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Annual CARES Art Basel Youth Blast [Art Basel Miami Beach Week]

  • Perez Art Museum Miami 1103 Biscayne Boulevard Miami, FL, 33132 United States (map)

#ELEVATEHOPE in celebration of our youth.


In partnership with PAMM, Susan L. Taylor / National CARES Mentoring Movement, Artist x Collector - Nasir Dean / 13th Month Productions x The Dean Collection, Host - Danni Washington “Xploration Knows Nature Best” & Founder - Big Blue + You , CarterProjects Miami | Christopher Carter,  Silent Revolution Miami , Wege Foundation and Starbucks, this annual event is curated specifically for opportunity youth involved in CARES Mentoring's The Rising Program , our social emotional group mentoring programs in South Florida.  

This year’s theme is #elevatehope and will be led by youth Nasir Dean , Wesley Wray / Actor “Moonlight” + 5000 Role Models, Brandon Dasent-Amos / Student + Survivor - Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Students from AMI Kids Youth Detention, Nyah Fellow - Jusaline Placencia and more, who will engage in a inspirational panel moderated by Danni Washington / Big Blue & You.

Scholars are welcomed by PAMM Museum Director / Franklin Sirmans, and surrounded with love from our community of Rising team, local partners , community leaders and friends that creates a safe space to explore art, share and dream. We begin our day with music provided by Silent Revolution and DJ Heartbreak and holistic warm up with motivational trainer Kellie Sikorski of STRENGTH is the New Beauty, a video viewing of this years art project featuring works inspired by artist x ArtCenter SF Jason Fitzroy Jeffers and slides of youth work inspired by ICA Miami Teaching Artist Terence Price, with elements of our signature mentoring initiative; The Rising: Elevating Education, Expectations and Self Esteem program led by a special guest along with a community gathering of caring adults all for the love of our children.

Light brunch snacks, provided by Starbucks, and private youth art tours hosted by PAMM to follow.

Music curated by artist Nasir Dean and powered by Mike Butler of Silent Revolution Miami

Photography courtesy of Douglas C. Lance of FotoNoggin.

We welcome you to join us in celebration and support of these Rising Scholars,  particularly if you are interested in learning more about CARES programs and how to become a Mentor, Donor, Wellness Circle Sponsor or Volunteer.  

Questions? Call 786 708 8224 or DM @southfloridacares - or- Email Event Project Manager, Christine Messado -

#villagework THANK YOU Host Committee for your support:

Franklin x Jessica Sirmans, Jennifer + Stefan Ahrens, Nichole Levy x Nasir Dean @notemarcato - The Dean Collection / 13th Month Productions The Plutznik Family & Deborah Plutznik Briggs/Betsy Hotel, Joanie Johnson, Mark Ferrari x Joachim Sandbichler, Benjamin Evans/co-Founder | BMe, Dr. Marcus Bright/5000 Role Models, Leighann Buchanan/Venture Cafe, Dr. Hansel Tookes, Jill Tracey / Thejilltraceyshow + Eddie Love Dr. Jafari Allen, Dorothy Terrell, Felecia Hatcher + Derick Pearson/CodeFever + Black Tech Week, Danni Washington / Big Blue & You, Russell Benford/Deputy Mayor Miami Dade, Mary + Jim Nelson, Diana Wege, Susan Carter , Jon + Marissa Wege | Wege Foundation Ligia Mendez Goodwillie + Pat Goodwillie | Wege Foundation,  John Lin, Bahia Ramos, Mikhaile Solomon | Prizm Art Fair, Cedric McMinn | Miami Dade School Board, Joanie Johnson, Christine x Duncan Messado, DJ + Tawanna Price Mitchell, Chris Musser/Camile Betranni/DJ Mitchell/Morgan Bego/South Florida Starbucks Partners, Cedric McMinn/Miami Dade School Board, Brooke Minto / Zietz MOCAA,  David J. Johns, Amanda Williams + Jason Burns, Channing Norton Leeds, Kellie Sikorski, Tangie Murray , Esther Park x Jason Fitzroy Jeffers | ArtCenter SF,  Lexing Zhang, Hugo Lai, Gina + Ashley Kow, David Watkins/Broward Schools, Gary Williams/Bionic Architecture,  Joan Levien Robertson, Alison Brooks/Broward Schools, Rachel Arturi Pruzan, Neil + Kennah Robertson, Wesley Wray / Actor “Moonlight” + 5000 Role Models, Brandon Dasent-Amos / Student + Survivor - Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Students from AMI Kids Youth Detention, Nyah Fellow - Jusaline Placencia, Tommy Ralph Pace/ICA, Jaihonna German/Apple, Esther Park | Young Arts, Andrea Roman, Howard Herring/NWS, Christopher + Skylar Carter | CarterProjects Miami, Erin Malone/NYU, Lisa Fernandez/ICA, Bernardo Ortiz, Keena Brown, Mike Butler x DJ Tillery/Silent Revolution, Adrienne Chadwick + Marie Vickles/PAMM. 

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  • School Bus arrivals by 9:30am.

  • Program start at 10:00am | Auditorium.

  • Private Youth Museum Tours begin at 11:00am.

  • Program End at Noon.

  • School Bus departures by 1:00pm

  • Light Brunch snack , juices and coffee provided by Starbucks.