Guitars Over Guns (GOGO) delivers high impact arts-based mentoring programs to empower youth in underserved neighborhoods. Since 2008, GOGO has increased the academic achievement and engagement for over 2,000 students.
All young people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential through the transformative nature of music and the arts and the power of mentorship.
GOGO provides mentoring to at-risk youth through music and arts education as an alternative to the negative and harmful influences that typically dominate their environments.
The GOGO program is designed to engage youth through culturally relevant artistic mediums, using a hands-on approach to learn music, dance, and visual arts. Professional artists are paired with small groups of students for the school-year, using this unique arts-learning process to build strong mentoring relationships. Through this connection, our mentors are able to help their students navigate the obstacles standing between them success.
Founded in 2006 by Artistic Director Elaine Rinaldi, Orchestra Miami exists to fill the unique cultural needs of our community. The Orchestra’s main goal is to provide low-cost, high-quality artistic experiences that build community and provide programming which would otherwise be unavailable in South Florida. Equally important goals are to provide quality symphonic concerts to those whose economic circumstances prevent them from purchasing a ticket, and to provide children and their families with opportunities to experience classical music, make it a part of their lives, and use it as a tool for learning and enjoyment.
Why we contribute: We support their community outreach.
MCB’s Share the Dance community outreach and educational programs enrich and strengthen the mission of the company while building strong community relationships, broadening the audience base and exposing new audiences to the world of ballet. Long-term studies by the National Endowment for the Arts have demonstrated that arts education plays a vital role in enhancing academic achievement, improving self-esteem, and increasing the probability of high school graduation.
We engage schools and community organizations in long-term relationships to maximize the benefits of arts education through Miami City Ballet School classes, lecture-demonstration performances, experimental workshops and the Ballet Bus scholarship program, where students experience first-hand the creative powers of classical music and dance and are provided with the unique opportunity to develop their own creative voices. As a cultural anchor in South Florida, it is our responsibility to reach deep into our community to touch young lives and inspire people of all ages and backgrounds.
Why we contribute: Performances both traditional and premiers provide an awareness of fine art.
Now celebrating its 10th anniversary season, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is a cultural magnet offering great performances to entertainment-hungry audiences of all ages and backgrounds. It is vibrant, inventive and nurturing; serving as the catalyst for a new urban spirit in Miami’s Town Square.
Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 500 events each year across its eight flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs 12 signature series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, the biggest flamenco festival on the East Coast, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 30,000 children each year.
Why we contribute: We have been keen on contributing to the Arsht Center in order to give Miami a world class venue for top performances as other major cities have. We started with 12 bricks and then purchased 14 seats in the Knight Center Hall in honor of and in memory of family and friends that are lovers of music. Then we committed a major gift and the second floor promenade is named for us. We continue to support the Arsht Center because it is the “go to” place for world class entertainment and their significant reach to the community.
The mission of the Chopin Foundation is to assist young, talented American pianists in their career development and in so doing, open doors to international careers, and also to make classical music, especially the music of Frederic Chopin, accessible to all.
Why we contribute: Chopin competitions are a worldwide event and Miami has been a long time player in this important musical event. The series of concerts puts Miami to the cultural map.
America’s seventh-oldest opera company was founded as The Opera Guild of Greater Miami (later known as Greater Miami Opera Association) in 1941 by Arturo di Filippi, an accomplished tenor and voice teacher at the University of Miami. In 1945, The Opera Guild, Inc., of Fort Lauderdale was founded with the mission of presenting performances of Opera Guild of Greater Miami productions in Fort Lauderdale. The relationship continued until 1994, when the two companies merged to form Florida Grand Opera.
Why we contribute: The four performances a year are on a par of any opera in the world. We are supportive of the full season of outstanding performances.
The mission of Actors' Playhouse is to enrich South Florida's cultural vitality with the highest caliber classic and contemporary live theatre productions; to provide comprehensive educational and outreach programs to multi-cultural audiences; to provide a supportive and creative work environment for Florida-based theatre professionals; to encourage the creation and production of new works for adults and children; and to maintain the identity of its home venue, the historic Miracle Theatre.
Why we contribute: This theater is an integral part of the local community. It serves the cultural needs of all ages. We support their cultural enrichment.