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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 »
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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.

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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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River Of Art

The River Of Art is a gathering place of Miami’s good people, changemakers, activists, innovators, creators, entrepreneurs, businesspeople and artists. Each month, Life Is Art brings the community together at our River Of Art pop-up art-in-public-places show to socialize through the power of the arts with the goal of exposing new artists, introducing new people to art appreciation, providing an inspiring space to make... 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?

The River Of Art program is designed to bring more and new people into art appreciation who otherwise might not be introduced to local contemporary art and artists. By hosting the events in public spaces, we make it accessible to South Florida’s residents and visitors. This helps to expand the potential customer base for all artists, as more people learn to love art, which strengthens the artist community.

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

This addresses the dual points of restaurant density and a thriving arts community. While attendance at museums is up, there is still a perception by many residents that there are not that many quality local artists, which is absolutely wrong. In addition, we are always on the look out for new and interesting venues, such as restaurants, so that we can introduce new people to them.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We have hosted nearly twenty of these River Of Art shows, providing opportunity for dozens of artists to be introduced to thousands of new potential art lovers. One testimonial states, “Life is Art’s team is dedicated, mission oriented, dynamic and all encompassing. They have brilliantly positioned themselves to be a leader in the South Florida Arts Community.” Another artist stated, “I cant say more about the quality of the events that the good folks at Life is Art have been doing.”

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

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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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South Florida Arts Jobs Initiative

The South Florida Arts Jobs Initiative connects job seekers with thousands of arts organizations and the businesses that support them through a new web portal, MiamiArtsJOBS.com, and an annual South Florida Arts Jobs Fair. This initiative aims to stem a cultural talent drain from our region and attract new talent by demonstrating the demand and economic growth created by arts organizations that have expanded from 110... more »
Who are you?

We are the Performing Arts Center Trust, Inc., also known as the Adrienne Arsht Center, the product of a 12-year community-wide campaign that united cultural, business and government sectors to create a performing arts center in downtown Miami.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The initiative impacts the Arts & Culture goal of supporting a thriving creative arts community by building a resource for artists and the businesses that support them. As Miami’s first aggregator of jobs in the creative arts, this encourages local talent to stay & lures new talent. Arts orgs & related businesses can post job openings for free. The site connects job seekers to openings in the local cultural industry. An annual job fair will offer face-to-face interaction with employers.

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

The South Florida Arts Jobs Initiative aims to ultimately increase the number of full-time jobs for Miami-Dade County cultural workers, improving our area’s standing for arts employment, which falls below the national average. By feeding the arts community and economy, this initiative helps maintain and grow Miami-Dade’s brand identity as a cultural-rich region.

Please give examples of your project's success.

In its beta test stage, MiamiArtsJOBS.com has attracted 65 jobs postings & 1,500 visits per month. With financial support & community outreach, we can double or triple this number. For every artist, there is a behind-the-scenes network of workers who provide lighting, acoustics, scenery, costumes, makeup, box office services, catering, financial and legal support, marketing and promotional services, professional fundraising & other services. Let's grow culture & jobs!

Organization Name (or individuals name) Performing Arts Center Trust, Inc. (Arsht Center)

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Take Back the Mic

Take Back the Mic is a competition in which the fan is the judge. In Year One, fans vote on our Amp.It platform for their top-choice artists from Jamaica, Colombia and Brazil. The finalists from each country battle it out for the Golden Mic at the finale in Miami – the 3 top-scoring Amp.it fans worldwide will join them. While the competing artists learn from celebrity mentors, the fans learn along with them -- and use... more »
Who are you?

Our team has Emmy Nominations, an Academy Award submission and decades of experience working with entertainment moguls like Oprah & Spielberg & organizations like: Google, LinkedIn, MTV, AmEx, the DNC, NBA, NFL, HBO, ABC, Univision & Harpo.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our experience in both the technology & entertainment sectors uniquely positions us to help young people see the power of what they can achieve with united voices. Ultimately, Amp.it will use art and culture to galvanize youth to "vote" for what they believe in.

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

We will harness the power of online communities to engage young people in the arts. Furthermore, TBTM will coalesce the Miami creative, tech & business communities to make this city the indispensable gateway for artists from the Global Underground to cross over. It makes the city not only the capital of the Americas, but of a global music movement. Ultimately, Amp.it becomes a platform where youth can "vote" on anything. And which can drive capital from all over the world to Miami.

Please give examples of your project's success.

The Amp.it beta platform launched in late October, after three months of intensive development. Our team has had experience building scalable tech platforms for hundreds of millions of users, as well as multiple media properties that have reached audiences of 100+ million.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Amp.it

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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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Opera Grows in Liberty City

Opera: an art form which involves all the arts- music, dance, visual, literary, all of the humanities wrapped into a beautiful dramatic presentation. Orchestra Miami wants to teach the children of Liberty City about the humanities by teaching the skills to produce, perform and present their own opera. All the kids participating in our program learn basic music- choral singing, percussion, recorders, handbells. They learn... more »
Who are you?

