My South Florida

Vic­to­ria Rogers

Where Miami - - CONTENTS -

Cul­tural arts leader talks about Mi­ami’s art scene and her fa­vorite places to take out-of-town friends and fam­ily.

A na­tive of Louisville, Ky., Vic­to­ria Rogers also lived in At­lanta be­fore set­tling in Mi­ami. A pas­sion­ate ad­vo­cate for the arts, Rogers re­cently as­sumed a top lead­er­ship po­si­tion with the Knight Foundation where she di­rects in­vest­ments in or­ga­ni­za­tions that of­fer in­no­va­tive ideas for the arts.

What drew you to work­ing in the arts?

I come from an artis­tic fam­ily. My grand­fa­ther was an ar­ti­san stone­ma­son, two of his daugh­ters were artists, and my fa­ther was a clas­si­cal mu­si­cian. I was lucky as a child. I was given great ac­cess to the arts–lessons in dance, pi­ano lessons at a con­ser­va­tory, vis­its to mu­se­ums and the pub­lic li­brary. My cousins, my sis­ter and I pro­duced our own art shows and acted in plays writ­ten by my aunt. My in­ter­est in the arts was cre­ated at a young age and nur­tured. As a re­sult, art has al­ways been part and par­cel of me, as a vo­ca­tion and av­o­ca­tion.

How is the arts land­scape chang­ing or evolv­ing in Mi­ami?

Mi­ami has an ever-grow­ing arts ecosys­tem, es­pe­cially ro­bust in the vis­ual arts and more re­cently in in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ing. We’ve seen a grow­ing num­ber of lo­cal, in­de­pen­dent film­mak­ers who are telling Mi­ami sto­ries that are res­onat­ing na­tion­ally.

When you have friends/fam­ily in town, where do you go?

The beaches at Key Bis­cayne, sail­ing or kayak­ing in the bay, Books & Books, New World Sym­phony Wall­casts, Mi­ami Mu­sic Fes­ti­val con­certs, Mi­ami City Bal­let per­for­mances, gallery walks and ex­per­i­men­tal theater.

What should vis­i­tors ex­pect to see or ex­pe­ri­ence in the fu­ture?

Hope­fully, they will see a mass-tran­sit sys­tem that en­ables one to get any­where in the city–to en­joy all the cul­tural of­fer­ings Mi­ami has to of­fer.

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