Art comes in many forms: performing arts, visual arts, music, and literature, among other genres. This year Miami Dade College (MDC) commemorates Miami’s unique artistic flair with the 21st anniversary of Arts and Letters, continuing through Apr. 10, at its Kendall Campus, 11011 SW 104 St.
This 10-day affair includes poetry readings, photography exhibits, arts and crafts, live music, and many more activities the whole family can enjoy.
All the festivities are free to the public.
A sampling of the planned events:
Tuesday, Apr. 2, 2-3 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 — Derrick Adams, a multidisciplinary New York-based artist, will give a presentation about his artistic process. Adams studied at Pratt Institute, Columbia University, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He is the recipient of a 2009 Louis Comfort Tiffany Award and an honored finalist for the 2011 William H. Johnson Prize.
Tuesday, Apr. 2, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Library, Building 2, Second Floor — Kids’ Choice Story Contest. Kids will do the judging! Bring your children (ages 5-11) to this story contest where the kids will decide the winners of original stories by Miami Dade College students. Rita Fernandez Sterling and Nancy Yi Ortiz will direct the event and present awards. Student writers’ submissions are coordinated by Marta Magellan. The stories will be read by Sherri Ahern, Sofia Funk, Elena Perez-Mirabal and Monica Plata. Refreshments will be served.
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 9-11 a.m., Library, Building 2, Second Floor — Heart of the Arts Photography Exhibit. This juried exhibition displays works by MDC photography students with the theme “Heart of the Arts.” Coordinated by Tony Chirinos.
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 12:15-1 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 — Keynote speaker Jody Steiger will deliver a speech on the importance of the arts in the community. Steiger has divided her career between the performing arts — as both designer and director — and the fields of educational innovation and curriculum planning. She holds a doctorate degree in education with special emphasis on the role of the arts in education and social development. She is a member of the board of AcciónArte and the board of the Orchestra of the Americas and the Fundación ARDE (Arte para el Desarrollo). She is the former director of the National Theatre of Costa Rica.
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 2-2:50 p.m., Room R-403 — What is Beauty? Explore the nature of beauty through the prism of philosophy in this interactive workshop. Share, develop, and discover the aesthetics among the arts, nature, and human beings. Participate in a discussion on Plato, Kant and David Hume. Facilitated by Allen McPhee.
Wednesday, Apr. 3, 7-10 p.m., Theater, Building M — Rehearsal. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello calls into question the levels of theatricality and contrivance inherent in all plays. Be one of the first to attend this classic, made up of student cast members. Directed by Brad Beckman.
Thursday, Apr. 4, 6-9 p.m., Art Gallery, Room M-123 — Emerging Artists: 47th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. Enjoy original works in all media by Kendall Campus art students.
Friday, Apr. 5, 7-8 p.m., McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120 —Originals. The Miami Music Revolution Student Organization performs original compositions and arrangements.
Wednesday, Apr. 10, 11 a.m.-noon, Room R-403 — Tim O’Brien, author of the lauded The Things They Carried, a Big Read choice, will read from his work and share his thoughts on being an author. The details of warfare may have changed since Vietnam, but O’Brien’s semi-autobiographical account of a young platoon on a battlefield without a front, dodging sniper fire and their own misgivings, continues to win legions of dedicated readers, both in uniform and out. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture.