The two museums and performance center - coupled with the sprawling public park, Museum Park - are set to become a vital, central destination on Miami’s cultural map. So too, the three institutions and public park will serve as a primary anchor in the ongoing revitalization of Miami’s urban core. It represents a big turn for an area that has long languished. I remember a decade ago, when I was in Miami for the first time, staying at a downtown hotel, and went for a morning jog through the city. I stumbled upon the 30-acre parcel on the bay; ratty and disheveled – and largely unused. But this $10 million challenge grant seeks to do much more than aide in reviving a barren stretch. It seeks to be a trigger for increased learning and public engagement with the sciences. With the foundation's support, a new, high-tech learning center – to be called the Knight Learning Center – will be built to include classrooms and laboratories. It will be used for schools, professional development and workshops.