Miami-Dade Parks Award Winning Girl Empowering Summer Arts Camp Is Back!

Author:  Laura Phillips
MIAMI (April 12, 2017) — This summer, girls ages 6-15 will have an opportunity to express their artistic and creative sides, while developing valuable life skills at the award-winning G.E.M. (Girls Empowerment and Mentoring) Summer Arts Camp. And while your child may already display talents like those of Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, self-portrait maven Freda Kahlo or environmental writer Marjory Stoneman Douglas, no experience is required for this camp, just a love for all things ‘Art!’ 

Now in its eighth season, this multi-Arts program, presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, includes a variety of arts classes and workshops: Visual and Performing Arts (Dance, Music, Painting, Arts & Crafts, Theatre, Oriental Arts, and Photography); Journalism, focusing on technology; Women’s History; and Spanish Literature.

G.E.M. Camp runs June 12-August 11, 2017, at two locations (listed below). Camp is held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offers 7:30 a.m. early drop-offs and 6 p.m. late pick-up options. The cost is $100/week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $12.

For more information, call 305-480-1717.
The Women’s Park • Ages 10-15
10251 West Flagler St., Miami
The Fair – Fine Arts Gallery • Ages 6-9
10901 Coral Way, Miami
Note: Registration is underway at The Women’s Park for both age groups.

Campers will receive mentoring and resources from professors and administrators from Barry University, FIU and Miami-Dade College; organizations such Perez Art Museum-Miami, HistoryMiami Museum, FIU Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, and Futurama Art Gallery at Little Havana; and community leaders from the fields of government, arts, academia, and business. The camps culminate with a Summer Arts Showcase.

“G.E.M.’s inclusive arts program provides opportunities for girls to build on the rich artistic power within themselves, take risks, welcome challenges, and forge lasting friendships. While our camps are great fun, expertly structured programming and mentoring provides them with the necessary tools to activate their limitless potential and sense of pride and be successful in life,” said Vivian Greer-Digon, G.E.M. program manager.

Miami-Dade Parks’ G.E.M. program began in the summer of 2010 as a pilot program initiated by the department’s RAICES Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park. The G.E.M. program is funded by The Children's Trust, a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future; with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Through the non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, In the Company of Women supports parks and parks programming, including The Women’s Park and its G.E.M. Summer Arts Camp.

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