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‘Rock Odyssey’ complements our school system


The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts recently welcomed every fifth grader in Miami-Dade County — 25,000 children — for a Broadway-style production of Rock Odyssey, an originally-produced rock musical based on Homer’s epic Odyssey. Launched in 2009 by the Arsht Center in partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools as a pilot project, there was no guarantee that Rock Odyssey would continue without private support.

In 2010, Wells Fargo joined the Arsht Center as a lead corporate sponsor for the program. We are proud of our continued support over the past four years and have since seen the private sector step up to complement the public’s investment in this important program.

Rock Odyssey has grown to become an annual tradition in Miami; more than 125,000 children have experienced the show over the past five years.

Most important, Rock Odyssey is presented free of charge to students and their schools, thanks to the help of public- and private-sector partners. Wells Fargo’s support for the Arsht Center is just one example of how our company is making a difference. Last year, Wells Fargo invested $5.6 million in nonprofits and local schools across South Florida. Our team members also demonstrated their commitment, donating more than $900,000 in personal contributions to the United Way of Miami-Dade and logging more than 18,000 volunteer hours.

With Miami gaining momentum as an international cultural capital, companies doing business here have an opportunity to leave their mark through arts education.

Programs like Rock Odyssey enhance quality of life in our community and complement our public school system, making them a natural outlet for corporate support.

Jason Williams,

regional managing director,

Wells Fargo Private Bank, Miami

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