Our signature programs for students and teachers include performances, behind-the-scenes workshops, master classes and inclusive activities that engage, ignite and deepen the learning process through the power of the performing arts.
Learning Through the Arts
As the Arsht Center's flagship arts integration program, Learning Through the Arts uses live theatrical performances as the primary path for learning traditional subjects.
More than 100,000 Miami-Dade County Public School fifth-grade students have experienced — free of charge — the first installment of the Learning Through the Arts program, a live musical titled Rock Odyssey. Specifically designed for fifth-grade students and produced by the Arsht Center, Rock Odyssey is an innovative spin on the Homer classic that chronicles Odysseus’ epic journey in an accessible and theatrical rock opera style. Each year, we invite another 25,000 students — every fifth-grader in the county — to share this experience at the Arsht Center.
In addition, through our Professional Development Sessions, Learning Through the Arts helps fifth-grade teachers learn how to use the performing arts to teach music, mythology, history, geography, math and language arts — helping the lessons on the stage stay alive in the classroom.
Expansion of Learning Through the Arts for seventh and ninth grades is in the planning phase.
Jazz Roots: Sound Check
Each season, 1,000 aspiring jazz musicians in Miami-Dade County Public Schools get an in-depth look at the behind-the-scenes workings of a Jazz Roots concert at the Arsht Center. Through an educational partnership with Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), every high school jazz music student is invited to witness a real working sound check in the Knight Concert Hall, talk with internationally acclaimed jazz musicians and experience a live Jazz Roots concert — all free of charge.
AileyCamp Miami is a full-scholarship, six-week summer day camp produced by the Arsht Center in partnership with the Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation. Designed for underserved Miami-Dade County Public middle school students ages 11-14, AileyCamp offers dance training in West African drumming and dance, Modern Horton Technique, jazz and ballet as well as creative writing instruction and personal development and communication workshops — all at no charge to campers or their families. AileyCamp Miami concludes with a grand finale performance created and performed by the campers in the Knight Concert Hall.
Arsht Goes to School
We offer in-school performances, lecture/demonstrations and master classes for elementary, middle and high school students. Whether their interest is in music, dance or the dramatic arts, students work hands-on with local, national and international teaching artists in the classroom over multiple days, providing an in-depth and multi-faceted exploration of performing arts.
Teachers get the most out of Arsht Goes to School by bringing visiting artists into the classroom first and then bringing the classroom to the performance at the Arsht Center.
Kennedy Center National Partners in Education — Teacher Training Program
Educating teachers is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people. We offer Professional Development Opportunities for M-DCPS teachers, grades K-12, in the fields of music, dance and theater throughout the school year. The Arsht Center also coordinates efforts with local arts organizations and M-DCPS to go into the classroom with teaching artists to use the arts as a springboard for learning.
Accessing the Arts
We offer inclusive transformational and cultural arts experiences for all students, including children with disabilities. In partnership with VSA Florida and M-DCPS, the Arsht Center implements nationally recognized, inclusive residencies designed to integrate the creative arts into classroom for students with disabilities.