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Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs creates “All Kids Included” online gallery featuring artwork submitted for its student art competition

Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs has created the All Kids Included Online Art Gallery featuring all student artwork
submissions from the 2020 All Kids Included District Wide Student Art Competition. Artwork has been professionally photographed and posted on the online gallery for the public to enjoy. The artwork will be on display throughout the 2020-21 season.  

The All Kids Included District Wide Student Art Competition  is open to all Miami-Dade students in grades Pre-K-12. Each year, students are invited to submit original artwork depicting the competition theme and are asked to draw on the competition's selected book for inspiration. This year’s theme Celebrating Courage, Difference and Friendship was inspired by the book, “The Boy Who Grew Flowers” by Jen Wojtowicz, illustrated by Steve Adams. This beautifully illustrated book featuring ethereal paintings on textured boards is a story that celebrates the power of kindness. Student artists were asked to read the book for inspiration and depict the themes of courage, difference and friendship.

As a result of facility closures due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, the AKI student art exhibition scheduled at the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Main Library and the award ceremony at the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center have been canceled.   Information regarding the return of artwork and awards ceremony will be provided as it becomes available. For information about future AKI programs visit For additional questions email

To check the availability of “The Boy Who Grew Flowers” at Miami-Dade Public Library System branches visit:

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ALL KIDS INCLUDED (AKI) promotes inclusive arts and cultural programs in school settings and throughout the community enabling kids of all abilities and their families to participate fully in the arts.  All Kids Included continually raises the bar with excellence in programming that demonstrates and promotes the benefit and importance of inclusionary arts and cultural programs for children and youth. All Kids Included is an initiative of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and funded in part through a grant provided by The Children’s Trust. The Children's Trust is a dedicated source of revenue established by voter referendum to improve the lives of children and families in Miami-Dade County by making strategic investments in their future.  For more information about AKI and its programs, visit

About the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs
The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council. For more information visit