juw7G.St.56In case you missed it, this article appeared in the Miami Herald on August 10th.

Taking two buses and riding her bike, Allison Bouganim traveled 25 miles every day for three weeks, from her home in Sunny Isles to Locust Projects, an art gallery in the Design District, to participate in a program where high school students are responsible for creating an original exhibition, from the conceptual stages to the installation.“It was really important to me and there were a lot of people that had cars or parents to drive them and they sometimes didn’t show up,” said Allison, 16, a student at Design and Architecture Senior High.The project, Locust Art Builders, is an intensive summer program that has introduced close to 100 high school students in the last five years to the multi-faceted world of contemporary art.“Locust LAB is an opportunity for young artists to get real-life exhibition experience and to get a deep understanding, or at least an introduction, to the way the contemporary art world functions,” said Chana Sheldon, Locust Project’s executive director and chief curator. Continue reading the full article here.

Congratulations to the National Scholastics Award Winners of DASH in Art and Writing

  • Bryce Donner- Silver Medal in Photography
  • Katuscia Gregoire- Gold Medal in Art Portfolio
  • Ricardo Hernandez- Silver Medal with Distinction in Art Portfolio
  • Brianna Leatherbury- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio, Gold Medal in Future New Art
  • Luma Louzada- Gold Medal in Fashion
  • Jonathan Munoz- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio
  • Mateo Nava- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio
  • Yifan Wang- Gold Medal in Painting
  • Steven Zorrilla- Silver Medal in Art Portfolio

Check out Katuscia Gregoire’s gold medal piece as the banner on the Scholastics home page here.

DASH Alumni finals for Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce Award

William Lai, a DASH alum, is a finalist among five other Architects for the Inaugural Better Beach Awards “Innovative Architecture Award” presented by the Miami Beach Chamber of Commerce for the Fontainebleau – Arkadia project.

The awards will be presented at the Better Beach Awards luncheon to be held on next Thursday, March 21st, from 11:00 am – 1:30 pm at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel (1601 Collins Ave) in the beautiful Poinciana Ball Room.


Lexi Lehrman’s achievement with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award can be read about here:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Alexis Lehrman, 14, and Joshua Williams, 11, both of Miami Beach, today were named Florida’s top two youth volunteers of 2013 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Alexis was nominated by Design and Architecture Senior High in Miami, and Joshua was nominated by Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 18th year, is conducted by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

Alexis, a freshman at Design and Architecture Senior High, has raised more than $50,000 over the past five years for the fight against breast cancer by recruiting friends and professional artists to help her create paintings that are then turned into posters and sold at Susan G. Komen for the Cure events. When Alexis was 8 years old, she spotted a pink donut in a Dunkin Donuts shop and thought the store should use the colored donuts to raise money for breast cancer. That’s when she realized she, too, had the power to make a difference. “Ever since that day, I have asked for charitable donations instead of birthday or holiday gifts,” said Alexis. “Save a life or get a present I will barely remember? That was a no brainer!”

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2013 Magnet Schools of America: DASH Recognized with Distinction


DASH was recognized by Magnet Schools of America (MSA) as a School of Distinction. We’re extremely honored by this award. The school was recognized at yesterday’s School Board meeting, and Dr. Mancuso and Mr. Britton will attend the MSA conference in Tulsa, Arizona this May.

To read more, see here: http://www.magnet.edu/files/awards/2013-awards/2013-schools-of-distinction-list.pdf