A historic landmark in South Florida, the revitalized mansion remains true to its pioneering heritage—celebrating its multicultural community with workshops, art exhibitions, theater performances, literary readings, concerts and more. In addition to the mansion, the iconic space includes glorious gardens, the Koubek theater, the ArtSpace gallery, classrooms, and mini performance spaces.
The Austrian trader John J. Koubek built a Mediterranean-style mansion in 1929 as a gift to his beloved wife. After her passing, and aware of the bold history he saw unfolding around him—he donated the mansion to University of Miami with the condition that it be used to serve the community. For next several decades, it did just that—acting as a satellite campus to help arriving Cuban refugees learn English, obtain job training, and, for Cuban-trained doctors, engineers, lawyers and other professionals, prepare for their respective U.S. Board Exams. It also became a meeting place for Latin American cultural and political groups. In 2011, Miami Dade College acquired the Koubek Center and affirmed its commitment to the original mission.
Since its adoption into MDC’s family of iconic buildings, which include the Freedom Tower in downtown Miami and the Tower Theater in Little Havana, efforts have centered on Koubek’s physical and programmatic revitalization. Through partnerships with MDC Live Arts, Miami Book Fair, Cuatrogatos, Teatro Prometeo, and various consulates and community organizations, the Koubek has presented robust seasons of art exhibits, films, concerts, theatre and literary events.
The 2016-17 Season marked a new chapter in Koubek Center’s history—one in which the venue realized its own programming, with three signature series: The Little Havana Social Club, concert/dance parties in the gardens; Playtime: Dias Familiares, monthly children’s activities for the bilingual family; and En Residencia, an artist-in-residency initiative aligning art with activism, artist with community. It also becomes home to Teatro Prometeo, the nation’s leading Spanish-language theater conservatory, and continues to partner with other cultural and community organizations.