Miami City ballet’s Lourdes Lopez guest speaker for FAN luncheon

The 96 members and guests at the recent Funding Arts Network (FAN) luncheon were treated to a talk by Lourdes Lopez, artistic director of the Miami City Ballet, about her life leading to her present position.

Starting at 11:30 a.m., guests at the Westin Colonnade in Coral Gables mingled during the cocktail hour. The sit-down lunch started at noon, followed by the talk by Lopez.

Her talk centered around the three people who had most influenced her life choices: her very athletic father who had been in the pre-Castro Cuban military and who had taught at West Point, her artistic mother who was the enduring strength in the family, and Balanchine who assured her that she only needed to be herself to succeed.

Her father had told her, “If you find something you love, you will succeed.”

FAN awarded $180,000 in grants to 20 arts organizations this past year. The Miami City Ballet is one of the recipients of a FAN grant.

Established in 1996 (originally known as (fifty over fifty), FAN has given more than $3.3 million to dance, music, theater and visual arts programs.

FAN is a non-profit all volunteer organization dedicated to supporting and enhancing the visual and performing arts programs for the cultural enrichment of the community.FAN combines the $1,000 membership contribution of its members to form an annual grant pool to fund visual and performing arts programs in Miami- Dade County.

FAN conducts a competitive grants program. Screening teams comprised of members trained in grant selection choose the finalists. Next, the entire membership votes for the final grant awards, which are presented at the group’s May luncheon.

For more information on FAN or to find about how to become a member, visit the website at www.fundingartsnetwork.org

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