A4L teaching artist Juseph Ballestero walks a first-time ArtWorks intern through the process of creating a track in A4L’s ArtWorks Music Production cohort.

Arts for Learning/Miami (A4L)’s ArtWorks Internship in the Arts for High School Students has hired 53 teenage interns to work alongside professional teacher artists in five art disciplines at the program’s new home, the Miami-based Koubek Center. Dade College in Little Havana.

Celebrating its 10th year as an A4L program, ArtWorks is a paid internship, in which A4L hires high school students (grades 9-12) to work with professional visual artists or performers for six weeks, to make art, as well as to assist in the development of workforce skills. workshops including building interpersonal skills, workplace professionalism, financial literacy, networking, resume writing, and public speaking, among other topics. Interns also receive individual and group academic counseling.

Artistic experience is not a requirement for employment and all students who apply are interviewed with the aim of giving professional skills development moments to as many teens as possible. The program’s mission is to give teens access to the arts and help prepare them for any career path they may choose.

Historically, ArtWorks internships have been held in Wynwood and Coconut Grove, primarily serving teenagers from area schools. The 2022 move to Little Havana expands A4L’s reach for its work with teens, an important growth area for the organization which works with professional artists to deliver arts education programs for students ages 0-18. years in South Florida.

“ArtWorks is more important than ever. I believe young people are looking for ways to connect in general, coming out of the pandemic and virtual classes. Having the benefit of meeting other South Florida high schoolers is an added bonus.

Students leave with lifelong friends they might never have met without this program,” said Ivy Bennett, A4L Program Director who has overseen the ArtWorks program since its inception in 2012. have the chance to work with teenagers from another part of the region, creating even more opportunities for collaboration.

This summer, ArtWorks interns work with professional teacher artists in five cohorts: animation (with animator, graphic designer and film producer Milly Cohen), creative writing (with writer and poet Neil De La Flor), production musical (with producer and percussionist Juseph Ballestero); Visual Arts (with acclaimed local artist Yanira Collado) and Dance & Theater (with former ArtWorks intern Nickeisha Bailey).
Interns come from 25 different high schools in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

The ArtWorks Internship Program is generously funded by the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation, which also supports A4L’s Lewis Arts Studio in Coconut Grove, an intensive visual arts program for middle school students. The ArtWorks summer 2022 internship ended with a public performance and exhibition at the Koubek Center on July 28.

Arts for Learning (A4L) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts. As Miami’s leading source for arts programs, A4L offers traditional and integrated arts education, student studio programs, after-school and summer programs, high school internships, and professional development for teachers and artists. A4L’s programs increase the cognitive, social and emotional development of children and youth. Programs also develop creativity, critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills, as well as promoting positive peer relationships and developing self-efficacy.

A4L partners with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Young Audiences – A4L’s national affiliate. A4L also serves as South Florida Wolf Trap, a regional program of the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning. A4L services are provided to more than 5,000 children and youth in approximately 50 schools, preschools, after-school programs and summer camps in Miami-Dade and Broward.

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