Written By Josie Gulliksen
January 9, 2024 at 4:33 PM

A multi-million dollar initiative through the PNC Foundation designed to support the visual and performing arts. (Source:

Keeping an eye out for upcoming grant cycles is vital to the success and forward movement of arts organizations and Miami-Dade County’s groups benefited greatly from the PNC Foundation’s Arts Alive Grant cycle in 2023.

Awarding nearly $20 million in grants to visual and performing arts organizations since the Arts Alive launch in 2009, over $1 million of those grants have been awarded in South Florida where the program began in 2016.

In 2022 and 2023 the South Florida grants were awarded exclusively to arts organizations in Miami-Dade County. The 2023 grant cycle recipients whose funding period ends on August 31, 2024 all shared in the $100,000 awarded and they were:

Florida Grand Opera ($10,000)
FGO Opera meets Reggae evening at the Band Shell (March 2024)
Always looking for new and creative ways to nurture new audiences and de-mystify opera in an effort to expand their reach and promote inclusivity, Florida Grand Opera is once again collaborating with The Rhythm Foundation performing a concert that blends reggae and opera at the Miami Beach Bandshell.

The evening will feature these two genres of music performed by FGO’s Studio Artists and the Hal “Reggae Man” Anthony and Friends Reggae Band. FGO and Reggae artists will perform the work of Bob Marley, Mozart, Tarrus Riley, Verdi, Sister Nancy, Puccini and The Paragons.

Friends of the Bass Museum Inc. ($25,000)
Creativity in the Community (through June 2024)

Creativity in the Community is a holistic, trilingual multi-session community engagement and outreach initiative that connects kids ages 2-6 and their families to an accessible, enriching, multidisciplinary education program, inspired by The Bass’ contemporary art exhibitions.

The workshops are brought to Miami’s diverse, underserved, low-to-moderate income neighborhoods of North Miami Beach, Little Havana, and Little Haiti. Workshops feature six-weekly sessions of trilingual family-centered art and literacy programs where families are provided with free books to begin their own at-home library and free art supplies to equip their at-home art studio. Participants will also be provided transportation and a customized family-friendly guided tour during the Museum’s monthly Family Day event.

GableStage ($15,000)
Shakespeare in the Schools: Macbeth (through March 2024)

Shakespeare in the Schools brings a fully staged, interactive, and 50-minute-long Shakespeare work to public school students featuring a band of players, their sets and props during the current school year. The production will encourage audience participation much like original productions of Shakespeare’s work.

New World Symphony ($25,000)
Mobile WALLCAST® (through April 2024)

The key strategy of the Mobile WALLCAST® program is for NWS to collaborate with local artists, performing groups and organizations from historically marginalized neighborhoods to create unique concert experiences via archival concert footage and live performance. The goal is to entertain, inspire and encourage a continuing dialogue between the Symphony and the communities they visit.

Pérez Art Museum Miami ($25,000)
PAMM Free Second Saturdays (through August 2024)

These monthly free admission days include hands-on arts activities for children and families, on the second Saturday of each month. This programming cultivates intergenerational engagement with the museum and reduces barriers to museum access.

Each program’s theme is based on an exhibition on display at the museum and led by the museum’s Teaching Artists and education staff. The monthly event also features guest artists and local community partner organizations, ensuring PAMM continues strengthening its community relationships across Miami-Dade County and reaching underserved audiences.

For more information on this grant initiative and the application process, visit is a nonprofit media source for the arts featuring fresh and original stories by writers dedicated to theater, dance, visual arts, film, music and more. Don’t miss a story at

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