MDC Live Arts Recommended for $30K Grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Miami, June 22, 2017  Miami Dade College’s (MDC) MDC Live Arts has been recommended for an Art Works award of $30,000 for select shows next season, part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017.

“Communities need culture in order to thrive and culture needs the support of its communities in order to survive,” said Kathryn Garcia, executive director of MDC Live Arts.  “MDC Live Arts is so grateful to receive this invaluable federal support and is proud to be carrying the message that the arts and artists are vital to the growth of our communities.”

The Arts Works Grant would support extraordinary performances as part of MDC Live Arts’ 2017-18 Season: Ojala/ Inshallah: Wishes from the Muslim World. Designed to challenge widespread assumptions concerning contemporary Muslim identity, the season will feature Muslim and MENA artists in performances, residencies, conversations, and community workshops. Genres will span music, dance, theater, spoken word and multimedia; styles, from traditional to cutting edge. Performances and engagements will take place all around Miami. The season line up will be announced in August 2017.

The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.  NEA Chairman Jane Chu has approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country.

“The arts reflect the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said  Chu.  “National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support organizations such as MDC Live Arts, in serving their communities by providing excellent and accessible arts experiences.”

The work of MDC Live Arts has been supported federally through the NEA since its inception, positioning the organization on the national landscape of cultural initiatives that foster the American values of creative practice and engagement as vital components of society. Through such support since its founding in 1990, MDC Live Arts has sparked much growth in Miami, now a significant global destination because of its expansive arts and culture.

To join the Twitter conversation about this announcement, please use #NEASpring17. For more information on projects included in the NEA grant announcement, go to


About MDC Live Arts

MDC Live Arts is Miami’s most eclectic performing arts series.  Created in 1990 as Cultura del Lobo, MDC Live Arts has a celebrated history of bringing extraordinary national and international performing artists to Miami. The annual series presents today’s most exciting artists and designs meaningful engagement between these artists, the students of MDC, and the greater community. MDC Live Arts seeks artists from across the globe that pushes boundaries and honor traditions relevant to Miami’s diverse community, and aims to offer audiences opportunities to discover new ideas, perspectives and forms of expression. For more information, please visit

The Programs of MDC Live Arts are made possible with the generous support of: Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council; the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture; the National Endowment for the Arts; the City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs; the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners; Miami Dade County Cultural Passport in partnership with Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, and the Foundation for New Education Initiative; the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts; and National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund. MDC Live Arts is a Partner of the National Performance Network (NPN). Major NPN contributors include the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.


To learn more about MDC Live Arts, please call 305-237-3010, or visit


MDC Live Arts Contact: Alexa Burneikis, Marketing Manager, 305-237-7733,;