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Art Studio Inc
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.

The Great!

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

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I helped organize volunteers for the after school program.