This summer, Arts for Learning/Miami has launched ArtWorks, an arts-based career readiness apprenticeship program for high school students designed to develop critical 21st century workplace skills.
With the tag line “Hired to Create. Inspired to Succeed.” the program’s goals are to:
- Provide students with real-life work experiences
- Help students gain valuable career and leadership skills
- Encourage students to prepare for post-secondary education
The ArtWorks apprenticeship program pairs a team of 8-10 apprentices in a “co-op” with a Master Teaching Artist for 6-weeks during the summer. The program is open to all students, regardless of their artistic abilities. However, everyone is expected to do their best. If not, they risk losing their job. Each team of apprentices are responsible for not only creating works of art, but also organizing an open house event and a culminating community performance and/or exhibition. In addition to diligently creating art and organizing events, the students benefit from offsite excursions and guest speakers. The excursions provide students the opportunity to see art works, important architectural structures, design centers, fashion houses, and businesses in the Wynwood Arts District. A4L will also curate a series of guest speakers to present to and engage in dialogue with the students. These guest speakers will include individuals related to the specific co-op industries as well as financial advisors, college admissions experts, and business leaders.
A4L has long envisioned piloting the ArtWorks program in Miami. The program is inspired by the wildly successful program by the same name at Arts for Learning’s affiliate in North East Ohio. In this inaugural year in Miami, ArtWorks is working with 21 high school students from Miami Northwestern Senior High and Beach High, with the students exploring either dance or visual art through their co-op.
Anyone wanting an insider’s take on this fantastic new project can go to http://artworksmiami.wordpress.com/ and read posts written by the interns themselves. There will be an open house hosted by the students on Friday July 6th from 5:30-6:30 pm at the Bakehouse Art Complex (561 NW 32nd Street, Miami, FL 33127). Please stop by if you’re in the neighborhood!