Young Artist Gallery (YAG)
For seventeen years, the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove has held the Young Artists’ Gallery (YAG) which has given over $70,000 in scholarships to winners of an annual juried art show for Miami-Dade County public high school students. Beyond the opportunity to win a college scholarship, the students gain experience by exhibiting their work in a public show, have an opportunity to sell their work to art patrons, meet and receive critique from the artists’ judging panel and win accolades that will support their portfolio when building their career. YAG engages art professionals, art enthusiasts, local artists and funders of this annual juried show. Club members raise scholarship funds from individuals, foundations and corporations.
Community service is important to Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove members who donated more than 5,000 volunteer hours in 2016. Following its mission to improve quality of life in our community, members conduct ongoing collections and invest volunteer hours in support of nonprofit organizations that include organizations such as Camillus House Human Trafficking Unit, St. Stephens' Homeless Program, Coconut Grove Elementary School, Ronald McDonald House and the Coconut Grove Food Crisis Pantry.
A Members-For-Members Program provides support by members to members in need. The club’s annual Seniors Holiday Event brings West Coconut Grove seniors to the club for a day of festivity and fellowship. The club also donates its clubhouse to nonprofits for meetings and events. Monthly meeting speakers and community events provide education on topics/causes that the club supports.
As a continued priority established by its founders, the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove promotes environmental conservation through workshops, films, clean-up days, recycling programs, environmental fundraising benefits and more.
With a mission to create a greater knowledge and wiser use of natural resources, the club’s Conservation Committee leads environmental efforts to benefit the community and our planet today. Following the lead of pioneer woman members who founded Royal Palm Park, the nucleus of Everglades National Park, member initiatives include 2017 collaborations/partnerships with CLEO Institute; South Florida National Parks Trust Centennial Celebration/Every Kid in a Park; City of Miami and the Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce.
Arts & Culture
Throughout its 127-year history, Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove has served as a beacon in the community presenting artistically and culturally diverse performing, visual, literary and musical arts. Through the arts, the club provides historical interpretations of early Coconut Grove history.
The club also serves as a community cultural resource center. An active archives team completes more than a dozen research projects each year cataloging, restoring and preserving the club’s history. The club’s library contains photographs, club documentations and news clippings that represents the rich history of the club and Coconut Grove. It transcribes these historical documents for digital archiving. The team is engaged in artifact acquisition, photo and video documentation and regularly collaborates with other historical/education organizations such as University of Miami’s Richter Library. The club is committed to helping future generations understand their heritage.
A primary focus of the Woman’s Club of Coconut Grove is preserving and protecting its historic building constructed almost 100 years ago by noted local architect Walter C. DeGarmo. DeGarmo designed this building to take full advantage of its site overlooking Biscayne Bay. A twelve-foot-wide porch with broad arched openings wraps around three sides of building, which is constructed of native oolitic limestone. The building still serves as the headquarters for one of Florida's oldest woman's clubs, known today as the Woman's Club of Coconut Grove. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
The club’s ability to maintain the building and grounds depends upon rental income and fundraising efforts. Income from rentals covers 60% of the annual operating costs and fundraising efforts raise the balance. These funds do not include any major capital improvements or renovations. A campaign is underway to raise funds for the renovation and modernization of the kitchen, last renovated in 1949. This project also includes the creation of a storage area and an outdoor catering pavilion. The project will greatly enhance the value of the property and expand the club’s income earning capability.