About the Lewis Arts Studio

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Click here to download the Summer 2018 Lewis Arts Studio Application

 Applications and accompanying documents must be submitted to Janet Evans, janet@A4Lmiami.org.

Applications to the Lewis Arts Studio are reviewed year-round.

Deadline for Applying for the 2018-2019 term is January 31, 2018.


The Lewis Arts Studio provides:

  • The Summer Intensive
    • During the summer, students meet Monday through Friday. Students participate in technique classes for three hours each morning. In the afternoon, artists engage students in creative arts assignments. Wednesdays are reserved for field trips to local cultural institutions. The summer culminates with an exhibition. LAS Also provides guidance to parents on how to be supportive of their students’ interest in the visual arts.
  • Saturday Sessions
    • During the academic year, LAS students meet twice a month on Saturdays to continue honing their artistic skills and enjoy cultural excursions.
  • Magnet Application Support
    • Throughout the program, students receive individualized attention in portfolio development and magnet audition preparation. Representatives from magnet high schools speak with students and provide insights on portfolio preparation, audition performance tasks, and interview skills. LAS also provides guidance to parents on how to be supportive of their student during the magnet school application process.
  • Alumni Activities
    • Students who graduate from the Lewis Arts Studio have the opportunity to benefit from annual exhibition opportunities, special projects, and Saturday workshops.
  • Outstanding Faculty
    • The Faculty is a mix of professional artists and magnet arts teachers from Miami-Dade County Public Schools. In addition, prominent guest artists are brought in to lead presentations, workshops, and discussions.
  • Scholarships
    • Full, multi-year, need-based scholarships are awarded to eligible students.

Accomplishments and Founding Partners

The Lewis Arts Studio piloted its first program during the summer of 2009 thanks to the collaborative efforts of Arts for Learning, Design and Architecture Senior High, the City of Miami Mayor’s Office, The Miami Foundation, and the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation.

Each of these entities played a key role in establishing the framework, environment, content and resources for the program’s continued success.

Arts for Learning envisioned, designed, developed and directs the Lewis Arts Studio.

The Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation provided the lead financial support to make the studio a reality. Today the Foundation continues to provide the lead annual gift to sustain studio activities, operations, and scholarships. The Foundation also serves as a strategy partner to help the studio grow in depth and impact. The program is named after Jonathan D. Lewis.

Design and Architecture Senior High (DASH) served as an advisor to Arts for Learning during the design of the portfolio development component and also helped to establish the high school mentorship opportunities. The original mentors were recruited from DASH. Today, Lewis Arts Studio program alumni predominantly serve as mentors.

The City of Miami Mayor’s Office helped network all of the partners in 2009, and strategically connected the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation to Arts for Learning. The City of Miami also provided the Lewis Arts Studio its first home at the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

The Miami Foundation awarded a $10,000 seed grand to support the program.