MISSION STATEMENT

1.     To encourage, present and provide a forum for all forms of the arts, with a special emphasis on the diverse traditions of our communities in South Florida and also on the newly emerging art forms that represent the blending of cultures, races, beliefs, and ethnicities in our global community.

2.     To provide a venue for the arts as a means of encouraging intercultural understanding and dialogue, between artists and among artists and audiences.

3.     To encourage the arts as a medium for bringing social, spiritual and personal transformation and reconciliation.

4.     To coordinate the collaboration of various groups from the non-profit, private, and public sectors in our communities to work together for the above purposes.

HISTORY

The Arts at St. Johns began as a neighborhood arts presenter in 1999 and evolved into a mature arts organization, now recognized as a Miami Beach Junior Arts Anchor.

In our first season in 2001-02, we presented 9 musical events with 48 performers: Total season attendance of 967. After our initial season of concerts, we expanded to include dance, theater, cultural/historical events, youth events, opera, film, spoken word, play readings, writers group, art exhibits, talks AND classes. Our seasons are eclectic, with an emphasis on quality, mission, & local art. For SEASON 2012-13, we are presenting ~19 different events, with 75 artists/performers, and 3,000+ attendees.

OUR PARTNERSHIPS with organizations, institutions, & artists help us maintain excellence in our events.

ARTISTIC PARTNERS range from emerging to famous. The more well-known over the years have included Florida Grand Opera, Miami Gay Men’s Chorus, Fantasy Theatre Factory, Miami Bach Society, New World Symphony, Greater Miami Youth Symphony, and Miami Beach’s Sleepless Night.

EDUCATIONAL PARTNERS: Florida International University (History, Music, Sociology, and Religious Studies Depts.), Miami Dade College, Miami Beach High Music Dept., Miami International Univ. of Art & Design, New World School of the Arts, Nautilus Middle School, & Miami Book Fair.

OUTREACH LOCATIONS for events: Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce, Miami Woman’s Club, Bass Museum, Jewish Museum, Michael-Ann Russell Jewish CC, Miami Light Project, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, Lotus House, Safe Space, American Legion Hall, Miami Design Preservation League, World Erotic Art Museum.

FUNDERS: We have continually received grants from the City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; and Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, the Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. We have also received grants from the State of Florida Cultural grants and Humanities grants. Past grants have come from Dade Community Foundation, Dade Human Rights Foundation, Citizens Interested in the Arts, and the United Methodist Church.