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SoBe Arts




Mission: SoBe Institute of the Arts (SoBe Arts) promotes excellence, creativity, and accessibility of the arts through performance events and instruction of the highest quality, in music and related artistic disciplines.  The Institute is committed to the sustained development of creativity and cultural life in individuals, the region and the nation by advancing artistic talents, regardless of income.  A major goal is to  cultivate new audiences for the fine arts.  SoBe Arts is designated as an official Cultural Anchor of Miami Beach.

SoBe Institute of the Arts (SoBe Arts) has a long term mission to develop and build an arts, education and performance institute in South Florida.  The Institute is a non-profit arts organization that works closely with the major arts institutions within the cultural arts district.  To date, the Institute has provided exceptional and acclaimed professional concerts and other related events free and open to the public, as well as creating a home for music and theater education for adults and children without regard to their socio economic status.

SoBe Arts provides the opportunity to create the kind of independent arts education institution that marks the world’s great urban areas: 

  • A high-caliber learning place for incubating the artistic talents of youth and adults,
  • A unique sharing environment for talented professionals to teach and collaborate on new works
  • An intimate performance venue for showcasing under-appreciated master works and developing innovative works
  • Engage in a special community to make this vision a reality

Our project requires us to raise needed funds - We need you now more than ever - please donate a "rock or two" by making a tax-deductible donation online today or by calling (305) 674-9220 for more information (No contribution is too small or too large).

Thank you for your support

Dr. Carson Kievman
Executive Artistic Director

SoBe Institute of the Arts (Mystery Park Arts Company, inc.)

SoBe Arts began operations in December 2005 as a d/b/a of the 501 (c)(3) nonprofit arts performance & education corporation Mystery Park Arts Company, Inc. SoBe Art's Executive Artistic Director is distinguished composer and professor Carson Kievman (PhD Princeton University, MFA California Institute of the Arts, composer/director-in-residence for the Tanglewood Music festival, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Donaueschingen Festival, NationalTheater Mannheim, the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Ballet, winner of multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Florida Department of State, among others).

Mystery Park Arts Company, Inc. Is a Not-For-Profit Company (501 (c) (3) which functions as the fundraising arm of SoBe Institute of the Arts (SoBe Arts). It was founded 1988 for "the purpose of promoting cultural diversity and educating the public by creating, producing, and providing new music, music-theater, modern opera, and other new creative arts through live, recorded, published, video-recorded, and by other means.

The company is also authorized to improve public knowledge, acceptance and understanding of new music, music-theater, modern opera, and other new creative arts, by educating and informing the public and by engaging in activities in support of such arts; to identify, develop, and promote new and emerging art forms of historical and cultural significance (e.g. Internet); to help create an environment for contemporary artists to continue producing new music and new music-theater, by holding music competitions, by providing management services, workshops and lectures in new music and music-theater, modern opera, and other new creative arts; to engage in any and all other activities which will directly or indirectly help in the growth and development of new music, new music-theater, modern opera, and other new creative arts.

The corporation is not formed for any pecuniary profit or for financial gain and no part of its assets income or profit shall be distributed to or inure to the benefit of any private individual. Reasonable compensation, however, may be paid for services rendered to or for the Corporation or in furtherance of its purposes."

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Directors and Advisors

Board of Directors

Robert Chumbley - (Faculty Representative) former Executive Dir., Atlanta Ballet
Saul Gross - President, Streamline Properties and former Miami Beach Commissioner
Carson Kievman, Ph.D. (President)- Executive Artistic Director, SoBe Institute of the Arts
Maria Chang Mayer, (Interim Chair) Attorney, Carlton Fields.
Ronald A. Unger, CPA - (Treasurer) Gerson, Preston, Robinson and Co., P.A

Past Board Service for SoBe Arts: Mark Needle (Chairman Emeritus) (2006-2011); Leslie Cooper (2009-2011); Nancy Liebman (2010-2011), Dr. Jack Gelfand (1998-2010); Laurinda Spear (2007-2008); Dr. Charles Mahl (2007-2008); Ray Breslin (2010-2012); Azia Cruz (2010-2012); Robert Balsam, Jr. (2011-14); Carol Foster (2010-2014); Carl Kruse (2010-14)

Advisory Group

Ray Breslin - President, Collins Park Neighborhood Association
Charlie Cinnamon - Charles Cinnamon Associates, Public Relations
Jack Firestone - Firestone Capital Management; Former Executive Director, Louisville Orchestra
Jack Gelfand, Ph.D. - Princeton University/SUNY Oswego
Horst Kohlem - Sculpture/Painter; Miami Beach/Karlsruhe, Germany
Gustavo Matamoros - Director, Subtropics Music Festival
John Richard- President & CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts
Ana Cecilia Velasco - Chief Operating Office, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce
Edward Villella - Former CEO/Founding Artistic Director/Chief Executive Officer, Miami City Ballet

National Artistic Advisors (past & present)

David Arden - Pianist and President, Keys to Achievement Foundation
Earle Brown (d.) - Composer and Professor of Music
Keith Carradine - Stage & Film Actor
Patricia Collins - Broadway & Opera Lighting Designer
Lynn Taylor-Corbett - Broadway & Film Choreographer
Mario di Bonaventura - Conductor, Former Dean, Boston University Department of Music
Andre Ernotte (d.) - International Stage Director
David Delta Gier -Music Director, South Dakota Symphony, Associate Conductor, New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Paulette Haupt - Director, Eugene O'Neill Music-Theater Conference
Leon Major - Artistic Director of The Maryland Opera Institute at the University of Maryland
Daniel Selznick - Film Producer
Morton Subotnick - Composer, Professor of Music California Institute of the Arts
Edward Villella: Founding Artistic Director, Miami City Ballet

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Our Volunteers

Ivona Shedroff
Avi & Siti Eini
Antonia Cox
Carol Jacque

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SoBe Arts
Mailing Address:
900 Nat Drive Suite 505
Miami Beach, Florida 33141
Tel: (305) 674-9220