The $51 million Center was designed by world-renowned Arquitectonica International, Inc. The design team included theater consultants Fisher Dachs Associates, Inc., sound and communications design firm Artec Consultants, Inc., and arts management consultants AMS Planning & Recreation Corp., recognized for their work on performing arts facilities.
- Proscenium Theater (Main Stage), a state-of-the-art 966 seat performing arts space with a fly tower, orchestra pit, front of house spaces, (box office, lobby, concessions, etc), back of house support spaces (dressing rooms, storage, administrative offices, etc.)
- Black Box Theater, 39’ x 49’ multipurpose space for intimate performances or rehearsals. Seating capacity is up to 129.
- Lab Theater, 36’ x 60’ multipurpose space for intimate performances or rehearsals. Seating capacity is up to 129.
- Dance Studio, 36’ x 44’ with high ceilings, sprung wood floor, mirrors, sound and video systems. This space is predominately used for dance rehearsals.
- Cafe, A thousand square foot space. RFP is under development for a cafe operator, concessionaire, and caterer.
Outdoor Promenade and Back Yard Concert Lawn
The Center’s two buildings are joined by an outdoor promenade which can be used for pre-and post-show receptions and which leads to a gently sloped Back Yard Concert Lawn along the Black Creek Canal, which can accommodate more than 700 people for outdoor concerts and festivals.
Miami based artist Robert Chambers believes in a holistic approach to art making in which environment, material and subject matter create a unified installation or art piece. The artistic language he employs in his work fuses scientific knowledge, contemporary culture and locality. For the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Chambers created an innovative light piece, entitled Light Field that illuminates the entire, translucent inner lobby wall with changing designs created by computer-programmed LED fixtures.
In addition, the lobby is adorned with two large scale marble sculptures also created by Chambers. The sculptures, entitled Orbital 1 and Orbital 2, are based on Johannes Kepler's Laws of Planetary Motion and the geometric formulas of prehistoric hand tools. The final product consists of two 10 ton and 12 ton marble sculptures that are intended as resting places.
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