Resources available to Teachers
Virtual Field Trips
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County, Miami Theater Center, and the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs’ Culture Shock Miami program, and South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center (SMDCAC) have joined forces to create the Miami-Dade Arts Education Collective (MDAEC). The Collective is committed to providing diverse and high-quality arts programming to students across all grade levels throughout the 2020-2021 school year. Learn more about MDAEC.
The season includes the following virtual performances throughout the 2020-2021 school year:
A Kids Play About Racism
• Discipline: Theater; Theme: Social Justice
• Dates: October 19, 2020 through May, 2021
• Audience: Elementary School
• A groundbreaking online performance inspired by the New York Times best seller A Kids Book About Racism. This performance explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it. This is one conversation that’s never too early to start, and this virtual play was created to be an introduction for young children on the topic.
Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom
• Discipline: Theater Theme: Social Justice
• Dates: Oct 26 - Nov 6, 2020
• Audience: Middle and High School
• Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the inspiring, true story of Lynda Blackmon, who celebrated her fifteenth birthday on the Selma to Montgomery march in 1965. Jailed nine times before the march and badly beaten on Bloody Sunday, Lowery and her neighbors fought alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African-Americans. She believed “A voteless people is a hopeless people,” and put her life on the line, non-violently, to prove that anyone can change history, no matter how young or powerless they seem. The show features an ensemble of African American singer/actors who bring the 60’s to life on the stage through the soul-stirring music of the Civil Rights Movement.
Hip Hop Nutcracker
• Discipline: Hip Hop Dance/Musical
• Dates: December 7 through December 18, 2020
• Audience: 3rd grade through High School
• Hip Hop Nutcracker is a virtual performance by a supercharged cast of a dozen all-star dancers. With the freshest hip-hop choreography, a live DJ and electric violinist, this crowd pleasing, uplifting saga turns the original Tchaikovsky score on its head in the coolest possible way. Digital scenery transforms E.T.A. Hoffmann’s story into a romance set in 1980’s New York. Rap legend Kurtis Blow is special guest MC for this new holiday tradition celebrating love, community and the magic of New Year’s Eve.
• Discipline: Circus
• Dates: January 4 through January 15, 2021
• Audience: Elementary and Middle School
• Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.
• “AIR PLAY holds the whole audience in the palm of its outstretched hand.
A winning combination of visually stunning sculptures and cheeky but heartfelt storytelling that keeps both adults and children enthralled.” –British Theatre Guide
• Discipline: Music Concert
• Dates: January 19 through February 26, 2021
• Audience: All grades
• Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev Marcus, who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean, and Alicia Keys. Black Violin’s most recent record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and at #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.”
Emil and the Detectives
• Discipline: Play; Theme: Resilience
• Dates: March 1 through March 12, 2021
• Audience: 3rd grade and up
• Emil and the Detectives is a journey about discovery and self-discovery, the value of friendships and taking risks, and the empowerment of young people. In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, the story is told by two skilled actors combining the thrilling intrigue of a classic caper with an evocative film noir design, complete with smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.
• Discipline: Dance; Theme: Celebration of Latin-American Dance and Music
• Dates: April 12 through April 23, 2021
• Audience: All grades
• Ballet Hispánico takes audiences on a virtual guided journey through Latin-American dance and music. This interactive, fun-filled exploration features excerpts of the Ballet Hispánico repertory and is narrated by Artistic leadership. Latin music and cultural connections, choreography insights, and dance history come together to deepen the audience’s experience of dance. Students will be exposed to world-class choreographers and the cultures of Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Americas, while learning about Latinx icons such as Celia Cruz and Tito Puente.
Inez Barlatier - Ayiti - Stories and Songs from Haiti
• Discipline: Music Concert; Theme: Celebration of Haitian/Miami Culture
• Dates: May 1 through May 31, 2021
• Audience: Elementary School
• Local musician, Inez Barlatier and her Family Band, will be celebrating the vibrancy and significance of the Miami-Haitian community’s art and culture. Through storytelling, songs and visual art, kids and families will be guided on a journey through Haitian folklore, exploring themes of community and gratitude.
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Miami-Dade County Public Schools Cultural Passport
All secondary grades throughout Miami-Dade County Public Schools are eligible for free Cultural Passport field experiences! Teachers of any discipline may apply for a Class Pass to provide their class with a cultural field experience. Class Passes include student and teacher admission fees and bus transportation at no cost to the school, teacher, or students. Get more information.
Use the Arts to Teach
Have your students write a review of an event.
Offer extra credit. Reward students who attend an event related to a class lesson or theme.
Take your foreign language class to a cultural program. Expand students’ knowledge of world cultures.
Enhance a lesson on a specific subject. Conduct a virtual visit of a museum or attend a virtual performance. Check out Online Experiences for options and ideas.
Arts for Learning/Miami
Arts for Learning is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources by linking learning experiences to the real world. Contact Arts for Learning Miami for creative ways to connect cultural experiences with your classroom curriculum.
HistoryMiami Museum is committed to serving South Florida’s students, teachers and adult learners through exciting and innovative programs. Bringing over 10,000 years of South Florida history to life, HistoryMiami Museum has been welcoming visitors since 1984.
Our education programs are designed to provide age and grade-level appropriate experiences, while focusing on different learning modalities. Critical thinking is elicited as students compare and contrast the past and present and are encouraged to visualize and discuss what the future may be like, based on patterns of the past.
All programs are correlated to state educational standards. The programs also address curriculum areas beyond social studies, including language arts, mathematics and science (where applicable).
Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM)
PAMM Student Pass: Miami-Dade County Public School students, can get free admission to the PAMM through the Student Pass. Visit the PAMM's website for more information.
Free Educator Admission: All Florida K-12 educators with identification receive free admission to the museum.
Free School Fieldtrips: The Knight Schools Program offers free buses and free museum admission to Miami-Dade County Public Schools. School tours are offered Monday through Friday mornings. Schedule your visit here: School Tour Request Form or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vizcaya Museums and Gardens
Guided tours of the Main House are available for school groups from 4th – 12th grades. Group tours are conducted by professionally trained Volunteer Guides and are available by appointment. Tours last approximately one hour.
Vizcaya has developed thematic tours for school audiences which support local, state and national curricular goals in Social Studies, Visual Arts and Language Arts. Lesson plans are available.