The Sept. 13 article, Miami’s arts Awakening, is a excellent review of the 1980’s burst of cultural energy, but one missing element played a major role infusing our community with music and performing arts — PACE, Performing Arts for Community and Education — founded by two visionary symphonic Miami musicians, Rod Glaubman and Stephen Parsons. They brought thousands of free concerts to Miami’s parks, schools and care centers in the late 70’s to early 80’s.
From 1980 to 1983 PACE assembled many local and national artists to center stage with their Big Orange Festivals in February with more than 35 performances forging the cultural wealth of South Florida.
The collaborative efforts of Glaubman and Parsons, many musicians, a dedicated staff, hundreds of volunteers and many friends made PACE the “tour-de-force” of its time as a non-profit organization and guiding force in South Florida.
Mary Lou Pfeiffer, Miami