Happy Thanksgiving

Lead Team 2013-14

Activities Director Jim Gilham, Assistant Principal Zulaima Sarmiento, Magnet Lead Teacher Nick Britton, Principal Dr. Stacey Mancuso, Student Services Chair Kerly Cileli, Attendance Clerk Claudette Kalogeropoulos, Art Department Chair Tracy Regan with canned food drive turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving, from our family to yours.

Coats for Kids / Coats for College

Dear Faculty, Friends and Family,

The French Club at DASH will be collecting gently worn winter coats and clothing through January 6th. If you or someone you know has a coat, jacket, scarf, gloves or mittens that they no longer need, please bring them to DASH. We will then distribute them to former DASH students who are attending college up north – Boston, New York , Chicago, Detroit, etc. We have been doing this for the past five years and the graduates are overwhelmed with gratitude since many of them are unable to afford anything but a hoodie.

We have already collected some sweaters and hoodies and we have very few heavy coats. If you could possibly check with friends or perhaps find a coat at Goodwill to bring in, it would be greatly appreciated! This “Coats 4 Kids” drive started because of a trip Dr. Mancuso made to speak to college represtantatives at a northern university. While there, she invited all of the DASH graduates in town to dinner. It was about 10 degrees that winter and a few of the kids showed up to the restaurant in hooded sweatshirts and jeans. They were not prepared for that kind of cold. Last year we collected over 100 coats and sweaters. We hope we will again this year.

Thank you for your help in spreading the word. Merci beaucoup!

Madame Teresa Grafton
French Club Sponsor

DASH Students Design Homes for the Homeless

DesignerEd-02SEE ALSO: Students Design Solutions for Miami’s Homeless (more info/gallery)
LISTEN FROM WLRN: Students Create Blueprints for The Homeless’ Future

Re-post from The Miami Herald, Saturday, November 23, 2013

Eric Hankin, teacher at Design Architecture Senior High, a magnet school in Miami’s Design District, created a project for his students that would give them hands-on experience, as well as benefit the homeless.

“I like the idea of exposing students to real-life projects,” said Hankin, who has been teaching at DASH for 11 years. “This project will help teach them about the community and value of work.”

Hankin and 20 of his architecture/design students teamed up with Carrfour Supportive Housing, a non-profit organization that develops, operates and manages innovative housing communities for individuals and families in need, and they are designing a living unit for a formerly homeless person.

On Thursday, students at DASH presented their drawings and models of homeless housing units to a panel of professional architects who critiqued the students’ projects and will later determine how to use ideas from the work to incorporate into future affordable housing projects.

Sandra Newson, vice president of Carrfour Supportive Housing, talked about the display by the students.

“I was impressed mostly by the focus on making the space functional,” Newson said. “You can see it in their design. It was all about the use of space and making sure there was a place for everything.”

A panel of architects gave the students feedback after their displays.

Javier Font, who graduated from the University of Miami in 1986 and opened his own firm in 1991, was one of the architects on the panel and gave his input.

“It was really refreshing to see how realistic the designs are and how they applied it with what we need to do,” Font said. “A lot of times, designs are so theoretical and don’t relate to what’s going on in the real world, but these were very realistic.”

For two hours, students took turns explaining their work, taking questions and receiving feedback from the panel.

One of the students, Kayla Montes de Oca, 16, said her main focus was to design a space that would be comfortable.

“I looked at my room and wondered how I can design something that would be as spacious,” said Kayla, who is a junior at DASH and hopes to be an environmental architect. “You see how they live and you want to find a solution for them.”

Another junior, De’Naric Mikle, 16, focused on keeping his design simple.

“I tried to create something that was cool for a formerly homeless person,” said De’Naric, who plans on working in landscape architecture. “As a homeless person, you’re living on the streets and don’t need a mansion to feel at home. I tried creating something simple and fun.”

At the end of the presentation, the teacher gave the last bit of feedback and thanked members of the panel and Carrfour Supportive Housing for making this project possible.

“I’m extraordinarily proud of the work that they’re doing,” Hankin said. “You can see how supportive they are of one another, and they are learning from each other.”

