SPACE Final Project: Sanctuary, at Curie Metro High School



This event takes place at Curie Metropolitan High School, 4959 S Archer Ave. Please contact Lydia Ross for more information.

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Participants in the MCA’s SPACE program at Curie Metropolitan High School pose with (bottom row): Lydia Ross, MCA Programmer of Education, far left; Andres L. Hernandez, Artist-in-Residence, 2nd from right; Valerie Xanos, Curie teacher, far right
Photo: Anna Chiaretta Lavatelli


A festival of free, public art actions focused on concepts of safe space and positive neighborhood change

As part of the MCA’s SPACE (School Partnership for Art and Civic Engagement) program, Curie Metro High School's Multimedia Art class has spent the year working with Resident Artist Andres L. Hernandez to explore ideas around community safety and youth empowerment. Together students asked: How do we (re)activate spaces in which we feel we have no power? How do we create spaces where young people can be their authentic selves?

The MCA and Curie Metro invite the public to join us for an afternoon of performances, workshops, and dialogue. In Lost Miami Bowl, students consider the loss of a former neighborhood gathering space, now a vacant lot, as well as its future potential. Contribute to the Safety Ne(s)t by sharing your definitions of community safety. Construct your own sanctuary in Home, Tweet, Home. Celebrate your right to free public speech with Sanctuary Soap Box and poetry flash mobs.


A group of people stand around an empty lot on a cold gray day. A figure in the center points to the left and several people look in that direction.
  1. Long A group of high school-aged students stand in various configurations outside on an empty lot. A young man in glasses and a jacket points into the distance with his right arm fully extended. The background is sparsely populated with naked trees, street lights, power lines, and commercial buildings.
SPACE students explore layers of local history during a neighborhood walk
Photo: Ellen Chu


Lead support for SPACE is provided by Crown Family Philanthropies. Additional generous support is provided by The Siragusa Family Foundation.