Adrienne Arsht Center, O Cinema selected for national arts grants

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Miami and Wynwood’s O Cinema have won a combined $350,000 from a national foundation that supports the arts.

They were among 54 organizations picked from more than 1,200 applicants across the country for grants from ArtPlace, an initiative funded by the Knight Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and other major companies as well as the National Endowment for the Arts and other government agencies.

ArtPlace announced the winners on Monday.

The Adrienne Arsht Center received $250,000, money it will use to create an office of neighborhood development in cooperation with the Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, an organization the Arsht Center created in 2011 with a $300,000 grant from ArtPlace that year, according to a joint news release from the Arsht Center and O Cinema.

The Neighborhood Development Corporation has commissioned a master plan for creating a thriving downtown arts district, and plans to use the new office to work with local businesses and agencies to make it happen.

“Miami is now viewed as one of the world’s great cities for arts and culture and downtown is leading that rise,” said Town Square Neighborhood Development Corporation chair and former Flagler Development Group president Armando Codina in the news release. “This ArtPlace America grant will enable us to commit additional resources for sparking smart development and collaborating with our neighbors.”

Wynwood’s O Cinema, which screens independent and foreign films, plans to use its $100,000 grant to create a sustainable outdoor theater called Cine Al Fresco.

The new theater will present a series of free films throughout the year, said co-director Vivian Marthell, and collaborate with local artists and cultural organizations to bring in other performances.

Since 2011, ArtPlace has awarded more than $42 million to 130 projects in 90 communities.

Last year’s Miami-Dade County winners were the Bass Museum of Art in Miami Beach, the Light Box at Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood and the Wynwood Arts District Association.

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