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The Frost Art Museum strives to build and maintain partnerships with community leaders and organizations, schools, and corporate organizations, offering programs and educational opportunities that connect diverse communities, at-risk youth and underserved neighborhoods with the museum’s rich collections and resources.

Our community-based initiatives support youth development by enhancing the quality of life of elderly individuals, advocating for the importance of the arts in education, and expanding the Frost’s mission of making art accessible to everyone. 

Through a wide array of community events and festivals throughout the City of Sweetwater, West Kendall and  the City of Doral the museum strengthens its collaborations by recruiting art teach, university faculty, as well as student and adult volunteers to develop and oversee its events.

Public Programs provide ongoing opportunities to explore the Frost collection and exhibitions with docents, student guides, faculty, and community experts. In addition, the Frost welcomes groups from across the region for specially designed tours that highlight many areas of interest.

To discuss possibilities for your family, group or a civic organization, contact the Education Department at 305.348.6963 or mmachado@fiu.edu.

Community Arts Initiatives

The Art Reach Express Initiative partners with the Overtown Youth Center’s After-School program and local community organizations to introduce young people who live in the Overtown area to the Museum’s collections, museum work and the art-making process.

The arts integrated activities support the development of 21st century skills and create multiple entry points for learning that are important for academic success and future career choices.

The program takes place throughout the academic year. Visits are divided between the museum and the center. Along with the museum educator, FIU university faculty and students facilitate the sessions. During the past three years, FIU students from the Honors College and Modern languages department have developed multi-cultural interdisciplinary programs focusing on China, Spain, Brazil and France while interacting directly with the students. The Sweetwater Neighborhood Mural Project Initiative aims to impact students, teachers and families in the community. 

The empty school walls are ideal spaces for youth from low income families to express their artistic visions, find their voice, leave their mark and develop life skills. This project provides a valuable educational activity that promotes community pride, inspires students, and engages youth in a collaborative art-making process that promotes change. It will beautify the school, empower students and schools to thrive and serve as a learning tool for future students. The permanence of the mural will serve as a reminder of what is possible when communities and schools partner together for sustainable change.

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Partnerships

Community organizations such as The Arts Shack Doral, Pablove Shutterbugs, The Simanof Orchestral Foundation, The Doral Arts Conservatory, All Kids Included and Waving Hands connect youth to the Museum’s collections and exhibitions and the art-making process, while also helping them understand how art can be an important part of their lives.

In addition, throughout the year we host many events (see our events page) such as Slow Art Day, Smithsonian Museum Day Live, and Sensory Saturdays, and accessible art making with Zots Arts.

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