MI­AMI THROUGH MS. ADRI­ENNE AR­SHT’S EYES

Ms. Ar­sht works tire­lessly to con­tinue pro­mot­ing Mi­ami’s artis­tic, busi­ness and civic growth…

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Ms.Adri­enne Ar­sht is of­ten re­ferred to as “Mi­ami’s Sav­ior,” and for good rea­son. Be­yond res­cu­ing the per­form­ing arts com­mu­nity with a $30 mil­lion gift to what is now known in­ter­na­tion­ally as The Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts, Ms. Ar­sht re­mains ded­i­cated to pre­serv­ing the per­form­ing arts com­mu­nity and the area’s rich his­tory. With both pride and hu­mil­ity, Ms. Ar­sht says, “I’m truly hon­ored to have this mag­nif­i­cent Cen­ter carry my name, and even find my­self do­ing a dou­ble-take and laugh­ing when I see my name also grac­ing the sides of the waste­bas­kets and the signs at the metro stop.”

Ms. Ar­sht calls Mi­ami, Wash­ing­ton DC and New York City home, and works tire­lessly with each of these com­mu­ni­ties to con­tinue pro­mot­ing their artis­tic, busi­ness and civic growth. This cher­ished busi­ness leader and very hands-on phi­lan­thropist main­tains a bal­ance of busi­ness ex­per­tise with her heart of gold. Ms. Ar­sht con­tin­ues to give back to these com­mu­ni­ties in ways that they never knew were pos­si­ble; and it is not just writ­ing of a check, but rather look­ing at the big pic­ture, and pre­par­ing for a bet­ter fu­ture.

When you have the op­por­tu­nity to speak with Ms. Ar­sht, her love for Mi­ami is ap­par­ent by the ex­cite­ment in her voice and the nu­mer­ous fa­vorite things to do and see in the area. If only for a sin­gle day, a day in Mi­ami with Adri­enne Ar­sht is like no other day you will ex­pe­ri­ence in this thrilling city of cul­ture and ex­u­ber­ance. Ms. Ar­sht says, “I know I’m home when I ar­rive at the air­port to see the beau­ti­ful brass fos­sil in­lay done by lo­cal artist, Michele Oka Doner. And then when I’m de­part­ing, I won­der why I’m leav­ing at all.”

Ms. Ar­sht ad­mits that she of­ten en­ter­tains at her home while in Mi­ami, as that is where she feels the most re­laxed; and she loves end­ing the evenings with friends by the pi­ano. How­ever, she does have a num­ber of fa­vorite places to dine in the area, in­clud­ing these five unique Mi­ami din­ing ex­pe­ri­ences.

The Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts

1300 Bis­cayne Boule­vard,

Mi­ami, FL 33132 ar­sht­cen­ter.org

Fam­ily Ital­ian With Fan­tas­tic Ter­race:

Il Gab­biano 335 S. Bis­cayne Boule­vard

(305) 373-0063 il­gab­bianomia.com Amaz­ing Ice Cream and Desserts: Whip ‘N Dip Ice Cream 1407 Sun­set Drive

(305) 665-2565 whip­ndipice­cream.com Dine Be­fore The Show: BRAVA By Brad Kil­gore at The Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter for the Per­form­ing Arts

1300 Bis­cayne Boule­vard

(305) 357-7900 lux­eget­aways.info/brava

Late Night Cuban Ex­pe­ri­ence: Ver­sailles

3555 South­west 8th Street (305) 444-0240 ver­saillesrestau­rant.com

A Time­less Mi­ami Tra­di­tion: Café Ab­bracci

318 Aragon Av­enue

(305) 441-0700 caf­fe­ab­bracci.com

Pho­tog­ra­phy: WorldRedEye Top: Ar­sht Cen­ter- 10th An­niver­sary - (L to R) John Secada, Estelle, Dar­ran Criss, Adri­enne Ar­sht, Andy Co­hen and Michael Fe­in­stein at the Adri­enne Ar­sht Cen­ter 10th An­niver­sary Gala. Photo by Jipsy. Left: Adri­enne Ar­sht. Photo by Greg Pow­ers.

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