Creation Art Center’s mission is to preserve and promote the Hispanic arts and culture in the Miami Dade County and Little Havana communities. The organization’s goals are to provide quality arts programming, education, and productions for the local community and visitors; and to support Hispanic artists in South Florida.
Creation Art Center (CAC) was established in 1983, as a non for profit organization dedicated to preserve and promote the Hispanic culture in the Miami Dade County, by offering the community a wide-range of multidisciplinary programs.
Since 2012 CAC has a permanent home at the Miami Hispanic Cultural Arts Center (MHCAC). This beautiful new center resides in the J.W. Warner House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, it is centrally located in the Little Havana area between the Miami River, Downtown and Brickell, easily accessible to Miami residents and visitors. Open every day to the public the center has a permanent exhibit with historical documents from the original owners of the house, dating from the 1800’s, as well as the MHCAC Private Collection with over 60 works donated by artists that have exhibit at the Center.
CAC produces over 60 events a year, they are open to the public and anyone interested in learning about Hispanic Culture, most of them free of charge. CAC targets both residents and visitors to Miami-Dade County providing quality arts programs and is committed to making its work accessible through community outreach and education for youth and adults, serving the large elderly population that resides in the Hispanic neighboring area, providing them the opportunity to participate and to attend to all cultural activities.
The organization offers an annual season of Poetry Readings, Workshops, Literary Encounters, Book Presentations, Theater Productions and play-readings, demonstrating it’s commitment to creating theatrical interpretations of the classic repertoire and presenting the work of emerging and established playwrights, which are presented all in Spanish. CAC seeks an integration of cultural genres, in an effort to broaden its appeal to the non-Spanish speaking community, while maintaining its commitment to support Hispanic artists, CAC also offer Concerts, Musical Recitals and Art Exhibitions that do not require spoken capabilities, featuring local and visiting artists from Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe.
CAC also supports numerous Hispanic organizations in the development of their work by providing guidance and in-kind support. The large Hispanic community in Miami-Dade County is diverse and there is a great demand for cultural activities that help preserve Hispanic art, language and cultural traditions.
Since 2012 CAC is producing long standing programs such as; “Viernes de Tertulia” scheduled to take place on the third Friday of each month, conducted by former Miami Herald's writer and reviewer Luis de la Paz, where different artists from different artistic backgrounds are invited to share with the audience their professional careers and experiences, featuring renowned painters, actors, singers, art reviewers, dancers, directors, etc. Art Exhibits scheduled from 4 to 6 weeks at the Center’s Pena’s and Warner Galleries have showcased works from over 400 artists, whom are selected by a local, national and international team of curators, in collaboration with Alexandra's Art 954, FV Contemporary Art Gallery, Kendall Art Gallery, Oaxaca Cultural Institute from Mexico, Rome-Paris-New York Art, among others. Over 50 concerts, featuring a wide range of musical styles by musicians and vocal interpreters, where the audience is given the opportunity to experience the artists intimately.
CAC unveiled “Balance” a sculpture created by Cuban artist Pedro Avila Gendis, valued at $70,000, donated by Mr. Julio V. Diaz, in 2016, and in collaboration with Grace Arts Fl., the Murals “Relevé”, created by Argentinean artist Martin Ron in 2017 and “Ballerinas” by Puerto Rican artist Ismo in 2018. Both murals and sculpture are on permanent display at the gardens of the MHCAC.
Since 2020 CAC has created two new programs; “Veladas Furtivas” a literary event presented the fourth Friday of every month, integrating, poetry, acting, music, singing in collaboration with Ediciones Furtivas and “La Hora de los Bajitos” a children's space that seeks to cultivate and promote Hispanic literature from a young age presented through CAC and MHCAC Facebook pages twice a month in collaboration with the children theater group Para Bajitos.