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September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Art Studio Miami has been great in establishing their own programs for community outreach. Not only do they focus on their own organizational goals but they also volunteer and aid other non-profits. Art Studio Miami has helped tremendously in helping Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Miami obtain and reach out to potential volunteers within Little Haiti and many of them have volunteered as Bigs themselves. They also run great programs in their art studio and out in the community. Its a great, fun way to get involved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Working with children and volunteer pools.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their consistency and determination.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

genuine, vested in the community and have a sincere interest to help and interact in the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help children develop and cultivate their talents that may otherwise go unnoticed.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

As a Teaching Artist with Art Studio Miami I have had the chance to experience first hand, the influence that this Hollistic Art program has on the lives of the youth. Over a short period of time I have been able to experience the difference in the individuals and how they have developed their artistic skills along with building up their self of steam. This program creates inspiration and exposure to take the youth beyond what they could have ever dreamed to experienced. From project to project I have seen the growth in the individuals, respect, strength, and confidence is becoming more prevalent in their lives. We empower these children to have a better future, and they are eager to experience more.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the changes in the lives of the individual youth. How important this program is to them and how they are developing into stronger individuals because of it.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 26, 2010

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September 26, 2010

The Art Studio, Inc. in Miami, Fl. is an amazing organization. It has recruited countless children from low-income families into a program that has broadened their horizons. Weekly the children are exposed to numerous topics and are taught to combine these topics through art expression. The program collaborates with our school curriculum so as to supplement and support the educational goals of our school. The children absolutely LOVE the program and are more enthusiastic and eager to learn than I ever hoped for. The employees and volunteers are deeply committed, work tirelessly and care about the individual needs of each and every child. Through this wonderful program our students have taken a more active role in their education, have learned about subjects never before presented to them and are eager to take on new challenges as their confidence in themselves has increased dramatically. Our school and community is greatly enhanced through the hard work and dedication of The Art Studio, Inc.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Student attendance....students in this program want to come to school more knowing that they will be able to participate in the Art Studio....self-esteem...has risen greatly when students realize how much they can accomplish.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes are necessary...the only suggestion I have is to be able to make sure this program is funded sufficiently and in an ongoing manner so that more children can get this unique experience.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing the smiles on the students who have participated in this program....it's contagious as now more and more children are asking to join

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

enthusiastic, hard-working, deeply caring and compassionate

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

open the world to the millions of children who have never left their neighborhood, have no financial means to travel beyond their limited borders, have only lived with poverty and violence and who have no idea about the opportunities available to them

Ways to make it better...

The program had been allocated more money....even with the most dedicated workers, w/o sufficient funding, it is extremely difficult to do all the great things the program has planned

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Raising sufficient funds to expand the program so as to allow it to continue and be accessible to more children

One thing I'd also say is that...

Our children are blessed to have been the ones chosen to participate in this program...my heart goes out to all those who have not had this amazing opportunity

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 26, 2010

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September 26, 2010

I first heard of Art Studio Miami through a neighborhood outreach program for start-up new non-profits. I was looking for help starting my own not for profit program that teaches youth filmmaking and art. The outreach program director told me that they were not taking on any newbies at that time (lack of funding of course) and then she told me all about a local program that they helped start up four years ago that sounded awesome and totally in tune with what I was trying to achieve. The program sounded innovative and exciting. She spoke in such glowing terms of Rachel the Founder and all the people at Art Studio that I just had to meet them right away. The next day at Art Studio's purple door, I found a supportive and nurturing environment to grow my own program in and a new family of dedicated artists, educators and volunteers. I have never seen the type of selfless dedication to children's emotional and practical needs that I see here at Art Studio around the clock. The kids come first in every decision of volunteers and staff. Everyone here is totally committed to making a difference in the lives of every child in Little Haiti. And it shows in the personal stories of the children over the years and the high regard with which Art Studio is held after only a few years in this community. I wish there was an Art Studio in every neighborhood.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The self- esteem progress of each child in the last two weeks at the McCrary Elementary after school Art program. Two of the kids wouldn't utter a word louder than a wisper when they started two weeks ago, now they laugh and express themselves f

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Staff them with more administration people so that they wouldn't need to spend so much time on admin tasks and just make their special magic happen in more communities for more kids. It all comes down to having the money to expand the staff.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The constant upbeat atmosphere. There is always something new going on and everyone is very aware and involved.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Save the children- really

Ways to make it better...

There is no way it could have been better. It was and still is wonderful.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding and lack of understanding that Art is not an "optional" and that these at-risk children need this time as a way to build a bridge across the sometime huge cultural divide they live across.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 26, 2010

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September 26, 2010

during this past summer, 2010, I worked as a volunteer summer program coordinator. I gathered teachers and scheduled classes and recruited local and non-local students. Together we created over eight weekly classes that lead to a student art show with the sculptures and paintings and a play that was performed at Fairchild Tropical Garden's annual Mango fest. The students developed relationships for each other and art. I feel the strengths of art studio were Rachael and Soralee who diligently work everyday to try and bring programs into the community. I feel Art Studio's location is vital for being successful this community. The only disappointment is the lack of funding for an organization who is actually serving children on a holistic level balancing art with daily life.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

own career as a theater and film director. i've also grown to be a more patient loving caring teacher.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get rid all non-organic snacks and introduce fresh fruits and veggies for snacks. i would get rid of the throw away waterbottles and get kanteens for each student. i would also require parents to drop off kids or have to come once a week to be invovled.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the kids!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

quailty teachers who strive to change the lives of kids through the arts

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

end systemic poverty!

