Girls, ages 6-15, are invited to participate in an exciting and innovative multi-Arts program this summer. Now in its ninth season, award-winning G.E.M. (Girls Empowerment and Mentoring) Summer Arts Camp, helps girls express their artistic and creative sides, while developing valuable life skills and bettering their overall well-being. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for any girl who has a love for all things “Art.” No former experience necessary.

Presented by the Miami-Dade Parks, Recreation and Open Spaces Department, G.E.M. Camp includes a variety of arts classes and workshops in the Visual and Performing Arts and Humanities – Dance, Music, Painting, Arts & Crafts, Musical Theatre, Oriental Arts, Photography, Journalism, and Women’s History.

G.E.M. Camp runs June 11-August 10, 2018, at two locations. Camp is held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and offers 7:30 a.m. early drop-offs and 6 p.m. late pick-up options. The cost is $100/week, plus a one-time annual registration fee of $15. For more information, call 305-480-1717.

The Women’s Park ● Ages 10-15
10251 West Flagler St., Miami

The Fair – Fine Arts Gallery ● Ages 6-9
10901 Coral Way, Miami

Note: Registration is underway at The Women’s Park for both age groups.

Campers will be exposed to performing arts and social engagements through field trips, classroom activities, speakers and mentoring resources from professors and administrators from Barry University, FIU and Miami-Dade College; organizations such Perez Art Museum-Miami, History Miami Museum, Futurama Art Gallery at Little Havana, Wynwood Art Walk tour and community leaders from the fields of government, arts, academia, and business. The camps culminate with a Summer Arts Showcase.

“G.E.M.’s inclusive arts program provides opportunities for girls to build on the rich artistic power within themselves, take risks, welcome challenges, and forge lasting friendships. While our camps are great fun, expertly structured programming and mentoring provides them with the necessary tools to activate their limitless potential and sense of pride and be successful in life,” said Vivian Greer-Digon, G.E.M. program manager.

Miami-Dade Parks’ G.E.M. program began in the summer of 2010 as a pilot program initiated by the department’s RAICES Hispanic Cultural Arts Center at Miller Drive Park. The G.E.M. program is funded by The Children’s Trust, a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future; with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. Through the non-profit Parks Foundation of Miami-Dade, In the Company of Women supports parks and parks programming, including The Women’s Park and its G.E.M. Summer Arts Camp.