FIU creative endeavors will soon have a new home on the east side of town with FIU CARTA @ Mana Wynwood.
The partnership is made possible through a charitable contribution of $2.5 million dollars from Mana Contemporary and the in-kind use of 15,000 square feet of studio and lab space for architecture, design, art, and communication students within Mana Wynwood, a 30-acre development located in the popular Wynwood neighborhood. The total impact value of the gift is more than $10 million.
“We are excited to be working with Moishe Mana, who has shown incredible vision and entrepreneurship in Miami and around the world,” FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg said. “He is allowing us to present our College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) students with invaluable experience and exposure to unparalleled international design and creativity.”
With this new partnership, CARTA and Mana Contemporary aim to attract visiting artists and designers from around the globe. In addition, it will offer FIU students and the community a variety of teaching opportunities, exhibitions, lectures, charrettes, and master classes, as well as creative and research activities. Mana’s gift will also fund two-year fellowships for Mana Innovation Fellows to work as artists-in-residence at Mana Wynwood. Programming, professional staff, student travel, and scholarships will also be supported by this gift.
“Our main focus is to nurture Miami’s cultural scene through quality and innovation,” said Mana. “Our vision is to become Miami’s hub for the arts and culture, and to continue to bring international recognition to the city and the Wynwood Arts District. We see this investment as the start of a mutually beneficial collaboration that will bring in more partners from around the world. Our ultimate goal is to ensure that Miami and the Wynwood Arts District remain globally relevant in the contemporary world of artistic and creative visionaries.”
“FIU CARTA @ Mana Wynwood is a win-win for CARTA and Mana Contemporary,” said CARTA Dean Brian Schriner. “Not only do our students benefit from this exceptional opportunity to be immersed in Wynwood, but the local community will also be enriched by the innovation and creativity that emerges as a direct result of this historic partnership.”