ArtWorks is a paid summer internship program in the arts for high school (9th - 12th grade) students. Each year, Arts for Learning hires student interns to work in co-ops to flex their creative muscles and learn essential career skills while making and producing works of art.
Intern co-ops are divided by artistic discipline and work under the guidance of an Arts for Learning Project Facilitator. Currently, Arts for Learning offers internships in visual and performing arts. Each year, Arts for Learning will add new internships in disciplines such as music, film, design, animation, and architecture. Once hired, interns report to work at Arts for Learning's summer satellite locations throughout the Wynwood Arts District and Coconut Grove.
Arts for Learning places local artists in residence at after-school programs throughout Miami-Dade County to provide students with opportunities to learn in and through the arts. In addition to artistic skills, Arts for Learning programs teach essential 21st century learning skills, such as critical and creative thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills, as well as adaptability and perseverance. Participating artists are professional actors, directors, producers, dancers, choreographers, musicians, authors, poets, storytellers, and visual artists who help students to explore ideas and concepts in their art making. Arts for Learning's after-school art residencies are offered at select Miami-Dade County Public Schools, parks, and community centers.
Arts for Learning is committed to helping South Florida's youngest learners thrive by age five. Through residencies designed for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers, children dance, sing, act, create and play to reach developmental milestones and gain school readiness skills.
Arts for Learning is South Florida Wolf Trap
In an effort to always implement demonstrated best practices, in 2009, Arts for Learning became one of 17 affiliates of the national Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts. The Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts was established in 1981 under a grant from the Head Start Bureau of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The goal of the Institute is to train early childhood professionals in the use of performing arts techniques, which help young children learn basic academic concepts (e.g. colors, shapes, and numbers) as well as life skills (e.g. cleanliness, sharing, and problem solving).
Lewis Arts Studio
The Lewis Arts Studio is a creative haven for middle school students who have an interest in the visual arts. It is a place where talent and friendships flourish; where curiosity and commitment are required; where portfolios are developed, but most importantly, a place where preteens can practice teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving as they become more sophisticated in their artistic craft and thinking.
The Lewis Arts Studio is a year-round program. Most students enroll in the program for the three years that they are in middle school.
Youth Arts in the Park - All Kids Included
Offered on Saturday mornings, Youth Arts in the Parks is an inclusive, socially-oriented arts program for children and youth with and without disabilities. The goal is to create a fun and educational environment where kids can learn an art form in an inclusive out-of-school social setting, led by professional artists, art teachers, certified instructors, and disability experts. In addition to learning the art form, participants will be made to feel they are part of a social "art club."
The program is designed for all children and youth with and without disabilities, ages 6-17 (youth with disabilities welcome up to age 22). No prior art experience is required to participate.