2023 Pérez CreARTE Grants Program Partners

In 2023, the CreARTE Program invested $4.95 million in Miami-Dade organizations working to expand residents’ access to the arts and support a thriving, equitable arts community. This is a 52% increase in the number of grantees and 42% increase in the total recommended amount from the 2021 CreARTE cycle.

Arts Access

Armour Dance Theatre ($100,000.00) 

To enable Armour Dance Theatre to create a transformative dance experience, with powerful choreography that resonates universally with audiences of all backgrounds, cultures, and ages, and performed by our diverse troupe of young dancers in new and unexpected venues.


Art Prevails Project ($100,000.00) 

To support Art Prevails Project in creating a series of new multidisciplinary work rooted in collaboration between playwrights and composers that explores relevant social themes and takes place in and draws from local communities.



To support Commissioner’s continued growth as it uses art and creative collaboration as connective tissue to turn locals into art collectors and elevating the work of emerging artists. 


Florida International University Foundation ($100,000.00) 

To scale the collaboration between FIU’s Wolfsonian Public Humanities Lab (WPHL) and IPC ArtSpace/Iris PhotoCollective (IPC) in Miami’s Little Haiti, including hosting six exhibitions of documentary photography on various themes and the creation of rich and inspiring activations.


Hued Songs ($100,000.00) 

To support Hued Songs to invest in programs that celebrate and support Black and Brown artists and scale highly accessible multidisciplinary artistic programming across Miami-Dade County.


Miami Children’s Museum ($100,000.00) 

To expand the reach of the Miami Children’s Museum’s arts and education programming in underserved neighborhoods. 


Miami-Dade County Auditorium ($200,000.00)

To support On.Stage Black.Box at Miami-Dade County Auditorium, a multicultural performance series in Little Havana. This grant is made in honor of Michael Spring and his longtime dedication to arts access in Miami.


Museum of Contemporary Art, Inc. ($100,000.00) 

To enable the Museum of Contemporary Art to scale the free multi-generational hands-on artmaking workshops at Sunkist Grove Community Center, North Miami Public Library, Brockway Memorial Library, and on MOCA’s campus to meet the needs of the community and double opportunities for participation.


O Cinema ($100,000.00) 

To expand O Cinema’s film and new media programming across South Florida by launching a new public art exhibition series featuring 20 interactive Augmented Reality (AR) experiences annually, and bringing free Virtual Reality (VR) technology and content to local libraries to reach the broader public in South Florida, including both residents and tourists. 


Rhythm Foundation ($150,000.00) 

To enable Rhythm Foundation to further develop its Bandshell Laboratories platform, supporting South Florida artists creating innovative work. 


The Deering Estate Foundation, Inc. ($100,000.00) 

To enable the Deering Estate Foundation to acquire much-needed upgraded sound, video, and lighting equipment for the community blackbox theater in order to expand and meet the needs of performing artists and support audience engagement. 


Third Horizon Film Festival ($100,000.00)

To expand Third Horizon Film Festival’s year-round screenings and operations across South Florida’s Caribbean neighborhoods. 

Arts Education

Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County ($100,000.00) 

To support the expansion of the Arsht Center’s free Learning Through the Arts education program.


African Heritage Cultural Arts Center ($100,000.00) 

To provide general operating support for the youth arts education programs at the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center.


Area Stage Company ($100,000.00) 

To support Area Stage Company expand its Student Professional training program, serving neurotypical and neurodiverse aspiring young actors through affordable professional-level training in the performing arts, supporting their journey to a professional career. 


Arts for Learning ($200,000.00) 

To support Arts for Learning’s visual art, theatre, music, and creative movement preschool programs at Miami-Dade County Head Start & Early Head Start classrooms to nurture the social emotional development and school readiness of our community’s youngest and most vulnerable learners.


GableStage ($100,000.00) 

To enable GableStage to grow the reach and scale of Education and Outreach programming.


