Point of View


More than 52,000 students have already been inspired! The performing arts entertain, educate, enlighten—and when they’re really good—they inspire. They inspire us to think, to learn, to imagine, to dream. That’s why the Adrienne Arsht Center and Miami-Dade County Public Schools have partnered with the common goal of making the performing arts as accessible to as many Miami-Dade County students as possible through high-quality programs that feature live theatrical experiences and active learning in the performing arts.

INSPIRE. It’s the message on the new 72-feet high by 60-feet wide banners that have recently been installed on the sides of the Miami-Dade County Public School Administration Building across the street from the Center on NE 14th St and 2nd Ave.  They are larger-than-life reminders of how rewarding and vital to our community this unique partnership between arts presenter and educators can be. Already the benefits have been felt far and wide, in schools throughout the county, by families throughout South Florida. Thousands of students have participated in in-school classes, interactive workshops and demonstrations, intense arts-training programs such as AileyCamp Miami, and behind-the-scenes activities.

Perhaps most visible of these has been the Learning Through the Arts program. Hundreds of yellow school busses from every district in the County have brought class after class of 5th graders to the Center to see a free live performance of Rock Odyssey, a new musical retelling of Homer’s epic adventure. More than 52,000 students have already had the opportunity to attend last spring and fall, and another 26,000 are expected once the next school year begins. Following the extraordinary success of Rock Odyssey, the Center hopes to produce more new works and, in partnership with Miami-Dade County Schools, expand Learning Through the Arts over the next five years with the goal of ultimately reaching 100% of the County’s fifth, seventh, and ninth graders. This expansion would eventually provide arts adventures for more than 75,000 young people every year. It will enrich their studies and enhance their exposure to the arts. Most of all, it will inspire them to fulfill their potential as they make their journey from student to adulthood.


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