Past Events
  • Youth Zone @ Overtown Music & Arts Festival
    Event Date : July 19, 2014 to July 19, 2014

    Headliner Market Group & the Southeast Overtown Park West CRA tapped Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success, a local nonprofit, House of Wings, The Norwood Consulting Group, and The Brown Girls, to produce the first ever, Youth Zone at this years’ Overtown Music & Arts Festival. 

    On Saturday, July 19, 2014, nearly 5,000 people converged on NW 3rd Avenue in Historic Overtown to enjoy the historic culture with music from Grammy nominated Raheem DeVaughn, TV One’s R&B Diva & Songstress, Keke Wyatt, Jaguar Wright, Case, Sebastian Mikael, The Deep Fried Funk Band and Larry Dogg. 

    The Green Family Foundation was the Presenting Sponsor of the Youth Zone.  Nikki Kancey, Founder of Teens Exercising Extraordinary Success stated that “it was important that an area be created to serve the youngest community residents and festival goers and Headliner Market Group allowed us the opportunity to bring the vision to reality by designating an entire area of the festival to exclusively serve our children”. 

    The youth and even parents were definitely engaged and occupied with a full day of activities ranging from Arts & Crafts, fitness, literacy, and dancing.  HistoryMiami and The Center for Literacy & Theater created arts & craft zones, while Candy, a local author from Child of This Culture engaged children in reading activities from the book, What Is Hip Hop, coloring time, a graffiti art class, and classes on break dance moves.  Families were treated to live performances by Gravity Dance Troupe and break dance crew, Flipside Kings.  Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine taught short exercise classes, provided face painting and taught the children how to make vegetable face masks with poster paper.  Absolute Fitness hosted fun fitness classes while Fully Involved Miami hosted Rapid CPR demonstrations.  RTGroup hosted an enormous obstacle course bounce house for the older youth and one exclusively for toddlers while volunteers from Wells Fargo assisted with the many fitness contests such as sack races, hula hoops, and a special visit from Team USA Double Dutch. 

    Miami Dade Public Library rolled in with their mobile library on wheels where parents and children could read and sign up for a library card.  T.E.E.S. provided all youth zone participants with book bags filled with an official festival t-shirt and toiletry items. A local biker group, One Fist Ladyz also provided free book bags filled with school supplies.  Finally 103.5 The Beat hosted the Youth Zone stage and provided a board game tent filled with giveaways. 


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