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150 South Florida Students are headed to Miami Art Week 2016 hosted by South Florida CARES Mentoring Movement, Founder National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, ESSENCE Magazine Susan Taylor, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (Rush Arts) , Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Silent Revolution Miami, STRENGTH is the new BEAUTY, Color Crush Media, The Betsy Hotel and Starbucks Coffee Company.

MIAMI, FL, November 26, 2016 --- Founder of National CARES Mentoring Movement and ESSENCE Magazine Editor-In-Chief Emeritus, Susan L. Taylor, will once again join her South Florida CARES Mentoring Movement (CARES) affiliate to host 150 under - served , opportunity youth to participate in activities and cultural institutions throughout Miami Art Week. The attending students all participate as RISING Scholars in CARES weekly in school and after school group mentoring program curriculum, The Rising: Elevating Education, Expectations and Self Esteem, taking place at Overtown's Williams Park Community Center and throughout Miami-Dade and Broward Public Schools and youth detention centers.

The annual excursion to Art Basel Miami Beach Week activities started with a little over 30 students in 2011 and has grown to host over 300 students over the past 5 years. That growth is due to the success of the group mentoring program targeting youth in under resourced areas of South Florida. One of South Florida CARES Mentoring Movement outcomes is to increase exposure to cultural events.

On Friday, December 2, 2016 from 10:00am - 1:00pm, the students will begin their day at Perez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) with a welcome presentation, holistic warm up with motivational trainer Kellie Sikorski ,  a Rising wellness mentoring circle with CARES Founder, Susan L. Taylor and a meditation and talk led by Rush Arts Founder, Russell Simmons.

Following the presentation will be a light brunch for the youth provided by Starbucks, and scholars will proceed with private tours of PAMM. A smaller group of Students will end their cultural exposure excursion with a visit to Prizm Art Fair, hosted by Mikhaile Solomon and others will go on to view their own exhibition InFractions, a project created in partnership with Rush Arts teaching artist Reg Lewis, on view at Starbucks at Lincoln Road and Pennsylvania Avenue, Miami Beach through Sunday, December 4.

Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation (Rush Arts) Founder, Russell Simmons and Executive Director, Tangie Murray and The Betsy Hotel - VP of Philanthrophy Deborah Briggs , Starbucks Coffee Company - District Manager Chris Musser and  Starbucks South Florida Opportunity Youth Council, New World Symphony Executive Director - Howard Herring, Perez Art Museum Miami - Director Franklin Sirmans and Deputy Director of Education - Adrienne Chadwick, Institute of Contemporary Art Miami - Associate Director Tommy Pace + Education / Outreach Director - Lisa Fernandez, Wexford GroupCIC Miami & VentureCAFE Foundation,  NSU Art Museum - Executive Director Bonnie Clearwater, White House Initiative on Education Excellence for African Americans  - Executive Dir. David J. Johns,  BME - Benjamin Evans,  Education for a Better America - Dr. Marcus Bright,  Congresswoman Frederica Wilson,  Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, Bass Museum and a number of satellite fairs and other cultural institutions all became aware of this effort to provide exposure to the arts to opportunity youth and have partnered over the years to support.  This year, The Betsy Hotel will host a 2nd Annual South Florida CARES Writers Salon / Brunch with noted author Khephra Burns on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10am as part of their PACE Foundation philanthropic arts efforts in partnership with South Florida CARES Mentoring Movement and the Fall 2016 launch of The Betsy Writers Room in Overtown at Williams Park. 

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