FIU’s Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator awarded $2.5 million to develop entrepreneurial leaders in the creative sector

–By Millie Acebal for FIU News FIU’s Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator (RA+DI) has received a gift of $2.5 million from the Philip E. & Carole R. Ratcliffe Foundation to develop diverse, entrepreneurial leaders in the creative sector and boost South Florida’s economy. This gift marks the third awarded to FIU’s RA+DI by the Philip E. & […]


–By Sarah Hernandez for CARTA News Imagine learning musical techniques first-hand from a Grammy Award winner, or getting acting tips from a renowned Hollywood actor as part of the curriculum. Wouldn’t it be great, if while earning a degree, students had the opportunity to learn directly from the leading actors, musicians, designers or architects in […]

FIU expands 3D-printed PPE initiative to local fire-rescue departments with gift from alumnus, President’s Council member

FIU’s College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts has expanded its initiative to produce 3D-printed personal protective equipment (PPE) for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Supported by a gift from FIU President’s Council member Angela Martinez and FIU alumnus Raul Chavez ’80, the college 3D-printed 1,000 protective face shields for local fire-rescue departments. […]

Young alumnus’ gift lays foundation for media, technology institute

–By Sarah Hernandez for FIU News The average age of philanthropists is 65, but Steven Cruz, 28, is bucking the trend. In support of the FIU Next Horizon campaign, Cruz has announced a planned gift of $1.2 million to establish the Steven Cruz Institute for Media, Science + Technology within the College of Communication, Architecture […]

Endowment created in memory of CARTA employee Anan Bakir

Camila Schriner is donating $100,000 to Florida International University to create an endowment in memory of Anan Bakir, a beloved employee of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) who died in April. Anan began his career at FIU in May 2004 with PreCollegiate Programs and Grants, and his most recent position held was with the CARTA […]

Music grad awarded prestigious $100,000 fellowship at UCLA

Marcus Norris FIU
Recent School of Music graduate Marcus Norris ’17 has been awarded the prestigious Eugene Cota-Robles Fellowship at UCLA. He will receive a full scholarship and a $100,000 fellowship to pursue his doctorate in music composition. Norris applied using his master’s thesis — a 12-minute work for chamber orchestra titled “Brown Eyes, Black Magic.” In the piece, Norris attempts to create a mysterious […]

FIU Theatre major wins national scenic design award

Set of La Nona
FIU Theatre design senior Mario Alonso will be honored with the national award for Outstanding Scenic Design at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Washington, D.C., April 18-22. Alonso’s design for La Nona was selected among all of the invited productions presented at the eight regional festivals across the U.S. in February. His design […]

FIU Celebrates Successful Partnership with Knight Arts Challenge Miami

Knight Arts Challenge Miami
For 10 years, the Knight Arts Challenge Miami has provided funding for winning ideas that have sought to challenge and enrich our community through the arts. In 2017 alone, the Knight Arts Challenge will award a total of $7.8 million to new ideas in four different cities, including Miami. As a frequent entrant to the […]

Florida International University students perform in historic concert in Havana

FIU choir in Cuba
Recently, FIU students performed with Argentine composer Martín Palmer in Havana, Cuba. The concerts were the first time the FIU choir has ever performed in Cuba. WPLG Local 10 News covered the trip and spoke with several students. HAVANA – Last year Argentine composer Martín Palmeri brought his “Misatango” to Miami-Dade in a performance with the Florida International […]