MDC’S Museum of Art and Design presents Poetry Along the Bay
MIAMI – For 25 years, Miami Dade College (MDC)’s Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) has provided free tax preparation services to low-income individuals and non-English speaking residents throughout Miami-Dade.
On April 19, at 6:30 p.m., the program’s 25th anniversary will be celebrated at the MDC Wolfson Campus, Room 8106, 300 NE 2nd Ave. Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, will be the keynote speaker. City of Miami Commissioner Willy Gort will also attend.
The VITA program initially began at the Wolfson Campus and was extended to other campuses, including the North, Kendall, InterAmerican, Homestead, and Hialeah campuses. VITA Centers are supervised by MDC’s School of Business prof essors and experienced coordinators. Students serve as volunteers who prepare free individual income tax retur ns for other students, their f amilies and the general public. The returns are reviewed by the professors or experienced coordinators before being electronically filed with the IRS. Every year the collegewide VITA Program has between 80 and 100 volunteers.
Last year, the program completed 2,289 individual tax returns, amounting to more than $2,628,040 in refunds. More than $917,533 in Ear ned Income Tax Credit (EITC) was refunded to qualifying individuals. Overall, the program has given back to the residents of Miami-Dade County more than $50 million in refunds since it began a quarter century ago. Staff Report
MIAMI— Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Museum of Art and Design (MOAD) Living Together initiative is taking participants on a cruise beneath the stars with Poetry Along the Bay, an evening with celebrated Cuban American poet Richard Blanco. A multifaceted writer who grew up in Miami and the author of several books, Blanco read one of his poems at Barack Obama’s second presidential inauguration in 2013.
Poetry Along the Bay is part of MOAD MDC’s Living Together, a cross-disciplinary series of programs that aims to galvanize Miami audiences with thoughtful and challenging performances and exhibitions that draw from art, music, theater, politics, and poetry; seeking new ways to think about civic space and citizenship, to prompt meaningful actions and conversations.
As the boat sails on Biscayne Bay, past illuminated landmarks old and new, audiences will hear Blanco read poetry that grapples with the state of the world and their place in it and demonstrates why Miami remains an incubator for artistic talent in many fields.
An influential poet and story teller, Blanco invites audiences to reconnect to the heart of human experience. Born in Madrid to Cuban exiled parents and raised in Miami, he has created a body of work characterized by the negotiation of cultural identity and place.
MOAD celebrated its grand opening on April 5, 2018, by presenting Living Together at various sites across the greater Miami area from now to September 2018. Living Together will include works by 17 of the most acclaimed national and international artists, art collectives, musicians, and writers. Events in the series will be produced by MOAD MDC in collaboration with a range of other Miami institutions, and most events will be free and open to the public. The curators of Living Together are Rina Carvajal, Executive Director and Chief Curator of MOAD, and Joseph R. Wolin, an independent curator based in New York.
Poetry Along the Bay will take place on board the boat the Miami Lady on Friday, April 27. Boarding will begin promptly at 7 p.m. at Island Queen Cruises, Bayside Park at 401 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are $15 general admission; $ 10 MDC faculty and staff; $5 students with ID; free to MDC students. Purchase at http://www.mdcmoad.org.