DASH Flash: May, 2014

Click the sheets below to view printable pdf files for the front and back of our final school newsletter for the year. This month’s Flash features a list of graduates along with the universities they will attend this fall. Also featured are end of the year events and more!


DESIGN|MOVEMENT: Architecture & Industrial Design Student Competition

Save the date! On Thursday, May 22, 2014, seniors in the DASH Architecture and Industrial Design programs will have their final jury and award ceremony at 11am in the New DASH Gallery at 4001 NE 2nd Ave (entrance on 39 Street). The scholarship awards are sponsored by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

Then at 6pm the same day on Thursday, May 22, 2014, please join us to view and celebrate fine art and design work created by graduating twelfth grade students this year at our annual Senior Showcase. Refreshments will be served and the works will remain on view through May 28.postcard-final-2014

Paloma Izquierdo, 2014 Presidential Scholar in the Arts

It’s official! DASH congratulates Paloma Izquierdo on achieving the nation’s highest honor for a graduating high school senior. Paloma is one of 20 students from around the country and the only one from Miami awarded the distinction of Presidential Scholar in the Arts for 2014. This is the second consecutive year DASH is sending students to be honored on behalf of President Obama at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC (for 2013, Miami’s 2 recipients out of 20 nationwide were both also from DASH: Katiuscia Gregoire and Mateo Nava).

Paloma joins the 50th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars. The 20 Scholars in the Arts, all 2014 YoungArts Winners, were nominated to The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars by YoungArts, and selected based on academic, civic and artistic achievement. DASH could not be more proud of such a talented, helpful, humble, and deserving student.

Paloma is featured as this month’s feature portfolio on dashschool.org
More examples of Paloma’s work can be viewed here.
For more information about this and past years’ winners, please click the image below.YA PSA Winners 2014

Humans of DASH: Stacey Mancuso

reblogged from Miami Design District NEIGHBORS/Ambassadors
23_stacey-mancuso-ed-d_0662Stacey Mancuso Ed. D is Principal of Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH), and her career is focused on developing the designers of today and tomorrow. Her leadership has led to great success – this year U.S. News and World Report  ranked DASH as the 19th best public high school in the nation (out of 31,242); 3rd best high school in the state of Florida (out of 687); and the 8th best American magnet high school (out of 269). Her tireless work, support of the Miami Design District’s transformation to a world-class design and fashion destination, and community leadership make her May’s Ambassador.

When did you realize you were interested in becoming an educator?
After art school, I moved to New York to set up a studio and continue working as an artist. I became an adjunct professor to survive, teaching art history and painting. As time progressed, I found that I could maintain a studio and teach which lead me to 40 years as an educator.

How did Design and Architecture High School come to be? Why in the Miami Design District?
Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) came to be from a Request for Proposals (RFP) from the School Board. A team of educators, led by the first principal of DASH, Jackie Hinchey-Sipes, wrote the initial plan for the school. The school has evolved totally in 24 years. The School Board purchased the showroom complex on the corner of 39th Street and NE 2nd Avenue and contracted Arquitectonica to transform it into a school. The location is crucial as it is essential that the students be surrounded by the best design in the world. As the students work as interns in the surrounding showrooms, their future is visible to them.

23_stacey-mancuso-ed-d_3147What accomplishments as Principal of DASH are you proudest of?
As principal, I am only as good as the people who surround me. I am proudest of the hard work of the teachers, staff and students of DASH. The work that we do together provides every student at DASH with tremendous opportunities when they move out into the world.

What do you think of the transformation of the Miami Design District into a cultural and design destination?
I am an advocate for change, especially in the case where a “district” evolves into a world-class design environment. The transformation happening right before our eyes is an education in itself and, having been here for 25 years, the school is ready for it.

What’s inspiring you nowadays?
Nowadays is not a word I believe in. I am inspired by every day that I wake up, show up and look at what is happening. Inspiration is what DASH is all about and always being able to “ask the question”.

Do you have any favorite designers or architects? Who?
I went Cranbrook (Academy of Art) and Daniel Libeskind was the teaching architect when I was there. He was a friend and a mentor.  I have watched his work for decades. When I went to his Jewish Museum in Berlin, I was in awe.

What books would I find on your nightstand? What music are you listening to?
Breaking Ground by Daniel Libeskind, of course, Dear Life by Alice Munro and My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor. My music ranges from the Rolling Stones to Ella Fitzgerald to Mozart’s Don Giovanni to NPR, but that’s not music.

What is your favorite indulgence?
I favor food of the local land and sea—wherever I am, which means I must travel to find the food.

What career other than your own would you like to attempt?
I am very happy with this career and I am grateful to be where I am—leading the young designers at DASH. Next, I want to be a philanthropist–anonymous, of course.

What’s the most important thing people should know about you?
I mean well.