DMAB programs create a continuum of service for youth and the community.
Don’t Miss A Beat is an arts-based, non-profit organization that focuses on the “whole child” through mentorship. We promote a dual focus on arts and academic achievement and host programs during the year that target these areas.
Academy of the Arts
The Academy of the Arts offers artistic instruction in the areas of Strings, Woodwind and Brass, Dance, Voice and Visual Arts through our partnership with the University of North Florida (UNF) Music Mentors program. Those students that are interested in pursuing the arts can now take free lessons in Woodwind & Brass taught by rising seniors majoring in music. In addition, we offer dance classes thanks to our partnership with Florida State College of Jacksonville (FSCJ) Dance Department.
Music & Arts and Academic Enrichment Summer Camp
Our Music and Arts & Academic Enrichment Summer Camp is our flagship program. This six-week summer camper is where the children are exposed to a curriculum that involves Instrumental Music, Dance, Drama, Spoken Word, Choir, Photography and the Visual Arts. Local guest artists and professional visiting artists perform alongside campers on a daily basis. DMAB, Inc. has received grants from Jacksonville Children’s Commission since 2009 to provide summer camp for the youth in Jacksonville, Florida.
The After-School Program provides tutoring, homework and academic assistance to any student, VPK-12th grade, Monday-Friday from 3:00-6:00 p.m. In addition to one-on-one or group tutoring from our trained staff and volunteers, students receive assistance using the online tools “IReady” (reading) and “Kool Math.” We also provide assistance to parents by attending teacher conferences with them to strengthen and encourage their child’s academic excellence.
Tutor and student compatibility are very important to the success of the program. Our staff has a passion for teaching and selects material to match a child’s needs and personality. This year we added the “Beat the Math” remedial program to strengthen our students’ skills. We will continue the “Find Your Reading Rhythm” program along with “Finding Your Art-Nology” educational partnership with the Microsoft Store at the St. John’s Town Center.
Holiday Showcase & Toy Drive Event
The Holiday Showcase & Toy Drive is an annual event that features guest artists, such as up-and-coming composers, playwrights and choreographers. Artists perform side-by-side with underserved children giving them a chance to experience a real, live performance with professional working artists. The event culminates with a gift for every child in the program and in the DMAB Adopt-a-Family annual effort.
Visiting Artist Series
DMAB provides the community with a venue for local actors, directors, writers, designers, and technicians to gain valuable experience, to showcase their talents, and to give aspiring artists a chance to cultivate their emerging talents. Through this series students at DMAB get full exposure to working professionals in the performing arts. We have been fortunate to have dancers Jeroboam Bozeman and Hope Boykin with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, as well as GRAMMY-Award-winning artist Christian McBride visit our Center. These artists encourage and inspire the children to work hard and believe in their dreams.
JS Johnson Youth Community Arts Center
The JS Johnson Youth Community Arts Center is located in the Brooklyn area of Jacksonville, just minutes from downtown, the Riverside area and the Yates YMCA located on Riverside Avenue. The Center’s facilities include a playground, tennis court, a covered gazebo with picnic tables and a large baseball field.
Inside, the Center is beautifully painted thanks to board member and interior designer Rudy York. The walls are decorated with Playbills from our past productions and photographs from our Broadway shows. There is also a wall known as our Wall of Fame, which is dedicated to role models for the children and reads, “It’s Only A Dream Away.”
The Youth Room also includes:
- 10 desktop computers
- 4 laptop computers on which the children have wireless access
- a reading corner
- small library
- tables and chairs perfect for doing homework and projects
- a media center
- small kitchenette with refrigerator and water cooler