Art Studio Inc. (Miami, FL)


  • Name:Soralee Ayvar

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Art Studio Inc.
  • Address:7230 NW Miami Ct.
    Studio #5 'The Purple Door'
    Miami, FL 33150
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:786-250-2781

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  • Mission:
  • MISSION - Provide Creative-Holistic Art Integration to At-risk Youth

    The mission of Art Studio Inc, a 501c3 non-profit organization, is to empower young minds by providing a safe location where youth are inspired and guided by artists, teachers, professionals and mentors who support the student's education and career development through the integration of creative holistic arts.

    VISION - Heal Systemic Poverty with Creative-Holistic Art Integration

    The Vision of Art Studio Inc., is to collaboratively advance the sponsorship and implementation of creative-holistic art integration in impoverished communities and schools. By utilizing all arts & wellness mediums we promote solutions that support human rights, life skills, education and career development. With these tools our at-risk 'cradle to prison' youth will be guided out of systemic poverty, towards a path of healing and success.

  • Overview:
  • Art Studio Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit organization, made up of skilled volunteers, artists, professionals and mentors. Our purpose and goal is to empower young minds by providing a safe space within the schools and communities, for career focused, creative-holistic art integrated programs and mentoring to take place. Art Studio’s engaging programs encourage creative thinking, personal responsibility, career development, environmental awareness, and positive self-images – all of which increase student’s chances for self-sufficiency and long-term success. Our core values include utilizing the arts as a resource in advocating for human rights, developing Life Skills and exposing our youth to attainable professional career path solutions.

    Art-integration, mentorship, and the development of creative thinking are proven to increase a student’s long-term chances for success. Art Studio, through creative holistic art integration programs, is committed to empowering at-risk youth with the tools needed to make their way off the path to prison and towards successful lives and careers instead. Our Art Studio preventative programs engage at-risk youth in solutions that reduce detention and incarceration, and increase academic and career success, leading them out of poverty.

    ALL youth deserve a chance toward successful futures in a global community. Our Art Studio vision is for a world-class education to be available to all students by using art as a learning tool to expand the possibilities for at-risk youth in educational, emotional, and career development while instilling a sense of personal responsibility and a love for lifelong learning.

    Art Studio aims to foster creative thinking and an entrepreneurial spirit in at-risk youth by providing a safe space within schools and communities, for project based learning to take place. Using art as a learning tool, and integrating creative-holistic arts with mentoring programs, Art Studio programs are designed to enhance short-term educational outcomes while preparing each child for long-term professional success in a challenging and changing world.

    Art Studio’s career-focused Creative-Holistic Art Integration (CHAI) Life Arts Programs follow a three stage progression:


    Introduces youth to self-esteem & character building, awareness of basic human developmental functionality in relation to Body (physical-nutritional), Mind (mental-emotional), Soul (spiritual-energetic) and awareness of our relationship to the planet. Students begin to develop environmental awareness and explore educational and career path options.


    Introduces youth to a natural progression from learning to care for and respect themselves to developing and implementing community-based projects that build social skills and entrepreneurial skills. Professionalism is highlighted further in this stage as is developing a professional website, resume and biography.


    Introduces youth to global opportunities through travel based service projects that include writing projects, film and media documentation and video/photographic journalism that continues to reinforce self-esteem and career options. Students experience the impact of gratitude and giving on themselves and others through service-oriented field trips and travel.

    The themes and subject matter for our arts based programs come directly from our discussions with schools, teachers, and professionals so we are able to reinforce the educational needs of the classroom and support what is being taught in school. This supports standard testing as well as social skills, career exposure and a healthy holistic approach to learning and giving back to the environment and community. Art Studio also engages the support of parents and encourages participation from the family.

