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Miami-Dade Parks' award-winning 'G.E.M.' Girls Empowerment and Mentoring Summer Arts Camp

MIAMI (May 24, 2016)

This summer, girls ages 6-16 will have an opportunity to express their artistic and creative sides, while developing valuable life skills at the award-winning G.E.M. (Girls Empowerment and Mentoring) Summer Arts Camp. Now in its seventh season, this multi-Arts program, presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, includes a variety of arts classes and workshops: Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Painting, Arts & Crafts, Theatre, Oriental Arts, and Photography); Journalism; and Women’s History.  

G.E.M. Camp runs June 13-August 12, 2016, at two locations.  Camps are held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offers 7:30 a.m. early drop-offs and 6 p.m. late pick-up options. The cost is $100/week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.  Registration is underway at these sites: 


“G.E.M. Summer Arts Camp for Girls,” ages 11-16  

The Women’s Park

 10251 West Flagler St., Miami • 305-480-1717


“G.E.M.’s Little Sisters Summer Arts Camp,” ages 6-10

RAICES Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park

5510 SW 94 Ct., Miami • 305-271-0812 


Campers will receive mentoring and resources from professors and administrators from Barry University, FIU and Miami-Dade College; organizations such Perez Art Museum-Miami, History Miami and the Institute of Contemporary Art; and community leaders from the fields of government, arts, academia, and business. The camps culminate with a Summer Arts Showcase. 

“G.E.M. goes beyond the traditional arts camp, inspiring girls to be the best they can be and become more connected to their community through inspired arts,” said Vivian Greer-Digon, G.E.M. program manager. “While our camps are great fun, expertly structured programming and mentoring provides them with the necessary tools to activate their limitless potential, and be successful in life.”

Miami-Dade Parks’ G.E.M. program began in the summer of 2010 as a pilot program initiated by the department’s RAICES Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park. The program is sponsored by The Children's Trust. 

Miami-Dade Parks is a world-class parks system supported by the Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade and focused on Placemaking, Health and Fitness, and Conservation and Stewardship.