Dear Community Arts Program (CAP) Family:

The Community Arts Program (CAP) is committed to doing everything it can to keep children, families, and staff safe during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. On Friday, March 13, Miami-Dade County Public Schools closed beginning Monday, March 16. In tandem with this decision and earnestly considering an abundance of caution:

  • The Community Arts Program (CAP) suspended all on-ground classes and rehearsals as of Saturday, March 14.
  • The Community Arts Program (CAP) moved to a virtual platform for children and youth CAP Online classes and rehearsals as of Saturday, March 28. 

[TUESDAY, MARCH 17]  Effective immediately, Mayor Carlos Gimenez has issued an Emergency Order closing “All movie theaters, concert houses, auditoriums, playhouses, bowling alleys, arcades, gymnasiums and fitness studios…” Please check the County’s web site for more information and for regular updates:

[TUESDAY, MARCH 17]  Late this afternoon, the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) announced that all K-12 schools and career and technical center campuses are to remain closed through April 15. Read more here.

[THURSDAY, MARCH 26]  Orders that the totality of Emergency Orders issued by Miami-Dade County, as may be amended or issued from time to time, shall be referred to as the SAFER AT HOME protocols. All residents and visitors are urged to remain in their homes other than to engage in essential activities, as allowed through previous Emergency Orders.

[SATURDAY, MARCH 28]  CAP Saturday Music Classes instrument lessons begin online, as per instructions e-mailed to all enrolled students and parents. CAP Harmony, CAP Music Theory Classes, and CAP Performing Ensembles to receive e-mailed assignments with instructions. CAP is virtually connected, and committed to delivering the best to its students – within the safety of their homes. Questions – 305.448.7421, ext. 120 and

[WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1]  Executive Order extending Declaration of State of Emergency for an additional period in Miami-Dade County

[THURSDAY, APRIL 2]  M-D County Mayor Executive Order – Orders essential commercial and retail establishments that provide unpackaged food for consumption to limit capacity and monitor entrances and exits in areas where food is sold. Also orders closing of salad bars, self-serve food stations (except pre-packaged grab and go items) and encourages sanitary practices for employees and customers.

[WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15]  Statement from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez – Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez discusses the need to continue social distancing and staying safer at home, even as the numbers in Miami-Dade show that me may be seeing a flattening of the curve.

[FRIDAY, APRIL 17]  Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) and the Community Arts Program (CAP) continue to prioritize the health and well-being of its students and employees. Therefore, M-DCPS and CAP will remain closed through the end of this school year and distance learning will continue.

[WEDNESDAY, MAY 6]  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez extended the County’s State of Emergency

[FRIDAY, MAY 8]  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez held a virtual press conference to discuss testing requirements, importance of social distancing and the County’s efforts Moving to a New Normal.

[WEDNESDAY, MAY 13]  News Release – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez releases Phase I draft guidelines in anticipation of May 18th reopening.

[FRIDAY, MAY 29]  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez discussed the reopening of beaches, hotels and pools during a virtual town hall.

[THURSDAY, JULY 2]  Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez joined SURGE teams in Liberty City to discuss strategies for tackling the rise in COVID-19 cases.

[THURSDAY, JULY 9]  The Community Arts Program (CAP) 2020 VIRTUAL Summer Concert Series begins, and continues 7:30 p.m. (EST) EVERY Thursday through August 13 at the CAP website and CAP Facebook page.

[WEDNESDAY, JULY 29]  Updated Plan for the Reopening of Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

[MONDAY, AUGUST 31]  Community Arts Program (CAP) 2020-2021 Creative Strings and Jazz Ensembles VIRTUAL rehearsals begin. 

[SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26]  Community Arts Program (CAP) 2020-2021 VIRTUAL Saturday Music Classes begins.

Please STAY FURTHER INFORMED through the below, recommended websites and reliable sources showing up-to-date information.

It is important that everyone stay informed by way of trustworthy sources – for latest developments and news regarding the virus, and to minimize disinformation and potential panic. While the Community Arts Program (CAP) is constantly monitoring the situation and seeks to provide direction where possible, we strongly recommend that everyone look to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), as well as City, County and State officials for leadership and resources related to the situation. (See above.)

Together, we will take preventative steps and remain vigilant. If there is a “good side” to be had, it is this… family time. Within safe and recommended precautions, take some much needed time to reconnect. Bring out those instruments and voices – sing and play and keep practicing! CAP looks forward to the abundance of its students’ wonderful music and learning to continue here, on-ground! : )

Most sincerely,

Mark Hart
Executive & Artistic Director
Community Arts Program (CAP)