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Arts for Learning Miami

Date Awarded
10/01/12
Amount
$225,000
Grant Period
10/01/12 to 09/30/16
Focus Area
Fostering the Arts
Community
Miami
Initiative
Knight Arts Challenge

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  • Miami, FL

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To provide opportunities for high-school students to pursue their interests in the arts while also learning essential work skills by offering six-week paid summer art internships and apprenticeships.

Arts for Learning/Miami will provide opportunities for high school students to pursue their interests in the arts while learning essential work skills by offering six-week paid summer art internships and apprenticeships. Professional artists will team with students five days a week to focus on a specific art form such as dance, printmaking, painting, graphic design or photography. The program will focus on students from the Miami neighborhoods of Overtown, Wynwood, Little Haiti and Liberty City to help them develop deep appreciation for the arts. Students will also participate in Art Basel Miami Beach, via tours or volunteering.

 Miami’s leading organization dedicated solely to advancing teaching and learning through the arts, Arts for Learning (A4L) works to ensure that the arts are central to the life of every child. Connecting professional visual and performing artists to school, preschool, after-school and summer programs, A4L annually reaches thousands of students, giving them the opportunity to experience and understand an art form, create a work of art, and connect their work to other areas of learning. A4L’s services include teacher and artist professional development, arts integrated instruction, student studio programs, community arts programs and student internships and mentoring.

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Project Team

Sheila Womble

Ms. Womble currently leads Arts for Learning/Miami, a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts. As a founding staff member, she contributed to the rapid growth and success of the entire organization helping to leverage an initial $150,000 investment to develop Arts for Learning into a $1.7 million dollar community resource reaching more than 10,000 children and youth each year.

She has designed and produced arts programs at 47 after-school and summer camp locations, launched pioneering early childhood initiatives, and created a community of more than 85 professional teaching artists. Young Audiences, Inc recognized Ms. Womble’s passion, leadership, and accomplishments in 2005, honoring her as the National Staff Member of the Year.

Prior to joining Arts for Learning, she worked closely with Miami art collectors Ruth and Richard Shack managing their contemporary art collection and handling artist services and public relations at ArtCenter/South Florida. Ms. Womble holds a B.A. in Art History & Anthropology from the University of Miami.

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