Beaches Fine Arts Series

Made possible with the generous support of
Lisa and Rich McKenna &
The Gaspar and Irene Lazzara Family Foundation

Italian Saxophone Quartet

Step Afrika!

Sphinx Virtuosi


As a requirement for our performing artists, in addition to performing at our free concert series, educational outreach programs are created and selected to be offered either in residencies or in concerts, classes, mini-workshops, and collaborations with students during the extended stay of the artists.  The subject matter for these educational outreach activities is selected based on the expertise and desires of the performers as well as on the needs and expectations of the students they will serve. 

The Florida Music Education Association awarded BFAS the Distinguished Service Award in 2013. Other past winners include Disney and Apple.

Our award winning educational outreach programs enhance the quality of life of children throughout the city, while educating them and introducing them to world-renowned performers.

These programs target Title One and underserved schools, bringing these children into contact with professional musicians they would never encounter.  Our programs give children the opportunity to not only appreciate great music and musicians, but also interact with them.  BFAS creates study guides and workbooks for some programs and provides them to every child in advance of the event.

Prior to contracting with an artist, Beaches Fine Arts Series ascertains the artist will be enthusiastic about working with students. Some artists are not as comfortable working with young children, or may be better suited to conduct advanced master classes. 

Our objective is to offer outreach activities that reach all ages during a particular season. This season’s outreach programs will include three programs targeting elementary school children; three targeting college aged and advanced high school music students; one targeting middle school students, and two events for after school programs, including Cathedral Arts Project, Don’t Miss A Beat, and The Carpenter’s Shop.  Through these outreach activities we anticipate that we will reach over 4000 students.

In 2018, BFAS and the UNF Orchestra presented “Mighty River”, an environmentally-themed concert with a talk by Riverkeeper Lisa Rinaman. A thousand elementary students attended this program and busing costs were covered by BFAS.   This year, BFAS will present a 10-year-old violinist with the UNF Orchestra in Britten’s “Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra”. Our award winning educational programs enhance the quality of life of children throughout the city.