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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 »
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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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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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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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