and demonstrated through evidence, reflection, and strategic action that they have established the Magnet School Standards of Excellence in their schools.
“The National Certification application was challenging and provided us with the opportunity to evaluate our program based on the standards of excellence which national magnet schools are held to. It was an opportunity for growth and we are humbled by this incredible recognition,” said Alvarez. “This honor provides NWSA with local and national exposure and the opportunity to learn from others. When magnet schools are designated as a model for the rest of the country, it certainly opens the conversation for future funding. The faculty is exemplary and is looking forward to sharing best practices with colleagues around the nation.”

Alumni Art Auction @ Faena Forum, with work of distinguished alumni artists, opens the season to benefit Artseen studios

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Painting by Nataleya Laskis.Painting by Michael Vasquez.

MIAMI--- The iconic Faena District, located in Miami Beach, will host New World School of the Arts’ Alumni Art Auction to raise funds for Artseen, the school’s off-site visual arts studios located in the heart of downtown Miami just minutes from Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus. Taking place at Faena Forum, the exhibition will have available for silent auction artworks from more than forty participating NWSA graduates, among which are world-renowned artists Hernan Bas, Adler Guerrier, Bert Rodriguez, Jen Stark, and Michael Vasquez among many others.
The New World School of the Arts Alumni Art Auction @ Faena Forum will be held on Thursday, September 14, 2017; 7 PM – 10 PM. 3300 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida 33140. Admission tickets are $100 per person and can be purchased at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/.  Limited tickets are available. Information at 305-237-3649.

Adriana de la Torre becomes NWSA’s 19th Presidential Scholar in the Arts

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Adriana de la Torre artist.Painting by Adriana de la Torre.

Earning yet another US Presidential Scholar in the Arts this year, New World School of the Arts once again brings the coveted distinction home. Adriana de la Torre, from the visual arts division at NWSA, submitted two YoungArts portfolios in two disciplines and was a Visual Arts Finalist. Adriana will have the opportunity to invite a professor from New World School of the Arts to join her as she travels to Washington D.C., June 18-20, 2017, to receive her award on behalf of the President of the United States. She will have her artwork displayed in the Hall of Nations in an exhibition created by this year’s recognized visual artists and writers during the impressive ceremony. “I am just grateful to be a part of this amazing recognition, and owe it all to the incredible support and guidance I've received from my teachers at New World School of the Arts,” said Adriana.

30th Anniversary Rising Stars brings home distinguished alumni from across the nation.

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New World School of the Arts, Miami's premier arts conservatory once again presents its most acclaimed event of the year – Rising Stars – in celebration of the school’s 30th Anniversary. This high-energy, Broadway-style extravaganza is an unmatched platform to highlight distinguished alumni who have returned home this year to recognize the school's success and to share their own career achievements in Dance, Music, Theater, and Visual Arts. This showcase is also the perfect venue for the community to experience the artistry that is fostered and nurtured at the downtown arts conservatory.
Founded in 1984, New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Representing the three educational institutions that made NWSA a reality more than three decades ago, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College, and the University of Florida will be recognized on-stage as will be Bank of America - an institution that has demonstrated its commitment to NWSA and support of arts education in our community since New World School of the Arts opened its doors to the community in 1986.

UNBOUND, 2017 BFA Show, explores and exploits hybridity

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Artist Beatrice Rodriguez painting at the artist studio.Artist Jon Millan painting at the artist studio.

UNBOUND, New World School of the Arts’ 2017 BFA final visual arts showcase is a group exhibition highlighting a variety of works from 23 visual artists of divergent disciplines, professionally curated by NWSA dean of the visual arts program, Maggy Cuesta and gallerist Fredric Snitzer. A culmination of four years of intensive study, UNBOUND is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of a bold and dynamic group of emerging artists from whose objective for this exhibition is to explore and exploit hybridity in various ways.
Opening Reception: Friday, March 24; 7 PM-10 PM. Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), 1018 North Miami Avenue, Miami, FL 33136. On view March 24 – April 8; 10 AM-6 PM by appointment. Exhibition is free and open to the public.

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