Arts for Learning (A4L) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources. As a leading source of arts integrated programs in Miami, A4L connects the arts to other subjects to support academic achievement and child development. A4L’s comprehensive services include teacher and artist professional development, arts-integrated instruction, student studio programs, community art programs, student internships, and mentoring. A4L educational endeavors develop life and communication skills, build self-esteem, support literacy and problem solving, and encourage students to become self-directed learners. A4L partners with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Young Audiences – A4L’s national affiliate. A4L also serves as the South Florida Wolf Trap, a regional program of Wolf Trap Institute for Early LearningTM. A4L’s services are delivered to more than 5,000 children and youth in approximately 50 schools, preschools, after-school programs, and summer camps throughout Miami-Dade and Broward.
We lead and work with love.
Our Culture of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access
We are committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. We want to sustain an organizational culture that is welcoming, nurturing, open, and safe for all to participate. We strive to be a people first organization that supports the individuals with whom we work and serve. Our mission is to advance teaching and learning through the arts. This advancement relies on engaging our community. Engagement happens when people are genuinely included, heard, and valued. We lead and work with love, empathy, and positivity while encouraging tough questions, challenging and respectful conversations, reflection, and constant learning.
We are an antiracist organization.
We recognize the brutal and complex systems of oppression, privilege, and systemic racism that impact and shape our community, schools, and daily lives. It is our collective responsibility to help dismantle these systems. We recognize that everyone is socialized with biases, many of them rooted in the racist systems that surround us. As an antiracist organization, we must identify racist policies, practices, and procedures and do our part to replace these with antiracist ones; with policies, practices, and procedures that focus on equality and address the harm that racist policies have caused.