New World School of the Arts

David Bornfriend

A number of distinguished filmmakers, screenwriters and dancers have graduated from Miami’s New World School of the Arts. That list includes Tarell Alvin McCraney, who's play was adapted into the Oscar-winning film "Moonlight." 

But the high school's unique programs are now in jeopardy after the Florida Legislature this past session slashed all of the school's supplemental state funding by $500,000, according to The Miami Herald

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Coconut Grove Arts Festival has helped New World School of the Arts high school students sell their art for about 25 years.

New World’s white tent was bustling with students, teachers and buyers interested in artworks created by about 125 high school students. This festival is the school’s largest fundraiser, raising between $12,000 and $13,000 a year. Students get half the cut of all their sales.

For the past month, dance artist and creator Nora Chipaumire has led a group of Miami-based dancers, choreographers, performance artists and educators for the inaugural MDC Live Arts Lab, a Knight Arts Challenge Grantee. The goal of the MDC Live Arts Lab intensive is to bring nationally and internationally renowned artists like Chipaumire to Miami for the benefit of Miami artists.

Art that has been coming out of the urban core is often heavy on portraiture – characters, friends, family portrayed in both raw settings and historical and cultural context – especially in painting, especially from African-American artists. The work of Houston’s Robert Pruitt, currently showing at General Audience Presents up in North Miami, is one such example. But Miami has always lacked a strong black artistic infrastructure, and therefore we haven’t seen much significant work coming out of the community (with some notable exceptions). Enter the up-and-coming T.