Education and Outreach Manager joins SMDCAC

MIAMI – Carla Hill is a “daughter” of the South Miami-Dade community. As the Education and Outreach Manager for the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, she wants promote arts and culture directly to the community that has helped to define her as a person.

Carla’s love of the arts was first encouraged by her mother Hazel Bethel and later reinforced through the Miami Dade County Public School system (M-DCPS) at schools like Southwood Middle School and New World School of the Arts where she focused on Musical Theater.

Carla Hill

Carla holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Secondary Education from Florida State University. She was a teacher with M-DCPS for 9 years. Seven of those years were spent as an English teacher at her high school alma mater; she was the first alumnus to return to New World to teach in an academic capacity. During her time as a high school teacher, Carla earned a Fulbright Memorial Fund Scholarship to Japan for a month-long, intensive cultural exchange between educators from both nations. After earning her Master’s of Science in Counseling from Barry University, she was able to serve the residents of South Dade and North Miami as a mental health therapist with Family Counseling Services of Greater Miami.

The arts came calling once again in 2006 through an opportunity with the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ YoungArts program. Carla worked with NFAA for 5 years as a Programs Manager and later as the Director of National Programs. Her job enabled her to promote the arts to students around the nation and be a part of exciting productions that included the annual planning and production of the Salute to the Presidential Scholars performance at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, DC.

It is truly an honor for Carla to continue her work in the arts at the South Miami Dade Cultural Arts Center. Carla and her husband Marlon have made South Dade their home for the past 17 years. She is committed to the mission of making SMDCAC the cultural and community hub of the area. Carla looks forward to working with the schools, teachers and community organizations that call the area home.

If you are an educator or community leader, please contact Carla about the opportunities that are available to you at SMDCAC. She can be reached at [email protected] or (786) 573-5319.

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