jomarie-payton_web.jpgMIRAMAR – JoMarie Payton, the star of the popular TV series Family Matters, has a new role as the cultural ambassador for the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark.

Payton will continue to host various events throughout the year, star in television commercials for upcoming performances and promote the overall cultural amenities at the center on Red Road north of Miramar Parkway in Miramar.

The partnership comes during the center’s fifth anniversary season.

“We are thrilled to have Ms. Payton as our cultural ambassador and welcome her to the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark family particularly as we celebrate a landmark year,” said Deputy Director Camasha Cevieux. “She is a household name and we thank her for her generosity in building awareness for all that we do here.”

Payton recently hosted the Southern Circuit Independent Film Festival which featured six independent films and a meet-and-greet with presenting filmmakers. She moderated the discussion following the opening night film screening.

The anniversary season offers a diverse lineup of cultural connections including the Grammy award winning female acapella group Sweet Honey in the Rock (Jan. 25), gospel singer Shirley Caesar (Dec. 8) and the Harlem Gospel Choir (Feb. 9).

The Southern Circuit Film Series continues with the screenings Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock, an examination of the Civil Rights activist (March 14), each film followed by a Q&A with the respective filmmakers.

Additional shows also include comedy with Marvin Dixon (June 8).

Payton, whose family moved to Opa-Locka when she was 3 months old, said she is delighted to be back in South Florida and actively engaging in the community again.

“I love it here,” the actress said. “The Miramar Cultural Center has so much to offer in the way of cultural arts, theater, music, dance and film. I am so happy to be a part of this exciting time in Miramar.”