November 8, 2018 | Children | Education


Art therapists who traveled from around the world to Miami for the American Art Therapy Association’s 49th Annual Conference received a warm welcome, beginning with their arrival at the Miami International Airport (MIA).  In addition to the billboard and signs in the airport welcoming attendees, MIA hosted a gallery of student artwork from the Miami-Dade County Public School’s Clinical Art Therapy Department.

Art Work: Navigating Students Success is a collection of 72 pieces created by students in art therapy sessions. “It is an honor for us to help raise awareness for art therapy at a high-traffic venue like MIA, and to continue a partnership with the County’s school system that began in 2001,” says Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola in a press release.

The description of the exhibit is written in English, Spanish, and Haitian Creole:


Since 1979, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) has offered art therapy services to students identified with emotional and behavior disabilities. The role of the school art therapist is to assist identified students in addressing social, emotional, and/or behavioral issues to better access educational opportunities.

Members of the M-DCPS Clinical Art Therapy Department work closely with the faculty, administration, and parents as part of a larger team effort.

Currently, the department is comprised of ten art therapists providing services in 23 schools throughout the District. Art Work: Navigating Student Success reflects the various ways that our students view and experience success in school.

The show will be on display through the end of January 2018 at MIA’s Concourse E, pre-security on the first floor, near door 11.

Below is a sampling of the pieces on display: