Miami Dade College to Host an Election Extravaganza Oct. 26

Festival highlights the power of people and the value of engagement

Miami, Oct. 21, 2016 – The Institute for Civic Engagement and Democracy and Student Life at Miami Dade College (MDC) will host an Election Extravaganza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at MDC’s Wolfson Campus.  As part of the Joy Voting Initiative organized by the Citizen University, the celebration seeks to reinvigorate and promote political engagement in Miami.

The festival will bring live performances, entertainment, interactive games, voter education and will culminate with students and community members taking the “Vote Train” to Government Center to early vote. Silent Revolution will be providing multiple DJs to play music on headsets for students to participate in a silent disco while riding the “Vote Train”. 

PATH: Preserving, Archiving & Teaching Hiphop, Inc. will be providing entertainment, including break-dancers, drummers, and spoken word performances. Other entertainers will include: roaming magician, stilt-walkers, and a drag show performance.

Miami-Dade County voter turnout has, for the past ten years, been decreasing exponentially.  Joy of Voting projects in Miami aim to increase participation and shift cultural attitudes around voting through diverse programming and events.  Election Extravaganza was one of five projects selected by Citizen University with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which granted each winner $3600 for local-voting related events in Miami. By the way, MDC has registered nearly 6,500 new voters during this historic elections season, leading all other colleges and universities.

For more information, please contact Tamica Ramos at

About Citizen University

Citizen University is a national nonprofit based in Seattle that promotes and teaches the art of powerful citizenship.  In addition to the Joy of Voting, programs and initiatives include the Civic Collaboratory, a civic leadership network; sworn-again America, a project on civic rituals; the Citizen University National Conference; and programs and resources to teach civic power.  For more, visit