2021 Pérez CreARTE Grants Program Partners

In 2021, the CreARTE Program invested $3.2 million in Miami-Dade organizations working to expand residents’ access to the arts and support a thriving, equitable arts community.

Artist Fellowships and Residencies



Bakehouse Art Complex– $200,000
To underwrite subsidies for the Bakehouse Art Complex Studio Residency program, which provides studio rent relief to artists demonstrating artistic excellence and financial need, and to support master planning efforts for the historic building renovation, expanding cultural and community facilities, and ensuring long-term organizational sustainability.


Community Justice Project$150,000
To leverage the power of art and storytelling to advance social justice by expanding the artist-in-residence program at Community Justice Project which embeds a local artist in a community issue and encourages them to collaborate and learn with the people directly impacted by a range of injustices playing out in Miami-Dade.


Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc (DVCAI)$100,000
To support Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator to fortify and expand its existing Miami Artist-in-Residence program that works to promote, nurture and exhibit the diverse talents of emerging artists from the Latin and Caribbean Diasporas.


HistoryMiami Museum – $100,000
To launch a fellowship program at HistoryMiami for local documentary photographers in concert with an accompanying educational program component for youth that will support a continuing project related to the Miami experience, with a focus on reflecting and engaging Miami’s BIPOC communities.


Miami Book Fair at Miami Dade College – $100,000
To sustain and expand Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writers Fellowship program to include a fellowship for a native Spanish-speaking writer, writing in the Spanish language, who demonstrates exceptional promise, by providing national visibility and deep-impact support as they complete their first book of fiction, nonfiction, or poetry.


Miami Light Project – $100,000
To support Miami Light Project’s full range of work which includes commissioning artists, offering spaces for creation, and educating youth as the organization begins the move to a new space and neighborhood.


Oolite Arts – $100,000
To expand the Oolite Arts Home & Away program to include new residencies across the US offering Miami artists opportunities to create new work at some of the most prestigious residencies in the country and includes exhibition and professional development opportunities that elevate their careers nationally and internationally.


The Fountainhead Residency – $100,000
To support capacity building and growth of The Fountainhead Residency as it expands its core residency programs to include themed-residencies, continues to offer artists studio space, and designs career-focused programs for artists.




Arts Access



Bookleggers Library– $100,000
To expand Bookleggers Library’s partnership with Friends of The Underline by launching a year-round season of multimedia performances inviting world-class artists and ensembles to produce captivating public programming utilizing Bookleggers’ custom Bookbike across The Underline’s greenway.


City Theatre – $100,000
To nurture, elevate and promote Miami’s BIPOC writers with a dedicated 2-year playwright development initiative, to form an artist cohort engaged in creative and professional training with local/national Masters, resulting in exciting new plays authentic to Miami’s multicultural voices that would be presented at City Theatre’s year-round, community-wide programming.


Commissioner – $150,000
To support capacity building and growth of Commissioner, an organization working to commission local Miami artists and build a new diverse community of arts patrons.


Sweat Records + Books & Books – $150,000
To create, open, and operate a modular, multi-functional, and permanent venue space that would accommodate Books & Books’ author events and Sweat Records’ live music programming, as well as being available to the community to host screenings, workshops, educational sessions, and other creative presentations and gatherings.




Arts Education



Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County – $200,000
To support the expansion of the Arsht Center’s free Learning Through the Arts education programs to benefit up to 150,000 Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) students over two years: Rock Odyssey for fifth grade, Kitty Hawk for seventh grade, and The Ninth for ninth grade.


African Heritage Cultural Arts Center  – $200,000
To launch the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center’s cinematic arts program that will cultivate auteur voices and innovative film praxes in the Liberty City area as it guides participants through narrative and documentary film conventions and teaches them the fundamentals of filmmaking and media creation.


Arts for Learning/Miami – $200,000
To support Arts for Learning’s visual art, theatre, music, and creative movement preschool programs at Miami-Dade County Head Start classrooms to support the social emotional development of our community’s youngest and most vulnerable learners.


GableStage, Inc. – $150,000
To establish and grow a GablesStage educational department by hiring a dynamic Director of Education, and a full-time, professional Dramaturg.


Guitars Over Guns – $200,000
To leverage and scale Guitars Over Guns innovative arts-based mentorship model of youth development toward transformative whole-community impact in creative youth program ‘deserts’.


Juggerknot Theatre Company $100,000
To support Miami BusStopStories, a virtual, live, immersive theatre education program from Juggerknot Theatre Company for middle and high schoolers, designed to highlight Black and LatinX local neighborhood history by taking them on a virtual bus journey with live actors highlighting historical events that contributed to social injustices.


Mexican American Council$100,000
To build-out facilities at the Mexican American Council and expand the Homestead-Miami Mariachi Conservatory’s arts education program serving the underserved Latino migrant community in Homestead, connecting children, families and community with this vibrant cultural heritage that provides opportunities for traditionally disadvantaged children to thrive artistically, fostering inclusivity in the larger fabric of Miami.


Miami City Ballet – $100,000
To support Miami City Ballet’s Community Engagement initiatives that effectively eliminate barriers to arts education and access through thoughtful creative learning opportunities for students at every level of arts exploration, reaching more than 11,000 young people and families from throughout Miami-Dade County every year.


Miami Music Project – $100,000
To scale and expand Miami Music Project’s Young Musicians Development Program to prepare Miami’s most talented youth to become future artistic leaders in the South Florida community.


Miami New Drama – $100,000
To support the expansion of Miami New Drama’s education programs bringing transformative and accessible programs to help all young people see themselves as a creator in action.


Nu Deco Ensemble – $100,000
To support Nu Deco Ensemble’s Imagination education programs that include interactive education concerts, in-school workshops and performances, digital education resources and study guides, and the continued growth of Nu Deco NXT, a 21st century youth ensemble.


O, Miami – $100,000
To support O, Miami’s education initiative, which builds community around the stories of Miami’s youngest residents by teaching poetry to youth in public schools, publishing student poetry through public art and zine projects, and training teachers to incorporate poetry into their classrooms.


Young Musicians Unite – $100,000
To support Young Musicians Unite expand in school music access for students in grades 5 through 12 from three schools to eight schools by building out the feeder patterns in Little River and Brownsville.