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A worthy home for world-class jazz

South Florida has a wealth of world-class talent in its jazz community. Although we have venues for classical music, opera, dance, and theater, there is no permanent venue dedicated to jazz. Moreover, existing (for-profit) jazz venues are disappearing. The Miami Jazz Cooperative is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2010 by 115 South Florida jazz musicians, educators, and broadcasters to establish a permanent,... more »
Who are you?

Rick Katz, Executive Director of the Miami Jazz Cooperative

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Dean Shelly Berg, UM Frost Music School:“The MJC envisions a center where professional and student musicians can interact, teach, learn, and perform. This will grow into an important component of the cultural fabric of our community.”
Michael Spring, Dir., Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs:“MJC is working diligently to preserve, establish, and grow the permanent presence of jazz in Miami. With recent closings of several jazz venues, MJC’s leadership in this initiative is needed now more than ever. “

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

The MJC mission directly addresses both of the Arts and Culture goals in the Our Miami Report. First, the MJC will fill a void in the arts community by providing a stable, sustainable venue for jazz. The MJC will not compete with other venues but will work to support jazz throughout the community with the conviction that a rising tide lifts all boats. Second, jazz , the original American art form, has great popularity in Europe and Latin America and the MJC will become a tourism draw.

Please give examples of your project's success.

In four years, the MJC has successfully produced four seasons of the Jazz in the Gables concert series (the fifth season begins on 1/14/15), built a growing audience at its popular Rent Party series, now an every Monday night jazz event, produced concerts featuring high school musicians, and presented master classes to jazz programs at Miami-Dade middle and high schools.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Miami Jazz Cooperative, Inc.

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Art/Work Connections

Artists often come out of their educational programs (whether it be official schooling or learned on the street) lacking even basic business skills. Artists operate essentially as solo entrepreneurs, or perhaps with a small staff, if they are more successful. Like any entrepreneur, they face numerous business issues, including contract negotiation, financial management, health care, marketing, sales and many more. However,... more »
Who are you?

James Echols & Annette Peikert are co-founders of Life Is Art, Soul Of Miami, and PhilanthroFest, all deeply rooted in the community in Miami. Over the past six years, their organizations have produced over one-hundred events of all kinds and sizes.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

A thriving creative arts community must include the local, living and working artists. These are the soul of any city. Our artists are ill-equipped to provide a living for themselves through their work, often falling victim to scams or financial errors and lacking good marketing and sales skills. There are scant opportunities for convenient, cost-effective business education. To our knowledge, we are the only organization offering these types of educational opportunities in Miami.

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

We are addressing the goal: Miami-Dade Supports a Thriving Creative Arts Community. We identified this issue six years ago, that flourishing creative arts community helps maintain a region’s brand identity and helps lure tourists. We state it that local artists speak to and about a community's soul. They tell our story.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We are addressing the goal: Miami-Dade Supports a Thriving Creative Arts Community. We identified this issue six years ago, that flourishing arts helps maintain a region’s brand identity and helps lure tourists. We state it that local artists speak to and about a community's soul. They tell our story.

Like many start-up entrepreneurs, artists do not have the knowledge or experience that running a successful business requires. We aim to fix that and create a thriving creative arts community

Organization Name (or individuals name) Life Is Art / Soul Of Miami

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MCM Superheroes Share Powers of Play, Learn, Imagine and Create

Miami Children’s Museum is preparing to launch a new initiative that will help express the importance for children to PLAY, LEARN, IMAGINE and CREATE. The Museum’s in-house theatrical group has put together an ensemble of characters that embody each of these qualities. Similar to SUPERHEROES, with their bright and fancy costumes, but actually ORDINARY, each character’s mission is to share their knowledge and ability with... more »
Who are you?

Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. In Miami, MCM is often a child’s first museum experience.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

In line with numerous national studies showing the benefits of exposing young children to the arts, the MCM Superheroes stimulate and develop imagination and creativity, which, in turn help children develop critical thinking skills and strengthen problem-solving skills. Creative activity helps build focus, discipline, self-confidence, and risk-taking – essential skills for succeeding in school and in life. The fun, cool MCM Superheroes are an innovative way to have a BIG impact on LOTS of kids.

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

This project addresses Education and Arts & Culture by exposing children to important concepts, through a dramatic arts performance, that will help them succeed in school and in life. Providing access to high-quality arts-based activities to more children, especially those who have some type of barrier to arts and culture experiences, makes Miami a better city for the youngest citizens, kids in the public school system and their caregivers.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Past public recognition: “Best Museum in Miami” by the Miami New Times; “Best Children’s Museum” by South Florida Parenting Magazine; Beacon Council’s Education Award, one of “Top 10 Children’s Museums in the World” by VIATOR Travel blog; referred to as “undoubtedly one of the most innovative and interesting children’s museums in America” by Foxnews.com; awarded Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2014 NOVO award recognizing MCM’s Sensory Saturday program for children affected by Autism.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Miami Children's Museum

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