Guitars Over Guns ($200,000.00) 

To enable Guitars Over Guns to deepen its support for its mentors and augment its middle school programming. 


Juggerknot Theatre Company ($100,000.00) 

To enable Juggerknot Theatre Company to augment and expand its immersive education program, Miami Bus Stop Stories.


Mexican American Council (MAC) ($100,000.00) 

To support MAC’s youth music programming and the Homestead Miami Mariachi Conservatory. 


Miami Children’s Museum ($100,000.00) 

To expand the reach of the Miami Children’s Museum’s arts and education programming in underserved neighborhoods.


Miami City Ballet ($100,000.00) 

To expand and enhance the scale and scope of Miami City Ballet’s existing suite of community engagement programming.


Miami Museum of Contemporary Art of the African Diaspora (Miami MoCAAD) ($100,000.00)

To support a two-year collaboration between Miami MoCAAD, the Miami Dade Public Library System, and Tech Girl Power to bring AR and VR art + tech educational experiences focusing on contemporary art of Africa and the Diaspora.


Miami Music Project ($150,000.00) 

To fulfill Miami Music Project’s strategic vision of expanding its reach to low-income and immigrant communities and strengthened programming that uses music as an instrument for social transformation. 


Moonlighter FabLab ($100,000.00) 

To enable the expansion of Moonlighter FabLab’s quality STEAM programs serving Miami-Dade County Public School students, with a priority on underserved youth in Miami Beach, Miami, and Homestead.


[NAME] Publications ($100,000.00) 

To expand programs, support capacity building, and growth at [NAME] Publications, an organization in West Miami dedicated to expanding literacy in the arts and preserving artistic legacies that have a connection to this city.


Nu Deco Ensemble ($150,000.00) 

To support Nu Deco Ensemble’s education and outreach programs and providing performance and teaching opportunities to musicians, teaching artists, and guest collaborators. 


O, Miami ($150,000.00) 

To scale O, Miami’s education programs enabling it to reach new schools, students, and audiences.


The Children’s Voice Chorus ($100,000.00) 

To support internal and artistic infrastructure-building for the Children’s Voice Chorus as it expands to meet demand from the community for highly accessible, culturally relevant choral education programs for any youth who desires to sing across Miami.


Young Musicians Unite ($200,000.00) 

To enable Young Musicians Unite to expand access to consistent music education for middle and high schoolers. 

Artist Fellowships and Residencies

Bakehouse Art Complex ($200,000.00) 

To provide general operating support for Bakehouse Art Complex as it embarks on its next strategic plan.


Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, Inc (DVCAI) ($100,000.00) 

To enable Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator (DVCAI) to grow its Catalyst Award Fellowship program and support artist studio rent, program staff, and travel for Catalyst awardees.


Fountainhead Arts ($100,000.00) 

To enable Fountainhead Arts to deepen and expand its core artist residency program.


Miami Dade College – Miami Book Fair ($100,000.00) 

To support the Miami Book Fair’s Emerging Writers Fellowship program that supports writer fellowships in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. 


Miami Light Project ($100,000.00) 

To support Miami Light Project’s Artist-in-Residence program enabling it to commission bold, new artistic work and to invest in technology. 


Oolite Arts ($100,000.00) 

To enable Oolite Arts to continue to provide transformative experiences for Miami artists to practice and hone their craft elsewhere with other fellow Miami artists. 


The Writers Room @ The Betsy ($100,000.00) 

To enable The Writer’s Room @ The Betsy to increase direct support to resident artists, enhance community programming, engage and train community curators and arts administrators, and create a diversified fundraising program to ensure long-term sustainability.


Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) ($100,000.00) 

To scale the Women Photographers International Archive (WOPHA) programs to support two annual Research Fellowships and two annual Artists-in-Residence for women photographers and photography scholars, furthering Miami as a meeting place for the international photography community.