Monday, June 13, 2011

The dynamic arts non-profit Artoconecto is pleased to announce KIDSART BRIDGES: Tolerance and Understanding In Our World, a new and exciting series of arts camps that will take place at artists’ studios in Miami (US) and Gvozd (Croatia), during the summer of 2011.

Five of Miami’s leading artists---Bhakti Baxter, Leda Almar, Doug Hoekzema, Pachi Giustinian and Sinisa Kukec---will conduct one camp per week, on Saturdays from 10 AM to 1PM. The camps will include all materials, tools, art supplies, and lunch!

In fact, after finishing their collaborative projects, the kids will find a different food truck waiting, parked outside the artists’ studios.

Miami’s hottest food trucks, including Ms. Cheezious, Wing Commander, Mac and Food, Gastropod, Catered Bliss, and Churromania, will team up with the artists to feed kids ‘body and soul’. “We are very gratified that the arts community and the wildly popular food trucks of Miami have so generously embraced KIDSART,” says Executive Director Alexandra Rangel. “Eating lunch at a food truck after the workshops continues the fun and discovery for the kids.”

This summer KIDSART expands internationally, as the Miami camps will run concurrently with the participation of children from the war torn city of Gvozd in Croatia. Children and artists from both cities will work side by side to create meaningful pieces of artwork that reflect the theme of tolerance and understanding in our world. In addition, Artoconecto is excited to announce that they have been awarded their second grant from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs for KIDSART, as well as a generous grant from international arts organization CEC Artslink. This will allow Artoconecto to expand its children’s program and partner with the Croatian organization Sunkocret (Sunflower) Center for Community Development. The grants will facilitate both organizations’ implementation of a five-week arts camp where kids will participate in collaborative art projects designed by established artists. The pieces produced during the camps, alongside the artwork of the participating artists, will be exhibited in a gallery space in December, during Art Basel Miami Beach 2011.