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The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs invites artists, cultural and community non-profit organizations to a series of free workshops introducing and demystifying the County's cultural grant programs. The Department's professional staff team will provide detailed information about the competitive funding opportunities offered through the Department, offer examples of strategies and best practices that have proven to be successful in the competitive environment, and suggest other helpful resources available for the cultural community. In addition, staff from Miami-Dade County's Office of Management and Budget, Grants Coordination Division will share important information regarding other grant opportunities available through the County, highlight the County's Grants Website, and discuss grant resources for non-profit organizations.


Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at 6 PM - Co-hosted by Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava

South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211 Street, Suite #104, Miami, FL 33189

This workshop will be focused specifically on the Department of Cultural Affairs grants programs.

Register via email:


Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 10 AM

Arts Ballet Theatre, 15939 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Free event



Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at 3 PM

African Heritage Cultural Center, 6161 NW 22nd Ave, Miami, FL 33142

Free event



Organizations and artists not able to attend the workshops are encouraged to visit to access the cultural grant programs guidelines and applications.


For questions related to these workshops, please contact Roxana Barba, Cultural Projects Administrator (; 305-375-4209).


Education, Outreach and Access -

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs


2016 "all kids included" student art competition

deadline: February 5, 2016


Submissions are now being accepted for the All Kids Included (AKI) district-wide student visual art competition open to all Miami-Dade students in grades K-12. Celebrating inclusion, empathy and understanding, the contest is held each year in conjunction with the AKI Family Arts Festival, an interdisciplinary community arts festival for children and families with or without disabilities to be held at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center on May 7, 2016.

Student artists are invited to submit original art work depicting the festival theme and are asked to draw on the festival's selected book, "A Boy and a Jaguar," by Alan Rabinowitz, for inspiration. For more information and competition guidelines



Funding Opportunities





With the launch of the National Endowment for the Arts' 50th anniversary Chairman Jane Chu announced the initiative Creativity Connects. The initiative shows how the arts are central to the country's creativity ecosystem, investigates how support systems for the arts have changed, explores how the arts connect with other industries, and invests in innovative projects to spark new ideas for the arts field.


An important component of this initiative is a pilot grant opportunity that will support partnerships between nonprofit arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors which include, but are not limited to, business, education, environment, faith, finance, food, health, law, science, and technology. These Art Works: Creativity Connects grants will seek to benefit the arts and non-arts sectors by demonstrating the value of working with the arts; supporting the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors; building bridges that create new relationships and constituencies; and creating innovative partnership projects to advance common goals.


Visit for information about these grants. Please note that an organization that submits an application to Art Works: Creativity Connects is still eligible to submit an application to other National Endowment for the Arts categories including other areas of Art Works and Challenge America. In each case, the request must be for a distinctly different project from the other application.


Questions should be directed to The application deadline is March 3, 2016 and a webinar about applying for these grants will take place on January 27.





U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program

Deadline: February 1, 2016


The National Endowment for the Arts cooperates with the U.S. Japan Friendship Commission in the implementation of this program. The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program provides support for up to five outstanding contemporary or traditional artists from the United States to spend a three to five month residency in Japan.  Eligible applicants are architects, choreographers, composers, creative writers, designers, media artists, playwrights, visual artists, or solo theater artists who work with original material (including puppeteers, storytellers and performance artists). Multidisciplinary artists and artistic directors of theater or dance companies are also eligible.


The next deadline for this program is February 1, 2016 for residencies in 2017.


The U.S/Japan Creative Artists' Program is extremely competitive; applicants should have regional or national recognition and anticipate a highly rigorous review of their work.  Artists should also present compelling reasons for wanting to work in Japan.


Selected artists will receive:

  • A grant award in the amount of up to $24,000 to cover housing, living, and professional expenses for either 1 artist or a collaborative team.
  • Up to $2,000 for round trip transportation for the artist.


Additional information, including guidelines and the application, can be found at





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