Miami Dade College has partnered with Google Cultural Institute to create multimedia cultural experiences that can be enjoyed by anyone, anywhere. “This partnership allows the College to showcase its rich and diverse cultural and artistic assets, including artworks, archives, stories and experiences,” said Natalia Crujeiras, MDC’s executive director of cultural affairs. To launch the collaboration, two exhibitions about the Freedom Tower and one about the history of Cuban Exile was made available online this fall. The Cuban Exile Experience exhibit, using historic footage never before presented in an interactive digital format, introduces visitors to the origin of the Cuban exodus and how it forever changed the ethnic landscape of South Florida. The first exhibit on the Freedom Tower explores the history of this Downtown Miami cultural icon, once known as the “Ellis Island of the South,” for offering nationally sanctioned relief to Cuban refugees seeking political asylum in the United States during the Cold War. A joint effort between MDC’s department of cultural affairs and the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives, the exhibition showcases interactive stories detailing the tower’s origins, its significance to the South Florida community and a vision for the future. A second exhibition focuses on the Freedom Tower from an artistic perspective, including its design origin, materials used in the construction process and how the iconic building has been maintained since being built in 1925. – AVG
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