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Celebrate "International Dot Day" and make art on September 15

International Dot Day

"International Dot Day" Presented by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' All Kids Included Program, Miami-Dade Public Library System and Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Clinical Art Therapy Department

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs' All Kids Included, Miami-Dade Public Library System and Miami-Dade County Public Schools have joined forces to celebrate “International Dot Day” on September 15, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The celebration is inspired by Peter H. Reynolds’ book “The Dot,” which highlights themes of bravery, creativity and self-expression and teaches that all works of art begin with a simple dot.

"International Dot Day" celebrates the 15th anniversary of the book’s publication with events worldwide. Following a reading of "The Dot" participants can be inspired by the book to "make their own mark" in both individual and community art projects led by professional teaching artists and art therapists.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book, while supplies last.  All ages are welcome. The event is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to wear dots and share their creativity with the world!

The All Kids Included "International Dot Day" will be celebrated on Saturday, September 15 with two readings and art sessions at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. at the following Miami-Dade Public Library System branches:

Main Library, Auditorium

101 West Flagler Street, Miami FL, 33130 (305-375-2665)

South Dade Regional Library, Auditorium

10750 SW 211 Street, Cutler Bay, FL 33189 (305-233-8140)

"The Dot" has also been selected as the book for the 2019 All Kids Included district-wide student art competition, open to all Miami-Dade students in grades Pre K-12.  Information about the art contest will be available during the International Dot Day celebration.

For more information about the event, contact Francine Andersen, 305-375-5024fran@miamidade.gov or visit www.AllKidsIncludedMiami.org.

For more information about International Dot Day, visit:

www.thedotclub.org

www.facebook.com/InternationalDotDay

www.pinterest.com/tshay/international-dot-day/

www.twitter.com/DotClubConnect

About All Kids Included (AKI) promotes inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community enabling kids of all abilities and their families to participate fully in the arts.  All Kids Included continually raises the bar with excellence in programming that demonstrates and promotes the benefit and importance of inclusionary arts and cultural programs for children and youth. All Kids Included is an initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and funded in part through a grant provided by The Children’s TrustThe Children's Trust is 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.  For more information about AKI and its programs, visit www.AllKidsIncludedMiami.org.

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The Miami‑Dade Public Library System, a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami‑Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share and create.  MDPLS strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomic status, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, programs, and art and culture so they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 50 locations, bookmobiles, Technobus, special services, and website (www.mdpls.org), the Library proudly serves more than seven million annual visitors. Serving the community for more than 40 years, MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.

The Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) Clinical Art Therapy Program (http://arttherapy.dadeschools.net/) is dedicated to helping at-risk students reach their maximum cognitive and emotional potential through the vehicle of creative expression.  M-DCPS clinical art therapists develop and promote knowledge in the field of school art therapy and serve exceptional students through this dynamic approach. International DOT Day represents one of the key elements of Art Therapy; allowing individuals to make their own individualized special mark in this world.  Art therapy encourages self-expression through visual means providing opportunities to create a concrete mark. The M-DCPS Clinical Art Therapy department provides students with a creative outlet to express thoughts and feelings that impact their lives.

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