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Summer Arts Conservatory for youth is open for enrollment at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center

Ten-week transformative youth arts training program in Liberty City for ages 5 – 16 from June 12 through August 18

MIAMI (May 22, 2017)

Enrollment is now open for the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s Summer Arts Conservatory for kids ages 5 – 16, offered from June 12 through August 18, 2017. The Summer Arts Conservatory includes music, dance, drama, and visual arts classes taught by professional instructors within a creative and secure environment Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Early drop off begins at 7:30 a.m. with last pickup at 6:00 p.m.). A premier arts training institution in Liberty City, the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center is nationally-recognized for developing hundreds of outstanding artists in all arts disciplines over the last 32 years. Known as the artistic home of alumnus Tarell Alvin McCraney, co-creator of the award-winning movie, Moonlight, the Center is located at 6161 NW 22nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33142 – the intersection of Moonlight Way and MLK Blvd. Other distinguished alumni include Robert Battle, Artistic Director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; Bianca Brewton, dancer (Janet Jackson and Beyoncé); Shareef Clayton, a Jazz trumpeter (Arturo Sandoval and Stevie Wonder); and tap dancer Marshall Davis, Jr., associate choreographer of the Tony-nominated play, Shuffle Along. 

The ten-week transformative program features a variety of high caliber arts classes and a professional speaker series to inspire young artists. At the end of the training, students will exhibit their work and perform in recitals. Applications are being accepted now through June 23, 2017. Space is limited. Tuition is $500 for the ten-week program. Discounts and payment plans are available.

Call 305-638-6771 for enrollment forms and information. Business hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. For more information, please visit www.ahcacmiami.org. Follow us in social media @ahcacmiami and #AHCAC.


The African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, part of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, was founded in 1975 to serve as the nesting ground for emerging talent in the performing and visual arts in the heart of Liberty City. By providing quality instruction, inspiration and encouragement to young people within the community, the Center has fulfilled its mission for more than 40 years, and everyday creates a means for youth to discover their artistic talents. The facility is accessible. To request materials in an accessible format and or/accommodation to attend an event at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, please contact Gloria Wilkins at 305-638-6771 or ahcac@miamidade.gov, at least five days in advance to initiate your request.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami-Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning.