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Kitty Hawk

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  • Nathan Allen

    Nathan Allen

    Artistic Director

“For many students, this will be a life-changing experience at a critical juncture in their education.”
– Alberto Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools 
“As the Arsht Center celebrates 10 years of serving South Florida, Learning Through the Arts symbolizes the very essence of our mission and vision coming to life.”
– M. John Richard, President and CEO, Adrienne Arsht Center 
“For most of my students, this might be the only time they get to go to the theater. Exposing the children to a variety of cultural experiences is of the utmost experience.”
– Nathaly Simon, teacher at Arch Creek Elementary 
“I would give Rock Odyssey an A+!”
– Jennifer Olivera, fifth grader 
“It was awesome!”
– Kemely Blaise, fifth grader

If you wish to help support this program and donate a philanthropic gift or become a sponsor of this initiative, contact our Advancement Team at 786.468.2020 or at

Kitty Hawk Support Opportunities

$500,000 to mount production in its second year, 2018-19

$150,000 underwrites transportation for all seventh-graders to and from the show

$100,000 presenting sponsorship of the musical

$50,000 powers a new KITTY HAWK website for students and teachers

$20,000 underwrites the Wright brothers' plane and other show props

$10,000 underwrites the show's Artistic Director

$5,000 sponsors STEAM training workshop for teachers

$1,400 enrolls one student in the 13-week, after-school STEAM maker workshop series

$500 sends one seventh-grade class to KITTY HAWK

$20 sends one student to KITTY HAWK

  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Intermissions: none
  • Parental Guide: Perfect for 7th Graders

The Adrienne Arsht Center provides this information to help you make informed decisions when bringing young people to performances. These are recommendations – you are the expert in deciding what your children should see and know best how to help them enjoy their theatergoing experience. Every guest, regardless of age, must have a ticket; babies-in-arms are not admitted to any performance.

Monday, January 1


KITTY HAWK - A Musical Adventure
Scientific discovery comes alive through the arts in this STEAM-powered program.

Learning Through the Arts, the Adrienne Arsht Center’s model for integrating the arts into classroom discovery, launched an innovative initiative in the Fall of 2017 for all 27,000 seventh-graders in Miami-Dade County Public Schools. 

  • The Musical: An original, Broadway-style production commissioned by the Arsht Center brings to the stage one of the greatest stories in American history – Wilbur and Orville Wright’s discovery of human flight. KITTY HAWK is written by Tom Bryant, with music and lyrics by Erik Della Penna.
  • Arts-Integrated Curriculum: A companion classroom guide for teachers aligns with state standards and the KITTY HAWK performance. Developed by curriculum specialists, local scientists and artists, the guide ties elements from the musical into seventh-grade learning strands.
  • Teen TechMaker Workshops: Active learning opportunities for students extend the theater experience into maker sites around the county. Teens discover, create and analyze their own inventions while working with STEAM mentors.
  • Coming Soon: Interactive online learning lab.

Join the adventure by supporting the award-winning STEAM initiative today!

Transforming STEM to STEAM, the program targets populations under-represented in STEM career tracks. KITTY HAWK addresses barriers to science and math education among young Latino, African-American and female teens in Miami-Dade County Public Schools – the second-largest “minority-majority” school system in the United States – by integrating the ARTS into SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING & MATH learning.

See a brochure with more information about the program here.

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