Knights Arts Challenge

This project explores a new multidisciplinary event on the theme of sea level rise. The site-specific includes videos, electronics, instrumentalists, singers, and dancers. The work is tentatively scheduled for premiere in December 2017. Team leaders include Orlando Garcia and Jacek Kolasinski, John Stuart, Campbell McGrath, Augusto Soledade, and Faena Art. This will take place  at Faena Hotel in Miami Beach. They were awarded, $30,000 by the Knight Foundation Challenge Grant Program, Knights Arts Challenge.

John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The CARTA Innovation Lab is supported by South Florida’s Knight Foundation $185,000 grant, which invests in Miami’s emerging innovators and entrepreneurs.  The Lab includes a MakerBot Innovation Center, 30 MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printers, 1 MakerBot Replicator Mini Compact 3D Printer, 1 MakerBot Replicator Z18 3D Printer, 5 MakerBot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanners, a comprehensive MakerBot MakerCare protection plan, and a large supply of MakerBot PLA Filament–of course. FIU’s CARTA the only arts/design school in the country to house a MakerBot Innovation Lab, the lab is able to serve up to 60 students at one time, with one printer between every two student workstations.

Miami Beach Anchor Grant

 Miami Beach Urban Studios receives the Cultural Anchor organization grants from the City of Miami Beach as a museum and visual arts institution that receive $30,000 grants. This grant supports MBUS researchers, students and faculty thrive in an urban center.

Growlight Breakthrough Partnership

Breakthrough Miami 10th graders who will participate in our groundbreaking Knight-sponsored Growlight program June 20- July 8, 2016.  Thanks to a generous loan of laptops from Dell and Rhino3D software from Robert McNeel & Associates, the Breakthrough children are well on their way to a super-exciting summer experience where they will study the City of Miami Beach, city government, the environment, design, art and technology, all under the guidance of Associate Dean of Students, David Rifkind and his talented Breakthrough/FIU team at the Urban Studios where they will have the unique opportunity to 3D print the future!

Mayors’ Institute on City Design

National Endowment for the Arts, American Architectural Foundation, and United States Conference of Mayors. Team lead Marilys Nepomechie and Mark Marine, will receive $50,000 to host the Annual Mayors’ Institute on City Design at the Miami beach Urban Studios.