Ways to make it better...

i had more expierence working with these types of kids.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

lack of funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

rachael and soralee rock!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 25, 2010

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September 25, 2010

I wanted to share with you alittle about Art Studio. I had the pleasure of meeting Rachel through a mutual friend. It was clear after speaking to her that the children at her Studio were lucky to have her in their lives. Her passion for these kids was evident in my first meeting with her. I decided to get involved and volunteer my time. I saw what one person could do when they put their mind to making a change in their community. I hope that others will become involved by giving of their time and talent but also by giving donations. Art Studio needs donors in order to ensure that the it continues to be a safe, creative place for the children of Miami.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the smiles of the children who's lives are touched by Art Studio.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 25, 2010

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September 25, 2010

Hi Art Studio Miami Supporters! In 2009 I was given the chance to run a Make Art Matter –Eco-Art projects at Art Studio Miami. I did a few projects with Art Studio students coming from Mc Crary Jr Elementary/ and The Bridge. I’ll never forget the kid’s faces when we picked them up after school and walked them to the studio. The kids were amazed of how beautiful the inside of the building, they ran up the stairs screaming ART STUDIO! ART STUDIO! LOL it was quite loud and surprising for us! The first project was for the everglades the kids got a chance to learn about saving water and the everglades from Young Friends of Everglades, they all worked together to draw out tile pieces. I was happy with how much effort the kids put in to their tile work. The day that they worked on their tile pieces they blew me away. They all sat quietly and drew their favorite everglades critter. They really made me proud that day – what was even better was we were invited to “march for parks” @ the everglades. That was awesome being able to take them to see the everglades after a month of seeing animal pics, hearing from eco-orgs about the everglades and working on animal pics they got a chance to experience it one on one. The coolest thing was when some of the parents came to me to say thank you for giving them the experience that there was priceless. Being at Art Studio Miami was one of my greatest experiences to date. It became like a family for me. That summer I worked on an ocean awareness project “one I wanted to do the following year with the Mc Crary students, but have not yet”. I did the project with the bridge kids from the Miami Bridge Youth Services. This was also a huge learning/growing experience for me. The first time I met the kids from the bridge I was nervous I thought they would laugh at me if I showed them picture slide show about sea turtles. The kids where hard on the outside and softer then marshmallows on the inside that’s what I learned the day I pulled out a sea turtle lesson plan for the group. At first they looked puzzled but they were interested they all surrounded me and watched my presentation; they openly talked about what they knew about ocean litter, and the environment. Some of the girls were really in to this project! That’s when I learned that we “label” children like we label in society. Kids want to know they want to understand themselves and the world around them- the bridge touched my heart in so many ways I tear up just thinking about it a lot of times questioning my own strengths and weaknesses at hand. One of the kids that will always sit in my heart is Lee Lee first walked in to the studio very quiet and withdrawn. His eyes were filled with anger and all it took was me to hand him a sketchbook and challenging him to draw a shark this inspired him so much that soon after he became interested in furniture design. I saw a complete 3/60 in lee he started making friends, and talking in class he would take home books on design and practice in the shelter. I fell in love with all these kids these kids that reminded me so much of myself as a teenager. Lee finally left the shelter after pretty much his entire life being in and out of that place he was given the chance to join the job core where he would be inspired to take up art. Lee was not the only student we seen change from the Art Studio experience kids all over the neighborhood started hearing about us. They would show up on the door step hungry for knowledge, hungry to expand their creativity and learn, they wanted to talk and see the world. They know in their hearts that this is a place where they’d come to be cultured, where their gifts and talents won’t be short handed or overlooked from the world and where passionate, hard working people look to inspire youth! Love and Light to Art Studio and all the community!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In seeing the kids change their attitudes about their outlook on life, futures and personal capabilities. I noticed this with my first group of kids from Mc Crary. When I first met the kids they had no connection to nature and often littered openly by the end of the project the kids where more conscious about littering problem they realized how bad it was all around and even began talking about it with their parents. Another change I saw was with the bridge at first the kids had no interest but short after they started becoming more involved even trying to sneak off their sketchbooks to work at the facility. I had some of the kids that left the bridge ended up coming back and bringing their friends with them from the neighborhood. At that point I kind of just took them all in maybe not good for running a program but I couldn’t give them back to the streets.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

Art Studio Inc has been instrumental in the education of both the direct clients that it serves and the students from Barry University. Through involvement in the community, our students at Barry have been able to understand the importance of participating in the communities that they are a part of. Art Studio Inc. has proven to be of the highest caliber of professionalism in field of service and is one of our most treasured community placement sites. Our students have been able to help Art Studio Inc on both the administrative and client service level and the feedback that I have gotten each time has been of a positive experience where they felt they have made a difference.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

reflections that my students have made regarding their time there. They have been able to use their experience to learn much about the importance of a holistic approach to education and the benefits of using such an approach in a low income community.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

Being around the kids is a thrilling experience in itself. They don't just learn about art, they get to interact with other kids their age, they learn about self respect as well as others, they learn that they must think big and positive about life, they stay out of trouble. Art actually stretches their brain and help them to touch their inner self, they get to express their imagination and create from their heart, the encouragement and support they find from us build they self esteem day in and day out, most importantly they learn to be leaders. The smile that pop on their little face after each piece of art they create is unexplicable. the amount of fun they have we just can't put a number on.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

To me seeing the kids happy that's all that matters the thing is we want to reach more kids, and that's what the art studio do.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

Art Studio Miami is a wonderful organization that seeks out underprivileged children in Little Haiti to them vital life skills before it is too late. With their holistic and artistic approach, the teachers and volunteers not only teach the children art, but how every action affects the world around them. The leaders of the program are open and friendly that truly have a passion for the work they are doing and for making Art Studio Miami the best it can be. I look forward to volunteering again in the future.

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I found it really rewarding to volunteer with Art Studio Miami.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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