Lewis Arts Studio Alumni to Exhibit “True Colors” at House of Art in Wynwood

September 23, 2015, Miami, FL- Arts for Learning is proud to present True Colors, an exhibition of works by students of the Lewis Arts Studio (LAS) Alumni Program. An opening reception for True Colors will take place on Saturday, September 26th from 5 – 7 PM at House of Art (415B NW 26th St., Miami, FL 33127).

True Colors features works by six LAS Alumni, current high school students who previously completed the LAS program. For this fourth iteration of the LAS Alumni Program and exhibition, students worked under the guidance of Teaching Artist Luis Valenzuela for eight consecutive days of studio practice this summer. In addition to technique and conceptual work, the alumni were also asked to compose artist statements relating to the work, also to be included in the exhibition.

A4L’s Lewis Arts Studio is a creative haven for middle school students with an interest in the visual arts. The program includes a four-week summer intensive and bi-monthly Saturday sessions throughout the school year. Participating students receive instruction from A4L Teaching Artists to develop basic rendering and conceptual skills, with special attention to portfolio development. Students also participate in weekly excursions to cultural destinations. After completing the LAS program, students are invited to participate in the LAS Alumni Program to continue to hone their artistic skills and take part in workshops, exhibitions and competitions. All LAS programming is generously backed by the Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation.

True Colors will be installed at House of Art in the Wynwood Arts District as an extension of the House of Art Youth Program, an ongoing philanthropic effort to bring students in direct contact with all aspects of the art world. Along with presenting cutting-edge exhibitions by international artists, gallery owner and director Henrique Souza has driven this initiative to offer young artists the opportunity to work within a gallery space and gain an understanding of gallery operations. A4L joins Miami Arts Charter School, The Design Lab Miami and Gay Youth Talent Fairs among local organizations that have benefited from this program.

True Colors will be on view at House of Art through October 10th. House of Art is open to the public from Tuesday through Friday from 1:00 – 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 2:00 – 8:00 PM.


About Arts for Learning/Miami

Arts for Learning (A4L) is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing teaching and learning through the arts and community cultural resources. As a leading source of arts programs in Miami, A4L provides traditional and arts-integrated instruction, student studio programs, afterschool and summer programs, high school internships, and teacher and artist professional development. A4L’s programs augment cognitive, social, and emotional development in children and youth.  The programs also develop creativity, critical thinking, communication, problem solving skills as well as promote positive peer relations and cultivate self-efficacy. A4L partners with Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and Young Audiences – A4L’s national affiliate. A4L also serves as the South Florida Wolf Trap, a regional program of Wolf Trap Institute for Early LearningTM. A4L’s services are delivered to more than 5,000 children and youth in approximately 50 schools, preschools, after-school programs, and summer camps throughout Miami-Dade and Broward.

Art for Learning’s programming is made possible by individuals like you and by support from City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Jonathan D. Lewis Foundation, Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee Foundation, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, and the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Miami Foundation, The Children’s Trust, and UBS.

About House of Art

House of Art is a privately owned and operated gallery in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District. In addition to ongoing philanthropic partnerships and projects throughout Miami, House of Art represents international, multi-disciplinary artists. The gallery recently hosted the first Affordable Miami Art Fair, featuring modestly-priced, small-format artwork. For more information on House of Art, visit www.HouseofArt.co/


A4L Media Contact: Carolina Candelaria, External Relations Assistant, [email protected], 305.576.1212 *32

A4L Lewis Arts Studio Program Contact: Janet Evans, Program Director, [email protected], 305.576.1212 *30

A4L Organization Contact: Sheila Womble, Executive Director, [email protected], 305.576.1212 *23


Arts for Learning Miami (A4L)

The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse

404 NW 26th Street, Miami, FL, 33127

305.576.1212, www.a4lmiami.org

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