Orchestra Miami is a professional, non profiit orchestra which exists to build community and educate through music. Founded in 2006 by Arti Dir Elaine Rinaldi, we have brought free concerts and educational programs to thousands of people in Miami.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Orchestra Miami is building an educational program of lasting importance for the children, as well as creating art for the whole community to enjoy. This program is an important part of the Miami Children's Initiative's Liberty City Renaissance, a Knight funded program, which uses the arts to give each child in Liberty City the tools and preparation necessary to be able to attend college.

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

This project addresses both access and participation. By bringing opera to Liberty City, all residents will have access to attend a great performance for free, and all children will have the opportunity to participate. Additionally, Orchestra Miami will bring performances of its other children's programs to the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, so that the children and their families can enjoy and learn.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We have had children enrolled in the program since September. Most of the children suffer from ADHD, and have trouble sitting still and focusing. Their first inclination is to act out rather than speaking in turn. In the 10 weeks since they began, we have noticed that the children are calmer, more focused and engaged. Some of the girls said that, upon putting on their ballet leotards, that this was the first time they felt beautiful. These are significant success in a very short time.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Orchestra Miami

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Family Folk

Through a master class arts residency intensive Family Folk uses in-depth art-making experiences as a transformative tool by engaging teenagers and their incarcerated parents in exploring the history of their family. To better understand and come to terms with their own experience and be able to foster a vision of their own identity, the art-making process weaves autobiographical family narratives of teen-children of... more »
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The Service Network for Children of Inmates (COI) is a 501(c)(3) providing vital support services for over 1,000 Miami area children of incarcerated parents and their families, including facilitated bonding visits in prisons to reconnect families.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Children of inmates cannot experience Arts & Culture resources with their loved ones as other families do. More than 15,000 Miami-Dade County children have parents in jail, state or federal prisons and research shows they are much more likely than other children to become delinquent and engage in antisocial behaviors (Health & Safety). Family Folk offers opportunities for creative community engagement,-dialogue and advocacy around the issue of multi-generational incarceration (Civic Engagement)

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

Providing marginalized residents with art-making and cultural opportunities, the project also touches on Health & Safety and Civic Engagement, first using the arts to foster positive life-skills and then offering the resulting art work as an impetus for community dialogue around a widespread but much overlooked public issue. Yes, early participation in the arts can help establish a lifelong interest in cultural pursuits and help to make Miami’s residents safer and more connected to each other.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Based in best-practice research and in partnership with ArtSpring, providing expressive arts programs in/ around the correctional system, COI has steadily worked to include arts & cultural practices, from creative activities during family bonding visits to dedicated arts-based workshops and -family support groups. Seeing very positive results in child behavioral dispositions and motivated participation by families, COI is now seeking to take it’s art-initiatives to a more in-depth level.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Service Network for Children of Inmates

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O Cinema Miami Beach

Opening in November 2014, O Cinema Miami Beach brings art cinema to the North Beach area for the first time at our new location in the historic Byron Carlisle Theater on Miami Beach's 71st Street. We aim to build on the community’s unique mix of cultures by programming outstanding films and film-related events that appeal to both residents and visitors, establishing 71st Street as a cultural destination. O Cinema Miami... more »
Who are you?

O Cinema is a nonprofit, community driven art house cinema. Since 2011 we’ve presented over 300 films from 30 countries, showcasing films from the world’s leading festivals—works of cinematic art that are often unavailable elsewhere in South Florida.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

O Cinema opened a third location, at the Byron Carlyle Theater on 71st Street in Miami Beach, in 2014. By programming films and events that reflect the neighborhood’s unique mix of cultures, we are reactivating the historic theater, which was unused for 15 years. O Cinema Miami Beach’s world-class cinematic programming will establish a cultural destination in North Beach, a neighborhood with few arts institutions, attracting North Beach locals and visitors to the community.

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

O Cinema Miami Beach expands the reach of film culture in Miami. O Cinema’s high quality films and film-related events will serve as a catalyst for the growth of the North Beach as a cultural destination, with a positive net economic impact and tangible quality of life improvements for residents and neighboring businesses. O Cinema Miami Beach will be the first art cinema ever in the North Beach area, bringing film back to the neighborhood after a 15-year absence.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since 2011, O Cinema has presented stellar cinematic works direct from the world's leading film festivals, often available nowhere else in South Florida. Our Wynwood and Miami Shores locations were opened in neighborhoods with no local movie theaters, and now employ 15 people and attract 500 viewers per week, a boon for neighboring businesses. We've been an official venue for four local film festivals, hosted over 50 filmmaker Q&A’s, and offer special programs for neighborhood residents.

