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Miami Dade College Celebrates Miami’s Cultural Innovators with a New Documentary Highlighting the Contributions of Ruth Greenfield, a Pioneer of Integration

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Dr. Ruth Greenfield, founder of The Fine Arts Conservatory

Miami, March 20, 2013 - Miami Dade College (MDC), a long-time champion for equal rights and integration, will screen a new documentary showcasing how the performing arts bridged racial divides by bringing together a community, and then years later, helped revitalize downtown Miami.  MDC President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón and the documentary’s main subject, Dr. Ruth Greenfield, whose passion for the arts guided her work at MDC from 1964 to 1996, founding the College’s Lively Arts Series, will personally present Instruments of Change, Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m., at the Wolfson Campus Auditorium, Room 1261

The one-hour documentary by Steve Waxman chronicles two institutions started by Greenfield, a longtime Miami resident. The first, the Fine Arts Conservatory, established in the early 1950s, integrated black and white students in a welcoming environment with classes in music, art, and dance, taught by first-rate professors. The second, the Lunchtime Lively Arts Series, featured a wide variety of free, noon-time shows held in various downtown venues every Wednesday. The series hosted by MDC ran from 1972-1988 and sparked a renaissance for a declining downtown.

“Ruth was and is a visionary. We owe her a big debt of gratitude. Her work is still paying cultural and educational dividends. I am honored to have been able to work alongside side her in helping transform downtown Miami,” said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, and formerly the longtime president of the Wolfson Campus where he was a longstanding champion of the arts in downtown Miami, including Miami Book Fair International at MDC, which he co-founded.

The film was commissioned by longtime admirers of Ruth Greenfield to honor her dedication for making Miami a better place to live.  Waxman, a South Florida resident for many years, has produced several documentaries including the Emmy-nominated, Prohibition and the South Florida Connection.

MDC Wolfson Campus to Host Intimate Screening of Instruments of Change

  • WHEN: Friday, Apr. 5, 8:00 PM
  • WHERE: MDC Wolfson Campus, Auditorium (Room 1261) 300 N.E. Second Ave.
  • COST: Free

The event is by invitation only.  For more information on the film, please visit The working media is welcome.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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