My South Florida
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.