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Miami Dade College’s Kendall Campus Celebrates its Annual Arts and Letters Program

Miami, March 14, 2014 - Miami Dade College’s(MDC) Kendall Campus will welcome back its ever-popular event, Arts & Letters, for its 22nd consecutive year, March 31 through April 4. This year, the College is celebrating the art of collaboration. Arts & Letters Day will take place on April 2. All events are free and open to the public.

Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy the talent of fine musicians, published poets, and visual artists working together to produce new and unique works - some right before their eyes – and to participate in hands-on activities that place them at the center of the creative process.

Below is a sampling of featured events:

Tuesday, April 1

3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

A Bookmobile for Dreamers, Keynote Speakers Elizabeth Brown and Lothar Osterburg

A Bookmobile for Dreamers is a 40-minute multimedia performance with live Theremin, recorded sound, and video created in collaboration between composer and Guggenheim fellow Elizabeth Brown and visual artist and Guggenheim fellow Lothar Osterburg. The piece is non-narrative and celebrates the joy of discovery through books in the almost-lost art of browsing through the stacks of a library.

Location: McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120

Wednesday, April 2

Noon – 1 p.m.

Artist John Bailly on his collaboration with inaugural poet Richard Blanco

The collaboration between Blanco and Bailly explores the traditional parameters of the text-to-image relationship. Rather than having text describe image or image illustrate text, these works are juxtaposed in an indirect manner.  Often subtle, sometimes vague, and rarely obvious, the relationship between the poems and paintings are for the audience to deduce. Addressing issues of self-reflection and cultural identity in their work, Blanco and Bailly aim to stimulate viewers into their own journey as they search the paintings and poems for meaning.

Location: McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120

Wednesday, April 2

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 

Photographer Alicia Vera – Eden, a photographic lecture on collaborating with Eden

Candles lit, curtains shut, clothes off. Eden began this project to document the world of prostitution and to initiate dialogue on issues that apply to every woman, including self-identity and female chauvinism. This project is ultimately about a woman's struggle to find herself, and Eden, 21, a woman, daughter, friend, and provider of sex in exchange for money believes that no one is characterized by the jobs they perform. She sets aside pieces of herself for her own protection, so as not to disappear.

Location: McCarthy Auditorium, Room 6120

Arts and Letters is the forum and arena for both the abstract and the concrete; where mind and matter meet passion and intellect, use strokes and words on canvas, screens, plastic, paper, chalk, flesh and blood … any medium or none, all to find their home at the Kendall Campus of Miami Dade College. For two days, ideas and thoughts will spring forth from the creative mind of professional artists and performers, including faculty and students, manifesting themselves through art, music, literature and performance with events for everyone at any stage in their life.

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino Florin, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Roxana Romero, 305-237-3366,, media specialist
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Kai Hill, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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