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Four Miami-Dade Arts Organizations Partner to Form the Miami-Dade Arts Education Collective
The Collective will focus on providing arts education to Miami-Dade K-12 students

In 2020, due to school closures and performance cancellations caused by the global pandemic, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Miami Theater Center, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Culture Shock Miami Program, and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) joined forces to create the Miami-Dade Arts Education Collective. The goal was to pool resources to provide high-quality and diverse virtual programming to students and teachers whether at home or in the classroom. This ground-breaking collaboration earned national attention and that year was featured in the Creative Education and WolfBrown arts education journals and featured at the Theater for Young Audiences/USA virtual conference. In the 2020/21 season, the collective reached over 75,000 Miami-Dade students presenting internationally renowned artists such as Black Violin and Ballet Hispánico.
As we move further into the 2021/22 season and the pandemic continues, the collective remains dedicated to providing virtual arts programming to teachers and students at no charge. Study guides and/or workshops are also available to teachers to enhance the learning experience. The collective has curated a digital season highlighting a diverse range of artists across multiple disciplines – music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. The collective will continue to collaborate with the Miami-Dade County Public Schools’ (MDCPS) Cultural Passport Program, as well as private, charter and homeschools in order to deliver ground-breaking virtual content to students.

The season includes the following performances throughout the 2021-2022 school year:

1. Duke

Discipline: Theater Theme: Native and Indigenous Culture, History of Olympic Swimming, History of Surfing and Resilience. Dates: October 18th - 29th 2021

Audience: recommended for grades 3-8

Hawaii’s first Olympic gold medalist and the grandfather of modern surfing, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku is unquestionably one of the most important and beloved figures in Hawaiian history. Using a minimalistic set and projections showing images and pictures from Duke's life spanning from the turn of the century through modern times, we find Duke through his own eyes, through history’s reflection on his journey in a complicated era, and through the viewpoint of those who loved him.

2. Dreamers

Discipline: Theater   Theme: Immigration Journey, Perseverance and Hope, Bilingual Storytelling

Dates: November 1st - November 15th, 2021

Audience: K-6

A physically poetic adaptation of Yuyi Morales’ story that tells of resilience, hope and the courage it takes to find one’s voice when navigating a new place. Dreamers honor the passion, strength, and hope that is born from the challenges experienced in an immigrant's journey and reminds us that, "Someday we will become something we haven't even yet imagined."

3. The In Between

Discipline: Theater   Theme: Adolescence, Immigration, Income Inequality, Social Media Misinformation and Cyberbullying.

Dates: November 2021

Audience: High School

Illustrating the real-life challenges of immigration, income inequality, and fears of violence in our schools, THE IN-BETWEEN is a realistic, relatable exploration of the complex social circumstances students must navigate in today’s world.  With strong dialogue, moments of choreography, and a landscape of social media-embedded design, the performance tackles hard questions with humor, sensitivity and a deft ear for how young people negotiate the problems they encounter.

4. Jabari Dreams of Freedom

Discipline: Theater   Theme: History, Civil Rights Era

Dates: January 10th-January 26th, 2022

Audience: recommended for grades 2 through 6

10-year-old Jabari loves to paint. And through his art, he escapes the turbulent world around him. In his dreams, he meets children and young people from the Civil Rights Era, including Ruby Bridges, Claudette Colvin, and others, who teach him how to be fearless. He also meets his hero, Barack Obama, as a 7-year-old boy on the eve of the assassination of MLK, Jr… Using rap, freedom songs, history, and humor, this play explores what it means to have courage in a world where not everyone is safe.

5. Diamond's Dream

Discipline: Animation/Theater   Theme: Economic hardships, Family dynamics, Global Pandemic

Dates: October 18, 2021-June 8, 2022

Audience: recommended for grades 4 - 6

Diamond’s Dream is a virtual puppet production that takes place on a CTA Red Line train traveling south through pandemic-era Chicago. Diamond, a young African American boy, has fallen asleep on the train while on his way to visit his dying grandmother. When he awakes, time and reality have shifted, and he meets the ghost of a young African American girl, a shape-shifting elder spirit who died of Spanish Flu 100 years ago to the date. Both are confronted with paranormal puppets and images representing society’s ills – ignorance, poverty, and racism. While the spirit girl seeks only rest, Diamond comes to understand she must first be remembered in order to find it.

6. Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story

Discipline: Theater   Theme: Cultural Heritage, Family

Dates: March 7th-March 18th, 2022

Audience: recommended for grades K-5th

Ten-year-old Belinda is a budding poet and loves to tell stories, but when she’s stuck in the basement preparing for a party upstairs that her stepmother and stepsisters will host, she’ll have to get creative. It’s a story within a story; Belinda lives out her version while also re-enacting the classic tale of Cinderella, using whatever objects are at her disposal: napkins, teapots, and doilies, to name just a few. With these everyday items, a healthy dose of imagination, and a love of poetry passed down by her father, Belinda imagines a bigger world for herself. This captivating bilingual one-woman performance is a modern spin on the beloved fairy tale and tackles cultural heritage, family, and the power of language.

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About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
Set in the heart of downtown Miami, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is committed to welcoming and connecting ALL people to the arts, to the Arsht Center and to each other. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has been a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area, a leader in programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity, a host venue for historic events and Miami’s hub for arts education. Each year, we serve more than 50,000 young learners and offer more than 100 culturally diverse and inclusive education programs. Our 300+ annual events include our Knight Masterworks Classical Music series featuring magnificent orchestras and soloists from around the world; the very best musicals direct from New York for Broadway in Miami; Jazz Roots, the largest jazz series in South Florida; our award-winning, Miami-made Theater Up Close program; Flamenco Festival Miami; brilliant work from our many Arts Partners and local artists, and much more. The Arsht Center is a home stage for three resident companies - Florida Grand Opera, Miami City Ballet and New World Symphony - and a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage. In addition, our Family Fest, Free Gospel Sundays, CommuniTea LGBTQ+ celebration and Heritage Fest are among dozens of free activities that bring together people from all corners of our community. For more information, visit arshtcenter.org.

About Culture Shock Miami
Culture Shock Miami, the young audience development program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to introduce the next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own entertainment decisions. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when teens and young adults make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become full-price ticket buyers and subscribers in the future. Through its website, CultureShockMiami.com, the program offers teens and young adults (ages 13-22), $5 tickets to top music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as admission to museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations in and around Miami-Dade County. With the purchase of one $5 ticket for a 13-22 year old, a second $5 ticket can be purchased for someone of any age to accompany them. Culture Shock Miami Presents was recognized with a 2018 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo). For more information about this exciting program, call 305-375-1949 or contact Christina Tassy-Beauvoir at Christina.Tassy-Beauvoir@miamidade.gov  or Mary-Margaret Dale at Mary-Margaret.Dale@miamidade.gov.

About the Miami Theater Center
Miami Theater Center (MTC) is a not-for-profit cultural organization located on NE 2nd Avenue in the heart of Miami Shores’ downtown district. While MTC is nationally recognized for groundbreaking adaptations of children’s literature and original plays, its profound commitment to community is the focus of their new mission of creating transformative live experiences and educational opportunities for people of all ages, abilities, cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to provide affordable rehearsal, performance and screening facilities for artist and arts organizations.

About the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC)
The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center provides a world-class, multi-disciplinary cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. The Center plays a key role in the economic and cultural development of the area and opened on October 1, 2011.

In addition to providing a diverse range of quality entertainment to people from all backgrounds and ages, the Center's mission includes an emphasis on educational and outreach activities in partnership with community groups. The Center's multiple rehearsal and performing spaces also offers accessible state-of-the-art facilities to the Miami-Dade artistic community, presenters and audiences throughout South Florida. The Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners.

Please direct questions to Annie Hoffman at annie.hoffman@miamidade.gov | 786-573-5319 or Monique Alfonso at educate-smdcac@miamidade.gov | 786-573-5313.