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The Miami-Dade Public Library System and ProjectArt Partner to Bring Free Art Classes to Youth in Our Community
(Miami, FL – September 30, 2016) Youth in Miami‑Dade County will soon have access to free, year‑long visual art classes thanks to a new partnership between the Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) and the New York City‑based arts education non‑profit ProjectArt. The partnership aims to fill the arts education gap in our public schools. Weekly classes for kids ages 4‑17 will be held at five library branches: Edison Center, Hispanic, Little River, North Central and Arcola Lakes.
Join us as we celebrate the launch of ProjectArt: Miami on Tuesday, October 4, at 4:30 p.m., at the Arcola Lakes Branch Library. The opening reception will include a first‑hand look at art created by ProjectArt students, a blank canvas “signing ceremony” and notable guest speakers including ProjectArt founder Adarsh Alphons.
|Who||Miami-Dade Public Library System
|What||Launch of ProjectArt: Miami
Free visual art classes for kids ages 4‑17
|When||Tuesday, October 4, 2016
4:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
|Where||Arcola Lakes Branch Library
8240 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, FL 33150
Editor’s Note: Art created by ProjectArt students will be on display; students will be in attendance.
Classes are free, but children must be registered. For more information, visit www.projectart.org/miami.
ProjectArt is a national arts education nonprofit organization whose purpose is to unleash the power of creativity in every child and change the way the world values arts education. We address the national arts education crisis in a highly innovative, collaborative, cost‑effective and scalable way by using a unique public library‑partnerships model to bring arts access directly to underserved youth. Starting in New York City communities with plans to expand nationally, ProjectArt provides a channel for youth to express their artistic visions, set goals, and display their art in celebrated art galleries and exhibition spaces – all at no cost to the students. In consultation with library branch managers and our partners, we identify locations with the greatest need, make site visits, hire teachers, build a curriculum, procure supplies, and hold year‑round classes. Visit www.projectart.org to learn more and register for classes. Click to watch a brief video on ProjectArt’s mission and impact.
About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami‑Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create. The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website (www.mdpls.org) and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.
Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate on the basis of a disability. If you need an accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or material in an alternate format, contact the branch manager at least seven business days in advance. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).
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