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 60 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.
EDUCATION & OUTREACH PROGRAMS
$45,000 in scholarship support is presented to 15 graduating seniors from local public magnet arts high schools each year. In fact, last year marked the 27th anniversary of the Arts Festival’s scholarship program for talented art students in Miami-Dade County. To view the 2023 award winners, please click below.
EMERGING ARTISTS PROGRAM›
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival has revamped its former Emerging Artist program to be a more robust mentoring program to help create the Next Generation of Art Show Artists. Our goal is to give this next generation of Artists the foundation they need to begin their art show careers after completing the second year.
FIU SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Each year, CGAF will disburse $30,000 to be split among 10 winners each academic year through 2026. Nearly 50 students gathered at FIU’s Ceramic Studio at the College of Communication, Architecture & The Arts for the September 2023 launch. In all, a total of $90,000 will be by awarded over the three-year life of the program. FIU Students can click the link to apply!
PARTNERSHIP WITH NEW WORLD SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
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.