News to Use – August 6, 2021

News to Use – August 6, 2021

Miami-Dade County COVID-19 Guidelines

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs urges all cultural institutions and arts venues to immediately implement smart COVID-19 policies. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava has strongly recommended the following:

Get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Wear a mask in public indoor settings. We also strongly encourage you to wear a mask in all public settings including outdoors – especially when in large crowds and around people you don’t know to be vaccinated.
Practice social distancing in public and socialize outdoors wherever possible.
Wash your hands frequently.
Stay home if you’re sick, and if you have been exposed or experience COVID symptoms – even if you’re vaccinated – get tested.
Face coverings are required at all times while visiting County facilities, regardless of vaccination status. Individuals are also encouraged to use facial coverings outdoors – especially when in large crowds. Visit Miami-Dade County’s COVID-19 portal for more information:



Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Community Grants Program (CG)
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A quarterly program for non-profit organizations developing community-based cultural programs, projects, and events, such as fairs, parades, neighborhood festivals, conferences, and publications.


FY 2021-2022 – Community Grants 2nd Quarter

Courtesy Review Deadline: August 26, 2021, 11:59 PM

Application Deadline: September 2, 2021, 11:59 PM


FY 2021-2022 – Community Grants 3rd Quarter

Workshop:       November 10, 2021, at 10:00 AM – RSVP

Courtesy Review Deadline: December 2, 2021, 11:59 PM

Application Deadline: December 9, 2021, 11:59 PM


Tourist Development Council Grants Program (TDC)

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A quarterly program which provides support to significant cultural and/or special events, including sports activities and television/film origination projects that promote Miami-Dade County’s appeal as a tourist destination. Activities must be able to stimulate tourism and have significant media impact for Miami-Dade County.


FY 2021-2022 – TDC Grants 2nd Quarter

Workshop:       September 9, 2021, at 2:00 PM – RSVP

Courtesy Review Deadline: October 4, 2021, 11:59 PM

Application Deadline: October 12, 2021, 11:59 PM


FY 2021-2022 – TDC Grants 3rd Quarter

Workshop:       December 9, 2021, at 2:00 PM – RSVP

Courtesy Review Deadline: January 10, 2022, 11:59 PM

Application Deadline: January 18, 2022, 11:59 PM


To view all the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs upcoming deadlines:

FY 2021-2022 Fall Cycle deadlines here.

NEA Offers Relief Funds through the American Rescue Plan

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) American Rescue Plan (ARP) Grants Program is now open. Nonprofit arts and culture organizations can apply, regardless of whether they have received NEA funding in the past.

Grants to Organizations

Application Deadline: August 12, 2021

Support for operating costs:

fixed grant amounts of $50,000, $100,000, or $150,000

The Rescue Plan’s Grants to Organizations program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible organizations including, but not limited to, nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of this program. See  Eligibility  for more information.

General ARP Resources

First Time Applicant?

Understanding Federal Registrations Online



Answers to frequently asked questions Online


ARP Applicant Q&A Sessions

Ask questions in live small group settings Register



Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Artist Access (ART) Grants Program

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Funded by Miami-Dade County and offered in partnership with FUNDarte, the Artist Access Grant Program is designed to assist practicing, professional artists in any medium or discipline residing in Miami-Dade County pursue opportunities that will advance their practice and careers in demonstrable ways.

Eligible opportunities include artistic professional development and skill-building opportunities, as well as financial offset of equipment purchase and studio rental. Applications will consider how the potential, timeliness, and impact of the opportunity will forward the artist’s career.

FY 2021-2022 – Artist Access Grants Program – Fall Cycle

Applications Available: August 23, 2021

Workshop:       August 24, 2021, at 4:00 PM – RSVP

Application Deadline: September 20, 2021, 11:59 PM

Oolite Arts Sustainability in Action PSAs

Submit by August 16, 2021

Oolite Arts and the City of Miami Beach have teamed up to launch Sustainability in Action, a public service announcement (PSA) contest to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions while fostering the growth of the local film industry.

Miami-Dade based filmmakers and creatives are invited to submit their ideas for a 30-60 second PSAs about the various ways Miami Beach is working to reduce waste through recycling, composting and the reduction of plastic use, all of which play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Ten local filmmakers will be selected by a jury of filmmakers and local leaders to receive $2,500 each to produce the winning PSAs, which will premiere at SoundScape Park in November. Click  here for details.  Apply here  by August 16, 2021.

Information Session

Monday, August 9, 2021, at 6 pm

Learn more about the Sustainability in Action Public Service Announcement open call. Get your questions answered by City of Miami Beach Environment + Sustainability Director Elizabeth Wheaton and Oolite Arts VP of Programming Esther Park.  Register here.

Questions? please send an email to

Oolite Arts 2022 Studio Residency Program

Deadline August 16, 2021

Oolite Arts 2022 Studio Residency Program offers studio spaces at the Miami Beach location for exceptional visual artists working in a range of disciplines. In addition to engaging with a community of artists, renowned curators, arts professionals, and institutional partners in Miami, Oolite Arts Residents are provided the space from which to develop their practice and are invited to actively participate in Oolite Arts’ programs such as exhibitions, public programming, studio visits, and our community outreach initiatives. Click here  for additional details.

Residency Period: January 10, 2022 – December 15, 2022, with the possibility of extending into a second full-year term.  FAQs here.  Apply here  by August 16, 2021.Contact: Cherese Crockett at 305-674-8278 ext. 311 or

2021-2022 South Florida Cultural Consortium (SFCC) Grant

Deadline: Monday, October 25, 2021

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 grants to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. Since it was established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded over to $4 million in grants to over 300 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.  The SFCC Celebrated 30 years in 2018.  Click here for application and guidelines.



Vote Today!

Oolite Arts is encouraging us to vote for our favorite “Save the Bay” PSA.  You can watch these creative one-minute videos about Biscayne Bay and cast your ballot online by August 11 here:  Save the Bay – Oolite Arts.


Miami Herald Season of the Arts

Deadline August 16, 2021

The Miami Herald’s Season of the Arts section will publish September 26, 2021. To submit your cultural organization’s events for consideration, please submit information here. 

You can also direct your email to the appropriate person based on the discipline and write Season of the Arts in the subject line of your email. The deadline is August 16.

Hi-resolution photos of your organization’s highlighted productions should be sent to You may also be in touch with the reporters and critics noted below.

▪ Classical music: Michael Hamersly,

▪ Pop, jazz, blues, hip-hop, Latin music: Michael Hamersly,

▪ Dance: Sean Erwin,

▪ Visual arts:

▪ Theater:

Questions? email Season of the Arts editor Jane Wooldridge,


We’re Hiring

Are you passionate about the arts? The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs is hiring. Review the list of open positions below.


Human Resources Manager

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Job Closing 8/25/2021


Theater Crew 2

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

Job Closing 8/16/2021

The most reliable way to contact us continues to be through email. You can find a staff directory at

Please check the County’s web site for more COVID-19 information and for regular updates:

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