A concert performed by students and employees of Miami-Dade’s public school to benefit the Bahamas raised more than $70,000.
The event set the stage for a ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony for the new 700-seat theater at Miami Arts Studio 6-12 at Zelda Glazer, where the concert was held.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools held the concert, which featured performing groups from Miami Arts Studio, South Miami Middle, Winston Park K-8 Center, Miami Shores Elementary, Miami Norland Senior High, Jose de Diego Middle, W.R. Thomas Middle, South Miami K-8 Center, Southwood Middle, Dr. Manuel C. Barreiro Elementary, New World School of the Arts, the Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Arthur & Polly Mays Conservatory of the Arts, Coral Gables Senior High, Hialeah Gardens Senior High, Miami Northwestern Senior High, Hialeah Gardens Middle and Coral Reef Senior High.
The funds raised will go to Operation Helping Hands to help support hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas. WPLG Anchor Louis Aguirre served as the master of ceremonies.
The center was named for the late architect and entrepreneur José Milton –José Milton Center for the Performing Arts. A recording studio at Miami Arts Studio was made possible by a $100,000 donation from the José Milton Foundation.
Miami Arts Studio, a magnet program, has eight studios available from which students can choose: band; broadcasting; dance; entertainment law; orchestra; tech. production; theatre arts; and vocal. Students are selected through an application/audition process.