Weekend Events: 11/22-11/24

by Isadora Milanez

Miami Book Fair International

We know some of you haven’t been to the book fair since it was still exciting to get a free toothbrush from the health booth, but the Miami Book Fair has a lot more to offer. From antique book booths, to McSweeney’s, to collectors’ comics, there’s always something to do. In addition to this, many of the guest authors may seem familiar, such as Edwidge Danticat to anyone who read Brother, I’m Dying in Ms. Parris’ class, and Meg Cabot to those teen fiction aficionados.  No matter how you slice it, the Miami Book Fair has something for you.

Scholarship Search Engine Round-Up

capadvisory-04Finding the right scholarships is a complex task because there are so many out there. Here are some useful websites dedicated to helping you find the best scholarships for you.
Happy hunting from the DASH CAP office! -Isabel

Dosomething.org/scholarships – Recognizing and rewarding teens who are social action leaders in their communites.

Finaid.org – This award-winning site has grown into the most ​​comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and tools — on or off the web.

Fastweb.com/college-scholarships – The grand-daddy scholarship search engine of them all! Get personalized awards based on your individual profile.

Artandwriting.org – These awards have recognized the exceptional vision of our nation’s youth, and provided a singular opportunity for students to be noticed for their creative talents.

Studentaid.ed.gov – Minds can achieve anything. Studentaid.ed.gov makes sure they get to college. At Federal Student Aid, they make it easier to get money for higher education.

Gocollege.com – The student’s reference to finding money and getting the most out of college education.

Iefa.org – IEFA is the premier resource for financial aid, college scholarship and grant information for US and international students wishing to study abroad.

Cappex.com/scholarships – Here you can uncover millions of dollars in scholarships from colleges, universities, private companies, foundations — and more — to help pay for school. Simply fill out a free profile to discover which ones match you best.

Scholarships.com – Helps you find money for school, even as colleges discover and recruit you. FREE!

Zinch.com/scholarships – Search over $1 billion in free scholarships to help pay for college. Find your college scholarship now!

Free-4u.com – National data base scholarships. Ten billion in scholarships.

Bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search – Find scholarships, other financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs totaling nearly $6 billion.

What to do with a BFA After College

As you get older and closer to senior year, you start becoming more nervous and weary about pursuing art in college. All you hear nowadays are people making “starving artist” jokes and it seems that every time you open your computer you see yet another article about the top 10 most useless majors. ​It’s stressful hearing everyone tell you that you are, statistically, expected to fail. So let me ease your mind a bit, here’s a list on majors and potential jobs one might find after graduating:

BFA in Graphic Design + Interactive Media:
• Advertising Designer or Director
• Creative Director
• Graphic Designer
• Marketing Consultant
• Promotional Designer
• Layout Designer
• Packaging Designer
• Merchandiser
• Website Designer
• Multimedia/Interactive Media Specialist
• Publishing Industry Designer
• Signage Designer
• Corporate or In-House Designer
• Freelance Designer
• Exhibit Designer
• Graphic Designer for Film/Television

BFA in Illustration:
• Magazine Illustrator
• Newspaper Illustrator
• Billboard Designer
• Editorial Illustrator
• Merchandise or Product Illustrator
• Freelance Illustrator
• Architectural or Interiors Illustrator
• Technical Illustrator
• Instructional Illustrator
• Scientific or Medical Illustrator
• Postage Stamp Designer
• Book or Children’s Book Illustrator
• Storyboard Illustrator
• Textbook Illustrator
• Music Industry illustrator

BFA in Interior Design:
• Corporate Office design
• Residential design, single family & multi-family
• Residential community planning, development & marketing
• Kitchen and bath design
• Healthcare, hospitals, dental, medical office buildings, clinics
• Retirement communities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities
• Hospitality, hotels, spas, resorts, country clubs
• Model Homes
• Retail
• Facilities management
• Educations including childcare, K-12, higher education and institutional
• Recreation facilities, RV parks, sports arenas, community parks
• Historic preservation
• Museum, theater and interactive exhibit planning
• Furniture, lighting and product design
• Textile design
• Universal Design
• Green Design Specialty/ LEED Project Consulting

BFA in Animation:
• Cell Animator
• Flash Animator
• 3D Animator
• Modeler
• Lighting and Materials Artist
• Compositors
• Technical Animator
• Independent Animator
• Small Studio Animator
• Game Animator
• Motion Graphics Animators
• Commercial Production

