Education & Outreach at The Moss Center

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Ed and Outreach

The Moss Center provides a world-class, multi-disciplinary cultural venue and community gathering place in the southern part of Miami-Dade County. The Center plays a key role in the economic and cultural development of the area and opened on October 1, 2011. In addition to providing a diverse range of quality entertainment to people from all backgrounds and ages, the Center's mission includes an emphasis on educational and outreach activities in partnership with community groups and schools.

Dance classes at The Moss Center
Since 2014 The Moss Center has been providing dance classes for children ages 7-16 as a means of fostering a lifelong love of dance and the arts to the youth in our community. Classes are intended to provide access to the arts and are offered to students who demonstrate financial need. Class offerings include Ballet, Contemporary Dance and Hip Hop 1 and 2 and are offered in both the fall and the spring. Each 12 week class culminates in a performance on the main stage.
For more information click here smdcac.org/danceclasses

All Kids Included Family Arts Festival
The All Kids Included – Accessible Art Experiences for Kids (AKI) initiative was developed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs in 2006 with initial funding from The Children’s Trust. AKI creates inclusive arts and cultural programs so that kids of all abilities and their families can participate fully in the arts. Since 2011, The Moss Center has been the home of the AKI Field Trips and Festival Day that includes a full day of FREE programming for children with and without disabilities and their families. The Moss Center partners with local arts groups to provide interactive arts opportunities as well as national touring acts on our main stage. For more information click here miamidadearts.org/education/all-kids-included-family-arts-festival

Family Series
Each season The Moss Center presents opportunities for children and their families to enjoy the arts. The family series includes children’s literature-based theater performances as well as music and dance performances. These shows are programmed with appropriate developmental themes and offer something the whole family can enjoy together!

Summer Camps
Do you know a child who wants to be involved with the performing arts? Each summer, The Moss Center partners with local arts groups to offer performing arts summer camps for kids. Summer camp offerings can include musical theater, improv, music and dance. Check our events page to see what this summer will offer!

Pre-Show and post show Talks
Want to learn more about your favorite artist? Enhance your show going experience by watching one of our FREE pre-show talks. At several of our shows we offer free pre-show talks with the artistic directors, choreographers, and/or community arts leaders. Pre-show talks are typically pre-recorded and available on our Facebook page and website about 1 week out from performance date.

School Performance Field Trips
Every school year hundreds of students throughout Miami Dade County are welcomed to the center to experience FREE day time performances for school children in the Miami Dade County Public School system as well as private and home schools. When available, performance study guides are provided to teachers to supplement their classroom activities and enrich the theater going experience. Teachers – are you signed up for our mailing list? If not, email educate-smdcac@miamidade.gov  so you don’t miss out on any of these opportunities.

Free community events
In addition to our main programming, The Moss Center also offers FREE pop-up events throughout the year which include an annual Halloween event that features family friendly spooky activities, as well as a winter holiday event that offers family friendly activities plus a holiday themed movie on the lawn! Check our events page to see what we have in store this season!

Masterclasses/Workshops
In association with many of our main stage performances, The Moss Center offers FREE and reduced cost workshops and masterclasses to local students and arts groups. These are taught by the world class artists that perform at the center and take place at The Moss Center campus or on the school campus. To inquire about arranging for a masterclass/workshop please email annie.hoffman@miamidade.gov