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Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

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. 

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



Spring 2016 Youth Arts in the Parks - Accessible Arts Experience for Kids

Registration is now open for the spring 2016 session of the nationally award-winning "All Kids Included - Youth Arts in the Parks" program, presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Miami-Dade County Park, Recreation and Open Spaces Disability Services, in partnership with Arts for Learning/Miami. "All Kids Included - Youth Arts in the Parks" is an inclusive, socially-oriented arts program for children and youth with and without disabilities that takes place on Saturday mornings, beginning January 30, 2016, with a parent orientation on January 23, 2016. Registration deadline January 19, 2016. For more information:



Funding Opportunities



Creativity Connects - Webinar January 27, 2016

With the launch of the National Endowment for the Arts' 50th anniversary on September 29, 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.





Postmark Deadline:  Friday, February 5, 2016

Program provides funding support for practicing, professional and emerging artists residing in Miami-Dade County to take advantage of specific professional development and skill-building opportunities (outside Miami-Dade County) to help advance their careers as working artists.  Funds may be used to cover attendance at advanced workshops, master classes, or seminars; to participate in artist residencies; to engage in activities that are specifically capable of advancing or propelling a professional career; etc. Maximum request is $1,000.

Prospective applicants must call and request a phone consultation with the Artist Access Program Administrator, Mary Luft (305) 324-4337 at least one week prior to submitting an application by the postmark deadline (consultation deadline January 29, 2016).

Download the program Guidelines and Application Form:



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