Miami HEAT superstar Dwyane Wade and his charity, Wadeâ€™s World Foundation, today announced a collaborative endeavor with Art Studio Miami, a local nonprofit aimed at empowering young people through artistic expression. The initiative, tied to Art Basel Miami 2010, will raise funds for the youth art program, based in Miamiâ€™s Little Haiti, as well as other community-based arts programs like KIDSART.
â€œThe positive impact that art can have on a young personâ€™s life should never be underestimated,â€ Wade said. â€œI am proud to support Art Studio Miami, and help inspire the talented youth in Little Haiti.â€
On November 20 and 21, Wadeâ€™s World Foundation sponsored 12 members of the youth community of Little Haiti, ranging from the ages of eight to 18 and participating in creative and educational â€œTEAMâ€ activities during Art Studioâ€™s â€œWE AREâ€ integration program. With the guidance of artist-mentors, the children had the opportunity to create their own personal work.
The event will culminate in a â€œHope in Actionâ€ cocktail reception from 7:30-9:30 PM on Friday, December 3 at the W Hotel South Beach, where the artwork created by the youth participants of the Art Studio Miami will be displayed, and artistsâ€™ works will be auctioned off to raise funds for their programs. In addition, the works of the Art Studio Miami teaching artists, including those of Haitian decent, will accompany the student-featured show.
â€œWe are thrilled that KIDSART will be a partnership program at Art Studio and uniting forces with Dwyane Wade and Wadeâ€™s World Foundation,â€ said Alexandra Rangel-Brody, founder and Creative Director of Artoconecto, KIDSARTâ€™s parent organization. KIDSART, through Art Studio Miami, will be one of the local arts programs for kids that will benefit from the event. â€œMr. Wade is passionate about his commitment to the kids of Miami, and we hope to forge a strong relationship with him and his foundation to help build a better future for all of the children in our community.â€