Ignatian Center for the Arts

The Ignatian Center for the Arts , inaugurated in October 2003, is the hub of the Humanities Department. The department includes the following academic areas: Art, Art History, Drama, Music, Band, Speech and Debate and Philosophy. 

Our Facilities

Our facilities include the 665-seat, state-of-the-art, Ophelia & Juan Js. Roca Theater; the Olga & Carlos Saladrigas Art Gallery; the Leopoldo Nuñez Rehearsal Hall; seven classrooms and the theater's administrative office. The Saladrigas Gallery displays several professionally curated exhibits, which include an Archdiocesan high school young artists exhibit, a Belen community art show, and numerous other projects.

Our Program

The Belen bands program has over 200 student musicians and was established in January 2005. There are three major band units in the school: The Jazz Band, the Concert Band and the Drum Line. The Belen Jazz Band has won first and second place awards in competitions at Disney World, the Miami-Dade Youth Fair and the Festival of Music in Washington D.C. and Chicago. The Bands have three annual concerts at the Roca Theater, while the Drum Line is a source of “mood and spirit” at pep rallies and athletic competitions. Sections of the bands do charity work during the Christmas season, performing in malls, assisted living facilities, and hospitals.

Drama classes use the Roca Theater for their performances.  Belen presents two high school productions annually and a one production annually from the Middle School. Student productions include classics like Death of a Salesman, Fuenteovejuna, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Godspell, A Few Good Men, West Side Story, Sound of Music, Little Shop of Horrors, Beauty and the Beast, The Outsiders, Moon Over Buffalo, Hunchback of Notre Dame and others. The Saladrigas Gallery, which is located adjacent to the theater, hosts both professional and student exhibits throughout the year. 

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List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Sylvie San Juan

    Mrs. Sylvie San Juan 

    Department Chairperson & Gallery Director
    (786) 621-4079
  • Photo of Isidora Ulloa

    Ms. Isidora Ulloa 

    Ignatian Center for the Arts Administrative Assistant and Teacher
    (786) 621-4624
  • Photo of Carlos Acevedo

    Mr. Carlos Acevedo 

    Theater Director & Teacher
    (305) 223-8600
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email: webmaster@belenjesuit.org
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.