Arts & Culture


ARTSreach, is an inclusive arts educational enrichment program dedicated to providing the highest quality of active and passive arts experiences in Fine Arts – Dance and Painting - at designated Miami-Dade County Parks’ Out-of-School Programs for at-risk elementary and middle school children. This educational arts outreach project affords hand-on arts and cultural projects, discussions, literacy in performing and visual arts. The goal of ARTSreach is to develop the “wings” of its participants’ self-expression, confidence, and creativity to inspire, motivate and empower them to promote positive social change and advancement in understanding the social value of an arts-based society.

Who are you?

The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade is a 501 (c)3 organization which fosters the recreational, educational, environmental and cultural life of the Miami-Dade County community by encouraging and soliciting support for our County’s park system.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

ARTSreach is the link between youth and success. Students will use the empowerment tools they have been afforded in the Out-of-School ARTSreach Project as an avenue to discover their cultural experiences and build their talents to be creative and expressive. Art enriches us as individuals and collectively as a society. Art not only provides a healthy outlet for expression but defines our community. Youth who engage in arts are 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic success.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Arts and Culture - Part of the mission of Miami-Dade County Parks is to bring a wide variety of arts and cultural learning opportunities to the youth of our community. The arts are a powerful tool for engaging and supporting children as they move through adolescence. By giving voice to their thoughts, feelings, and experiences, youth become empowered to face their challenges and pursue their dreams. A well-designed executed art education serves as a critical component to a complete education.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Miami-Dade Parks created an innovative summer arts camp, G.E.M. Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Arts Program. The G.E.M. program received The National Association of Counties’ 2013 Achievement Award and was recognized by FIU for making the 2013 Internships Dean’s List. G.E.M.’s success serves as a model of what we have made possible and we will continue this legacy for ARTSreach, aimed towards all genders. ARTSreach will provide our youth with the tools to turn challenges into opportunities.

Organization Name (or individuals name) The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade


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