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Feb 13, 2012

Cuban Classical Ballet at Miami International Airport: Random Acts of Culture™ hits the sky

Posted by Valerie Nahmad

On January 31, 2012 the Cuban Classical Ballet surprised travelers at Miami International Airport with spontaneous performances of Swan Lake as part of Knight Foundation's Random Acts of Culture™ program. Relive the magic with the video above.

Why Does Knight Foundation Fund Random Acts of Culture™? Knight Foundation, like its founders Jack and Jim Knight, focuses on promoting informed and engaged communities. To that end, we strongly believe in the potential of the arts to engage residents, and bring a community together. Hearing Handel, or seeing the tango in an unexpected place provides a deeply felt reminder of how the classics can enrich our lives. As you’ll see in our videos, the performances make people smile, dance, grab their cameras – even cry with joy. For those brief moments, people going along in their everyday lives are part of a shared, communal experience that makes their community a more vibrant place to live. In these days of shrinking audiences, we also hope that these random acts will encourage people to attend traditional performances. We can’t promise it. But it’s hard to watch what unfolds during a Random Act of Culture, and not be inspired to see and hear more.

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