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For Immediate Release:
November 18, 2013
Media Contact:
Laura Phillips
laf@miamidade.gov
305-755-7842

Miami-Dade County Parks Now Enrolling For New ''Artreach'' Classes at Miller Drive Park


(MIAMI, November 18, 2013) - Recognizing that the Arts can enhance the quality of life of people of all ages and abilities, the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department has introduced a new series of ARTreach Arts Classes for adults, teens, children and toddlers at the Raices Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park, 5510 SW 94 Court, Miami.  At only $5 per class, the ARTreach Arts Classes are intended to make arts and education programming more accessible and affordable to diverse cultures and generations in our community. Classes are offered Mondays – Fridays through May 23, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and are taught by skilled and experienced bi-lingual (English/Spanish) artist-educators.  

For more information about the ARTreach community classes call 305-271-0812 or visit Miami-Dade County Parks on the web at www.miamidade.gov/parks

The following is a listing of ARTreach Arts Classes at the Raices Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park: 

Stretching/Meditation

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays (Adults)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Fridays (Adults)

Be a better you with calming stretching exercises that promote stress relief and help build better posture, strength and flexibility.

Tai-Chi

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Mondays and Wednesdays (Adults)

Experience a form of moving mediation that combines physical rhythms with mental focus to promote a well-balanced body and mind.  

“A Bailar” Salsa Dance

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays (Adults)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Mondays (Adults) and Wednesdays (Teens)

Put on your dancing shoes and come learn how to salsa.  Enjoy fun and energetic salsa dance movements based on rich Latin traditions, heritage and styles. 

Drawing/Painting

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Thursdays (Adults)

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays (Children/Teens)

Participants will be introduced to the works of Fine Arts painters and will learn how to

implement their techniques. The program concludes with a class art exhibition. 

Arts Appreciation

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Fridays (Children/Teens)

Color, shape, texture, form, and space are all about art. Students will explore a variety of different art forms and create their own unique work of art. 

Fashion/Etiquette

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Wednesdays (Children)

5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Thursdays (Teens)

Learn what it takes to become a fashion designer.  Class includes modeling, etiquette and fashion trends.  Students will have an opportunity to showcase their newly acquired skills in a class fashion show. 

Dance Fantasy

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays (Children)

Kids will enjoy this fun introduction to the world of creative dance through movement, music and imaginative artistic play activities using scarves and hoops.  

Creative Dance/Art of Movement – “Mom/Grandma & Me” (Toddlers, ages 2-5)

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

Fun musical games with rhythm instruments and dance movements will help tiny tots improve hand-eye coordination and motor/social skills. A parent/grand-parent can join their child in class activities at no additional cost. 

Painting/Arts & Crafts – “Mom/Grandma & Me” (Toddlers, ages 2-5)

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Mondays

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., Tuesdays

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Fridays

Youngsters will discover artistic expression through hands-on painting, drawing, cutting, and pasting projects designed to improve their fine motor skills and imagination.  A parent/grand-parent can join their child in class activities at no additional cost. 

Playground Theater – “Mom & Me” (Toddlers, ages 2-5)

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays

Tiny tots will have an opportunity to exercise their imagination and self-expression through basic theatre activities that include singing and movement. A parent can join their child in class activities at no additional cost. 

About the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department

Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the NRPA National Gold Medal Award, winner of the 2013 Florida Governor’s Sustained Excellence Award and the 2009 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade County Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 260 parks and 12,825 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and

people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more.  For information about Miami-Dade County Parks call 3-1-1, or visit www.miamidade.gov/parks/

Miami-Dade County Parks is supported by The Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade a non-profit 501(c)3 organization supporting the Miami-Dade County Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department’s efforts to further develop Miami-Dade County’s world-class parks system for residents and visitors.  Its mission is to create a healthier, more livable and sustainable Miami community by ensuring the implementation of the Parks Open Space Master Plan and the development of year-round park and recreation programs for local children, adults and people with disabilities.  For more information on the Parks Foundation, please visit www.miamidade.gov/parks_foundation.

To request material in accessible format, information on access for persons with disabilities, or sign language interpreter services (7 days in advance), call 305-755-7848.