While the Coconut Grove Arts Festival® may last only three days, its commitment to promoting arts education in South Florida has always been a year-long venture.
For more than 50 years, the mission of the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association has been to nurture a future generation of artists. Proceeds from the Coconut Grove Arts Festival help to fund our year-round programs, create a positive impact on our community and touch the lives of many throughout the year.
During the days leading up to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival, nearly 75 of the festival’s award-winning artists spend a day at a South Florida school helping students express their imagination and creativity by hosting educational workshops and providing private master classes.
Introduced by the Coconut Grove Arts Festival in 1986, the annual Visiting Artists Week program enables artists from across the country to share their insight while also introducing local students to their particular craft. Together, they work to create a piece of art which can range from an individual painting to handmade jewelry and glass item, or even a mural on a school wall.
Proven to be a successful program, over 150 schools in South Florida submit requests each to year to participate in the program. Since its inception, numerous other fine arts shows across the country have introduced similar programs by request of participating artists.
Interested in participating in 2023’s Visiting Artist Week?
Schools and Artists Can Apply Here
In addition to our Permanent Gallery and Visiting Artists Week, here’s a list of our our additional education and outreach programs:
At least $20,000 in scholarship support is presented to 20 graduating seniors from local public magnet arts high schools each year. In fact, last year marked the 25th anniversary of the Arts Festival’s scholarship program for talented art students in Miami-Dade County. For more info about our annual scholarships, apply here.
Each year five budding artists between the ages 18-29 are invited to participate in our New & Emerging Artist Program. Created to provide emerging artists with affordable access and exposure, each young artist is carefully matched with an experienced festival artist in their genre. They also attend a hands-on Arts Symposium, learning industry tips and real-world applications of the outdoor festival world. Apply here as a New & Emerging Artist for next year’s Arts Festival.
Going beyond the classroom, the very unique High School Mentoring Series provides a local high school with the opportunity to not only learn from the best, but to also showcase their works in a gallery reception setting. First, five of our participating, professional artists lead a day-long, private workshop. Using the conservation education as inspiration, students create drafts in the medium of their choice while discussing a career in art with their mentors.
The following week, their final pieces are placed on display and viewed by hundreds of visitors from around the City. Together, this two-part series allows students to foster relationships with professional artists they would have never met otherwise, while developing their craft in a real-world setting.
New World School of the Arts is South Florida’s signature arts magnet high school. Created by by the Florida Legislature in 1984 as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts, the school is currently an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida. Since 1990 the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association has provided a prominent booth space inside the annual Arts Festival so that the school’s talented students may showcase and sell their work – free of charge. Priced at $100 to Arts Festival patrons, profits of each piece sold are split in half between the student and the school. The partnership, developed by New World School of the Arts teacher Jim Hunter, is the one of the high school’s largest fundraisers having raised nearly a $100,000 to date.