Organization Name (or individuals name) O Cinema

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305 Community Radio - Shake 108 FM

Miami has a new FM non-profit music station giving a local voice to the community. Our mission... to give all of Miami's non-profits a voice on the radio to promote their events for free. besides offering free radio commercials to Miami non-profits, we also are promoting local musicians, local DJs, local artists and adding a new flavor to the Miami music scene which is not anchored to the overplayed commercialized music... more »
Who are you?

We are a new FCC approved 501-C3 FM radio station. WMIV 107.9 FM (aka Shake 108FM). We are music station focused on giving all Miami based non-profits a free FM voice to promote their events. We are also helping the community by playing local artists

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

We are a non-profit designed to help non-profits by giving them free radio advertisesments announcing their events. We also impact local musicians, local DJs, local artists and local comedians by putting them on the FM radio. We are not like the big national stations which claim to be local Miami radio but they broadcast from palm beach to Key largo and they play the commercialized music over and over and over. Enough !

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

We are a changemaker because we offer non-profits a platform for free radio announcements. We are changemakers because we play local music, local bands, local DJs... we are helping to change the music scene.

Let's change the over-played commercialized FM stations who claim to be local and make a difference.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We are now promoting a number of non-profits: O Cinema, Health in the Hood, Museum of Science, ECOMB, Surfrider, GiveMiamiDay and the reclamation Project.

We are not playing local bands like: Suenalo, Spam All-Stars, Johnny Dread, Afrobeta and many more.

We are now palying local DJs and comedians.

Tune in... WMIV 107.9 FM

Organization Name (or individuals name) 305 Community Radio Inc

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WaveMaker Grants

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WaveMaker Grants provides cash grants of up to $10,000 each to support and validate artist-centric, artist-driven projects that have a profound impact on the critical, intellectual, and creative depth of Miami-Dade County’s arts community. These projects are non-commercial, stimulate critical thinking and dialogue, and introduce audiences to innovative artistic practices typically under-recognized by traditional venues.... more »
Who are you?

Based in downtown Miami, Cannonball is a non-profit, 501(c)(3), arts organization dedicated to supporting artists, innovative forms of cultural production, and education to advance critical discourse and understanding of contemporary art practice.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

WaveMaker Grants helps create a thriving arts community by giving $100,000 each year to artists, performers, writers, and other cultural workers. The only re-granting program of its kind in Miami, WaveMaker Grants supports the creation of new artwork and the creative individuals behind them. It also expands the type of artwork presented in Miami by focusing on non-commercial, non-institutional, and under-recognized art forms, ultimately introducing audiences to new ways of making and thinking.

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

WaveMaker Grants injects an additional $100,000 each year into our cultural economy, supporting the jobs and the work of independent artists, performers, writers, and other cultural producers. By supporting the work and livelihood of creatives, this program bolsters Miami’s capacity to retain artists and enhances the number of cultural activities in the city for locals and tourists alike. As a result, WaveMaker Grants advances the city’s mission to become an international cultural destination.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Since launching WaveMaker Grants in early 2014, Cannonball has leveraged initial support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to secure additional funding from local agencies, including Knight Foundation and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, allowing it to double the program’s annual giving amount to $100,000. Cannonball has also offered public informational sessions and budget workshops to large, very engaged audiences interested in applying to WaveMaker Grants.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Cannonball

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Innovative Chamber Music Concerts

The Chrysalis Chamber Players will program a series of unique chamber music concerts around Miami-Dade county that are free of charge and accessible to all audiences, especially people who have never attended a classical music concert.

Who are you?

The Chrysalis Chamber Players are a non-profit chamber music group with musicians local to south Florida. Our core members reside in three counties in South Florida and hope to expand our reach in Miami.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

We have already had successful performances for audiences in Collier County, and we are confident that our unique combination of instruments will attract audience members who are new to classical music performances. We have also had successful educational outreach programs in schools in Collier County, and hope to do the same in Miami.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?
  1. Providing residents with an environment rich in arts and cultural opportunities by programming unique concerts featuring works not often performed. Our unique combination of flute, trumpet, violin and piano will be accessible to all audiences.
  2. Miami-Dade county will support a thriving creative arts community by creating performance opportunities for our musicians residing in Miami. We will also inspire the next generation of musicians by organizing educational outreach programs.
Please give examples of your project's success.

The Chrysalis Chamber Players is now in its fourth season of successful concerts in Naples, Bonita, Fort Myers and West Palm Beach. Our concerts have reached audience members who had not previously attended classical chamber music concerts, and who continue to come to our concerts. We were also the recipient of a Yale Alumni Foundation Grant which allowed us to organize an educational residency in a Collier County public school, where we taught and performed with middle school music students.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Chrysalis Chamber Players

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Dance Band Nights

The Rhythm Foundation will launch a new monthly series, Dance Band Night, at the historic North Shore Bandshell in Miami Beach. Each month will feature a band who play music with a specific dance (i.e. salsa, swing, cumbia, samba, disco). Before the band begins, dance instructors will give the crowd a short class so everyone can learn or refresh their moves before showing off their newly minted skills. Marketing will... more »
Who are you?

