Arts Access Catalyst Grant applications are OPEN until May 31, 2024!

Arts Access Miami 

Arts and music are deeply woven into the cultural tapestry of Greater Miami, making our city a global hub for creativity. We believe that at the core of thriving communities lies access to consistent forms of creative self-expression, access to the arts, and access to arts education. The Miami Foundation wants every child in Greater Miami to have the benefits that arts education unlocks – an increased sense of self, empathy, confidence, improved academic performance, and readiness to take risks, dare, hope, and dream. 

Today, in partnership with local nonprofit organizations and the Miami-Dade County Public School System, our commitment continues with an increased focus and investment in all arts education. Our core initiatives include: 


The artlook® Miami map is a county-wide, collective movement aimed at bringing the power of arts education to all youth in Miami. This initiative not only visualizes Miami’s current arts education landscape but also connects schools and arts organizations with each other, creating an even stronger arts ecosystem.

The Arts Access Network connects grant partners with professional development, funding, and coalition-building opportunities with other arts champions in Miami’s nonprofit community.

Our Arts Alliances, powered by Young Musicians Unite, work collaboratively to ensure every student in their school district has access to high-quality, accessible arts education. The Miami Gardens Music Alliance was established in 2021, and we’re excited to launch the South Dade Music Alliance soon. 

artlook® Miami  

The artlook® Miami map is an interactive, centralizing tool that empowers schools, nonprofit organizations, parents, and community members to explore and discover new arts opportunities, cultivate cross-sector partnerships, and unlock the arts assets within our community.  

artlook® Miami’s purpose is to identify and visualize where students in Miami-Dade have access to arts education programming and where there are opportunities for more coordinated investment.

In coordination with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, more than 80 nonprofit organizations, and a growing coalition of local and regional partners, we’ve created an ever-growing tool by which schools and providers can ensure every student is able to access Greater Miami’s incredible arts education opportunities.

What are the benefits?  artlook® Miami…

Connects schools and programs, allowing our community to work collaboratively and strategically to deliver high-quality arts education to every child in Greater Miami

Informs decision-making by giving school and community leaders insights to best allocate arts resources with equity

If you are interested in joining the artlook® Miami map, please email for additional information. 

Thank you to the individuals, donors, and organizations who have given directly to Artlook® Miami, as well as those who have given to the larger effort towards arts education equity, including:  

Alan Bernstein, Barbara Havenick, Brian Bilzin, Carole and Ira Hall, Concord Music, Dalia Mundayoor, Dan Lewis, David Lawrence, Ezra Katz, Feder Gordon Family Fund, Frank Bernstein, Isabel Santo Tomas, Jeffrey and Christina Miller, Jill Hertzberg, Joan Fleischman, JDL Foundation, Jono De Leon, Leslie Miller Saiontz, Maureen Redmond, Margarita Tonkinson, Pamela Weiss, Porter Anderson, Rachel Geary, Rose Ellen Greene, Sarah Arison, Seacoast Bank, Sheldon and Florence Anderson, The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Toni Randolph, Trish and Dan Bell, Valerie Dillon, Walker Moseley, and the Yulman Foundation.

The Arts Access Network makes investments in the people and organizations that are at the forefront of creating high-quality arts access for all youth in Greater Miami. This program also creates opportunities for collaboration among those leading on arts access, increasing trust and progress across the ecosystem.

A photo of our Music Access Network partners at our "Composing Community: Strengthening a Collaborative Arts Ecosystem" Event
  • Mixers & Events: Organizing ecosystem gatherings, from observation opportunities to coffee meetups, for increased collaboration and connection. 
  • Professional Development: Offering professional development and capacity-building opportunities for organizations and leaders 

We’re proud to announce the launch of the Catalyst Grant a grant program that aims to close gaps in arts education across our region, as highlighted from data in artlook® Miami. Through this grant, we want to foster stronger arts partnerships within the Miami-Dade County Public Schools ecosystem. Catalyst Grants are multi-year grants (up to $20,000 distributed over two years) for arts education programs, initiatives, and organizations in Miami-Dade. Grant funds are intended to address opportunities for strengthened arts partnerships between nonprofit organizations and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Application period begins April 30, 2024 and ends May 31, 2024.

Please reach out to for more information about participating in network opportunities. 

Miami Arts Alliances are a group of arts education organizations that work together to guarantee full arts education access in the school feeder pattern they serve. The Miami Arts Alliance successfully piloted its program in Miami Gardens and plans to expand to other communities in Greater Miami to reach more youth in future years.

These are the goals of the Arts Access Alliances: 

  • Students gain academic and social-emotional benefits from arts education. 
  • The organizations involved learn from one another and increase their impact through collaboration. 
  • The alliance perfects a scalable model that can be replicated across Greater Miami.  

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Logo: Daniel R. Lewis & Valerie Dillon

Want to be a part of Miami’s arts access movement? 

Donate to the Arts Access Miami Fund