MIA hosts art therapy exhibition by local students
ART WORKS: Navigating Student Success features 72 works by Miami-Dade County Public School at-risk students
Miami International Airport and Miami-Dade County Public School’s Clinical Art Therapy Department have partnered to display ART WORKS: Navigating Student Success, an exhibition of 72 works by at-risk students.
The collection of paintings, drawings and mixed media works is now on display through the end of January at MIA’s Concourse E, pre-security on the first floor, near door 11. The show coincides with the American Art Therapy Association’s 49th annual conference, which is being held for the first time in Miami from October 31 through November 4. The conference draws together leading art therapists from around the world.
It is an honor for us to help raise awareness for art therapy at a high-traffic venue like MIA, and to continue a partnership with the County’s school system that began in 2001. In addition to showcasing the work of these talented students to our global audience, the ART WORKS exhibition reminds us of the invaluable role that educators and therapists play in the lives of our community’s children.
Since 1979, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has offered art therapy services to students identified with emotional and behavior disabilities. The role of the school art therapist is to assist identified students in addressing social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues to better access educational opportunities. Members of the M-DCPS Clinical Art Therapy Department work closely with the faculty, administration, and parents as part of a larger team effort.