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Next Generation: From Alienage to Belonging via Museum Programs

The Cuban Museum will gather a team of arts & education experts from Miami-Dade County to formulate a programs strategy that, when applied by any arts organization in the county, can help to close the gap between "foreignness" and "ownership" of community and city, starting with middle-school age children in Dade Public Schools.

Miami-Dade’s population is often perceived as a transient population. The statistic revealed... more »
Who are you?

We are the Cuban Museum, in existence since 1996, and about to inaugurate a permanent venue in Miami, for mid 2015. The Museum aims to become a major cultural organization in Miami-Dade County and nationally, as the museum of the Cuban Diaspora.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

To be foreign, as opposed to be mainstream. To be transient as opposed to being rooted. To belong, to develop civic duty and ownership. The fact that more than half of the County's population is foreign-born, and that growth in arts attendance rose only 0.4% in 2013, reveals a divide that in part could be explained in terms of cultural "outside-ness". This project will generate a blueprint for addressing issues faced by all cultural NGOs in M-D through, a model that can be applied by other NGOs.

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

The 51.8% foreign born population.
The 0.4% growth in attendance in 2013.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Dozens of cultural programs for minorities, particularly Latinos/Cuban Americans;
The Cuban Museum has 18 years experience addressing issues of audience development and outreach to minority communities in South Florida.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Cuban Museum

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Between Here & No Where: The Journey to Belong

Between Here & No Where is an art exhibition that will create innovative temporary public art spaces that will serve to raise awareness about homelessness. The participating artists are homeless art students, homeless artists or artists who use their art to raise awareness about homelessness. This project will help unite the community and serve to galvanize our citizens. It will also provide an opportunity for these... more »
Who are you?

Tina Cornely is the former IT Director of the Guggenheim Museum, the former Ops Director of MAM and UM teacher. She is the Founder & CEO of Bridging Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching the less fortunate how to become self sufficient.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

This art exhibition will travel to different venues in Miami during October 2015, World Homeless Month. It will be on view at a wide spectrum of venues, ie FIU, MB botanical garden, New World School of the Arts, art galleries & homeless centers. It will serve to raise awareness about the cause of homelessness & what we can do. Turning a blind eye is not an option. Knowledge is key. This show will use art to raise awareness & disseminate info to the public about what they can do to help out.

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

This project addresses poverty, homelessness and the plight of homeless students.

Please give examples of your project's success.

We have 4 venues for the show. The former head of the Homeless Trust has agreed to write our forward. Participating artists include: Willie Baronet, Juan Travieso, Patrick Farrell (pulitzer prize winning Miami Herald Photographer), Jacq Wolf,
Rob Woodcox, Neith Nevelson (artist & grand daughter of Louise Nevelson who is a former homeless person), Audrey Gair, (winner of the National Latino Art Beat & the National Young Arts Silver Portfolio), Deborah Shelton Tynes &
Rosa Naday Garmendia.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Bridging Humanity

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Murals For Identity within Communities

Miami Light Project will work together with Alice Mizrachi, a visual artist and educator, and with community partners to establish a series of public art murals in the greater Miami community. Alice will work with youth and families to let them express their identity and to capture their personal stories through visual arts. The artist and students from local schools and social service groups will develop a total of five... more »
Who are you?

Founded in 1989, Miami Light Project is a nonprofit cultural organization that presents live performances by dance, music & theater artists from around the world; supports the development of new work by local artists; and offers educational programs.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our community-based public art intended goals include: to explore our neighborhood identity with murals; to provide students with creative solutions to be engaged in schools; to promote respect, equity and ownership through public art: to develop a cultural platform for students in Miami to expand their peer network; to preserve Wynwood, Overtown and Little Haiti neighborhood history; and to provide an outlet through the arts for our community to grow and elevate their knowledge and skill set.

