Arsht Center Expands Arts Education Programs With Miami High School Mental Health Initiative


Image of students enjoying a performance of Rock Odyssey – Photo by Justin Namon, ra-haus

Image of 5th year students experiencing the thrill of Rock Odyssey at the Adrienne Arsht Center – Photo by Eyeworks Production

Access the Arts final performance image – Photo by Manny Hernandez

Throughout its 15-year history, the Center has remained a leader in arts education providing free programs to over half a million students.

MIAMI, FL, USA, October 18, 2021 / – Since opening in 2006, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County (@arshtcenter) has offered more than 10 education programs and free artistic opportunities to over half a million people. students in South Florida. For its 15th anniversary, the Arsht Center is once again expanding these offerings with the introduction of “I Am Me,” a free theater and art workshop experience for Miami teens focused on awareness raising. Mental Health. The program, launched in school year 21-22, is part of the Centre’s ongoing partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) and will be available to all grade 9 students and teachers in the county. of Miami-Dade.

“I Am Me” is the culmination of Arsht Center’s arts-learning partnership with the nation’s fourth largest school system. For more than a decade, the Arsht Center has provided Miami-Dade County students with access to grade school musicals “Rock Odyssey” (premiered 2010) and “Kitty Hawk” (premiered in 2010). 2017) as well as hands-on STEAM workshops and the specialized program. Everything, including student bus transportation to Arsht Center, is provided to schools and students free of charge thanks to the generosity of Arsht Center supporters.

“I am Me” is currently in development and will tour Miami-Dade County high schools starting in 2022. A holistic program that goes beyond performance, “I am Me” also includes services created to engage students in their high schools beyond the free performance experience. Once the show has visited each school, the Arsht Center will integrate artist-teachers into the MDCPS after-school wellness clubs to help students understand what they have seen on stage and what they are facing in the classroom. real life. It will also amplify the arts as an important mechanism for self-expression and self-care.

“Now that our students have returned to school after a long period of isolation and stress due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Arsht Center hopes to introduce the arts to students as a tool for healing and treatment. stress. We believe that the arts have a positive effect on everyone, especially our young people, and we are offering ‘I am me’ as a way for students to improve their mental health and general well-being this year, ” said Jairo Ontiveros, vice president of education. and community engagement at the Arsht Center.

In addition to the new “I Am Me” initiative, the Arsht Center continues its commitment to deliver high-quality artistic learning experiences free of charge to 60,000 students over the coming year, as it has been doing for over ‘a decade. Click here for a video on our programs.

Below are some highlights of arts education initiatives offered in 2021-2022. Please visit Where here for a full overview of arts education offerings for Miami-Dade students in 2021-2022.

As the Arsht Center’s flagship arts integration program, Learning Through the Arts uses live theatrical performances as the primary pathway for learning traditional subjects and has reached over 325,000 MDCPS students since its inception in 2010. Programs include “Rock Odyssey”, “Kitty Hawk” and “I Am Me”.

Throughout the 2021-2022 season, MDCPS students with disabilities receive arts education in this nationally recognized program. In partnership with Arts4All and MDCPS, the Arsht Center implements inclusive and nationally recognized residencies designed to integrate the performing arts into classrooms for students with various disabilities. For the highlight of the program, students are invited to make their Arsht Center debut with a performance on our stages.

Created in 2020 to deliver virtual arts education programs to students during the COVID-19 pandemic, the collective includes the Arsht Center, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, Miami Theater Center, and Culture Shock Miami. Offers for 2021-2022 will include online and in-person performances including “Duke,” a story about Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii’s first Olympic gold medalist and grandfather of modern surfing; and “Dreamers,” an immigrant story told through storytelling, toy theater, collages and video projections.

Free lectures that provide an overview of the musicians, composers and history around the Centre’s many classical music concerts. Concert tickets not required.

This program welcomes MDCPS high school students to the Knight Concert Hall for free sound tests, lectures and, on occasion, opportunities to perform with featured artists from the Centre’s Jazz Roots concert series. Participants also receive free entry to that night’s Jazz Roots concert, offered free of charge by the Arsht Center.

Throughout the history of the program, students have participated with jazz legends such as Chris Botti, Chucho Valdés, Candy Dulfer, Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to name a few.

MDCPS students can attend free performances by local and guest artists throughout the year. Classroom workshops are also offered.

The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami-Dade County is made possible by public support from the Mayor of Miami-Dade County and the County Council of Commissioners, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourism Development Board and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, the Department of State, the Cultural Affairs Division and the Florida Arts and Culture Council. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, businesses and local, state and national foundations.


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Located 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. Our stages are alive year round with artists from around the world, innovative programming from our resident companies and local art partners, free community events that reflect Miami’s unique identity, and arts education experiences for thousands of people. Miami kids every year. For more information, visit

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