BFA in Art Education:
• K-12 Art Teacher
• Art Center Educator
• Museum Education Staff Member
• Gallery Consultant
• Educational Text Author
• Curriculum Director

Fine Arts
• Independent Artist
• Gallery Director or Owner
• Museum Exhibition Curator
• Freelance Art Writer
• Art Critic
• Textile Designer
• Art Librarian
• Art Supply Buyer
• Auction House Consultant
• Corporate Curator
• Art Buyer
• Portrait Photographer
• Set Designer
• Mural Painter
• Art School Administrator

Those are just some of the many possibilities to choose from when pursuing art as a career. Now here’s a look at what kind of money these people make:

Graphic Design + Interactive Media – $27,000-$35,100
Illustration – $18,650-$83,820
Interior Design – $30,000-$55,000
Animation – $39,000-$100,000
Art Education – $30,340-$99,250
Fine Arts – $18,650-$83,820

*Source: Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design (RMCAD), “Can I Really Make a Living as an Artist or Designer?”

Orchestra Brasil Design Fair and Silent Auction to benefit DASH PTSA

Brazil Auction

Orchestra Brasil and the DASH PTSA invite you to experience the best of Brazilian Contemporary Design at the new Brazil Art Fair. A Silent Auction will benefit DASH from Thursday, December 5 until Saturday December 7, 11 am to 7 pm.
Brazil Art Fair / 3101 NE 1st Avenue / Miami, FL  33137

December Scholarships



By nomination
African American
Principals Leadership Awards
By nomination
Florida State Fair

DASH + SVA + NYC: A Student Exhibit

Join us this Thursday, November 21st at 5:00 PM in the New DASH Gallery on NE 39th Street and NE 2nd Avenue for the opening of DASH + SVA + NYC: A Student Exhibit.

This summer, 30 DASH students traveled to New York City to participate in a three week program sponsored by Carlos and Rosa de la Cruz who partnered with The John S. and James L. Kinght Foundation. The students explored all aspects of cultural offerings in New York City and attended The Pre-College Program at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) with scholarship from SVA.

The Key Biscayne Giving Circle generously donated an iPad Mini for each student to use during the trip. The participating students used the technology to document their experience. This exhibit highlights the presentations that each of the 30 students prepared.

At the end of the pre-college experience students received college credit, made valuable faculty connections, and added important material to their portfolios. Visits to worldclass museums, galleries, and other cultural opportunities available only in New York City combined with classroom studio instruction at nationally recognized arts and academic institutions produced learning experiences with exposure to unparalledled artistic excellence.

Many of the 30 students have cultural roots in Central or South America and the Caribbean. They live in Miami and were enabled to experience art and the cultural life outside their neighborhoods. The high school junior and senior students have gained new perspectives to bring back with them into the new school year.

The Braman Family Foundation, DACRA, Calvin Klein Inc., AccessCircles, and The Key Biscayne Giving Circle also provided support for this young designers’ experience.

Click here for more information about The Young Designers’ Consortium.

Events Coming Up Soon


FIU Theatre presents: Sleeping Beauty By Rufus Norris
This adaptation of the fairy tale favorite is sweetly rebellious, something to please children and adults alike. Meet the Princess who pricks her finger and sleeps for an eternity, the vicious ogre mother-in-law, the nasty queen, and the fairy whose conjures stinky gas. This is hardly Disney, but it’s not an opportunity to miss.
WHEN: November 8-10 & 13-17, 2013 | Wednesday-Saturday 8PM, Sunday 2PM
TICKETS: $10 Students, $12 Seniors, Faculty/Staff (with ID), $15 General

Miami Maker Faire invites all DASH students and alumni to attend for free!
Come experience this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement. As a special gift, MiaMade and The LAB wants to offer all DASH students, alumni and their families free tickets by visiting their ticketing website and entering the code “make dash”. This is especially pertinent for anyone interested in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet the people at the forefront of the Maker Movement in our city and see some incredible projects. To learn more about the Maker Faire go to their official website here.

Symplectic Structures
This exhibition features the work of the New World School of the Arts junior, Rafael Domenech. It is his first solo show in Miami which exprores the process of deconstruction in order to understand the fundamental structure of objects. Admission is free, and his work will remain on view at NWSA@Artseen Gallery, 2215 NW 2nd Avenue, until November 17, 2013.