Eric Fliss, managing director of the Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Middle, recollects working with Commissioner Moss when the middle was being constructed.
“He had common conferences with myself and Michael Spring, director of the Miami-Dade County Division of Cultural Affairs, simply to remain knowledgeable concerning the course of and the way we had been transferring ahead with the development of our buildings,” Fliss says.
Commissioner Moss wished to listen to immediately from Fliss and Spring about any hiccups skilled through the constructing course of.
“It was vital for him to remain present with the 2 of us and be capable of reply questions from constituents concerning the middle. He was an ideal ally for me and the division as we constructed the middle, making certain the middle bought its justifiable share of public funding,” Fliss says.
Moss’ imaginative and prescient and humanities advocacy impressed county commissioners to formally rename the middle at a Miami-Dade County Board of Commissioners assembly this summer time.
“We on the middle had no opposition to the identify change; it occurred at a fee assembly the place they voted on it. Moss was an iconic civic servant, and the whole lot he did in that position was for the larger good of his group. That’s what you need from a pacesetter,” Fliss says.
From a branding standpoint, the previous identify South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Middle, Fliss says, was a bit tough to recollect, so having the Moss Middle identify was good and far simpler to recollect.
With the brand new identify got here a revised emblem, one that could be a variation of what they’ve all the time leaned into and evokes the form of the constructing. “We’ve altered it simply to make the Moss identify extra outstanding however not make it one thing utterly completely different,” Fliss says. ”We had been very particular about this and comfortable the brand new identify can also be simpler to work round.”
Guests will even discover a brand new inclusivity image being integrated across the arts venue simply in time for its latest presentation of the sensory-inclusive present It’s OK to Be Completely different, based mostly on the youngsters’s ebook by bestselling writer Todd Parr. The ebook is a well-liked useful resource for educating range and tolerance.
“Sometimes, our inclusive occasions occur throughout All Youngsters Included Competition, however we offered this accessible kids’s present as a part of our household collection,” says Annie Hoffman, schooling and outreach supervisor on the Moss Middle.
It’s a approach for them to succeed in each kids and relations to attend performances as a household and entice youthful audiences.
Sensory-inclusive shows characteristic a quiet room, modifications to sound and lighting, open captions, American Signal Language interpreters, and audio descriptions.
“We’ve additionally been working with Miami Lighthouse for the Blind on a contact tour earlier than the performances,” Hoffman says.
Fliss says they need to lead by instance when sources can be found, and they’re working to commit themselves to presenting inclusive programming when most acceptable. “That is simply one other step in the correct route,” he says.
The inclusivity effort additionally helps to comprehend Commissioner Moss’ imaginative and prescient of dedication to schooling, having programming inclusion and accessibility to Black and brown audiences.
“We’ve performed an ideal job of turning into one thing for everyone,” Fliss says.
– Josie Gulliksen, ArtburstMiami.com
The Dennis C. Moss Cultural Arts Middle. 10950 SW 211 St., Cutler Bay; mosscenter.org.