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Saturday, December 08, 2018

Knight Foundation awards $2 million to Playhouse

The Knight Foundation awarded $2 million to the county to be used to complete the Coconut Grove Playhouse project. 

Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of the Knight Foundation, announced the Playhouse grant during the Knight New Work Miami event held at Perez Art Museum Miami on December 3. He emphasized the grant was for the County to build a 300-seat theater at the Playhouse site.

Of course, there are other plans and the playhouse issue has been going back and forth over the plans, including a lawsuit by two Grovites.

According to Miami-Dade Dept. of Cultural Affairs, "The Knight Foundation also named Joe Adler, GableStage's producing artistic director, as one of the 2018 Knight Arts Champions, each with a $10,000 contribution to be donated to an artist or arts organization of his/her choice. Mr. Adler directed the gift to arts education nonprofit Arts for Learning, for its robust student programs in the heart of the West Grove community, reaching under served children and families in the area."

There are currently two plans, the County's/GableStage plan, which calls for 300 seats and the destruction of a major part of the playhouse - Knight Foundation gave the $2 million to this plan, and then there is the Heisenbottle/Eidsen plan, which calls for preserving the whole structure and having more than 300 seats.

If the second plan is approved, not the county's plans, will the Knight Foundation give the $2 million to that plan, let the county keep the money anyway or take back the money?

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is Mr. Ibargüen the same man who destroyed Miami Herald and turned it into a third rate news paper?

December 08, 2018 10:35 AM  
Blogger Headly Westerfield said...

The Miami Herald has shown no interest in revealing how Big Developers are attempting to create a small fiefdom at the corner of Charles and Main with the destruction of the E.W.F. Stirrup House, the proposed hotel immediately behind that Playhouse, and the destruction of the Playhouse in order to build a huge parking garage; the Playhouse is the Trojan Horse for that to happen.

I have publicly and privately urged editors and reporters at the Miami Herald to look into this gentrification and overdevelopment that will, over the course of time, displace the West Grove neighbours whose ancestors built Miami. They seem unconcerned.

Who owns the Miami Herald? Developers, it would seem. Every story I have seen on development in Miami, and especially Coconut Grove, is a pean to beautiful buildings coming, and the vision of the developers and/or architects, with nary a negative comment whatsoever about the effects.

There's a lot wrong with what people are trying to do to the Playhouse. I've written about it many times. People should be angered that the Miami Herald is helping support this destruction in the name of development.

BTW: It should also anger people that Miami-Dade baked an entire cake in back rooms (negotiations with the the MPA, picking GableStage, deciding 300 seats was the right thing to do, and picking the architect) and then presented it to the public for public comment. During that process some of the icing was changed. But, the cake is intact and it was always meant to be so.

I called this fight over the minute it started. They will get their way and the hotel developers will get their upzong. Whois really in control? The developers, of course.

December 08, 2018 4:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

On top if that the Playhouse has dirty money interest tied to it which keeps stalling it's preservation

December 09, 2018 2:23 PM  

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