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SUPERINTENDENT ALBERTO CALVALHO TO BE HONORED HIS COMMITMENT TO THE ARTS

National Young Audiences Week April 12-19, 2012 BANNEROn Wednesday, March 28, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., Arts for Learning (A4L) will hold its 4th Annual “Breakfast for Brilliance” at A4L’s new home in the Wynwood Arts District – The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26 St., Miami, FL, 33127. Tickets to attend are available until Monday, March 26, 2012 for $25.00 per person by emailing breakfast@a4lmiami.org or calling (305) 576-1212 *23. Guests are asked to arrive at 8:00 a.m. for registration.

This annual fundraising event will celebrate 12 years of providing PK-12 arts education programs that serve more than 10,000 students throughout Miami-Dade public schools and the community. This year, A4L will honor Alberto Carvahlo, Superintendent of Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS.)

“We are honoring Mr. Carvahlo for his commitment to the arts, steadfast support of teachers, and tireless efforts to make Miami-Dade County Public Schools innovative and creative spaces for learning,” states Sheila Womble, A4L Executive Director. “If it were not for his support of the arts, we would not be able to reach students in the PreK-ESE classrooms that we serve, teachers through our GET smART program, or hold after-school arts classes at school locations, including the Primary Learning Center, where he is Principal.”

Guests that include community leaders, philanthropists and sponsors, members of the education and business communities, and arts enthusiasts will learn more about:

· A partnership with Miami Children’s Initiative which will further deepen A4L’s “neighborhood to neighborhood” reach – beginning with programs launched in Liberty City.

· The opening of a new Arts for Learning Studio in Coconut Grove made financially possible by the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation. The first studio – the Lewis Arts Studio – opened in 2009 and is currently housed in the Little Haiti Cultural Center.

· Young Audiences (A4L’s national affiliate) 60th Anniversary and a recent designation by US Congress and endorsement by President Barack Obama naming March 12-16, 2012 “National Young Audiences Week.”

· Introducing A4L’s newest Board members: Daniel Lewis, Founding Dean of Dance at the New World School of the Arts, Susan Kelley, Co-Owner of the Kelley Roy Gallery and Clarissa Willis, Associate at CBRE | Brokerage Services . (A4L’s Board is now made up of 14 members who actively support the arts community.)

· Plans to expand summer programs into Broward at the Miramar Cultural Center – Arts Park.

Students from Holmes Elementary School will also perform for guests.

As Miami-Dade’s leading source of arts integrated programs, A4L’s plans will continue to take the arts beyond the classroom. A4L founding Board member and professional education consultant, Lilia Garcia affirms: “Arts for Learning’s legacy, I hope, is that we all learn that utilizing the arts is a better and more productive way for teachers to teach and for kids to learn.”

Garcia, a retired MDCPS Administrative Director responsible for many areas including the visual and performing arts, electives, and special programs, will present the award to Carvahlo along with an MDCPS alumnus. She concludes, “The heart of Arts for Learning is not teaching the arts to kids, but to give teachers the necessary tools to teach their subjects in a more successful manner by using arts strategies and methodology.”

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