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

Our project gives Miami youth a new vehicle and approach to creating work that reflects genuine aspects of their lives while developing constructive and healthy ways to express themselves. By sharing art experience, we aim to facilitate youth enrollment in arts courses and impact Miami’s high school graduation rate. Our goal is to help build a more vibrant neighborhood where residents can be involved in the arts, build knowledge, share collective experience and maintain the community identity.

Please give examples of your project's success.

One of Alice Mizrachi’s successful projects includes working with SONYA and local high school students to develop a mural in the Bushwick community (Brooklyn, NY). The 4-week long project focused on sharing positive messages in their neighborhood, and creating the mural "Build Your Dream" (April 2014). Students felt that conveying positive messages would help build dreams. Alice has significant experience working with diverse communities, and her work emphasizes arts empowerment for everyone.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Miami Light Project, Inc.

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ARTSreach

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... more »
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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Fluorescent Moon

Fluorescent Moon is a collaborative theater project by a collective of artists with and without disabilities. Following on Antiheroes’ recent success with its interdisciplinary work Nomadis, Fluorescent Moon will develop from the personal narratives of artists – in this case blind actors - based on childhood experiences and anecdotes revealing the way they learned to experience and interact with the world in terms of... more »
Who are you?

Founded in 2011, Antiheroes Project is one of a few non-profit organizations lead by artists with disabilities in Miami. Committed to create and present performing arts and year-round workshops, it fosters inclusion through arts and education.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Fluorescent Moon increases artistic and cultural opportunities in our community, and focuses on community awareness surrounding accessibility issues, while also bridging various cultural/ethnic communities in the Greater Miami. Around 10% or our population lives with disabilities. However, just a few of them have had access to the current vibrant cultural life of our community.

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

Fluorescent Moon enriches the art and cultural opportunities in our community, dignify and unify our diverse multicultural and multilingual population. Its high artistic quality and the workshops series are representative of the Miami’s growing art community and at the same time, visibility of these artists will allow the artistic voices and concerns of people with disabilities to influence the general cultural landscape and identity of our community.

Please give examples of your project's success.

During 2012, Antiheroes produced Mahagonny, praised by local critics as one of the most relevant Latino theater productions that year. In 2013, Antiheroes won the NEAR Residency to develop Nomadis, cited by local press as a breakthrough work within the Miami theater scene, exhibiting the highest accessibility level of any local Latino organization. The popularity of the Wanderers workshops series inspired the creation of two new series: Finders Keepers for children and the Secret Performances.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Antiheroes Project, Inc.

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The Girls Choir of Miami (Girl Power)

Girl Power’s Girls’ Choir of Miami strives to provide opportunities for girls from all backgrounds to participate in a year round quality music education program created with the unique needs of girls in mind. As emerging vocalists, choir members are able to gain valuable performance experience, vocal and stage-presence, mentorship, coaching, and participate in leadership & personal development workshops, etiquette and... more »
Who are you?

Girl Power, a 501©3 non-profit launched in 2000, is an organization of positive social change just for girls ages 11 – 17 helping to combat the growing rate of crime, poverty and illiteracy that is prevalent in inner-city and underserved communities.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

The Girls Choir of Miami auditions and recruits young girls from within the Girl Power social programs as well as talented girls from the community and develops and nurtures their talents. The Choir puts on special occasion concerts and is also asked to perform at cultural events throughout South Florida. The Choir has been instrumental in not only contributing greatly to the SF Arts & Culture community but in positively impacting the lives of inner city girls.

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

The Girls Choir of Miami is a vibrant artistic and cultural institution which enriches the lives of all residents. The Choir lures residents to cultural events and contributes in raising significant dollars for Girl Power and their partners and sponsors.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Girls who have joined the Girls Choir of Miami have landed roles in musicals, chosen to attend schools with strong arts and performance programs, improved their academic records and curtailed negative behaviors. The Choir has become a beacon of light for the inner city girls who have joined. The Choir itself has drawn hundreds of attendees at several performances throughout South Florida and gained a core following for their annual holiday performance.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Girl Power

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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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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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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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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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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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