Juan Direction

The Knight Foundation’s competitive Knights Arts Challenge funds cultural projects that benefit South Florida and one winning group, the Mexican American Council, is literally singing their praises.
Text by Rony Mo | May 28, 2018 | Lifestyle

Affectionately known as MAC, the Mexican American Council is a non-profit organization that helps the children of Homestead’s migrant worker community connect with their roots by offering them the opportunity to enroll in an after-school Mariachi Academy. As public funds for art and music education programs dwindled, MAC competed with 75 applicants to secure over $50,000 which will go toward new instruments, ethnic costumes and dedicated instructors. Similar programs in at-risk communities help increase student confidence and reduce dropout rates. Many organizations have sent an increasing number of graduates on to college or vocational training;