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EXPLORE THE ARTS EMPOWERING TOMORROW'S ARTISTS BY SUSANA BAKER For over three decades, Rosa de la Cruz and her husband Carlos have been collecting con- temporary art. When they moved to Miami, they invited the public to view their impressive pri¬ vate collection on display in their Key Biscayne home. As their collection grew, so did the de¬ mand for appointments to see their home gallery. So, in Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz 2009, they opened their own de facto museum in Miami's In addition to providing a free public space for art en- Design District—The De La Cruz Collection Contempo- thusiasts, the de la Cruzes have made special efforts to rary Art Space. support current and future artists. They run a residency program that invites current artists to come to Miami The Collection serves as an extension of the de la Cru- to experience the rich art culture of South Florida. And zes' home and focuses on international contemporary art for art students, the de la Cruzes sponsor two amazing while highlighting local Miami artists. The de la Cruzes scholarship programs. The first is the "Young Designers never stop looking for new talent and rotate the collection Scholarship Program," a pre-college program for talented annually. Pieces that leave room for the patron's interpre- high school art students. Students in the program get to tation are preferred, which is fitting for these two individu¬ explore New York City while earning college credit and als who love to share art with the world. adding to their portfolios. The second is a two-week travel program to Europe where college art students gain But the Collection is more than just additional space for exposure to the international art scene. the de la Cruzes' ever-growing collection of art—it allows them to take their passion to the next level. The Collection The generous work of Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz is not has become a place for the community to enjoy an array only admirable, but enriching to the community, and their of free classes, lectures and workshops, and a place for concerted efforts help to inspire a new generation of great designers, architects and artists. The De La Cruz Collection Contemporary Art Space is located at 23 NE 41st Street, Miami, Florida 33137. It is open Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at no cost. For more information, visit delacruzcollection.org. Susana Baker, resident of Dade County since 1989, CEO and Founder of the Design District, Midtown and Wyn- wood, The South Beach Art Tours, The Coconut Grove Arts Tours, ARTTALK for all of your art happenings on the radio 880thebiz.com every Tuesday at 11:30 to 11:45 a.m. and mother of two. Contact Susana for information on Art Basel Tours with the de la Cruzes to carry out their belief that art should be private curator with signature bites and sparkling wines. public. Astonishingly, opening the Collection has proven For information on art tours, call 305.767.5000, or visit to be just the beginning of the de la Cruzes' dedication. wwww.designdistrictexperience.com. 90 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2012 S O U T H F L O R I D A L U X U R Y G U I D E . C O M


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