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March 18, 2014
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March 18, 2014
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I'm a local artist who have taught for Art Studio Miami in the past. My experience with the organization far exceed it's expectations for me and I'm sure for the participants as well. I have seen how the program transformed the students within just a short semester; they think differently, their behaviors change for the best, and they learn to become more creative individuals. Last year, for example, I taught a portfolio class at Edison Middle School in attempt to prepare some students to audition to enter DASH. Three students went for the audition and one of them was accepted, a success story the for both me and ASM.

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

I would have more food. Healthier food... No sweets.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 15, 2013
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April 15, 2013
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As a nonprofit professional with a decade of experience working with out-of-school time organizations, I am blown away by the work of Art Studio Miami. Since the organization has become part of the Healthy Out-of-School Time Initiative, I have had the delight of visiting the Art Studio Miami after-school program coordinated by Ms. Lisa Pike at Jesse J. McCrary Elementary School, twice. The first visit, I was impressed by the energy, enthusiasm and skillset of the youth. I was also astounded by the number of high-quality volunteer Ms. Lisa had to assist her with the kids. The second visit, I was absolutely astonished by how warm and affectionate the children were...not only did they remember me (from one visit), but they had hugs and smiles and lots to say to me! This level of openness by the youth is testimony to the fact that Ms. Lisa and the Art Studio Miami team creates an environment where it is safe to be expressive and where it is safe to trust adults...two attributes sorely needed for kids in this community. On this second visit, I was surprised to see another full team of professional, compassionate and thoroughly engaged volunteers working with the kids. Art Studio Miami's ability to attract, train, retain and manage volunteers is testimony to their high-functioning administrative leadership. They truly are making magic with the very little (in terms of resources) that they have to work with. I'm looking forward to witnessing Art Studio Miami evolve and grow to serve more students as I support them in becoming even more of a positive example of a holistically healthy environment for at-risk Miami-Dade County youth.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 28, 2010

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September 28, 2010

Art Studio Miami has been working tirelessly to help the Haitian community in Miami. It is a primarily volunteer run organization that was started by a New York transplant. They give free programming to the youth in the community and have a holistic and arts education approach. Their hearts are in the right place and approach what they do with integrity and passion.

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

local elementary schools and thru fundraisers.

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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 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Art Studio Inc (aka Art Studio Miami) looks to help children at risk in the inner cities (Miami in particular as well as Globally--Haiti too)by providing refuge and hope to a generation of children that normally fall through the cracks in the system. I went to one of their fundraisers back in May and had the honor of seeing how their system of support, help and empowerment gave rise to hope that the young people caught up in a cycle of poverty to prison can disrupt this cycle and position themselves for something much more than anticipation of the same old life choice outcomes in an environment where there usually is no choice or hope

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

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in Miami & seeing first hand the children helped by the work of Rachel Hughes and Soralee Ayvar. I can honestly say, that if if weren't for their continuing efforts, I'd fear for these children

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

I would give them more resources to carry out and fulfill their mandate of helping at risk inner city children as well as help them to help other NPO organizations achieve their own objectives as well

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

hope and perseverance no matter how great the obstacles

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

were exceptional and could not be more suited to handling everything placed in their path

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

Having lots of resources would be nice, but I think diversity allows organizations like Art Studio to truly shine & make the right financial choices. But having no money & then having say, $10Mil. would enable Art Studio to make truly enlightened choices

Ways to make it better...

could have stayed in Miami for longer periods of time to help them achieve their major fund raising goals and objectives related to getting Art Studio into the schools with it's effective educational objectives

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

short term funding, bureaucratic red tape, and lack of understanding of the truly monumental place & purpose in society that Art Studio serves by individuals & organizations that can really help this NPO

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

No matter how much money Art Studio has, they always seem to provide just what's needed most and that is hope to these children, so please help them to help others, because I certainly will do my part

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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 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

Ways to make it better...

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 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

Hey Art Studio Miami, as an educator of 15 years, I was very excited to see all that you are doing with Art Studio. First of all, the space that you all have chosen is amazing! It is in the community where you are serving and I do mean serving. Having your home base in that location tells the community with concrete actions (not empty words)... you are important! Second, the open layout of Art Studio, the art up everywhere, creates an atmosphere where kids can feel at home, even if it is for an hour or so during your programs. Those are the times that the students will remember for the rest of their lives. Many will use those times of feeling important and welcomed as a launch pad for success in other areas of life. We really enjoyed seeing all the students working and discussing the "statues" they were making. They were truly proud of themselves and their creations. Beyond art education, Art Studio really empowers kids, by teaching them to take responsibility for their lives and how it turns out. I am so proud of all you do. I am excited to see Art Studio expand and bring its program to more students, public schools and beyond. Keep making a difference! Fondly, Josh Hughes

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

In the lives of the students it serves and a dab of sunshine in a very oppressed community. The students I talked to really, love coming to Art Studio, the whole process, from snack, to journaling, to creating art, to goofing with peers.

Ways to make it better...

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

try and help them branch out into the public schools so they could increase the number of students they service.

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

The kid centered art education programs.

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

Into art, into educating, into empowering kids

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

Put some teeth behind a much need program already in progress

Ways to make it better...

I had a million dollars to give them

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

inadequate funding

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

if more people tried as hard to help people as the gang at Art Studio, the world would be a great place.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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