Community Programs

Kendall Art Center (KAC) takes the art experience beyond the it’s walls and into the community with a variety of outreach programs across Miami-Dade County.

Kendall Art Center (KAC) aims to educate and create an ongoing dialogue with the public in the concepts of contemporary art and its role in society. By exhibiting the work of emerging, established, international and local artists, K.A.C fosters education that stimulates critical thinking and art appreciation. Our vision is to be an active participant in the art community of South Florida and abroad, while enriching the quality of life and art experience of the community.

Activities focus on works of art in the Kendall Art Center collection and special exhibitions. Through discussion, research, art making, and writing activities, we hope to encourage close looking, foster conversation between students, community and artists.

Open Book Discussion

An all-inclusive book on the works, artists and exhibitions of The Rodríguez Collection, with more than 50 superbly reproduced artworks from one of Miami’s foremost collectors of Cuban contemporary art. This title is dedicated to showcasing the unique visual traditions of the island, spanning decades of styles and subjects, culminating in a volume sure to be an indispensible addition or introduction for any art enthusiast. This title presents an ideal tour and scholarship on some of the best this comprehensive collection and Miami, has to offer.

Moderated by Roxana M Bermejo, Odette Artiles, Gary Anuez, Henry Ballate, Aldo Menedez and Leonardo Rodriguez.

 

12/9/2018

Art and Music

The Cuban Music concert, recalling the most emblematic themes of the popular and classical songs of Cuban music. Piano accompaniment by Moldavian pianist Larisa Soboleva, Cuban-American tenor Rolando Polo and Ukranian Cuban Soprano Anzeina Alejandrovna.

11/11/2018

Collection Review


“Artists and friends” in the Hamlet Collection is the second exhibition presented by The Rodríguez Collection in collaboration with other private collections as part of the program to unveil art that was produced in Cuba and today is preserved outside the island. The panelists review the status of the collection and discuss in preservation and cataloging.

Moderated by Ivonne Ferrer and Henry Ballate.

 

11/9/2018

Book Presentation

The crazy-haired family: by Berenice Morales. In this story, the author shows us how sometimes a decision we make can transform the lives of others. Thomin, the protagonist of this story, leaves us a lesson “the importance of friendship”, when he decides to help his friend Paquito, and put an end to the teasing and abuse that he suffers at school.

Moderated by Berenice Morales.

10/13/2018

Book Presentation

“CIELO DESPEJADO” Emma Artiles is a Cuban writer and cartoonist living in Miami. She has a degree in Spanish and Literature. She has published three books of poetry, an illustrated album and two novels for children and young people. "Clear Sky" deals with the relationship of a five-year-old girl and her grandmother at the moment when the signs of Alzheimer's begin to appear.

Moderated by Emma Artiles.

9/14/2018

Art and Music

“Twinkle Twinkle” MoBe Music Studio presents a musical and sensory journey where sounds will appropriate your imagination, connecting with the essence of music and enjoying a great family experience. This presentation will have as a special guest the recently won violinist of the Latin Grammy Winnie Camila Berg , under the artistic direction of Karla Berg. Mobe Music Studio a space to grow.

 

9/1/2018

Open Book Discussion

A longtime insider’s unprecedented look behind the “Sugar Curtain” during America’s long standoff with communist Cuba, by “one of this generation’s finest diplomats” (Ambassador Joseph Wilson) Our Woman in Havana chronicles the past several decades of US-Cuba relations from the bird’s-eye view of State Department veteran and longtime Cuba hand Vicki Huddleston, our top diplomat in Havana under Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush.

Moderated by Vicki Huddleston.

 

4/7/2018

Teatro en Marcos

This project is to bring the theater closer to the public in the South West of Miami and explore unconventional settings that provide enriching creative alternatives. The Kendall Art Center is a place full of art, colors and textures and therefore it itself becomes a new element of the scenic language.

Art director: Leopoldo Morale.

 

03/10/2018

Art and Music

Visual Artist Michael Arias, The life of an artist: Before and After.
Michael Arias discovers his passion for painting after an accident that leaves him paralyzed. In this presentation he tells us about his experiences and working methods.

Soprano Cristy Arias and Pianist Jorge Emilio PIS.

6/9/2017

Panel Discussion

This event displays the final results of a two year investigation of Aldo Menéndez (Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1948). Artist, journalist, art critic, curator and promoter. Author of two previous books about the Taller de Serigrafía Artística Rene Portocarrero, published in Spain under the titles: “Ojo X Ojo” (2002) and “Colección Portocarrero / La tradición de un taller” (2003). With colaboration involving atelier from Cuba, Spain, France, Colombia, Mexico, USA, The Aldo Menéndez Archives and The Rodriguez Collection is Presented at Kendall Art Center as part of 2017 Art & Research Honors Program.

Moderated by Aldo Menéndez, Ivonne Ferrer and Henry Ballate.

 

11/10/2017

Teatro en Marcos

This project is to bring the theater closer to the public in the South West of Miami and explore unconventional settings that provide enriching creative alternatives. The Kendall Art Center is a place full of art, colors and textures and therefore it itself becomes a new element of the scenic language.

Art director: Leopoldo Morale.

 

09/18/2017

Collection Review

“Artists in Purgatory” an exhibition of Jorge Reynardus Collection curated by Aldo Menendez, Henry Ballate and Ivonne Ferrer, is presented in Miami by Leo Rodriguez, a well-known art collector, founder and director of the KAC. The exhibition “Artists in Purgatory” is forging new recognition to these artists within the contemporary art world and a new definition of their artistic status that ends the collective isolation. The panelists review the status of the collection and discuss in preservation and cataloging.

Moderated by Aldo Menendez.

 

09/29/2017

Art Presentation

Diálogos Místicos, a presentation in which Henry Ballate M.F.A. Director and Chief Curator of Kendall Art Center was focused on the dialogue between the collector Leonardo Rodríguez and the artist José Bedia, a dialogue that not only shows part of the historical route of the artist but also the transformations and aesthetic valuations of the collector. 

Moderated by Henry Ballate.

12/10/2016

Open Book Discussion

"The Millennials Generation. Cuban Art 2001-2016", book by curator and art critic Píter Ortega. This is the author's third publication, and offers an anthology of the younger generation of artists in today's Cuban cultural scene, from a wide range of artistic manifestations: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, installation, videoart, performance. 40 emerging artists from the year 2001 are presented in the book to justify a turning point or changing epochal sensibility, which allows the author to speak of a new generation with a novel aesthetic within the contemporary Cuban art scene: "The Millennials Generation".

Moderated by Píter Ortega.

 

12/04/2016

Panel Discussion

Kendall Art Center presents an open discussion on "El peso de una isla en el amor de un pueblo", book by Píter Ortega Núñez. A panel discussion and open forum with the author and Hortensia Montero (formerly curator of National Museum of Fine Art, Habana, Cuba).

Moderated by Henry Ballate.

10/14/2016

Book Presentation

"Shared Secrets" is the title of the book by Pedro Avila Gendis (Camaguey, Cuba, 1959) that will be presented on September 23 at the Kendall Art Center. "Shared Secrets" brings together a selection of works from the last three series by this artist: "The voice of the earth", "Sublime landscapes" and "Interior space,"  2012 - 2016. 

Moderated by Aldo Menendez.

09/23/2016

Collection Review

Kendall Art Center opens its doors with the presentation of Rodriguez Collection to the public of Miami Dade with the aims to educate and create an ongoing dialogue with the public in the concepts of contemporary art and its role in our society. 

Moderated by Henry Ballate.

07/15/2016

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