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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS OF
MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PRESENTS
UNITED WE SERVE VOLUNTEER MIAMI DAY
JOIN MAYOR CARLOS ALVAREZ FOR THE CULMINATION OF PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S VOLUNTEER INITIATIVE;
EVENT TO FEATURE FREE BUSINESS SEMINARS AND PERFORMANCES
Friday, September 11, 2009
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Miami, FL August 28, 2009 – The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County will open its doors to the community for a free volunteer festival on Friday September 11, 2009, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Center’s first-ever United We Serve Volunteer Miami Day will feature free seminars covering topics in energy conservation, arts education programs, personal and career advancement, and community involvement; live musical performances; a preview of the Arsht Center’s 2009-2010 season and the exclusive opportunity to become an engaged volunteer in our community. United We Serve Volunteer Miami Day is inspired by President Barack Obama’s national United We Serve volunteer initiative.
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez will kick-off the event as keynote speaker. Other participants will include Adrienne Arsht Center President and CEO M. John Richard and Chairman of the Board Ricky Arriola. Representatives from some of Miami’s leading non-profit organizations and business will speak on topics ranging from how “going green” can impact individuals’ lifestyles and businesses, to how people can market their skills in a tough economy.
Entertainment offerings will include a live outdoor concert by the Spam Allstars (5:30 p.m.), performances by the New World School Concert Choir(12:00 p.m.) and Bahamas Junkanoo Miami Revue (12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.), and an appearance by Florida Marlins mascot Billy the Marlin. Free tours of the Adrienne Arsht Center will be conducted in English and Spanish at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
“Our 600 volunteers play an integral role at the Adrienne Arsht Center,” said M. John Richard, President and CEO of the Adrienne Arsht Center. “We understand the value added to our organization through volunteerism. We encourage our professional staff to do the same for other non-profit organizations. We are proud to host the United We Serve Volunteer Fair.”
In his United We Serve address to the nation President Barack Obama said, “America’s new foundation will be built one community at a time.” With that same spirit, the Adrienne Arsht Center’s inaugural United We Serve Volunteer Miami Day will bring together various organizations from around the community, including Hands On Miami, American Red Cross, Alliance for the Aging and many others, to educate and provide volunteer opportunities for participants.
UNITED WE SERVE VOLUNTEER MIAMI DAY: SEMINARS & EVENTS
VOLUNTEER DIRECTORS NETWORKING AND BREAK-OUT SESSIONS (times vary)
Led by DOVIA, C-One and Hands On Miami, these sessions will offer professionals who work with volunteers the opportunity to begin a dialogue about common challenges and possible collaborations.
THE NEW ECONOMY IS GREEN WITH PAUL ZAMEK (1:30 p.m.)
Paul Zamek, Vice President of Kirksey Architecture will speak on what “Going Green” really means to individuals and businesses and about the process and value of achieving LEED Certification for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
HEAD OF THE CLASS AND AHEAD OF THE CURVE (2:30 p.m.)
Deanna Marie Costa, Director of Education & Outreach for the Adrienne Arsht Center, will discuss how the Center’s programming is taking a lead on education and artistic programming for children, families and seniors.
HOW TO MARKET YOURSELF IN A TOUGH JOB MARKET (3:15 p.m.)
Trish Brennan, Vice President of Human Resources for the Adrienne Arsht Center, will give effective advice on how to market yourself in a tough job market, during your interviews and on your resume.
HOW TO SERVE ON A BOARD (4:00 p.m.)
Linda Schotthoefer, Executive Director of the Center On Nonprofit Effectiveness (C-One) powered by Hands On Miami, will discuss the important factors and components of choosing and serving on non-profit boards.
2009-2010 SEASON PREVIEW WITH SCOTT SHILLER, ADRIENNE ARSHT CENTER EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT (5:00 p.m.)
Learn about the exciting and diverse programming created just for Miami - from the stunning Broadway productions, Jazz Roots, and the Center’s inaugural Classical music series to Family Fest, Billy Crystal, Tony Bennett and so much more!
For additional information on President Barack Obama’s United We Serve Initiative, please visit www.serve.gov.
Adrienne Arsht Center Presents
UNITED WE SERVE VOLUNTEER MIAMI DAY
The Adrienne Arsht Center is hosting its inaugural UNITED WE SERVE VOLUNTEER MIAMI DAY as a culminating event for President Barack Obama’s United We Serve summer volunteer initiative in the efforts to stimulate the economy through volunteerism. Keynote speaker Mayor Carlos Alvarez, leading non-profit organizations and leaders, and the Adrienne Arsht Center will join forces to inspire volunteers to continue their good volunteer efforts and others to become volunteers with free activities, performances, business and volunteering seminars, Adrienne Arsht Center tours, prizes, and much more.
September 11, 2009
FREE and open to the public
12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Adrienne Arsht Center
Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts
1300 Biscayne Blvd.
Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council. Education & Outreach is funded in part by The Children’s Trust. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from private contributions to the Adrienne Arsht Center Foundation, Inc. through its Visionary Society membership program and its Encore Circle major gifts program; City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency; American Express Company; Arison Arts Foundation; Dade Community Foundation; the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council; the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
About the Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is Miami-Dade County’s largest ever public/private-sector partnership, comprised of an $150 million private capital campaign conducted by the Performing Arts Center Foundation and public funding drawn primarily from the County’s Convention Development Tax revenues, as well as the City of Miami Omni Redevelopment District Community Redevelopment Agency. Greatly enhancing the artistic and educational opportunities in South Florida, the Adrienne Arsht Center will have significant and long-term economic benefits for the city and the region.
The Adrienne Arsht Center, designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, includes the 2,400-seat Sanford and Dolores Ziff Ballet Opera House, the 2,200-seat John S. and James L. Knight Concert Hall, a 200-seat black box Carnival Studio Theater, the Peacock Education Center, a restored Carnival Art Deco Tower, and the Parker and Vann Thomson Plaza for the Arts, which unites the Center buildings across Biscayne Boulevard, providing a magnificent setting for outdoor entertainment and informal gatherings. The key members of the design team include theater planning and design consultant Joshua Dachs of Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc. and acoustician Russell Johnson of ARTEC, Inc., both of whom worked on the project since its inception.
The Adrienne Arsht Center is a Miami venue not only for its three resident companies (Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet, and New World Symphony), but also for many smaller South Florida arts organizations that will perform in its theaters on a regular basis, as well as for the finest popular and classical performances from around the world. With state-of-the-art performance facilities in Miami for the first time, the Adrienne Arsht Center offers South Florida audiences the best and most diverse theater, music, and dance—with a dedication to entertain, challenge, and educate all segments of the community. For more information, visit www.arshtcenter.org.
About United We Serve
United We Serve is President Obama's call to service challenging all Americans to engage in sustained, meaningful community service. United We Serve initially runs from June 22 through a new National Day of Service and Remembrance on September 11, but will grow into a sustained, collaborative and focused effort to promote service as a way of life for all Americans. United We Serve is led by the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information, visit Serve.gov.
The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that improves lives, strengthens communities, and fosters civic engagement through service and volunteering. Each year, the Corporation engages four million Americans of all ages and backgrounds through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America Programs. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.