Educational Programs

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.


Accessing the Arts is supported by Green Family Foundation Trust. This VSA program is provided in 2020-2021 under a contract with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Ailey Camp Miami

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 Miami-Dade County Public School (MDCPS) students ages 11-14, AileyCamp Miami 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 cost to campers or their families.

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Camp Arsht – A Summer Theater Adventure 

The Adrienne Arsht Center’s musical-theater camp enables theater-loving kids between the ages of 10 and 17 to develop their performance skills while celebrating Broadway favorites. Classes are taught by South Florida-based choreographers, musicians and directors. The weeklong program will culminate in a final performance on the Arsht Center stage. No musical theater experience is required.

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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 and has reached more than 300,000 MDCPS students since its inception in 2010. Free of charge programs include Kitty Hawk, I am Me and Busy Bees Great Adventure.

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Jazz Roots: Sound Check

Each season, 1,000 aspiring jazz musicians in MDCPS 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 MDCPS, 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. Throughout the program’s history, students have participated with jazz legends such as Chris Botti, Chucho Valdes, Candy Dulfer, Aaron Neville and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band to name a few. 

JazzReach Docuseries

This new docuseries features jazz greats Kenyon Harrold, Alexa Tarantino, Miki Yamanaka and others. Free for MDCPS middle and high school students and teachers, the program will be available September 2021 through May 2022. 

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Arsht Goes to School - Beyond Boundaries

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. MDCPS students can attend free performances by Miami City Ballet, Nu Deco Ensemble and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

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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 MDCPS 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 MDCPS to go into the classroom with teaching artists to use the arts as a springboard for learning. For more information email

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Accessing the Arts

We offer inclusive transformational and cultural arts experiences for all students, including children with disabilities. In partnership with Arts4All and MDCPS, the Arsht Center implements nationally recognized, inclusive residencies designed to integrate the creative arts into classroom for students with disabilities.

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With ArshtPass, full-time college students can experience the Arsht Center like never before. Get exclusive access to deeply discounted tickets to select Arsht Center performances that may include Broadway blockbusters, historic orchestras, concerts by Grammy Award-winning artists, internationally acclaimed dance companies and more. Best of all, membership is free!

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