The Brazil-USA Cultural Center of Florida (CCBU) started with the dream of sharing Brazilian to enrich the vibrant cultural diversity of Miami while strengthening the ties between Brazil and Florida.
Through its rich 24 year history, CCBU participated in/launched programs and projects in museums, in schools, in film festivals in book fairs, in cultural centers, in bookstores, and universities across South Florida. Today, CCBU has become an international reference for Brazilian culture and its work has been recognized with several Brazilian Press Awards and Focus Brasil Awards.
CCBU´s programmatic highlights include a collaboration with the Miami Dade Public Schools that helped create the first bilingual and cultural immersion Portuguese-English program with Brazilian academic content in the American public school system at Ada Merritt Elementary, in Miami, in 2003. From 2005 to 2008 CCBU partnered with the Miami Book Fair International we presented at the International Village he Brazil Pavilions where CCBU created an extensive and lively program that included not only the participation of some of the best Brazilian contemporary authors, but also music, dance and gastronomy. In celebration of our tenth anniversary, in 2007, CCBU established a scholarship fund in perpetuity for students fluent in Portuguese and knowledgeable in Brazilian culture at the Miami Dade College. CCBU raised awareness about the diversity of Brazilian culture and the multiple Brazilian contributions to Miami’s urban space and culture with the original exhibitions 12 Stadiums | 12 Cities: Brazil 2014, World Soccer Destination – at the Coral Gables Museum and MIAMI MIX: How Brazil Became Part of Miami – in 2017 at the Miami Center for Architecture & Design. In 2020 we published the book BRAZILinMIAMI, Discover the Brazilian Elements in the Miami Mix.
Recently, in response to the new reality of the pandemic, we developed the first digital Brazilian Literary Festival of Miami – Festival Literário de Miami, FLI MIAMI in November 2020.
The Brazil-USA Cultural Center of Florida (CCBU) is a 501.c.3 non-profit, organization, founded in Miami in 1997, by volunteers, with the mission of disseminating Brazilian culture in South Florida. CCBU is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors. Its Honorary President is the Consul General of Brazil in Miami, Ambassador João Mendes Pereira and its president is Adriana Riquet Sabino.