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Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs provides grant support to community based organizations in order to invest in and strengthen cultural organizations that provide youth arts programs for children and families, and to increase opportunities for kids to engage in direct, high quality, live arts experiences as a part of their overall education.

Studies have shown that involvement in the arts helps kids increase test scores and promotes academic achievement. Kids who are involved in the arts are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance

For more information about the wide array of cultural arts programs available for children and youth in Miami-Dade County, click on the program links below.


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The Youth Arts Enrichment Program (YEP) and the Summer Arts & Science Camps for Kids (SAS-C) program were created as a joint initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and The Children’s Trust.  The YEP and SAS-C Grants Programs are funded by The Children’s Trust.  The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.

Youth Arts in the Parks was developed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs as part of its “All Kids Included - Accessible Arts Experiences for Kids” (AKI) program, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and in part through grant funding provided by The Children’s Trust.