The Rhythm Foundation was founded in 1988 with a mission to promote cultural awareness through the presentation of live music and related media programming. We have become a leading presenter of world music in the US.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Dance Band Night will be a consistent series that brings people together to share a love of dance and music, centered on specific social dance styles of greatest relevance to the diverse North Beach community. In its heyday, the historic oceanfront structure hosted dances for area senior citizens. Now the neighborhood is a melting pot of young South American and Caribbean residents. We will build an event that allows people of all ages to share a cultural experience, literally dancing together.

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

The series provides residents with a rich arts and cultural environment and sustains an artistic community. With the regular activation of the Bandshell, a cultural gem in the heart of a lively but underserved area, we will anchor a cultural scene in North Beach connecting with the new art cinema, the mama-y-papa restaurants, working with area musicians and dance schools. We will showcase the vitality of the area through the music and dance traditions of the diverse people who live there.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Dance Band Nights is modeled on the popular Midsummer Night Swing series in NYC’s Lincoln Center, with whom we have block-booked artists in the past. Ours is a new series, but we have worked at the Bandshell for more than ten years, and have just been awarded a contract by the City of Miami Beach to manage the facility year-round. With another series we produce, Big Night in Little Haiti, we have found the consistency to be key in building community and meaning links with neighborhood partners.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Rhythm Foundation, Inc.

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The Collective

One main characteristic of some of the world’s most vibrant regions like New York, London, Paris and Hong Kong have in common is that its artists and street culture have played an integral role in its economic development and revitalization efforts.

Designed to expand and challenge external perceptions of Miami’s accessibility to urban culture, The Collective is a monthly series of public street dance competitions created... more »
Who are you?

The Collective is an event hosted by a group of like-minded Miami based organizations who work within the medium of hip hop to develop and create programs that engage and support young emerging artists in the communities in which we work and live

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

For dancers who utilize hip hop dance as an art form, participation in competitions is essential to remaining competitive on a national level. By providing a safe and accessible environment for young extraordinary artist to test and master their craft, it showcases an environment rich in the arts and demonstrates Miami’s dedication to providing cultural enrichment opportunities for all art forms.

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

The Collective addresses the idea that early participation in the arts encourages lifelong interest in cultural pursuits. As a regional attraction, The Collective promotes the participation of all ages and utilizes the art of hip hop to connect emerging arts enthusiasts to the power of the arts. As an ongoing event,The Collective has the ability to garner national exposure as it lures both tourist and local spectators looking to participate, learn and/or support this global art form.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Founded in 1992, Rennie Harris Puremovement’s (RHPM) is the first professional hip hop dance company in the world. In a society where hip hop is often inaccurately portrayed as an undisciplined counterculture, RHPM deconstructs this popular perception by expanding and challenging the boundaries of hip hop’s popular definitions. As hip hop continues to be the chosen language of youth expression, RHPM works to honor its history, explore its ideas, and further its contributions to our society.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Rennie Harris Puremovement Projects

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Intelligent Systems

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INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS is a full-length multimedia opera composed and created by Carson Kievman, the Artistic Director of SoBe Institute of the Arts, a non-profit arts organization located in South Beach. This innovative work features a 15-piece ensemble performing in conjunction with projected, animated film images complemented with meticulous costume construction and mechanical stage and lighting effects.

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Who are you?

SoBe Institute of the Arts is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to promoting excellence, innovation, and accessibility of the arts through professional performance events and conservatory-level music and theater education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS will not only increase Miami's creative momentum in its artistic and cultural landscape, but also engage local artists to expand their artistic palettes. The multimedia opera is expected to attract national visitors with its one-of-a-kind use of music, theater, and visual art alongside the exploration of critical issues of the day.

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

The innovative blend of artistic means used in the multimedia opera, INTELLIGENT SYSTEMS, will contribute to the creative arts community in Miami by attracting new talent and audiences to the region, resulting in an economic boost for the city and its local businesses.

Miami's local community will also have a newfound access to the arts with the production's affordable ticket prices. Through the experience of this production, we hope to inspire students to participate in the arts.

Please give examples of your project's success.

SoBe Institute of the Arts recently produced the world premiere of "Fairy Tales: Songs of the Dandelion Woman", whose innovative multimedia approach received local and national praise and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in music. With funding from the Accelerator Grant, we can significantly enhance production values and include more outreach to engage new audiences.

Organization Name (or individuals name) SoBe Institute of the Arts

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