Downtown Homestead seeks grant to simulcast classical music

Homestead Main Street wants to bring classical music to the city’s historic downtown area. The non-profit is one of 56 finalists, from an initial pool of 1,300, for a share of millions in grant money for the project.

by Christina Veiga

The non-profit Homestead Main Street is a finalist for a share of $20 million in the Knight Arts Challenge Miami, an annual contest through The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Main Street’s project vision: a New World in Homestead. Executive Director Yvonne Knowles wants to bring simulcasts of the New World Symphony concerts in Miami Beach to historic downtown Homestead.

Main Street is one of 56 finalists from an initial pool of 1,300 applicants. The project, if selected would serve two purposes: providing more cultural experiences to deep South Miami-Dade, and bringing life to a long-struggling downtown area, Knowles said.

With a population of about 50,000, Homestead is no longer a small town, Knowles said. The city has not only grown in numbers, but also has a “burgeoning appreciation,” for the arts, she said. Already, downtown Homestead is home to a children’s art gallery, an artist community and an art-based Montessori school.

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