  • History:
  • In 2007, with 20 years of teaching artist experience in NY, DC, LA, San Francisco and Philadelphia, Rachel Hughes relocated to Miami. Seeing the extreme violence and poverty in the Little Haiti area of Miami, she founded Art Studio (ASI) with a collaborative team of volunteer artists. Utilizing all areas of creative holistic arts to empower youth, ASI aims to heal systemic poverty. ASI provides mentors and creative holistic art integration programs with a goal to halt the 'Cradle to Prison' pathway currently playing out for youth, instead guiding youth onto a path towards personal, academic and career success. Because of the severe poverty in the 33150 zip code, ASI's presence in this community has become about Human Rights advocacy, using creative and holistic arts as healing tools developing creative thinking to create awareness and empowerment.

    In 2008 ASI incorporated and secured 501c3 status. 100% volunteer-run, ASI continued raising funds to meet the growing demand of youth in need for creative-holistic art-integration programs after school and during the summer. With a goal of providing ASI programs in schools, pairing teaching artists with classroom teachers for better educational outcomes, ASI strengthened relationships with local schools and organizations. Located in the heart of Little Haiti in Miami, FL, 90% of the youth ASI serves at their community location are from Haitian families living below the poverty line. The ASI team has witnessed children as young as 7 years old walking the train tracks alone, some without shoes, many going without food or water and living in broken down homes with boarded up windows and overcrowded living conditions. In response, ASI collaborators began exploring partnerships to provide meals, transportation and family support to address the basic needs for student stability and success.

    In 2010, ASI expanded on its history of workshops, summer programs, Art Activity Days, and Open Studios to launch the ‘Creative Core’ after school program at Jesse J. McCrary Elementary. By June 2011, ASI also held programs at Camillus House, Morningside Elementary, and Miami Edison Middle. In 2011-12, ASI launched a film/media program at Miami Edison High. To manage ASI’s volunteers and resources, ASI hired program and volunteer coordinators in the 2010-11 school year and opened Art Studio Philly in 2011. ASI aims to bring together the best programs and professionals in their field to cohesively serve youth and families in need through creative-holistic arts. Field trips and guest speakers introduce youth to relevant role models and career paths, and provide opportunities for participants to showcase their work and practice newfound skills in real-life settings.

    ASI serves an average of 200 youth per year at an annual cost of $1200 per youth part time ($2400 full time), in large part thanks to an amazing team of volunteers, recruited through direct outreach and partnerships with local schools and businesses. Volunteer mentors give individualized guidance and support during programs, improving behavioral outcomes and student comprehension and retention. Dedicated volunteers also increase ASI’s organizational capacity, assisting with events, classroom prep, and customized projects.

    ASI’s current creative-holistic arts integration (CHAI) Life Arts programs include the ‘Creative Core’ program at Jesse J. McCrary Elementary, a 'Creative Careers' Professional Development program at Miami Edison Middle, and a film/media collaboration with the Miami Edison High Art Club. The “Purple Door” community location continues to house student workshops, partner programs, field trip preparation/meet-up, student showcases/film screenings, curriculum development, volunteer training, and the ASI administrative offices.

    ASI has built partnerships with Dwyane Wade’s “Wade’s World Foundation”, The Miami Foundation, Miami-Dade Cultural Affairs, Willie Family Foundation, Saint Andrews School, Home Depot, Utrecht Art Store, Charity Services Center, Miami Marlins Foundation, Christine's Hope for Kids and others. ASI continues to seek partners and sponsors to grow ASI’s capacity to empower youth and families with quality CHAI Life Arts programs. ASI’s goals for the future include a new, larger location to better serve more youth and families which will also serve as an expanded training and curriculum development facility, and enable a self-sustaining fundraising model.

  • Year established:2007
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:3
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:6


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:26-3923184

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:263923184
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% GREGORY S DANIEL
  • Organization Address:1101 BRICKELL AVE STE 800S
  • Organization City:MIAMI
  • Organization State:FL
  • Organization Zip:33131-3140
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:January, 2010
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:O20
  • Asset Amount:$10,560
  • Asset Code:2 ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • Income Amount:$24,110
  • Income Code:2 ($10,000 - $24,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$24,110
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 5:02:01 pm

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