LEWIS ARTS STUDIO
The Lewis Arts Studio is a creative haven for middle school students who have an interest in the visual arts. It is a place where talent and friendships flourish; where curiosity and commitment are required; where portfolios are developed, but most importantly, a place where preteens can practice teamwork, communication, critical thinking, and problem solving as they become more sophisticated in their artistic craft and thinking.
The Lewis Arts Studio is a year-round program. Most students enroll in the program for the three years that they are in middle school.
The Lewis Arts Studio Provides:
A Summer Program
During the summer, students meet Monday through Friday for a full day of art making. Students participate in technique classes for three hours each morning. In the afternoons, artists engage students in creative projects. Wednesdays are reserved for field trips to local cultural institutions. The summer culminates with an exhibition.
During the academic year, students meet once a month on Saturdays to continue honing their artistic skills, reunite with the friends they made over the summer, and enjoy cultural excursions.
Magnet Application Support
Throughout the program, students receive individualized attention in portfolio development and magnet audition preparation. Representatives from magnet high schools speak with students and provide insights on portfolio preparation, audition performance tasks, and interview skills. The program also provides guidance to parents on how to be supportive of their student during the magnet school application process.
The Lewis Arts Studio faculty is a mix of professional artists and magnet arts teachers from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition, prominent guest artists are brought in to lead presentations, workshops, and discussions.
Full, multi-year, need-based scholarships are awarded to eligible students.
The Facility & Outreach
The Lewis Arts Studio is located at 101 Grand Avenue in Coconut Grove. With ample natural light, concrete floors and flexible work spaces, the studio is a warm and inviting place that transforms with every student project. Whether the students are exhibiting, setting up a film or photo shoot, or participating in a still life class, the studio is in the service of the students and their imaginations.
The studio is also well-situated in Coconut Grove for community outreach. It is located directly across the street from The Coconut Grove Cares Barnyard Community Center where the studio and its artist faculty proudly provide visual and performing arts classes to young children who reside in the neighborhood.
Founding Partners & Accomplishments
The Lewis Arts Studio piloted its first program during the summer of 2009, thanks to the collaborative efforts of Arts for Learning, Design and Architecture Senior High, the City of Miami Mayor’s Office, The Miami Foundation and the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation. Each of these entities played a key role in establishing the framework, environment, content and resources for the program’s continued success.
Arts for Learning envisioned, designed, developed, and directs the Lewis Arts Studio.
Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) served as an advisor to Arts for Learning during the design of the portfolio development component and also helped to establish the high school mentorship effort. DASH remains a strategic collaborator and advisor.
The City of Miami Mayor’s Office helped network all of the partners in 2009, and introduced the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation to Arts for Learning. The City of Miami also provided The Lewis Arts Studio its first home at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.
The Miami Foundation awarded a $10,000 seed grant to support the program.
Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation provided the lead financial support to make the studio a reality. Today the Foundation continues to provide the annual gift to sustain studio activities, operations, and scholarships. The Foundation also serves as a strategy partner to help the studio grow in depth and impact. The program is named after Jonathan D. Lewis.
For more information contact Ivy Bennett, at ivy@A4Lmiami.org